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CP&L CUSTOMERS SET ELECTRICITY DEMAND RECORDS

 RALEIGH, N.C., July 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Carolina Power & Light's (NYSE: CPL) 1 million customers set demand records for electricity during July, which may prove to be the hottest month ever recorded in the Carolinas.
 On July 29 CP&L's customers set an all-time peak demand record of 9,587 megawatts. They also used a record 190,290 megawatt-hours during the 24-hour period. The previous record for electricity consumption in a single day was 185,883 megawatt-hours set on July 14, 1992.
 Record use also means higher electric bills. To help its customers spread out payment of high bills caused by the heat wave, CP&L is offering an equal payment plan.
 Customers trying to compare their bills with one another should remember CP&L's bills follow monthly cycles that may differ between customers.
 "Peak" refers to a period of time when the utility's customers together are using the most electricity at the same time. Peak records had already broken twice in July before the 29th's all-time record -- once on July 13 with 9,304 megawatts and again on July 28 with 9,306 megawatts. Prior to July 13 the all-time record peak was 9,235 megawatts set last year on July 14. One megawatt is 1 million watts or enough power to light 10,000 100-watt light bulbs.
 -0- 7/30/93
 /CONTACT: R.E. "Dick" Stanard of CP&L, 919-546-6189/
 (CPL)


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