ST. PETERSBURG – To beat the winter chill currently gripping the Sunshine State, Progress Energy Florida customers are collectively using about 75 percent more power than is typical this time of year.
As Floridians brace for more cold weather, Progress Energy is working diligently to meet customers’ energy needs.
The company anticipates being able to produce and deliver the power customers want and need during this week’s cold spell. However, even with ample generation capacity, inclement weather can cause scattered outages. Progress Energy’s control center operates around-the-clock and is prepared to dispatch service crews at the first sign of trouble.
“Our top priority is ensuring our customers’ energy needs are met,” said Progress Energy Florida President and CEO Vincent Dolan. “We upgrade power plants, power lines, and other infrastructure throughout the year and closely monitor weather conditions to best prepare to meet our customers’ growing needs when extreme temperatures set in.”
Electricity use in the region is nearing record levels.
With customer energy use high, the company is emphasizing its year-round commitment to helping its customers save energy and money. The simplest thing customers can do to reduce their energy use is to adjust their thermostat.
For every degree the thermostat is set below 70 degrees F, customers can save 10 percent on the heating portion of their energy bills.