Piedmont Natural Gas Announces Membership in Council for Responsible Energy

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Piedmont Natural Gas
(NYSE: PNY) today announced its membership in the Council for Responsible
Energy, a coalition of more than 190 organizations that have come together to
raise awareness of natural gas as the comfortable, responsible energy choice
for America’s energy consumers.

The Council, comprised of senior industry leaders from organizations
nationwide, has launched a national campaign to communicate the benefits of
natural gas. Central to this campaign is an online resource where visitors can
learn all the ways they can use natural gas wisely in their homes and
businesses, find tips and tools to reduce their energy consumption, and more.
In the coming weeks, consumers will also be able to assess their carbon
footprint using the Council’s carbon calculator tool. Piedmont Natural Gas
customers can access this resource by looking for the Council’s icon on
Piedmont’s Web site, http://www.piedmontng.com .

“Research clearly shows that customers want to do the right thing when it
comes to the environment and our long-term energy goals, but they are unaware
of the many ways natural gas helps them do that,” said Thomas Skains,
president and chief executive officer of Piedmont Natural Gas and the incoming
chairman of the American Gas Association for 2009. “The time is right to
educate the public that by choosing natural gas you can help save energy,
reduce emissions and protect the environment, without compromising performance
or lifestyle.”

In October, Mr. Skains was elected incoming chairman of the American Gas
Association, which represents more than 200 local energy companies that
deliver natural gas to 64 million – or approximately 92 percent – of natural
gas customers nationwide. In this role, Mr. Skains will work with the
association’s membership and staff to communicate the promise of natural gas
to policymakers, regulators and the financial community.

Piedmont Natural Gas, one of the initial members of the Council for
Responsible Energy, will reinforce that group’s message through Mr. Skains’
leadership position within the industry and by sharing complementary messages
about the environmental benefits and many positive attributes of natural gas
with consumers throughout its service areas in North Carolina, South Carolina
and Tennessee.

About Piedmont Natural Gas

Piedmont Natural Gas is an energy services company primarily engaged in
the distribution of natural gas to more than one million residential,
commercial and industrial utility customers in North Carolina, South Carolina
and Tennessee, including 62,000 customers served by municipalities who are
wholesale customers. Our subsidiaries are invested in joint venture,
energy-related businesses, including unregulated retail natural gas marketing,
interstate natural gas storage and intrastate natural gas transportation.
Additional information about Piedmont is available on the Internet at
http://www.piedmontng.com .

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