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Vital Statistics

Tampa Electric has supplied the Tampa Bay area with electricity since 1899. Its West Central Florida service area covers 2,000 square miles, including all of Hillsborough County and parts of Polk, Pasco and Pinellas counties.

The company has 4,700 megawatts of generating capacity and over 725,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers that depend on Tampa Electric for reliable power and value-added energy services.

Service Area

Tampa Electric serves about 2,000 square miles in West Central Florida, including Hillsborough County and part of Polk, Pasco and Pinellas Counties, with an estimated population of over one million.

Power Stations

Tampa Electric has four electric generating plants in service, with December 2012 net generating capability of 4,668 MW. These plants, the fuel they use and their generating capabilities are listed below:

MW
Bayside (natural gas) 2,083
Big Bend (coal) 1,572
Big Bend CT (natural gas/oil) 61
Polk Unit 1 (coal) 220
Polk Unit 2 - 5 (natural gas/oil) 732

System total

4,668
Demand

Tampa Electric's Peak demands occur in the winter because of electric heating. An all-time winter instantaneous peak load record of 4,760 MW was set on January 11, 2010. Summer peaks are brought on by air conditioning. An all-time summer instantaneous peak load record of 4,373 MW was set on July 5, 2016.

Regulation

Tampa Electric's retail and wholesale operations are regulated by the Florida Public Service Commission and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, respectively. Prices allowed by both agencies are generally based on recovery of prudent costs incurred plus a reasonable return on invested capital.