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Utilities expect record demand amid in heat wave, urge conservation

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RALEIGH (AP) -- North Carolina's largest electric utilities are approaching record demand this afternoon as triple-digit temperatures across the Southeast strain electricity grids.

Progress Energy is asking customers to reduce consumption to help ease the strain.

The North Carolina Electric Cooperatives is also asking customers to conserve amid record usage.

Duke Energy did not ask customers for conservation, but suggested that people monitor their usage.

Governor Mike Easley also sought energy conservation by ordering state agencies to adjust thermostats to between 78 degrees and 80 degrees.

The National Weather Service put more than two-thirds of North Carolina under a heat warning or heat advisory today.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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