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.