Duke Energy Considering Joint Venture Partner for Crescent Resources - Duke Energy

News Release
May 26, 2006

Duke Energy Considering Joint Venture Partner for Crescent Resources

CHARLOTTE, NC -- Duke Energy announced today it is in discussions to take on a partner to expand Crescent Resources, its real estate development business.

The Duke Energy board of directors has authorized management to explore the creation of a joint venture with an undisclosed potential partner.

The current Crescent team would continue to operate the company, which would participate in each of the sectors of real estate development in which it is now involved.

“We believe a joint venture business model better positions Crescent for the future and maximizes its value to Duke Energy shareholders,” said Jim Mogg, advisor to the chairman. “Retaining a significant ownership allows Duke Energy to maintain Crescent’s valuable brand image, to participate in Crescent’s future success and to fulfill Crescent’s commitment to the communities it serves.”

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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