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11 Duke Energy Employees Honored with James B. Duke Awards April 10, 2008

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Eleven Duke Energy employees were honored last night with the company’s James B. Duke Award -- the company’s highest employee award for service to the company and community.

Honored were:

  • Norman Barnes, service mechanic, Cincinnati
  • Peter Hastings, licensing manager, Nuclear Plant Development, Charlotte
  • Kelley Karn, associate general counsel, Plainfield, Ind.
  • Marilyn Lineberger, communications manager, Charlotte
  • Sandy Tallant, business relations executive, Hendersonville, N.C.
  • Dr. Larry McKenzie, nuclear station instructor, Catawba Nuclear Station, S.C.
  • Harry Poovey, economic development manager, Hickory, N.C.
  • Dee Putnam, senior health and safety specialist, Charlotte
  • Rob Smith, meter reader, Cincinnati
  • Ron Thompson, planner, Work Management, Zimmer Station, Ohio
  • Phil Williamson, station equipment expert, Miami Fort Station, Ohio

The award is named for James B. Duke (1856-1925), the noted tobacco and electric power industrialist and the namesake of Duke Energy. In its second year, the award recognizes employees for the most significant achievements supporting the company's goals and values.

The James B. Duke Award continues the company's long tradition of recognizing leadership and service in the community and the workplace. Winners are nominated and selected by their peers. Here is a brief summary of the employees’ accomplishments:

  • Norman Barnes of Cincinnati saved the lives of three people when he continued to search for tenants of an apartment building that had been evacuated following a gas leak.
  • Peter Hastings of Charlotte led the effort to complete the 8,000-page construction and operating license application for two new nuclear units in South Carolina. The application was submitted to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in December 2007 after more than two years of preparation.
  • Kelley Karn of Plainfield, Ind., oversaw the regulatory approval process of the Edwardsport integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) plant. Edwardsport is the first major power plant to be built in Indiana in more than 20 years.
  • Marilyn Lineberger of Charlotte and Sandy Tallant of Hendersonville, N.C., led the communications, community relations and stakeholder engagement supporting the Cliffside Modernization Project. Construction of the plant is under way.
  • Dr. Larry McKenzie, working at the Catawba Nuclear Station in South Carolina, spearheaded a radiation protection technology program at Spartanburg Community College -- the first of its kind in the nation. This program fills a company need for technical skills and provides job opportunities for the community.
  • Harry Poovey of Hickory, N.C., served as the company’s primary point of contact to attract a major Google computer facility to North Carolina.
  • Dee Putnam of Charlotte helped implement a new safety device that resulted in 100 percent fall protection for employees who climb wooden poles in their work.
  • Rob Smith of Cincinnati was the first responder to an accident he encountered on a highway. By applying CPR skills he learned on the job, he saved the driver’s life.
  • Ron Thompson at the Zimmer Station in Ohio, and Phil Williamson of the Miami Fort Station in Ohio, are teaching important lessons of respect and tolerance to a new generation of students. They share the tragic history of the Transatlantic Slave Trade with students at Three Rivers Middle School and elsewhere to ensure these lessons of history are not forgotten.

Duke Energy, one of the largest electric power companies in the United States, supplies and delivers energy to approximately 3.9 million U.S. customers. The company has approximately 36,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity in the Midwest and the Carolinas, and natural gas distribution services in Ohio and Kentucky. In addition, Duke Energy has more than 4,000 megawatts of electric generation in Latin America, and is a joint-venture partner in a U.S. real estate company.

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:
Contact: Duke Energy Contact: Tom Shiel
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