Unusually extreme cold temperatures across South Carolina on Friday morning led utilities to report an electric demand record as customers tried to keep warm.
South Carolina Electric & Gas reported its predominantly Midlands and Lowcountry customers used 4,970 megawatts of electricity during the 8 a.m. hour Friday. The previous record was 4,926 megawatts set in the summer of 2007.
Duke Energy Carolinas, whose South Carolina customers are primarily in the Upstate region, reported 21,101 megawatt-hours from 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. That exceeded the previous all-time peak record of 20,799 megawatt-hours set on January 30, 2014.
Duke Energy Progress, which covers the state’s northern and Pee Dee region, noted 15,575 megawatt-hours, in the same span. That exceeded the previous all-time peak record of 14,519 megawatt-hours set on January 8, 2015.