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Duke Energy Foundation Donates $20,000 To Red Cross

Last updated on Wednesday, March 7, 2012

(PLAINFIELD) - The Duke Energy Foundation will donate $20,000 to southern Indiana Red Cross agencies to assist victims from last Friday’s deadly tornadoes.

The donation will help Ripley, Jefferson, and Clark County Red Cross chapters deliver relief to tornado victims. The Clark County Red Cross also serves Washington County, which includes the town of New Pekin that was hard hit by the storm.

"Many of us have been touched by the devastation and loss of life that were the result of the violent tornadoes that plowed through southern Indiana and parts of Ohio and Kentucky last Friday afternoon," said Doug Esamann, president of Duke Energy Indiana. "The cleanup and restoration will take many months. Local officials tell us the single most effective gift we can give right now is money."

The Duke Energy Foundation also will match, dollar for dollar, any individual contributions employees make to the Red Cross, regardless of chapter location.

Duke Energy Indiana's operations provide approximately 6,800 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 790,000 customers, making it the state's largest electric supplier. "A Century of Service and Innovation" is the Indiana operating company's year-long celebration of 100 years of service as of Sept. 5, 2012.

The celebration is an opportunity to reflect on the Indiana company's history, its successes, and ways to strengthen the long-standing partnership among its employees, its customers and the communities it serves.

Duke Energy is one of the largest electric power holding companies in the United States. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., its regulated utility operations serve 4 million electric customers in the Carolinas, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, and a half-million natural gas customers in Ohio and Kentucky.

Its Commercial Power and International Energy business segments own and operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing portfolio of renewable energy assets in the United States.

A Fortune 500 company, Duke Energy is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information is available at: www.duke-energy.com.

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