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LOAD CONTROL OFFERS RELIEF FROM SUMMERTIME ENERGY BILLS

 CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The heat is on and Duke Power customers are starting to see it reflected in their electricity bills.
 Wise energy management will contribute to minimizing energy costs. However, Duke Power wants to remind its customers of another option that saves money and helps preserve the environment -- the Air Conditioning Load Control Program.
 Participating customers allow the company to temporarily interrupt service to their central air conditioning systems when Duke Power is unable to generate enough electricity to meet customer demand. In return, customers' electric statements are credited by approximately $16 per month from July through October.
 "Load Control is an important part of Duke Power's overall load management strategy," said Tommy Crawford, Duke Power Load Control program manager. "Over the years, Duke Power customers have modified their use of electricity and reduce the need for summertime peak generation."
 More than 193,000 residential customers now participate in the Load Control program. In addition, commercial and industrial customers are also involved in Duke's load reduction efforts through interruptible power service and stand-by generators.
 "Load Control participants are helping preserve the environment by conserving natural resources," said Crawford. "By controlling the demand for electricity, these customers help to reduce the need for additional generating facilities."
 During the summer months, participants will receive a credit of $3.25 per month for each 1,000 watts of electricity the air conditioning system requires. Some customers may save up to 35 percent of their monthly power bill.
 A Load Control device is placed outside participating customers' homes for an installation fee of $35. The fee usually pays for itself within a few months. There is no installation charge for Maximum Value Homes or other homes that have been pre-wired for Load Control.
 For more information on Air Conditioning Load Control, customers should call the local Duke Power number.
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 /CONTACT: Marianna Mason of Duke Power, 704-382-8374 or (home) 704-339-0747 or 704-594-0681/
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