- Associated Press - Friday, January 9, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Duke Energy Progress says its customers set a record for winter power use on Thursday, Jan. 8.

A statement from the utility says that in the hour ending at 8 a.m. Thursday, it recorded a winter usage peak of 14,473 megawatt-hours. That broke the previous mark of 14,190 megawatt-hours set on Jan. 7, 2014.

The Charlotte-based utility on Wednesday asked its customers in North Carolina and South Carolina to reduce electricity usage to help avoid potentially high energy demand.

Nelson Peeler, vice president for transmission system operations said that while warmer temperatures in some areas reduced overall energy demand Thursday morning, the system performed well.

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