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DUKE ANNOUNCES CHANGES IN NUCLEAR PROGRAM LEADERSHIP

 CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The Duke Power Co. (NYSE: DUK) board of directors today announced several changes in key leadership positions in the company's power generation group, all designed to ensure continued excellence in the company's nuclear power program.
 On July 1, Hal B. Tucker, currently senior vice president-nuclear generation department, will be named assistant to the executive vice president-power generation group, in preparation for Tucker's retirement later this year.
 "Hal has shown exceptional vision and leadership in helping shape our company's nuclear program," Rick Priory, executive vice president- power generation group, said. "As his retirement nears, we intend to make full use of his talents."
 Michael S. Tuckman, vice president-Catawba site, will succeed Tucker as senior vice president-nuclear generation department.
 On June 1, David L. Rehn, general manager-nuclear services, will succeed Tuckman as vice president of the Catawba site. George Grier, general manager-diversified technologies, will succeed Rehn.
 Tucker's position will ensure the smooth transition of leadership in the nuclear generation department and maintain the company's position of strength in the nuclear industry.
 A native of Ocilla, Ga., Tucker graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering. He also attended the University of Michigan for specialized studies in nuclear engineering.
 Tucker joined Duke in 1949 as a testman at the Cliffside Steam Station. He served in several roles in fossil plant operations and from 1967 to 1974 served as manager of operations and maintenance for both fossil and nuclear plants. In 1974 Tucker was named manager-nuclear division, steam production department, and held line responsibility for the operation of the company' nuclear plants. He was named vice president-nuclear production department in 1982; and senior vice president-nuclear production department in 1990. He is currently senior vice president-nuclear generation department.
 In his role as senior vice president-nuclear generation department, Tuckman will be responsible for the strategic direction of Duke's nuclear power program. A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Tuckman graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering.
 Tuckman joined Duke in 1974 as a staff engineer and as the licensing engineer for the Oconee Nuclear Station in the general office steam production department. In 1978, he was promoted to superintendent of technical services at the Catawba Nuclear Station, near Clover, S.C. He moved to the Oconee Nuclear Station in 1983 as assistant station manager and was promoted to manager of the Oconee station in 1984. Tuckman returned to Duke's general office as general manger of nuclear support in 1990; later that same year, he was named vice president-nuclear operations. He was named vice president of the Catawba site in 1991.
 As vice president-Catawba site, Rehn will be responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the Catawba station and for the overall business operation at the site.
 A native of Baltimore, Md., Rehn graduated from North Carolina State University with a master's degree in engineering mechanics.
 Rehn joined the company in 1975 as an engineer associate in the design engineering department. He served as principal engineer responsible for the design and licensing of the Oconee Nuclear Station Independent Spent Fuel Facility, and in 1984 was named engineering project manager and project engineer for the Bad Creek Hydroelectric Station. In 1988 he was named division manager for the Catawba Nuclear Station engineering division, and in 1991 was named general manager- nuclear services.
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 /CONTACT: Guynn Savage, Duke Power Company, 704-382-8350 or (home) 803-548-3309 or 704-594-0681/
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