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Duke Energy Crews Make Significant Progress Overnight March 4, 2009

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Duke Energy crews made significant progress overnight with power restored to more than 95 percent of the 185,000 customers impacted by a winter storm that struck the Carolinas during the weekend.

Efforts today will focus on the final phase of restoration, with crews working to restore power to the remaining scattered outages. All customers should have their power restored by 11 p.m. this evening.

“We very much appreciate the patience our customers have shown over the past few days as our crews have worked around the clock to restore power,” said Brett Carter, president of Duke Energy Carolinas.

Updated power restoration estimates:

South Carolina
Anderson County 11 p.m. Wednesday
Cherokee County 5 p.m. Wednesday
Greenville County 11 p.m. Wednesday
Pickens 11 p.m. Wednesday
Spartanburg County 11 p.m. Wednesday
North Carolina
Cleveland County 11 p.m. Wednesday
Gaston County 11 p.m. Wednesday
Lincoln County 11 p.m. Wednesday

Duke Energy Carolinas

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.

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