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Duke customers set record for winter power use

Record-cold weather in the Carolinas this winter is helping Duke Energy Corp. set its own records.

On Thursday, Duke said its Carolinas customers set a record for winter power use Wednesday.

The utility said it generated 17,570 megawatts of electricity for the hour ending at 8 a.m.

The previous winter record, set Jan. 11, was 17,282 megawatts.

Last year, during a similar cold snap, the average Duke residential customer saw a 30 percent increase in power bills, Gianna Manes, Duke’s chief customer officer, said in a news release.

“We could see a similar trend this season,” Manes said.

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