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No extra power for sale during Christmas storm that led to rolling blackouts for Duke Energy customers

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Duke Energy's rolling blackouts across the Carolinas Christmas Eve were the result of malfunctioning equipment - and a lack of power to buy from elsewhere.

Duke Energy's rolling blackouts across the Carolinas Christmas Eve were the result of malfunctioning equipment - and a lack of power to buy from elsewhere.

Duke had been counting on supplementing its own power generation with electricity from PJM, which operates the electrical grid from the mid-Atlantic to the Midwest.

But PJM reported this week that it lost 23% of its power generating capacity due to storms and cold weather.

As with Duke, most of PJM's problems came from cold-related malfunctions at coal- and gas-fired power plants. That meant there was no extra power for sale.

Duke has said the December 24th blackouts affected a half-million customers in the Carolinas.