News Release
Sept. 21, 2000


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Joseph (Joe) J. Barna, an engineering supervisor for Duke Power, was presented a 1999 Pinnacle Award today by Duke Energy Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Richard B. Priory in ceremonies at the Charlotte Convention Center. The Pinnacle Award annually recognizes Duke Energy employees for outstanding contributions to the company’s business success.

Barna was instrumental in the design, installation and operation of low NOx (nitrogen oxide) burners on Duke Power’s coal-fired units. Working within Environmental Protection Agency guidelines and other state regulations, he developed a method to arrange air and coal ports at optimal locations to reduce NOx emissions. Further, he developed a computer program to help guide plant operators to achieve the desired result.

A patent is pending on Barna’s innovation.

His leadership in identifying innovative steps to achieve emissions reductions at lower costs, without significantly affecting the operation of coal plants, resulted in savings of $16 million in capital costs and $800,000 in operating costs.

More importantly, the NOx burners allowed Duke Power to reduce emissions years earlier than anticipated.

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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