Duke Energy dedicates state-of-the-art natural gas facility

Wed Apr 10, 2013 4:09pm EDT

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EDEN, N.C.,  April 10, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) today
celebrated the opening of the Dan River Natural Gas Combined Cycle Station in 
Eden, N.C.

(Logo:  http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130322/CL81938LOGO  )

Located in  Rockingham County, the state-of-the-art plant has an electric
capacity of 620 megawatts (MW).  

The new station is part of the company's modernization effort to retire older,
less-efficient coal plants and replace them with cleaner-burning natural
gas-fueled units - resulting in decreased emissions and higher efficiency.
Capable of powering approximately a half-million homes, the natural gas
combined-cycle plant has nearly double the capacity of the older coal units that
were retired on the site in 2012.

Nearly 100 community and state leaders and project partners attended the
ceremony, including  Eden  Mayor  John Grogan  and  Keith Mabe, chairman of the 
Rockingham County  Board of Commissioners.

"It's great to be part of this event today marking the opening of this new
advanced-technology facility, said  Paul Newton, president of Duke Energy North
Carolina. "The Dan River Plant represents the overall plans of Duke Energy to
invest in our communities and install new state-of-the-art power generation that
will provide safe, reliable and increasingly clean energy for  North Carolina."

Video of today's event is available at:  

Duke Energy Carolinas owns nuclear, coal-fired, natural gas and hydroelectric
generation. That diverse fuel mix provides approximately 20,000 megawatts of
owned electric capacity to approximately 2.4 million customers in a
24,000-square-mile service area of  North Carolina  and  South Carolina.
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:  Erin Culbert
24-Hour: 800.559.3853

SOURCE  Duke Energy

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