Ron Jones Named Senior Vice President Nuclear Operations - Duke Energy

News Release
Jan. 9, 2006

Ron Jones Named Senior Vice President Nuclear Operations

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Ronald “Ron” Jones has been named senior vice president, nuclear operations, for Duke Power. In this role, he will provide oversight for the safe and reliable operation of the three Duke Power-operated nuclear stations.  

Jones was formerly vice president of Oconee Nuclear Station in Seneca, S.C. He began his career with Duke Power in 1980 as an engineer at Catawba Nuclear Station. Additionally, he has worked at McGuire and Oconee nuclear stations in various roles in engineering, operations and maintenance.

“We are pleased Ron will have the opportunity to apply his extensive nuclear expertise and experience in directing the operations of our nuclear fleet,” said Brew Barron, Duke Power chief nuclear officer.

Jones has a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech. He is a member of the American Nuclear Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

He and his wife, Patricia, have two sons and reside in Cornelius, N.C.

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. 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 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.

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