News Release
March 02, 2000

Murphy, N.C., Native J. Bryant Kinney Appointed Vice President at Duke Energy Services

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Duke Energy today announced the appointment of J. Bryant Kinney to vice president of public affairs of its Energy Services group in Charlotte, N.C. He is a native of Murphy, N.C.

In his new position, Kinney is responsible for management of the Energy Services group’s public affairs activities associated with domestic and international development, media relations, media communications planning and activities, internal communications and crisis communications planning and management.

Kinney joined Duke Power Company in Charlotte, N.C., in May 1988 as a community relations representative at the Energy Explorium, the company's energy information center for McGuire Nuclear Station on Lake Norman near Cornelius, N.C. He was promoted to communications specialist in the power group communications section of corporate communications in the General Office in Charlotte in February 1990, named communications coordinator in March 1990, director of issues management in 1992, manager of customer and strategic communications in 1996 and director of media relations with the formation of Duke Energy in 1997. He was promoted to director, external relations, in 1998.

Prior to joining Duke Power, Kinney was the director of emergency management services for Cherokee County, N.C., from October 1983 to April 1986 and a fixed nuclear facility planner for the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management in Lincolnton, N.C., from May 1986 to May 1988.

Kinney is a graduate of Western Carolina University with a bachelor of science degree in health sciences. He is married to the former Brenda Cox of Hayesville, N.C., and they have two daughters. They reside in Lincolnton, N.C.

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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