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FOSSIL EFFICIENCY CONTINUES TO IMPROVE AT DUKE POWER

 CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Improved efficiency at Duke Power Co.'s (NYSE: DUK) eight coal-fired plants saved customers about $892,000 during 1992, company officials said today.
 The results were made public in conjunction with the announcement of the company's C.A. Dewey Award to Buck Steam Station Unit 6 for best improvement in efficiency in 1992.
 The station, near Spencer on the border of Rowan and Davidson counties, reported an improvement of 48.59 percent during 1992 -- edging out Lee Steam Station Unit 2, located near Pelzer in Anderson County, S.C., which improved more than 41 percent.
 "Our coal-fired plants supply about one-third of the electricity used by Duke Power's customers," said Maurice D. McIntosh, vice president-fossil and hydro generation. "The continued improvements of these plants will help all our customers."
 The units were judged on an efficiency factor based on the amount of coal used to produce a kilowatt-hour of electricity versus the amount expected to be used. The better the efficiency factor, the more economical the unit's operation.
 Duke Power's coal-fired plants have the capacity to produce electricity at the rate of more than 7,000 megawatts. For all but one year over the past two decades, Duke Power's coal-fired stations have been ranked as the country's most efficient.
 The award is named for Charles A. Dewey, a long-time engineer at Duke Power whose career spanned 42 years from 1939 until 1981. He currently lives in Charlotte.
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