News Release
May 23, 2000


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Power’s 99 Islands Hydroelectric Station celebrates its 90th year of continuous service to the company’s customers this month.

Tucked away on the Broad River in Cherokee County, S.C., about six and a half miles south-southeast of Blacksburg, 99 Islands is named, according to some sources, for the myriad small islands that populated that section of the river before the dam was built. Southern Power Company, a Duke Power predecessor company, began construction on the station in January 1907, and 99 Islands produced its first electricity in May 1910.

"Ninety years of service is an outstanding record," said Randy Horton, station supervisor, "and is a tribute to the people who made and continue to make 99 Islands successful. They deserve an anniversary salute."

Using the flow of the Broad River, the station typically generates electricity at a rate of 9,500 kilowatts, and for the past nine decades has been producing between 60 million and 80 million kilowatt-hours of electric energy each year. (Eighty million kilowatt-hours will meet the needs of about 6,000 Duke Power customers for a year.

Duke Power’s Pick Hill Access Area is located about three-quarters of a mile above the 99 Islands dam. In addition, a combined fishing and canoe portage area with a boat ramp is just below the dam.

99 Islands is one of the oldest Duke Power hydroelectric stations still in operation. In its first full year of operation — 1911 — it produced about one-fifth of the electricity used by Duke’s customers, which at the time were primarily textile mills. While the station’s output has varied little over the years, the region has grown up around it, and today, its yearly output of 60 million to 80 million kilowatt-hours of electricity each year is a smaller but still important part of Duke Power’s total annual sales of about 80 billion kilowatt-hours.

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.

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