Duke Energy and the National Theater for Children present area schools cash awards for participating in energy efficiency

 Duke Energy and the National Theater for Children present area schools cash
            awards for participating in energy efficiency programs

PR Newswire

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 19, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK)and
The National Theater for Children will begin this month presenting $1,000
checks to schools in North Carolina, South Carolina and Ohio whose students,
along with their families, completed home energy surveys and received energy
efficiency starter kits as part of the company's Energy Education in Schools
program.

The schools receiving cash awards include:

  oSouth Graham Elementary School, Graham, N.C.
  oLong Shoals Wesleyan School, Lincolnton, N.C.
  oSt. Joseph's Consolidated School, Hamilton, Ohio
  oMason Early Childhood, Mason, Ohio
  oIndian Land Elementary, Indian Land, S.C.
  oHorizons Christian Academy, Chester, S.C.

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Duke Energy partnered with The National Theater for Children in 2011 to begin
offering an in-school program that teaches core educational concepts about
energy, resources, and how and why students should consider using energy
wisely.

The centerpiece of the curriculum is a live theatrical production delivered by
professional actors to students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

"Children are sponges for new information, so it's important to teach them now
some tips and tricks for using energy more wisely," said Gayle Lanier, Duke
Energy senior vice president and chief customer officer." The energy-saving
behaviors they learn today will become actions they will continue throughout
their lives."

Every student receives a workbook of project-based assignments, including
take-home work designed to engage parents. Parents are encouraged to
participate by ordering a free energy efficiency starter kit that includes a
variety of devices that immediately begin saving energy once installed. The
kits are provided at no cost to all households whether or not they are served
by Duke Energy. More than 60,000 kits were distributed during the 2011- 2012
school year.

Schools receiving awards this month were those with the highest total number
and highest percentage of students whose families completed and returned the
home energy surveys.

Duke Energy estimates that the energy-saving behaviors learned and implemented
at the students' homes helped save enough energy to power more than 500
residential homes.

"Sustained energy efficiency is our ultimate goal. Helping our customers take
control of their energy usage can help delay the need for new power plants and
reduce our use of fossil fuels," Lanier said.

The National Theater for Children's program – "The Energized Guys" – features
a castof characters including Dr. Maybe, an energy villain; Cape Code and
Tech Guy, energy-wise guys; and Nikki Neutron, an energy hero.

Nearly 500,000 students at 900 schools in North Carolina, South Carolina and
Ohio saw a performance during the 2011- 2012 school year.

Schools in North Carolina, South Carolina and Ohio that are served by Duke
Energy are eligible to participate in this free program. Programs are
available to students in kindergarten through eighth grade and reservations
are on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to schedule a
performance call 800-858-3999, Ext. 1.

Duke Energy is the largest electric power holding company in the United States
withmore than $100 billion in total assets. Its regulated utility operations
serve approximately 7.1 million electric customers located in six states in
the Southeast and Midwest. Its commercial power and international business
segments own and 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 250 company traded
on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about
the company is available at: www.duke-energy.com.

CONTACT: Paige Layne
24-Hour: 800-559-3853



SOURCE Duke Energy

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