Duke Energy Honored for Outstanding River Stewardship

Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from National Hydropower Association

    WASHINGTON, D.C., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- In a year when California
 blackouts have reminded the public of the value of abundant, low-cost energy
 supplies, The National Hydropower Association (NHA) today awarded Duke Energy
 Corporation's Joccassee Gorges Conservation effort its Outstanding Stewardship
 of America's Rivers citation.  The award recognizes Duke's long-term
 preservation of tens of thousands of wilderness acres surrounding the Savannah
 River headwaters while continuing to meet the region's electrical needs with
 clean, renewable and reliable hydroelectricity.
     "Protection of the natural environment and productive use of rivers can go
 hand-in-hand," said NHA president Christopher Hocker.  "We must balance the
 imperative to conserve natural resources with the needs of electricity
 consumers and the economy.  Duke Energy's Jocassee and Bad Creek projects are
 a testament to the fact that we can do both."
     Duke Energy and its land management business unit Crescent Resources, LLC
 transferred nearly 50,000 acres of land in the Blue Ridge foothills of North
 Carolina and South Carolina as part of The Jocassee Gorges Conservation
 project.  It secured a vast natural resource that serves as a home to rare
 plants, black bears, peregrine falcons and some of the highest waterfalls in
 the Southeast.
     As the National Wildlife Federation's 2000 National Conservation
 Achievement Award winner in the category of corporate leadership, Duke Energy
 has received national recognition for the Jocassee Gorges Project.
     "We are proud to have been part of one of the nation's largest and most
 historic conservation projects," said Richard B. Priory, Duke Energy chairman,
 president and chief executive officer.  "We have worked hard to properly
 manage the Jocassee Gorges over the years, and feel confident the states of
 North Carolina and South Carolina will preserve it for many future
 generations."
     Duke Energy business unit Duke Power began purchasing property in the Blue
 Ridge foothills in the early 1900s for future electricity generation needs.
 For almost a century Duke Energy has managed the property with environmental
 stewardship in mind.  Many significant environmental partnerships were
 fostered along with the stewardship efforts.  A business review indicated that
 there was no longer a need to hold all of the property.  Consistent with the
 goals and plans of those partnerships, the property was offered by Duke Energy
 and Crescent Resources to the two states for conservation.
     The company's stewardship is one of 10 projects recognized by NHA this
 year.  The other projects cited were:
 
     * Cabinet Gorge and Noxon Rapids Projects on the Clark Fork River in
       Montana and Idaho;
     * Norris Project on the Clinch-Powell Rivers in Tennessee;
     * Priest Rapids Hydroelectric Project on the Columbia River in Washington
       state;
     * Deerfield River Hydroelectric System on the Deerfield River in Vermont
       and northwest Massachusetts;
     * Douglas Hydroelectric Project on the French Broad River in Tennessee;
     * Madawaska River Hydroelectric Projects on the Madawaska River in
       Ontario, Canada;
     * Osage Power Plant on the Osage River in Missouri;
     * Kingsley and Sutherland projects on the Platte River in western and
       central Nebraska; and
     * Skagit River Hydroelectric Project on the Skagit River in Washington.
 
     The ten projects selected for inclusion in this report were subjected to a
 thorough evaluation by a four-member judging committee comprised of: a
 whitewater rafting enthusiast and member of American Whitewater; the managing
 editor of Hydro Review, the magazine of the North American hydroelectric
 industry; the environmental resources manager of a public power utility; and
 the vice president of generation for a investor-owned utility.
     Founded in 1983, NHA represents 61 percent of domestic, non-federal
 hydroelectric capacity and nearly 80,000 megawatts overall in North America.
 The non-profit trade association promotes the use of clean, renewable and
 reliable hydroelectric power that accords with today's environmental values.
     Duke Energy (NYSE:   DUK), a diversified multinational energy company,
 creates value for customers and shareholders through an integrated network of
 energy assets and expertise.  Duke Energy manages a dynamic portfolio of
 natural gas and electric supply, delivery and trading businesses -- generating
 revenues of more than $49 billion in 2000.  Duke Energy, headquartered in
 Charlotte, N.C., is a Fortune 100 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.
 
     FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
     Randy Wheeless, Duke Energy, (704) 382-8379
     David Tuft, National Hydropower Association, (202) 682-1700, ext. 105,
     David@hydro.org
 
 

SOURCE National Hydropower Association
    WASHINGTON, D.C., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- In a year when California
 blackouts have reminded the public of the value of abundant, low-cost energy
 supplies, The National Hydropower Association (NHA) today awarded Duke Energy
 Corporation's Joccassee Gorges Conservation effort its Outstanding Stewardship
 of America's Rivers citation.  The award recognizes Duke's long-term
 preservation of tens of thousands of wilderness acres surrounding the Savannah
 River headwaters while continuing to meet the region's electrical needs with
 clean, renewable and reliable hydroelectricity.
     "Protection of the natural environment and productive use of rivers can go
 hand-in-hand," said NHA president Christopher Hocker.  "We must balance the
 imperative to conserve natural resources with the needs of electricity
 consumers and the economy.  Duke Energy's Jocassee and Bad Creek projects are
 a testament to the fact that we can do both."
     Duke Energy and its land management business unit Crescent Resources, LLC
 transferred nearly 50,000 acres of land in the Blue Ridge foothills of North
 Carolina and South Carolina as part of The Jocassee Gorges Conservation
 project.  It secured a vast natural resource that serves as a home to rare
 plants, black bears, peregrine falcons and some of the highest waterfalls in
 the Southeast.
     As the National Wildlife Federation's 2000 National Conservation
 Achievement Award winner in the category of corporate leadership, Duke Energy
 has received national recognition for the Jocassee Gorges Project.
     "We are proud to have been part of one of the nation's largest and most
 historic conservation projects," said Richard B. Priory, Duke Energy chairman,
 president and chief executive officer.  "We have worked hard to properly
 manage the Jocassee Gorges over the years, and feel confident the states of
 North Carolina and South Carolina will preserve it for many future
 generations."
     Duke Energy business unit Duke Power began purchasing property in the Blue
 Ridge foothills in the early 1900s for future electricity generation needs.
 For almost a century Duke Energy has managed the property with environmental
 stewardship in mind.  Many significant environmental partnerships were
 fostered along with the stewardship efforts.  A business review indicated that
 there was no longer a need to hold all of the property.  Consistent with the
 goals and plans of those partnerships, the property was offered by Duke Energy
 and Crescent Resources to the two states for conservation.
     The company's stewardship is one of 10 projects recognized by NHA this
 year.  The other projects cited were:
 
     * Cabinet Gorge and Noxon Rapids Projects on the Clark Fork River in
       Montana and Idaho;
     * Norris Project on the Clinch-Powell Rivers in Tennessee;
     * Priest Rapids Hydroelectric Project on the Columbia River in Washington
       state;
     * Deerfield River Hydroelectric System on the Deerfield River in Vermont
       and northwest Massachusetts;
     * Douglas Hydroelectric Project on the French Broad River in Tennessee;
     * Madawaska River Hydroelectric Projects on the Madawaska River in
       Ontario, Canada;
     * Osage Power Plant on the Osage River in Missouri;
     * Kingsley and Sutherland projects on the Platte River in western and
       central Nebraska; and
     * Skagit River Hydroelectric Project on the Skagit River in Washington.
 
     The ten projects selected for inclusion in this report were subjected to a
 thorough evaluation by a four-member judging committee comprised of: a
 whitewater rafting enthusiast and member of American Whitewater; the managing
 editor of Hydro Review, the magazine of the North American hydroelectric
 industry; the environmental resources manager of a public power utility; and
 the vice president of generation for a investor-owned utility.
     Founded in 1983, NHA represents 61 percent of domestic, non-federal
 hydroelectric capacity and nearly 80,000 megawatts overall in North America.
 The non-profit trade association promotes the use of clean, renewable and
 reliable hydroelectric power that accords with today's environmental values.
     Duke Energy (NYSE:   DUK), a diversified multinational energy company,
 creates value for customers and shareholders through an integrated network of
 energy assets and expertise.  Duke Energy manages a dynamic portfolio of
 natural gas and electric supply, delivery and trading businesses -- generating
 revenues of more than $49 billion in 2000.  Duke Energy, headquartered in
 Charlotte, N.C., is a Fortune 100 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.
 
     FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
     Randy Wheeless, Duke Energy, (704) 382-8379
     David Tuft, National Hydropower Association, (202) 682-1700, ext. 105,
     David@hydro.org
 
 SOURCE  National Hydropower Association