News Release
May 10, 2001


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – DukeSolutions Chief Operating Officer Keith G. Butler will join a group of leaders from conservation, environmental and educational groups in Ottawa May 11 at the kick-off celebration for the Better Schools Partnership with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board.

Butler will join Randy Hayes, vice president, U.S. operations, Destination Conservation (and former president of the Rainforest Action Network); Brian Staszenski, chairman of Destination Conservation (DC); Jim Libbey, chair of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board of Trustees and Students; as well as school district trustees and staff; government ministries; and the community at the Mary Honeywell Secondary School. The event will include the launch of the North American pilot of the Web-based initiative dc Planet, project updates and tours of a renewed school.

DukeSolutions is managing approximately $14 million in projects that turn energy savings into school improvements at 75 schools in the Ottawa-Carleton school district. The energy measures are part of a Better Schools Partnership. These initiatives include the installation of new lighting, efficient heating and ventilation systems and building controls that create better learning and working environments. The district will also receive additional improvements of $16.5 million to the learning environment at all schools. Approximately 350 local jobs will be created by the projects.

The three elements of the Better Schools Partnership include:

"The Better Schools Partnership is true to its namesake," said Butler. "It’s a partnership between a leading North American energy company, an innovative conservation and education organization and a local school district. The results are better school buildings and learning environments and a cleaner environment achieved through an innovative financial structure that uses operating cost savings to pay for all program costs. No additional burden is placed on the taxpayer."

Destination Conservation is a multiyear program designed for school districts in the United States and Canada to improve energy use, water consumption and waste management practices. It’s a practical, student-driven, activity-based program that increases personal awareness. The Tomorrow Foundation, a not-for-profit environmental organization based in Edmonton, Alberta, created Destination Conservation.

Separately, DukeSolutions and Destination Conservation represent energy projects and curriculum initiatives at more than 4,700 schools across North America.

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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