News Release
Jan. 11, 1999

N.C. MANUFACTURERS AND CHEMICAL INDUSTRY COUNCIL EXECUTIVE JOINS DUKE ENERGY

CHARLOTTE – George T. Everett has joined Duke Energy’s governmental affairs department on Jan. 11 as the company’s director of legislative and environmental affairs.

Everett will serve as Duke Energy’s technical resource for environmental policy makers in North Carolina and South Carolina and will keep legislators and regulators informed on Duke Energy’s environmental policies and practices.

Everett had been the executive director of the Manufacturers and Chemical Industry Council of North Carolina (MCICNC) since 1992. Prior to his work with the MCICNC, Everett spent 11 years with the North Carolina Division of Environmental Management, rising to director of that division in 1990.

"George’s training and experience give him an in-depth understanding of both environmental issues and legislative and regulatory processes," said Donald E. Hatley, Duke Energy’s vice president, governmental affairs. "He will be a practical and experienced resource on these issues for the company and for our regulators and legislators."

A native of Wilmington, Everett has undergraduate degrees in history (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1969) and biology (University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 1971). He did his graduate work at North Carolina State University, where he received his doctorate in zoology in 1979.

Everett taught biology courses at N.C. State University, at UNC-Wilmington and at Stockton College in Pomona, N.J. He joined the North Carolina Division of Environmental Management in 1981 as an environmental scientist. He was named water quality section chief in 1985, deputy director of DEM in 1987, director of the N.C. Division of Coastal Management in 1989 and director of DEM in 1990.

He spent the last six years representing the MCICNC before legislative and regulatory bodies and has dealt extensively with the science, engineering and economics of environmental issues.

"We’re pleased and proud to have George represent Duke Energy," Hatley said.

Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) is a global energy company with more than $26 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. Additional information about the company is available on the Internet at: www.duke-energy.com.

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