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Progress Energy Carolinas Deploying Crews to Western NC, Gulf

Coast States

RALEIGH, N.C., (Aug. 29, 2005) -- Progress Energy Carolinas is deploying more than 480 employees and contractors to western North Carolina and the Gulf Coast states impacted by Hurricane Katrina. Live shot and photo opportunities of some of the crews leaving Progress Energy's Southern Region are available on Tuesday morning.

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As part of Progress Energy's mutual-aid agreement with the regional utility companies that comprise the Southeastern Electric Exchange, crews are departing from various North Carolina and South Carolina locations Tuesday morning and travel first to western North Carolina to support local crews in the event Katrina's remnants cause flooding and power outages for Progress Energy customers. Once Progress Energy customers are back in service, many of those crews will then continue on to Covington, La., to assist CLECO Corp., a central Louisiana-based electric utility company, in its restoration efforts.

     When:   Tuesday, August 30; 8:00 a.m.
             Live shots/photo ops/interviews available
     Where:  Bishopville, SC
             Hess Gas Station/Truck Stop at the interchange of I-20 and
             Highway 15 (includes Dairy Queen and Wendy's)

Progress Energy (NYSE: PGN), headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., is a Fortune 250 diversified energy company with more than 24,000 megawatts of generation capacity and $9 billion in annual revenues. The company's holdings include two electric utilities serving more than 2.9 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. Progress Energy also includes nonregulated operations covering competitive generation, energy marketing, natural gas production and fuel extraction. For more information about Progress Energy, visit the company's Web site at

Contact: Progress Energy 24-hour media line - (919) 546-6189 or (877) 641-6397

SOURCE Progress Energy, Inc.

-0- Aug/29/2005 19:39 GMT

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