Duke Energy Carolinas customers in North Carolina and South Carolina set a summertime record for electricity usage this week as the region's lingering heat wave drove up energy demand.
The new summer peak usage record is 20,671 MWh of electricity for the hour ending at 5 p.m., Wednesday, July 27, 2016 – exceeding the previous summertime record of 20,628 MW-hours, set on Aug. 8, 2007.
The all-time Duke Energy Carolinas record – covering both summer and winter seasons – remains 21,101 MWh, set on Feb. 20, 2015.
Temperatures have reached above 90 degrees in the Carolinas every day for more than a week, often hovering in the mid- to upper-90s.
Duke Energy is closely monitoring the electric system to ensure its customers continue to receive reliable power during the extended hot weather period.
"We have sufficient supplies of electricity to meet our customers' needs, and our technicians are working around the clock to ensure smooth operations at our power plants and along our power lines," said Nelson Peeler, Duke Energy vice president of system planning and operations.