DUKE ENERGY EMPLOYEES PUT VOLUNTEERISM TO WORK FOR NEXT TWO MONTHS DURING GLOBAL SERVICE EVENT - Duke Energy

News Release
April 25, 2005

DUKE ENERGY EMPLOYEES PUT VOLUNTEERISM TO WORK FOR NEXT TWO MONTHS DURING GLOBAL SERVICE EVENT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Energy’s major volunteerism effort -- the Global Service Event – is in full swing with the company’s 22,000 employees ready to participate in volunteer projects in local communities where the company operates.

The company’s eighth Global Service Event runs through June 18 as company employees participate in volunteer projects large and small – from landscaping at a local school in Chatham, Ontario, to a bowling outing in Houston for children dealing with medical issues. One week into the event, more than 100 projects have been lined up.

“Last year, about 9,000 employees and retirees participated in the Global Service Event – tackling more than 500 projects in areas where we serve,” said Paul Anderson, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Duke Energy. “This year, we will continue to focus our efforts on contributing to the quality of life in our communities.”

The Global Service Event complements the year-round volunteerism at Duke Energy. Each year employees have access to funds from The Duke Energy Foundation for materials used in volunteer projects. Additionally, the company hosts classes periodically for employees to learn how to be better board members for nonprofit organizations.

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 the Americas. 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.

Note to editors: To find out about projects in your area, contact Randy Wheeless at 704/382-8379.

Contact: Randy Wheeless
Phone: 704/382-8379
24-Hour Phone: 704/382-8333
e-mail: crwheele@duke-energy.com