News Release
March 19, 1999

DUKE ENERGY ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP CHANGES IN DUKE ENGINEERING & SERVICES

HOUSTON, TX -- Duke Energy today announced leadership changes in Duke Engineering and Services, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary in the Energy Services business group.

Ted C. McMeekin, president and chief executive officer of Duke Engineering and Services (DE&S) has announced his intentions to retire at the end of May.

Ronald F. Green will become president and CEO of DE&S effective April 5, 1999. Green brings more than 30 years of experience in engineering and project management, along with commercial and business development skills. He has most recently served as president, Tejas Power Generation, responsible for leading the development of the power generation business of Tejas Energy, an affiliate of Shell Oil Company.

Prior to joining Tejas, Green was president and CEO of Fluor Daniel Hanford, responsible for the $1 billion per year environmental restoration activities at the U.S. Department of Energy's Hanford, Washington site. That assignment capped a 16-year career with Fluor Daniel, which included a four-year stint as president of Duke/Fluor Daniel, a joint venture company responsible for engineering, construction, maintenance and operation of fossil generating facilities.

"Ron Green brings to Duke Energy exceptional engineering and project management experience, combined with a track record for commercial success. He is an excellent leader for Duke Engineering & Services, capable of continuing to build DE&S' worldwide reputation for excellence in engineering services," said Harvey Padewer, group president, Energy Services. DE&S is one of the world's leading engineering and technical services companies, with approximately 3,000 employees worldwide.

McMeekin retires after nearly 30 years of service at Duke Energy and Duke Power. He joined Duke Power in 1970 as an associate engineer in the design engineering department. He progressed through several positions in that department, being named vice president of design engineering in 1988. In 1991, he was named vice president of Duke Power's McGuire Nuclear Station. In 1997, he was named vice president of power generation, overseeing more than 12,000 megawatts of hydroelectric, coal-fired and gas-fired generation, as well as the company's System Operating Center and bulk power marketing functions. He was named president and chief executive officer of DE&S in June 1998.

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 in 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.

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