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Duke Energy Named to List of Best Corporate Citizens March 9, 2009

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -

Duke Energy has been named one of Corporate Responsibility Officer (CRO) magazine's 100 Best Corporate Citizens.

The company earned this distinction based on CRO's independent assessment of Duke Energy's performance in seven key areas: environment, climate change, human rights, philanthropy, employee relations, financial and governance. CRO's 2009 list of leading corporate citizens was released on March 6. 

"Becoming a more sustainable business is a journey, not a destination. We're pleased that our efforts earned us a spot on the list and to find ourselves in the company of other leading corporations," said Roberta Bowman, Duke Energy senior vice president and chief sustainability officer. "Doing business in a way that's good for people, the planet and profits is becoming increasingly important especially during these turbulent times."

CRO's 100 Best Corporate Citizens list assesses companies on the Russell 1000® and is the only such list based solely on publicly available information. This is the first time Duke Energy has been included on the list, which is available on the Web at www.thecro.com/100best09.

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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