WASHINGTON, DC 20549


                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT
                     PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
                         SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

                                 Date of report
                 (Date of earliest event reported): May 4, 2005

                             DUKE ENERGY CORPORATION
               (Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

          NORTH CAROLINA                  1-4928                 56-0205520
   (State or Other Jurisdiction    (Commission File No.)       (IRS Employer
        of Incorporation)                                   Identification No.)

            526 South Church Street
           Charlotte, North Carolina                           28201-1006
   (Address of principal executive offices)                    (Zip Code)

        Registrant's telephone number, including area code: 704-594-6200


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Item 2.02 Results of Operations and Financial Condition

     On May 4, 2005, Duke Energy Corporation issued a news release announcing
its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2005. A copy of this
news release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99. The information in Exhibit 99 is
being furnished pursuant to this Item 2.02.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits

     (c)   Exhibits

           99    News Release dated May 4, 2005


     Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
registrant has duly caused this Report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

                                        DUKE ENERGY CORPORATION

                                        By: /s/ Keith G. Butler
                                            Keith G. Butler
                                            Vice President and Controller

Dated: May 4, 2005

                                  EXHIBIT INDEX

Exhibit   Description
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  99      News Release dated May 4, 2005