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Near-record heat leads to record energy demand

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A thermometer at a Greenville bank displays the temperature on a summer day. (File/FOX Carolina) A thermometer at a Greenville bank displays the temperature on a summer day. (File/FOX Carolina)
RALEIGH, NC (FOX Carolina) -

Thursday's near-record high temperatures created a record demand for energy, according to North Carolina-based Progress Energy.

The National Weather Service reported that thermometers climbed to 92 in Asheville on Thursday - two degrees shy of the record high for the day set in 1940.

The utility company, which was recently merged with Duke Energy, said that the scorching heat forced air conditioners to work harder to keep homes and businesses cool.

The company said that customers used 12,738 megawatt-hours during the 5 p.m. hour Thursday, breaking the old record of 12,656 MWh set in 2007.

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