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AdvanceSC Grants Additional $150,000 to Local Communities for Emergency Cooling Assistance

August 10, 2006

Summer heat wave leads organization to provide additional funding to 27 local agencies

Greenville, S.C. (August 10, 2006) – Due to sustained, record-breaking high temperatures, the AdvanceSC board of directors approved an additional $150,000 in cooling assistance for community agencies. These additional funds were approved at last week’s board meeting and were granted to 27 local agencies. AdvanceSC has distributed more than $1 million in public assistance grants since its inception in 2004.

Through The Duke Energy Foundation, Duke Energy and its customers in the Carolinas provide financial assistance to South Carolina citizens in great financial need through direct grants to Duke Energy's Share the Warmth, Cooling Assistance and Fan Heat Relief programs. AdvanceSC makes an additional annual allocation of at least $650,000 to these public assistance programs to be administered jointly with the existing programs in South Carolina.

The following agencies received a portion of the supplemental cooling assistance funds from AdvanceSC this week: Abbeville County Memorial Hospital; Anderson Interfaith Ministries, Inc.; Clover Area Assistance Center Inc.; Clemson Community Care Inc.; Fort Mill Care Center Inc.; Golden Strip Emergency Relief & Resources Agency, Simpsonville; GRASP, Great Falls; Greater Spartanburg Ministries Inc.; Greer Relief & Resources Agency; Helping Hands Ministries of Woodruff Inc.; HOPE in Lancaster, Inc.; Interfaith Community Services of Newberry County; Iron City Ministries, Blacksburg; KARE, Kershaw; PATH Inc., York; Piedmont Community Actions, Inc., Spartanburg; Richland Presbyterian Church; Salvation Armies of Anderson, Chester, Greenville, Greenwood and Spartanburg; Sunbelt Human Advancement Resources, Inc. (SHARE), Greenville; Total Ministries of Spartanburg County; United Christian Ministries, Easley and United Ministries of Clinton and Greenville.

“AdvanceSC distributes public assistance grants before funding any economic development, education or manufacturing competitiveness needs,” said Robert M. Hitt, president of AdvanceSC. “This summer the board agreed that emergency help was needed with the extremely high temperatures in our area. We hope these supplemental funds will make an immediate impact on local communities.”

AdvanceSC supports education, economic growth, existing manufacturing and public assistance agencies in Duke Energy’s South Carolina service area. Established as a limited liability company by Duke Energy in 2004, AdvanceSC is funded with profits from the company's BPM program and is managed by a board of Upstate S.C. leaders. The fund administrator is Wachovia Charitable Services, Greenville, S.C.