Governor Urges Energy Conservation

The excessive heat Wednesday prompted Governor Mike Easley to order state government to take energy-saving measures to help utilities deal with record-breaking demand for electricity. And he's urging residents to do the same. Thermostats in all state buildings will be set at least two degrees higher, to between 78 and 80 degrees. Duke Energy is asking its customers to voluntarily conserve power during the late afternoon, when demand for electricity is the greatest. Greenville Utilities officials also say they are seeing a peak in usage late in the day when folks tend to get home from work, which is the hottest part of the day. Roger Jones with Greenville Utilities says, as of right now, we're in the clear in terms of any outages. While the numbers aren't in yet, Jones believes Wednesday will set a new record for power usage.