News Release
March 11, 1999

DUKE ENERGY WINNER OF NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION LAND STEWARDSHIP AWARD

CHARLOTTE – The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) recently presented the 1998 Land Stewardship Award to Duke Energy.

"Duke Energy is the first two-time winner of any of our land stewardship categories," said Rob Keck, NWTF executive vice president/CEO. "This speaks highly of the commitment that Duke Energy has made to our wildlife heritage."

The NWTF chose Duke Energy for the award for support of the NWTF conservation mission in North Carolina and South Carolina, including:

"Duke Energy is proud to receive this prestigious award from the National Wild Turkey Federation," said Duke Power President William Coley. "We support the conservation goals of the federation and are pleased that our partnership benefits wildlife in our service area."

"Duke Energy has been a long time partner with the NWTF as they have helped sponsor youth events as well as managed their properties for wildlife with a number of habitat projects," added Dr. James Earl Kennamer, NWTF vice president of conservation programs.

In the last 25 years, nearly $100 million NWTF and co-operator dollars have been spent on projects benefiting wild turkeys throughout North America. In 1973, there were an estimated 1.3 million wild turkeys and 1.5 million turkey hunters. Today, there are an estimated 4.8 million wild turkeys and approximately 2.5 million turkey hunters. The NWTF is a 200,000-member, grassroots, nonprofit organization with members in 50 states, Canada and 11 foreign countries. It supports scientific wildlife management on public, private and corporate lands as well as wild turkey hunting as a traditional American sport.

Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) 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: Guynn Savage
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