News Release
April 22, 1999

CATAWBA NUCLEAR STATION SETS NEW DUAL UNIT RECORD

YORK, S.C. – Catawba Nuclear Station, operated by Duke Power, today set a new record by having both of its 1,129-megawatt units on line for 180 consecutive days.

The old record was 158 days set last year.

"This outstanding achievement was possible because of our employees’ commitment to safe, reliable operations," said Gary Peterson, Catawba Nuclear Station vice president.

Unit 1 was taken off line today for planned refueling and maintenance work. It had operated for 233 consecutive days.

Catawba Nuclear Station is a two-unit power plant located on Lake Wylie in York County, S.C. Each of its units can generate electricity at a rate of 1,129 megawatts. Catawba unit 1 began commercial operation in 1985; unit 2 in 1986. The station is jointly owned by North Carolina Municipal Power Agency Number 1; North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation; Piedmont Municipal Power Agency; Saluda River Electric Cooperative Inc; and Duke Power.

Duke Power is a business unit of Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK). Duke Energy is a global energy company with more than $26 billion in assets. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., the company reaches into more than 50 countries, producing energy, transporting energy, marketing energy and providing energy services. In the United States, Duke Energy companies provide electric service to approximately two million customers in North Carolina and South Carolina; operate interstate pipelines that deliver natural gas to various regions of the country; and are leading marketers of electricity, natural gas and natural gas liquids. Additional information about the company is available on the Internet at: www.duke-energy.com.

Contact: Tom Shiel
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