In this report, Progress Energy makes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The matters discussed throughout this report that are not historical facts are forward looking and, accordingly, involve estimates, expectations, projections, goals, forecasts, assumptions, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statement is based on information current as of the date of this report and speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made, and Progress Energy undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement or statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which such statement is made.
Examples of factors that you should consider with respect to any forward-looking statements made throughout this document include, but are not limited to, the following: our ability to obtain the approvals required to complete the merger with Duke Energy and the impact of compliance with material restrictions or conditions potentially imposed by our regulators; our ability to achieve the anticipated results and benefits of the merger with Duke Energy; the scope of necessary repairs of the delamination of Progress Energy Florida’s Crystal River Unit No. 3 Nuclear Plant could prove more extensive than is currently identified, such repairs could prove not to be feasible, the costs of repair and/or replacement power could exceed our estimates and insurance coverage or may not be recoverable through the regulatory process; the impact of fluid and complex laws and regulations, including those relating to the environment and energy policy; the ability to successfully operate electric generating facilities and deliver electricity to customers; the impact on our facilities and businesses from a terrorist attack, cyber security threats and other catastrophic events; the ability to meet the anticipated future need for additional baseload generation and associated transmission facilities in our regulated service territories and the accompanying regulatory and financial risks; our ability to meet current and future renewable energy requirements; the inherent risks associated with the operation and potential construction of nuclear facilities, including environmental, health, safety, regulatory and financial risks; the financial resources and capital needed to comply with environmental laws and regulations; risks associated with climate change; weather and drought conditions that directly influence the production, delivery and demand for electricity; recurring seasonal fluctuations in demand for electricity; fluctuations in the price of energy commodities and purchased power and our ability to recover such costs through the regulatory process; current economic conditions; the ability to successfully access capital markets on favorable terms; the stability of commercial credit markets and our access to short- and long-term credit; and the impact that increases in leverage or reductions in cash flow may have on us and each of our affiliates.