News Release
Jan. 13, 2001

DUKE ENERGY NORTH AMERICA RESTORES MOSS LANDING UNIT 7 TO SERVICE

MORRO BAY, CALIF. (Jan. 13, 2001) -- Duke Energy North America (DENA) announced this morning that Moss Landing Unit 7, with a generating capacity of 750 megawatts came back at 8:40 p.m. last night.

After yesterday's forced outage at Moss Landing Unit 7, DENA welcomed inspectors from the California Public Utility Commission (PUC) to the plant when they arrived.

"We are proud of our employees’ around-the-clock efforts to restore Unit 7 to service much earlier than originally anticipated," said Bill Hall, DENA vice president of asset management for the western region. Hall added that PUC inspectors returned to witness the unit’s restart last night.

"To our knowledge, the PUC inspector found nothing irregular in our rapid restart of Unit 7 and our management of the outage," said Hall. Under normal circumstances, when Moss Landing Unit 6 is not available to help Unit 7 power back up, it takes 56 hours to restart Unit 7. Hall noted that Duke was able to expedite the restart in only 41 hours.

"We knew it was critical to get Unit 7 back on-line as quickly as possible due to the constrained energy supply in California," said Hall. "Right now, every megawatt counts."

For more information about Duke Energy North America visit: www.duke-energy.com/California.

Contact: Tom Williams
Phone: 805/595-4270
24 Hour Phone: 704/382-8333
Email: tcwillia@duke-enrgy.com