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Benton County Wind Farm Producing Power for Duke Energy April 24, 2008

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PLAINFIELD, IND. -

Orion Energy Group’s Benton County Wind Farm is now supplying power to Duke Energy.

Orion Energy Group has declared part of the wind farm that will supply Duke Energy – about 54 wind turbines – commercial. An additional 33 turbines, some supplying Duke Energy and some supplying Vectren Energy Delivery, will be commercial soon.

In August 2006 Duke Energy finalized an agreement to purchase up to approximately 100 megawatts of electricity for 20 years from the wind farm. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission approved the agreement later that year.

“Clean, carbon-free wind-generated energy is a good addition to our power sources,” said Duke Energy Indiana President Jim Stanley. “The agreement was the first significant, long-term purchase of wind power in Indiana. It’s also a boost to the local economy.”

Duke Energy’s Indiana operations provide approximately 7,300 megawatts of safe, reliable and competitively priced electricity to more than 774,000 electric customers, making it the state’s largest electric supplier.

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: www.duke-energy.com.


Contact: Angeline Protogere
Phone: 317-838-1338
24-Hour Phone: 800-559-3853 (DUKE)
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