News Release
September 21, 2004

DUKE POWER DONATES $30,000 TO RELIEF EFFORTS IN WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Power, through The Duke Energy Foundation, today contributed $30,000 to the American Red Cross for disaster relief efforts associated with the flooding and storm damage in western North Carolina.

Over the past two weeks, massive rainfall and high winds from hurricanes Frances and Ivan tore through the western part of North Carolina – causing flooding, mudslides and power outages. Duke Power is wrapping up restoration efforts to the 175,000 customers affected in the region. 

"The American Red Cross is grateful for the contribution from Duke Energy to assist hurricane wary residents from Florida through the Carolinas," said Pamela Daigle, chief executive officer of the Greater Carolinas Chapter of the American Red Cross. "Duke Energy is consistently a terrific part of the community and a great friend to the American Red Cross. These funds will help thousands of individuals rebuild their lives and their homes."

“Our neighbors in the western mountains have endured tremendous upheaval associated with hurricanes Frances and Ivan,” said Ruth G. Shaw, Duke Power president. “We hope that our contribution will help the Red Cross in its important work of restoring order and calm to the many lives affected by these powerful storms.”   

The Red Cross is also fully engaged in long-term recovery for the victims of hurricanes Charley, Frances and Ivan. Volunteers from across the country are on the scene along the East Coast in more than 10 states, staffing shelters, serving meals, comforting victims and providing family assistance to those feeling the trauma of an unusually active Hurricane season.

Governed by volunteers and supported by community donations, the American Red Cross is a nationwide network of nearly 1,000 chapters and blood services regions dedicated to saving lives and helping people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Led by 1.2 million volunteers and 30,000 employees, the Red Cross annually mobilizes relief to families affected by more than 67,000 disasters, trains almost 12 million people in lifesaving skills and exchanges more than a million emergency messages for U.S. military service personnel and their families. The Red Cross is the largest supplier of blood and blood products to more than 3,000 hospitals across the nation and also assists victims of international disasters and conflicts at locations worldwide.

Duke Power, a business unit of Duke Energy, is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities and provides safe, reliable, competitively priced electricity and value-added products and services to more than 2 million customers in North Carolina and South Carolina. In 2004, Duke Power celebrates 100 years of service. The company operates three nuclear generating stations, eight coal-fired stations, 31 hydroelectric stations and numerous combustion turbine units. Total system generating capability is approximately 19,900 megawatts. More information about Duke Power is available on the Internet at: http://www.dukepower.com.

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. 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: http://www.duke-energy.com.

Contact: Randy Wheeless
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