Duke Energy makes 1,200 line workers available to help restore power in Hurricane Sandy's aftermath

   Duke Energy makes 1,200 line workers available to help restore power in
                         Hurricane Sandy's aftermath

PR Newswire

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 29, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), the
nation's largest electric utility, today made 1,200 line workers available to
help other utilities restore power in Hurricane Sandy's aftermath.

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Most of the workers are contractors who normally work in the service areas of
Duke Energy and Progress Energy.

The company said it will make additional crews available later in the week
after the storm passes through its service areas, which include parts of North
Carolina, South Carolina, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Florida.

Many of the contract workers released for service today are based in Florida,
which have experienced no major impacts from the storm. Some additional crews
have been released from parts of Indiana that are not expected to be affected.

Line workers directly employed by Duke Energy and Progress Energy will remain
in the company's service areas to handle existing and potential outages in
those locations.

"We continue to monitor and respond to the ongoing effects of Hurricane
Sandy," said Lloyd Yates, Duke Energy's executive vice president for customer
operations. "Our ability to respond to storms is even stronger due to the
merger of Duke Energy and Progress Energy, so once the storm clears our
system, we'll be able to quickly deploy additional workers to assist other
utilities as part of our mutual assistance agreements."

Duke Energy subsidiaries Progress Energy Carolinas and Duke Energy Carolinas
worked to restore outages over the weekend as Hurricane Sandy grazed the North
Carolina coast and western mountains. The company is expecting high winds and
snow in the North Carolina mountains, which could cause additional outages.
High-wind advisories are in place in many Duke Energy service areas in the
Midwest, as well.

Outage Reporting
Customers who experience an outage during the storm should call the automated
outage-reporting system for their respective utility:

  oDuke Energy Carolinas: 1-800-POWERON (1-800-769-3766)
  oProgress Energy Carolinas: 1-800-419-6356
  oProgress Energy Florida: 1-800-228-8485
  oDuke Energy Ohio/Kentucky- 1-800-543-5599
  oDuke Energy Indiana-1-800-343-3525

Progress Energy customers may also report outages online using their smart
phone at m.progress-energy.com. Customers are advised to register their
account prior to the storm in order to report outages online or from a mobile
device.

Duke Energy utilities will also use social media channels to keep customers
informed should significant outages occur as a result of the storm:

  oProgress Energy Florida on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ProgEnergyFL
  oProgress Energy Florida on Facebook:
    www.facebook.com/ProgressEnergyFlorida
  oProgress Energy Carolinas on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ProgEnergyNC_SC
  oProgress Energy Carolinas on Facebook:
    www.facebook.com/ProgressEnergyCarolinas
  oDuke Energy on Twitter: www.twitter.com/DukeEnergyStorm
  oDuke Energy on Facebook: www.facebook.com/DukeEnergyStorm

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.

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