Duke Energy Employees Give Back to Communities During Global Service Event - Duke Energy

News Release
June 1, 2006

Duke Energy Employees Give Back to Communities During Global Service Event

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Energy’s ninth annual Global Service Event kicks off  today, providing an opportunity for employees and retirees to give back to local communities through hundreds of volunteer projects during the month of June.  

On day one of the 2006 Global Service Event, more than 100 volunteer projects have already been scheduled. Duke Energy employees across the United States and Canada will take on service projects large and small – from weatherizing homes in Cincinnati and Charlotte to landscaping projects in Brantford, Ontario. As a result of the company’s recent merger with Cinergy, this year's Global Service Event will expand to new communities throughout Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.

“Commitment to our communities is one of the business values that we share as Duke Energy employees,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Rogers. “We back up that commitment with financial support to numerous community causes and by rolling up our sleeves and getting personally involved as volunteers.”

The Global Service Event complements Duke Energy’s year-round commitment to volunteerism and to the communities it serves. Throughout the year, employees can request volunteer grant funding for nonprofits through The Duke Energy Foundation for their sweat equity projects and leadership involvement with 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.

Contact: Elizabeth Bennett
Phone: 704/382-7844
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e-mail: sebennett@duke-energy.com