As temperatures plunge, Duke Power Power plants are experiencing lower power usage in the winter months, a sign that the utility is seeing its power output decline.
The utility’s power usage has declined by 2.3% compared to the same time last year, according to the most recent figures available.
The number of hours the utility uses for cooling, heat, cooling air conditioning and other cooling equipment has also decreased.
In the past, Duke has been able to keep its plants running, even in the hottest winter months.
But the utility has struggled to stay cool, relying heavily on generators to keep plants running.
The Duke Power’s power output has dropped from an average of more than 1,600 megawatts in March to less than 1.3 megawatts today.
As the state transitions to 100% renewable energy by 2030, the utility will need to rely on generators in the future, which could affect its power generation and supply.
According to a report released last month by Duke Power, the utilities power usage is expected to drop by nearly half by 2030.