Duke Energy Heatshare and Wintercare programs help local families stay warm during winter

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CINCINNATI, OH - Duke Energy'’s Heatshare program in Ohio and Wintercare in Kentucky, are once again preparing to assist customers struggling to pay their winter energy bills.

Continuing a 30-year tradition, Duke Energy, its employees, customers and shareholders will provide the funds that will be distributed through The Salvation Army in Ohio and the Northern Kentucky Community Action Agency.

"“We care about the well-being of our customers and know that many of them struggle to stay warm during winter,"” said Gayle Lanier, Duke Energy senior vice president, Customer Services. "“As we enter another winter heating season, we remind our customers that resources and support are available to help with their winter bills. Duke Energy also thanks the many customers who contribute to these energy assistance programs each year. This generous support has meaningful impact for thousands of people.”"

In 2013, Duke Energy and its customers provided bill assistance to more than 1,172 families through funding from HeatShare, and over 425 families through Wintercare funds.

This month, Duke Energy customers will receive bill inserts describing the programs. Contributions will go directly to participating agencies and may be tax deductible.

Duke Energy also offers energy efficiency products and services and information to help customers save energy and money. For more information visit duke-energy.com.

Duke Energy Ohio and Kentucky’'s operations provide electric service to about 830,000 customers in a 3,000-square-mile service area and natural gas service to approximately 500,000 customers.

Duke Energy is the largest electric power holding company in the United States with approximately $115 billion in total assets. Its regulated utility operations serve approximately 7.2 million electric customers located in six states in the Southeast and Midwest. 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.

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.