Progress Energy Carolinas deploying crews to western N.C., 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 those personnel leaving Progress Energy's North Raleigh Operations
Center are available on Tuesday morning. 
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 Monday
afternoon and 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; 5:30-6:30 a.m.(Crews expected to leave at
            6 a.m.)
            Live shots/photo ops/interviews available
     Where: Progress Energy North Raleigh Operations Center
            7608 Capital Boulevard, Raleigh
            Go north on Capital Boulevard/U.S. 1.  Pass the Triangle Town
            Center and go under the I-540 interchange. The operations center
            is located approximately 1 mile on the right.

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 20:11 GMT
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