Duke Energy Names Two New Directors; Declares Quarterly Dividend

    CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 25 /CNW/ -- Duke Energy announced that its board of
directors increased its size from 10 to 12 members with the election today of
Daniel R. DiMicco and Philip R. Sharp.
    (Logo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20040414/DUKEENERGYLOGO )
    DiMicco is chairman, president and CEO of Charlotte-based Nucor
Corporation. In his 25-year career at Nucor, DiMicco rose through the ranks
and was named president, chief executive officer and a member of the board of
directors in September 2000. He was elected vice chairman in June 2001 and
chairman in May 2006.
    Sharp is president of Washington, DC-based Resources for the Future. He
is a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana and a
member of the faculty of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard
    "We're delighted to have the benefit of Dan and Phil's extensive
experience and knowledge in the corporate and public policy sectors to help
guide our future course," said Duke Energy Chairman, President and CEO James
E. Rogers. "Their guidance will be invaluable to us."
    In other action taken today, the Duke Energy board declared a quarterly
cash dividend on its common stock of $0.22 per share. The dividend is payable
on Dec. 17, 2007, to shareholders of record on the close of business Nov. 16,
    This is the 81st consecutive year that Duke Energy has paid quarterly
cash dividends on its common stock.
    Duke Energy, one of the largest electric power companies in the United
States, supplies and delivers energy to approximately 4 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.
    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.

    MEDIA CONTACT:   Mark Craft
                     Phone:              (704) 382-7364
                     24-Hour:            (704) 382-8333

                     ANALYSTS:           Sean Trauschke
                     Phone:              (980) 373-7905

For further information:

For further information: Media, Mark Craft, +1-704-382-7364, 
+1-704-382-8333 (24-Hour), Analysts, Sean Trauschke, +1-980-373-7905, both for
 Duke Energy Web Site: http://www.duke-energy.com

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