Duke Energy Names 2012 Power Partners

                    Duke Energy Names 2012 Power Partners

Businesses are recognized for smart energy use and groundbreaking

PR Newswire

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 9, 2013

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan.9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Seventeen innovative
organizations have been recognized by Duke Energy as Power Partners for their
individual efforts in energy efficiency, sustainability and business growth.

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These "Power Partners" are just that – exceptional partners for Duke Energy,
and for their local communities.

Some have taken on huge energy efficiency projects, reducing environmental
emissions and saving thousands of dollars in energy costs, which allow for
business growth that creates jobs and boosts the local economy.

Others are helping keep regional energy costs low by shifting their energy
consumption away from peak hours.

And still others have partnered with Duke Energy to find creative energy

"These are businesses that have worked closely with us to find opportunities
that are mutually beneficial," says Joni Davis, vice president, large business
customers at Duke Energy. "We've given these awards for 20 years now, and
every year our Power Partner recipients continue to demonstrate the highest
level of commitment to innovation and responsible energy use."

The 2012 Duke Energy Power Partner Award winners are:

  oBMW Manufacturing Company (Greer, S.C.)
  oColumbus Regional Hospital (Columbus, Ind.)
  oCrown Casting Inc. (Hodges, S.C.)
  oDarden Restaurants Inc. (Orlando, Fla.)
  oFood Lion (Salisbury, N.C.)
  oGlen Raven Inc. (Burlington, N.C.)
  oGrifols Therapeutics Inc. (Clayton, N.C.)
  oLabCorp (Burlington, N.C.)
  oMOM Brands (Asheboro, N.C.)
  oNovant Health (Winston-Salem, N.C.)
  oPaperWorks (Wabash, Ind.)
  oJM Smucker LLC (Cincinnati, Ohio)
  oStarwood Vacation Ownership (Orlando, Fla.)
  oTarget (National)
  oThorntons Inc. (National)
  oUniversity of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, Ohio)
  oWinston-Salem State University (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

These organizations will be recognized at individual award ceremonies this

About Duke Energy
Duke Energy is the largest electric power holding company in the United States
with more 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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SOURCE Duke Energy

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