Duke Energy Progress sets power consumption progress

Even with customers conserving electricity, Duke Energy Progress saw a new all-time record for winter power use on Thursday, Jan. 8.

In the hour ending at 8 a.m., a new winter usage peak of 14,473 megawatt-hours was set. That exceeded the previous winter record of 14,190 megawatt-hours set during the Polar Vortex on Jan. 7, 2014.

During the extreme weather event, which saw temperatures dip into the single digits (including a record-tying 8 degrees in Charlotte), the company implemented several initiatives to ensure customers’ energy needs were met. These included:

**Operation of all available generation units, including nuclear, fossil, hydro, and combustion turbine and gas units that are only run during times of peak demand.

**Activation of demand-side management programs for residential and business customers.

**Activation of the company’s Distribution System Demand Response program, which uses Smart Grid technology to reduce voltage on the system by a very small amount, lessening the demand on the grid.

**Conservation efforts from business and residential customers; especially between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at www.duke-energy.com.