2022-06-15 | NYSE: DUKE | Press release

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  • Duke Energy Carolinas hits new summer peak usage record: 21,086 megawatt hours.
  • Duke Energy Carolinas and Duke Energy Progress set a new combined usage record: 34,079 megawatt hours.

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, June 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Duke Energy Carolinas customers in North Carolina and Caroline from the south set a summer record for electricity consumption as this week’s heat wave increased energy demand.

The new summer peak usage record is 21,086 megawatt hours of electricity for the hour ending at 6 p.m., Monday, June 13, 2022 – surpassing the previous summer record of 20,671 megawatt hours, set on July 27, 2016.

The Duke Energy Carolinas all-time record – spanning the summer and winter seasons – remains at 21,620 megawatt hours, set on January 5, 2018.

Duke Energy Carolinas Serves Central and Western Customers North Carolina and upstate South Carolina.

Duke Energy Progress – the company’s other utility in the Carolinas, serving the Ashville Region, Raleigh and large parts of eastern North Carolina and Pee Dee South Carolina – did not achieve a usage record.

But the two utilities hit a new combined peak summer usage record of 34,079 megawatt hours of electricity use for the hour ending at 6 p.m. on Monday. The new combined peak replaces the previous record of 33,631 megawatt hours, set on July 20, 2020.

Duke Energy closely monitors the electrical system during periods of high temperatures to ensure customers continue to receive reliable service.

“We have a detailed plan in place to handle the power grid in extreme temperatures, whether it’s the heat of summer or the cold of winter,” said Sam Holeman, vice president of system planning and operations at Duke Energy. “Our technicians work around the clock at our power stations and along our power lines to ensure we have sufficient resources to meet our customers’ needs.”

No matter the weather, the company is ready

Duke Energy routinely maintains power plants and makes upgrades to its transmission and distribution systems to help prepare for extreme conditions.

When temperatures are extreme, the company relies on a diverse energy mix that includes nuclear, hydro, natural gas, oil, coal and nearly 4,500 megawatts of solar generation, which helps to serve customers when summer heat and customer demand for electricity are at their peak. The highest.

Duke Energy is also interconnected to utilities in other states, providing options to purchase power from other sources, especially when customer demand for power is highest. Voluntary demand response programs also help maximize the power available to customers.

The company also uses historical data, real-time analysis and predictive modeling, along with an in-house meteorology team and years of operational experience, to anticipate challenges before they arise and ensure the power grid works well and provides reliable power when customers need it. most.

Grid hardening initiatives strengthen the system against extreme weather conditions

Duke Energy hardens the network, makes it more resilient to weather-induced outages, and protects it from physical and cyber threats.

As storms have increased in frequency and intensity in many regions, the company is working to design a climate-resilient network, strengthened against extreme conditions and optimized for a cleaner, low-carbon future.

“In my 37-year career, we’ve been able to reliably meet customer demand for electricity, even in extreme temperatures, and it’s Duke Energy’s goal to keep that momentum going.” said Holeman. “We anticipate a variety of extreme weather conditions and test and improve our system so that it operates at a high level when our customers need it most. Along with improved resilience, we are working to transition to cleaner energy resources to serve our customers today and in the decades to come.”

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Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, is one of the largest energy holding companies in the United States. Its electric utilities serve 8.2 million customers in North Carolina, Caroline from the south, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, and collectively possess 50,000 megawatts of power capacity. Its natural gas unit serves 1.6 million customers in North Carolina, Caroline from the south, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. The company employs 28,000 people.

Duke Energy is executing an aggressive clean energy transition to meet its goals of net methane emissions from its natural gas business and at least 50% carbon reduction from power generation by 2030 and net emissions carbon emissions by 2050. Zero goals also include Scope 2 emissions and some Scope 3 emissions. zero-emission power generation such as hydrogen and advanced nuclear.

Duke Energy was named to Fortune’s 2022 “World’s Most Admired Companies” list and Forbes’ “America’s Top Employers” list. More information is available at duke-energy.com. The Duke Energy News Center contains press releases, fact sheets, photos and videos. Duke Energy lighting features stories about people, innovations, community issues and environmental issues. Follow Duke Energy on Twitter, LinkedIn, instagram and Facebook.

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