Duke Energy Carolinas Issues Call for Renewable Energy

    CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 20 /CNW/ -- Duke Energy Carolinas has issued a
"Request for Proposals" (RFP) seeking bids for power generated from renewable
energy sources, including sun, wind, water, organic matter and others.
    (Logo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20040414/DUKEENERGYLOGO )
    "At Duke Energy, we are committed to doing more to develop and use
renewable energy," said Ellen Ruff, president, Duke Energy Carolinas. "The
responses we receive to this RFP, which is open to a wide array of renewable
energy, will add to our understanding of the existing options and emerging
opportunities to increase the amount of green power available for our
customers' use."
    Broader use of renewable energy is part of Duke Energy's comprehensive
plan to create a sustainable energy future for the Carolinas while the company
continues to work to reduce its environmental footprint. The plan includes
building new power plants; developing robust energy efficiency programs to
reduce demand; and supporting the development of state and federal energy
policies that encourage the development of new technology. Together, these
initiatives will allow Duke Energy to meet customers' growing need for power
in an environmentally sound way.
    The RFP is specifically designed for renewable sources and recognizes
some of their unique operating characteristics. The minimum capacity
requirement for a potential supplier is only two megawatts, and the resource
can be intermittent in nature.
    The company is looking for resources that can be connected to the
utility's power delivery system and be operational by Jan. 1, 2012. Bids must
come from providers who are new (placed in service since Jan. 1, 2007) or have
already been qualified as suppliers by NC Green Power. NC Green Power is an
independent, non-profit program that encourages the development of electricity
generated from renewable energy and uses voluntary contributions to pay a
premium to renewable suppliers.
    Duke Energy is interested in talking with potential suppliers about
purchased power agreements, purchasing a generating facility, or purchased
power agreements with the option to buy the facility.
    A full copy of the "Request for Proposal for Renewable Energy Resources,"
can be found at http://www.duke-energy.com/environment/renewable-energy.asp.
Over the next several months proposals will be submitted, evaluated and

    Duke Energy Corp., one of the largest electric power companies in the
United States, supplies and delivers energy to approximately 3.9 million U.S.
customers. The company has nearly 37,000 megawatts of electric generating
capacity in the Midwest and the Carolinas, and natural gas distribution
services in Ohio and Kentucky. In addition, Duke Energy has more than 4,000
megawatts of electric generation in Latin America, and is a joint-venture
partner in a U.S. real estate company.

    Duke Energy's Carolinas operations include nuclear, coal-fired, natural
gas and hydroelectric generation. That diverse fuel mix provides nearly 21,000
megawatts of safe, reliable and competitively priced electricity to more than
2.2 million electric customers in a 22,000-square-mile service area of North
Carolina and South Carolina.

    Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 500 company
traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information
about the company is available on the Internet at: www.duke-energy.com.

    CONTACT:  Paige Sheehan
    Phone:    704/382-6982
    24-Hour:  704/382-8333


For further information:

For further information: Paige Sheehan of Duke Energy Carolinas, 
+1-704-382-6982, or 24-Hour: +1-704-382-8333 Web Site:

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