Duke Energy deploys 1,000 more workers to help restore power; Company's storm team now totals 2,700 in 8 states

Duke Energy deploys 1,000 more workers to help restore power; Company's storm
                      team now totals 2,700 in 8 states

PR Newswire

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 31, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Duke Energy, the nation's
largest electric utility, today deployed 1,000 additional workers to help
other utilities in eight states restore power to more than 6 million homes and
businesses in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

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Duke Energy's storm team now totals 2,700 employees and contractors working
long hours in difficult conditions in Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New
York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Ohio.

Among those Duke Energy deployed to New York City today are 20 network
services technicians who specialize in repairing major underground power
systems such as those damaged by floodwaters in Manhattan.

"This is the largest out-of-state deployment in our company's history," said
Lloyd Yates, Duke Energy's executive vice president for customer operations.
"Duke Energy greatly appreciates the dedication of its workers who are serving
others in dire need, as well as the commitment of its workers who remain in
their home states, serving Duke Energy's own customers."

The workers dispatched today are based in six southeast and Midwest states
served by Duke Energy: North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio
and Kentucky.

Art Tucker, a Charlotte-based Duke Energy line worker who departed Tuesday for
a power restoration assignment in Reading, Pa., said he and his teammates look
forward to the work ahead.

"Everyone on this team is 110% committed to getting the lights back on and
helping out the storm victims as much as we can," he said. "It's what we do
best."

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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