News Release
Feb. 22, 2001


CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Duke Engineering & Services has named Donald B. Blackmon vice president of its power delivery business line effective immediately. Blackmon is responsible for overseeing the extensive portfolio of design and maintenance services offered by the group as well as leading business development efforts.

"We are very pleased to have an executive with Don's experience leading and growing our power delivery business," said president Ron Green. "Our power delivery team is ready to meet the latest challenges within the electricity and communications marketplaces brought on by rapid growth in demand and industry restructuring."

Blackmon brings more than 30 years of industry experience to the position. He previously was director of business development for Duke Engineering's federal government business group and has managed a number of process and service improvement projects for several Duke Energy business affiliates. He replaces Phil Ayers who retired.

Duke Engineering's power delivery group offers transmission and substation design and maintenance services, tower design and structural analysis, fiber optic system design, facility rating services and asset management. In addition, Duke Engineering provides comprehensive solutions from transmission and distribution to metering and operating and control systems. This includes complete system analysis, design, project management, construction, siting and permitting. The company specializes in energy and environmental projects and provides full-scope engineering, technical and professional services to clients around the world.

Duke Engineering is an independently operated business affiliate of Duke Energy. 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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