Peabody, Massachusetts – October 26, 2006 – LODESTAR Corporation announced today that Duke Energy has licensed LODESTAR® Meter Data Management™ on an enterprise-wide basis. A combined team of Duke Energy and LODESTAR professionals has begun to implement the system, which will manage all meter data across each of the Duke Energy service territories. Duke Energy currently serves more than 4.3 million electric customers in North Carolina, Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky, and more than 500,000 natural gas customers in Kentucky and Ohio.

About LODESTAR
LODESTAR is a leading provider of energy software solutions. Our customers include 125 of the largest energy companies in North America, Europe, and Australia. LODESTAR Corporation’s headquarters is at Two Corporation Way in Peabody, MA 01960 USA. LODESTAR and LODESTAR’s other marks are either trademarks or registered trademarks of LODESTAR Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other brands or products are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders and should be treated as such.

About Duke Energy
Duke Energy is a diversified energy company with a portfolio of natural gas and electric businesses, both regulated and unregulated, and an affiliated real estate company. Duke Energy supplies, delivers and processes energy for customers in the Americas. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 500 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.