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Duke Energy Carolinas Customers Set All-Time Record for Winter Energy Use Jan. 12, 2010

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Customers served by Duke Energy Carolinas set an all-time record for winter power use. Yesterday the utility generated 17,282 megawatts of electricity for the hour ending at 8 a.m. The previous winter peak of 16,968 was set on Feb. 5, 2009.

“Even during the current economic recession, with declines in energy sales to industrial and manufacturing customers, this record demonstrates that our customers continue to need reliable resources to meet their energy needs. Therefore, it is critical that the  company continue to ensure a wide range of resources – energy efficiency, renewable resources such as solar and hydroelectric, and traditional resources such as nuclear, natural gas-fired, and coal resources – are in place to reliably and cost-effectively serve our customers,” said Brett Carter, president of Duke Energy Carolinas. “While it is essential that we modernize the power generation system, smart energy use - through innovative efficiency programs - can help manage the number of new power plants built to meet peak demand when customers use the most energy.”

Energy Saving Tips

Weather is a major driver of electricity use, so during cold or hot months customer bills will be higher even if they don’t change their behavior. In any given year, 50 percent or more of a residential customer’s total energy cost is spent on heating and air conditioning.

There are some steps you can take to help manage the cost. Adjusting the thermostat just a few degrees can save money and save energy. If you have a window air conditioning unit, remove it in the winter to prevent heat from escaping through and around the unit. Take advantage of natural solar heat. On sunny days, leave the drapes or blinds open to allow the sun’s rays to warm your house. 
For more great ideas, go to Customers can sign up for Duke Energy’s Online Services program. Once registered customers can complete a brief survey and create a Personalized Energy Report with customized suggestions on how to save energy and money. In addition, customers can view their energy use history and pay bills online.

Duke Energy Carolinas

Duke Energy Carolinas owns nuclear, coal-fired, natural gas and hydroelectric generation. That diverse fuel mix provides approximately 19,000 megawatts of electricity capacity to approximately 2.4 million customers in a 22,000-square-mile service area of North Carolina and South Carolina.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 500 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available on the Internet at:


Contact: Corporate Communications
24-Hour Phone: 800-559-3853 (DUKE)

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