News Release
March 25, 1998

DUKE POWER WINS EDISON ELECTRIC INSTITUTE’S 1998 NATIONAL LAND MANAGEMENT AWARD

Duke Power is the winner of the Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI) 1998 National Land Management Award.

EEI’s National Land Management Award program annually honors the electric company with the most outstanding record of caring for the lands they manage.

"We are delighted to receive this award honoring Duke employees’ dedication to protecting our environment and serving our communities. They’ve invested countless hours, on and off the job, in preserving several of our nation’s unique environments," said William Coley, president of Duke Power.

"Duke Power has the track record to prove that electric companies do more than make power," said Thomas R. Kuhn, president of Edison Electric Institute. "They work hard, and enthusiastically invest in the idea of helping to make tomorrow green and bright for present and future customers and communities."

Duke Power won its award for numerous examples of outstanding fish, wildlife and recreational resource management on more than 400,000 acres of land in the Carolinas.

Duke land managers and staff work in partnership with community groups to plan and develop wildlife enhancement projects, environmental education programs and other initiatives. Some of those include habitat enhancement at the Oconee Nuclear Station in South Carolina, a partnership with the National Wildlife Federation; work with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission to manage timber and plant food plots to support small game; and a high school aquatic science and environmental curriculum project at the Lincoln Combustion Turbine Station in North Carolina.

Duke Power’s right-of-way programs are designed with a light environmental hand to protect birds, plant species and small game. Its land management programs, conducted in partnership with the U. S. Forest Service and others were responsible for protecting native trout and riparian species and habitat in and along the Whitewater River at the Bad Creek Pumped Storage Station in the mountains of South Carolina. It is also, among other projects, transferring the National Wildlife Federation Backyard Wildlife Habitat concept to other industries in its Wildlife and Industry Together (WAIT) project.

"We know environmental stewardship is as much a measure of our success as is safe, reliable, competitively-priced power," said Coley. "Our employees and our partners make responsible land management an everyday business. Both can be justifiably proud of the legacy they work to preserve."

Duke Power is a business unit of Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE: DUK) -- a global energy company with more than $20 billion in assets. Duke Energy companies provide electric service to approximately 2 million customers; operate pipelines that deliver 12 percent of the natural gas consumed in the United States; and are leading marketers of electricity, natural gas and natural gas liquids. Globally the companies develop, own and operate energy facilities and provide engineering, management, operating and environmental services. Contact Duke Energy on the World Wide Web at http://www.duke-energy.com.

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