Duke Energy Progress Reports Record Energy Use Despite Conservation Efforts

Duke Energy Progress Reports Record Energy Use Despite Conservation Efforts
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January 12, 2015

Duke Energy Progress last week announced that it saw a new all-time record for winter power use just a year after setting the previous record.

The new record of 14,473 megawatt-hours hit at about 8 a.m. on Jan. 8, when extreme weather caused the temperature to dip into the single digits. The previous winter record of 14,190 megawatt-hours was set during the infamous Polar Vortex on Jan. 7, 2014.

Despite the frigid temperatures, Duke Energy Progress asked customers Wednesday evening to conserve energy to avoid a power failure caused by increased demand. The company asked some customers, primarily commercial, to reduce the power even further as a part of a voluntary program, which exchanges lower energy rates for cooperation during energy spikes.

Along with asking customers to mind their energy consumption, the company also operated all nuclear, fossil, hydro, and combustion turbine and gas units that only run during times of peak demand.

Using a Smart Grid system, Duke Energy reduced system voltage by a small amount to lessen the demand on the grid.

The company made it through the night without any supply-related outages, but some blackouts caused by cold-related equipment failures were reported.