Duke Energy contributes nearly $2 million in Indiana grants for 2012

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PLAINFIELD, IND. - The Duke Energy Foundation has contributed nearly $2 million to Indiana not-for-profits in 2012.

Included in the funding is $75,000 designated for Hoosier teachers as part of the company’'s 100th anniversary in Indiana.

Duke Energy will award the grants through DonorsChoose.org, an online charity that makes it easy to help students in need. Public school teachers (pre-K through 12th grade) at schools in Duke Energy'’s 69-county service area are eligible to receive full funding up to $1,000 for projects focusing on science, technology, engineering or math.

Teachers are encouraged to post projects now for funding consideration starting Jan. 1. Teachers can visit www.donorschoose.org/teachers to get started.

"We can think of no better way to mark a century of Indiana service than by giving back to our communities," said Duke Energy Indiana President Doug Esamann. "In addition to our foundation funding, we also awarded $100,000 in statewide community outreach anniversary grants for projects ranging from a Vietnam Memorial in Terre Haute to a pedestrian bridge in Bloomington."

To mark its anniversary, the company also recognized exemplary Indiana employees with $25,000 in Century of Service awards to not-for-profit groups of their choice statewide.

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.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at: www.duke-energy.com.