Duke Energy Declares Quarterly Dividend - Duke Energy

News Release
Jan. 5, 2006

Duke Energy Declares Quarterly Dividend

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Energy today declared a quarterly cash dividend on its common stock of $0.31 per share. The dividend is payable on March 16, 2006, to shareholders of record on the close of business Feb. 17, 2006.

This is the 80th consecutive year that Duke Energy has paid quarterly cash dividends on its common stock. 

Duke Energy Canada Exchangeco Inc., a subsidiary of Duke Energy, today also announced a quarterly cash dividend on its exchangeable shares of Cdn $0.36 per exchangeable share. The dividend is payable on March 16, 2006, to shareholders of record on the close of business Feb. 17, 2006.

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. 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.

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