News Release
April 08, 2004

MEDIA ADVISORY: DUKE ENERGY'S FIRST-QUARTER EARNINGS ANNOUNCEMENT SCHEDULE AND WEBCAST INFORMATION

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Energy will announce its first quarter 2004 earnings results at approximately 8 a.m. ET on Thursday, April 29, 2004.

An earnings conference call for analysts is scheduled for 10 a.m. ET on Thursday, April 29. The conference call can be accessed via the investors' section of Duke Energy’s Web site or by dialing 800/946-0742 in the United States or 719/457-2650 outside the United States. The confirmation code is 598456. Please call in five to 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. A replay of the conference call will be available by dialing 888/203-1112 with a confirmation code of 598456. The international replay number is 719/457-0820, confirmation code 598456. A replay and transcript also will be available by accessing the investors' section of the company’s Web site.

Duke Energy is a diversified energy company with a portfolio of natural gas and electric businesses, both regulated and unregulated, and an affiliated real estate company. Duke Energy supplies, delivers and processes energy for customers in North America and selected international markets. In 2004, the company celebrates a century of service with the 100th anniversary of its electric utility Duke Power. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 500 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: Randy Wheeless
Phone: 704/382-8379
24-Hour Phone: 704/382-8333
e-mail: crwheele@duke-energy.com