News Release
May 26, 1999

DUKE ENERGY: EMPLOYEES TO LEND HELPING HAND IN COMMUNITIES

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Duke Energy employees will be lending a hand to their communities this June as part of the company’s Global Service Event – a month-long celebration of the company’s anniversary.

During the month, thousands of Duke Energy’s 21,000 employees and retirees worldwide will be volunteering in their local communities. This is the company’s second Global Service Event. Last year, nearly 5,000 employees in 75 cities worldwide donated time and effort to local communities.

"Volunteering in our local communities isn’t just a month-long event at Duke Energy," said Richard B. Priory, chairman, president and chief executive officer. "Our teammates have a long and celebrated history of serving the communities where we work, live and conduct our businesses."

Among the numerous projects slated for June:

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.

NOTE TO EDITORS – Volunteer projects are still to be finalized. For the name and number of the local volunteer coordinator in your area, call Randy Wheeless at (704) 382-8379.

Contact: Randy Wheeless
Phone: (704) 382-8379
24 Hour Phone: (704) 382-8333
Email: crwheele@duke-energy.com