News Release
April 28, 2000


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Power's Marshall Steam Station is celebrating its 35th year of continuous service to Duke Power customers with a come-on-down birthday party.

Station employees will host an afternoon of fun and food on Saturday, May 6, from 2 to 4 in the afternoon, and they cordially invite neighbors, family and friends to join them in the celebration. Marshall is located on the west side of Lake Norman, where NC 150 crosses the lake.

The free activities will include train rides and plant tours, Bluegrass and Gospel music, face painting and horse-and-buggy rides. Popcorn and drinks will be provided.

Since producing its first electricity in March 1965, station employees have kept the Marshall station among the nation's leaders in efficient power production. Marshall was the most efficient plant in the nation for its first nine years running and has been at or near the top every year since.

Not satisfied with past performance, station employees earned Marshall the company's 1999 Charles A. Dewey award for efficiency improvements.

"Marshall's performance defines 'excellence,'" said Carey York, Marshall plant manager, "and our folks' commitment and performance goes back to the time before 'excellence' became the business byword it is today.

"We're proud of the people who have made and who continue to make that performance possible. Thirty-five years of continuous high-quality service is no small achievement, and they deserve an anniversary salute.

"We're looking forward to sharing our day with the communities we serve," York added.

Construction on the 2,000-megawatt Marshall Steam Station, named for Edward Carrington Marshall, Duke Power president from 1949 to 1953, began in March 1962. The four units came into service between 1965 and 1969. Today, the Marshall station produces more than one of every seven kilowatt-hours of electricity produced by the company.

Duke Power, a business unit of Duke Energy, is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities and provides safe, reliable, competitively priced electricity to nearly two million customers in North Carolina and South Carolina. Duke Power operates three nuclear generating stations, eight coal-fired stations, 31 hydroelectric stations and numerous combustion turbine units. Total system capability is 19,252 megawatts.

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:

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