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DUKE POWER CO. FILES 15-YEAR PLANS WITH REGULATORS

 DUKE POWER CO. FILES 15-YEAR PLANS WITH REGULATORS
 CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Duke Power Co.'s (NYSE: DUK)


efforts over the next 15 years will focus on its customers and their efficient use of energy, according to company officials.
 The company's future plans were spelled out in its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), submitted recently to the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) and the Public Service Commission of South Carolina. A plan is developed every three years with short-term plans updated annually.
 "The purpose of the plan is to analyze all current and potential sources and uses for power over the next 15 years," said Donald H. Denton, senior vice president of planning and operating. "Right now, putting our efforts in helping our customers use electricity more efficiently makes the most sense -- economically and environmentally -- for Duke Power."
 Duke plans to expand the extent of its consumer demand programs by more than 200 percent over the next 15 years. These demand-side programs allow Duke to shave electrical demand by promoting either energy efficiency or load control programs.
 Currently, Duke is capable of trimming 1,165 megawatts of capacity through these programs. However, by the year 2006, the company hopes to increase that capacity to more than 3,600 megawatts. This number is equivalent to the combined output of four large generating units.
 In addition to such demand-side programs as residential load control and interruptible service for commercial and industrial customers, Duke will begin introducing new pilot programs such as residential heating and air conditioning tune-ups and high efficiency lighting for commercial and industrial customers.
 "We have already proven ourselves capable of building and operating efficient power plants," said Denton. "Now, we want to be a leader in helping our customers be efficient users of electricity."
 While Duke is focusing on demand-side programs, the company's IRP also considers future generation needs. Economic development and growth in number of customers will require more electricity. To meet some of those needs, the 1,184-megawatt Lincoln Combustion Turbine Station, already approved by the NCUC, is scheduled to begin supplying power in 1995.
 Additional combustion turbines, which are used to supply electricity during periods when customer use is greatest, are planned for the year 2002. A base-load power plant, used to supply electricity around the clock, is currently slated for 2006. Because of the flexibility of the IRP, final decisions on these facilities do not have to be made until later this decade.
 Currently, the Duke system has a peak forecast of more than 14,000 megawatts. By the year 2006, that peak is expected to grow by about 35 percent to more than 19,000 megawatts. The combination of demand-side programs and new generation will help Duke meet future load growth and sustain economic development in the Duke service area.
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 /CONTACT: Randy Wheeless, Duke Power Company, 704-382-8379, or (home) 704-535-8743/
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