News Release
Sept. 05, 2001

DOUCETTE NAMED VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES AND MARKETING AT DUKESOLUTIONS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – DukeSolutions announced that William R. Doucette has joined the business unit as vice president of sales and marketing. Doucette will be responsible for all sales and marketing activities throughout North America. Reporting to Doucette will be all vertical market sales groups and the company’s marketing and sales support groups.

He comes to DukeSolutions with more than 25 years of business-to-business sales and marketing experience with leading energy and telecommunications firms including PG&E Energy Services, PennUnion Energy Services, AT&T Communications, British Telecom and Contel Corporation.

Doucette’s career accomplishments cover the spectrum of sales and marketing management, and also include additional experience designing and managing alternate sales channels, managing global customer service centers, strategic and financial planning and acquisitions and divestitures.

"Bill comes to us with exactly the right skill set and attitude we need to achieve our goals," said Ron F. Green, chief operating officer, DukeSolutions. "We’re anxious to leverage his experiences building sales organizations and taking new products and services to market in dynamic, highly competitive industries."

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: www.duke-energy.com.

Contact: Rick Wirth
Phone: 704/373-6611
24 Hour Phone: 704/382-8333
Email: rfwirth@duke-energy.com