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Winter Energy Demand Hits Record High in the Carolinas Feb. 6, 2009

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -

For the second time this year, Duke Energy customers in the Carolinas set an all-time winter record for power use.

The utility generated 16,968 megawatts of electricity for the hour ending at 8 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009.

The previous winter peak of 16,923 megawatts was set on Jan. 21, 2009.

"It's clear Mother Nature is packing a punch this season, and there is more winter to come," said Brett Carter, president, Duke Energy Carolinas.

"Since heating our homes accounts for the largest energy use during the winter, residential customers will see the impact of this cold weather on their power bills. Customers can help manage the cost now by adjusting their thermostat just a few degrees," he said.

More information about how to manage your energy use is available on our web site at www.duke-energy.com.

Duke Energy's Carolinas operations include nuclear, coal-fired, natural gas and hydroelectric generation. That diverse fuel mix provides nearly 19,000 net megawatts of electricity to approximately 2.4 million electric customers in a 22,000-square-mile service area of North Carolina and South Carolina.

Duke Energy, one of the largest electric power companies in the United States, supplies and delivers electricity to approximately 4 million U.S. customers and natural gas service to approximately 520,000 customers in its regulated jurisdictions. The company has approximately 35,000 net 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 net 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.


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