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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