News Release
July 31, 2000


CHARLOTTE – Duke Power's Cliffside Steam Station is celebrating its 60th year of continuous service to Duke Power customers.

The five-unit, 760,000-kilowatt station straddles the Rutherford-Cleveland county line at the Broad River, about 11 miles southwest of Shelby. Duke Power, now a business unit of Duke Energy, built the station and has been its operator the entire 60 years.

Construction on the first two units at Cliffside began in January 1939, and the station produced its first electricity for Duke Power customers in July 1940. Units three and four followed in 1948; unit 5, the largest of the units, was added in 1972.

"Units 1 and 2 were state-of the-art, first-of-a-kind in the Southeast when they came into service," said Ben Taylor, Cliffside's plant manager, "and the boiler technology is as sound today as it was then.

"Over their lifetime, the two units have produced more than 15 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity for our customers," Taylor added.

In their early years, Cliffside's four units produced about a quarter of the electricity used by Duke Power customers. In the years since then, as Duke Power has built more power plants to fuel the region's economy, the four original Cliffside units have come to be used more during the hottest and coldest parts of the year, "cycling" to meet the ups and downs of electricity use.

The 560,000-kilowatt unit 5, added in 1972, is today often used as a "base-load" plant, producing electricity around the clock.

"Cliffside is an integral part of the electricity supply for Duke Power's customers," Taylor said, "and we're proud of the people who have made and who continue to make that possible. Sixty years of continuous high-quality service is no small achievement, and they deserve an anniversary salute."

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 19,282 megawatts.

Duke Energy, a diversified multinational 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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