News Release
Aug. 14, 2001


CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- DukeSolutions will host a two-day seminar,"Energy Optimization for Textile HVAC Systems," on Oct. 17 and Oct. 18 in Clemson, S.C. The seminar will show plant managers and engineers how Direct Digital Controls (DDC) installed on heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems can reduce operating and maintenance costs.

DDC is one of the products offered in the Techtrol product line of DukeSolutions. DDC technology allows computers to monitor indoor and outdoor heat content and control chillers/air washers based on the most efficient mode of operation. DDC frees personnel from manually logging chiller information. It also provides alarming capability to alert plant personnel if an HVAC system isn’t performing to specifications. Alarming and trending of critical equipment parameters significantly enhances preventative maintenance programs. DDC is very useful in process industries and particularly the textiles sector.

"The recent slowdown in orders has textile companies searching for additional ways to reduce operating costs. With Direct Digital Controls, we help companies improve their bottom line – and their manufacturing environment and HVAC maintenance," said Tom Fenimore, general manager for the Techtrol product line of DukeSolutions.

The seminar will feature speakers from Reliance Drives/Rockwell Automation, Trane Corporation, Robinson Airtech and DukeSolutions.

Interested parties can register for the seminar by calling Linda Gribble at 704/373-4782 or e-mail The event will be held at the Clemson Conference Center and Inn at Clemson University, 100 Madren Center Drive, Clemson, S.C. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

DukeSolutions is a wholly owned subsidiary of Duke Energy that applies proven energy initiatives to solve complex business and operations issues for industrial, commercial and institutional customers. DukeSolutions integrates expertise available throughout the Duke Energy enterprise to bring additional value from operations and maintenance (Duke Engineering & Services) and trading (Duke Energy Merchants) to create energy solutions that reduce costs, lower risk and improve energy efficiency.

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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