News Release
April 12, 2000

DUKE ENERGY: THREE RECIPIENTS HONORED WITH ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH AND SAFETY AWARDS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Energy honored three employees Wednesday -- from New Jersey, North Carolina and Alabama -- as winners of the company’s Environment, Health and Safety Award during a luncheon here. The award recognizes individual efforts in protecting the environment and in creating a safe working atmosphere for teammates throughout the company. Honored were:

Ed Gonzales -- West Trenton, N.J.

Pipeline Projects Director

Energy Transmission

Gonzales was project director for construction of the U.S. portion of the Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline – a completed natural gas pipeline supplying the Northeast United States with gas from offshore Nova Scotia. The project was completed on schedule, and met or exceeded all environmental standards. The Maritimes pipeline route consisted of 64 miles of wetlands, six directionally drilled river crossings and 432 water body crossings. Nine full-time state inspectors oversaw the pipeline construction in Maine. In addition to the assessments conducted by these inspectors, the project received more than 85 federal agency and 78 state/township inspections without violation.

Dale R. Mosteller -- Lincolnton, N.C.

Technical Specialist II

Duke Power, Environment, Health and Safety

Mosteller has created partnerships for Duke Power in North Carolina with personnel of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and other resource agencies. He worked to successfully gain Duke Energy the leadership role in the National Wild Turkey Federation annual convention that drew 28,000 participants to Charlotte for three days in 1999. Mosteller has served on the executive committee of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation (NCWF) for more than 10 years, and is currently completing his second term as president. The NCWF is the largest conservation organization in North Carolina with more than 32,500 members. It is one of the most respected and active conservation organizations in North Carolina.

Jimmy Law – Arab, Ala.

Project Manager III

Duke/Fluor Daniel

Duke/Fluor Daniel (D/FD) is building a 500-megawatt, combined-cycle power plant for Duke Energy North America in Veazie, Maine. Under Law’s leadership, the Maine Independence Station construction project team worked more than 650,000 hours without a recordable injury. In spite of extreme weather conditions, aggressive project deadlines and construction management challenges, Law used innovative approaches such as incentive programs, individual recognition activities and a partnership with a local occupational physician to get everyone focused on safety and to keep that focus sharp throughout the project.

Duke Energy, a diversified multi-national energy company, creates value for customers and shareholders through an integrated network of energy assets and expertise. Duke Energy manages a dynamic portfolio of natural gas and electric supply, delivery and trading businesses -- generating revenues of nearly $22 billion in 1999. Duke Energy, headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is a Fortune 100 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available on the Internet at: www.duke-energy.com.

Contact: Danny Gibbs
Phone: 704-373-6680
24 Hour Phone: 704-382-8333
Email: dpgibbs@duke-energy.com