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CP&L Detects Problem in Transmission Line; Repairs to Interrupt Power In Benson Tonight

Story Filed: Friday, June 09, 2000 2:33 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C., Jun 9, 2000 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Beginning at midnight tonight, Carolina Power & Light (NYSE: CPL) (CP&L) will be performing necessary repairs to the primary transmission line supplying power to the Benson, N.C. substation. As a result, power will be interrupted to 1,779 Town of Benson electric customers from midnight to approximately 2:00 AM.

A problem in the line was detected as part of CP&L's ongoing predictive maintenance program. By identifying the problem early, CP&L will be able to make the repair tonight and avoid a lengthier unplanned outage later.

"We understand that any power interruption is inconvenient, but this is a necessary repair to keep the power flowing to all of our customers," said Jim Massengill, CP&L Northern Region Vice President. "The work we are performing tonight is part of our ongoing efforts to serve our customers better, and will improve quality and reliability in the future."

If customers have questions, they should call CP&L's Customer Service Center at 1-800-452-2777.

SOURCE Carolina Power & Light

CONTACT:Carolina Power & Light Corporate Communications, 24-Hour Media Line, 919-546-6189 /Web Site:


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