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Eleven Duke Energy Employees Honored with James B. Duke Award March 30, 2009

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Eleven Duke Energy employees were honored today with the company's James B. Duke Award – the company's highest employee award for service to the company and community.

Honored were:

  • Steve Jester of Charlotte, vice president, Hydro Strategy, Licensing and Lake Services
  • Jim Mehring of Cincinnati, vice president, Midwest Field Operations
  • Larry Roark of Knox County, Ind., general manager, Edwardsport Station
  • Paul Smith of Cincinnati, vice president, rates – Ohio and Kentucky
  • Sally Whitney of Charlotte, senior vice president, Finance Program Office and Finance IT
  • Kris Knudsen of Charlotte, principal environmental specialist
  • Harry Lancaster of Charlotte, project director
  • Garry Rice of Charlotte, associate general counsel
  • Randy Rafferty of Arthur, Ill., production operations engineer
  • Joe Hoult of Tuscola, Ill. production operations engineer
  • Larry Edwards of Tuscola, Ill., production operations engineer

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 third 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:

Steve Jester led and negotiated a number of agreements associated with the Catawba-Wateree Relicensing Agreement – crafting winning outcomes for the agreement's many stakeholders and securing properties strategic to Duke Energy.

Jim Mehring led the company's power restoration effort after the remnants of Hurricane Ike slammed the company's Midwest territory in September 2008 – affecting more than 1 million customers.

Larry Roark led employees and others at the Edwardsport Station in Knox County, Ind., in building a levee at the plant during a severe June 2008 flood. The effort helped the plant avoid major water damage, which may have led to it being shut down.

Paul Smith was instrumental in developing and negotiating the approval of the company's Electric Security Plan in Ohio – a roadmap for electric supply and programs in the state.

Sally Whitney led the company's financial re-engineering program, a multi-year effort that revamped the company's financial systems and processes.

Kris Knudsen, Harry Lancaster and Garry Rice teamed to present a successful case to the North Carolina Division of Air Quality in its determination that the new coal-fired unit at Cliffside Steam Station would be a minor source of hazardous air pollutants.

Larry Edwards, Joe Hoult and Randy Rafferty teamed to save the life of a stricken employee in January 2008 at the Duke-operated facility in Tuscola, Ill.

Duke Energy is the third largest electric power holding company in the United States, based on kilowatt-hour sales. Its regulated utility operations serve approximately 4 million customers located in five states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky -- representing a population of approximately 11 million people. Duke Energy’s commercial power and international business segments operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing portfolio of renewable energy assets in the United States.

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:

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