News Release
Sept. 19, 2001

CATAWBA NUCLEAR STATION SETS RECORDS

YORK, S.C. – Catawba Nuclear Station set two reliability records before its unit 2 was taken off line for a planned maintenance and refueling outage last week.

Both units at the Duke Power-operated facility remained on line for 238 consecutive days. Unit 2 had been operating continuously for 463 days. Both are station records.

"Our highly skilled, professional team is dedicated to reliably meeting the energy needs of our customers," said Gary Peterson, vice president, Catawba Nuclear Station. "This record is an example of what a motivated team can do with proper planning and a focus on safe, quality operations."

Catawba Nuclear Station is a two-unit power plant located on Lake Wylie in York County, S.C. Each of its units produces enough electricity to power a city the size of Charlotte. Catawba unit 1 began commercial operation in 1985, unit 2 in 1986.

The Catawba Nuclear Station is owned jointly by North Carolina Municipal Power Agency Number 1, North Carolina Electric Membership Corp., Piedmont Municipal Power Agency, Saluda River Electric Cooperative, Inc., and Duke Power.

Duke Power, a business unit of Duke Energy, is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities and provides safe, reliable, competitively priced electricity to approximately two million customers in North Carolina and South Carolina. Duke Power operates three nuclear generating stations, eight coal-fired stations, 31 hydroelectric stations and numerous combustion turbine units. Total system generating capability is approximately 19,300 megawatts. More information about Duke Power is available on the Internet at: www.dukepower.com.

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: Rose Cummings
Phone: 803/831-3600
24 Hour Phone: 704/382-8333
Email: rbcummin@duke-energy.com