News Release
April 26, 2001


CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Duke Energy's board of directors today announced its quarterly cash dividend on the company's common stock of 27.5 cents a share. The dividend is payable on June 18, 2001, to shareholders of record on May 11, 2001.

This is the 75th consecutive year that Duke Energy has paid quarterly cash dividends on its common stock.

The Duke Energy board of directors also announced that the company would be paying quarterly dividends on its preferred stocks on June 18 to shareholders of record on May 11.

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 more than $49 billion in 2000. 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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