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12/31/12:
This New Year's, make a resolution to save energy and money
As 2012 draws to a close, make a New Year's resolution to save energy and money in 2013. Tampa Electric can help.


12/26/12:
Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas encourage customers to help neighbors in need
There is still time for Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas customers to help their neighbors in need – and take a tax deduction for 2012.


12/19/12:
Tampa Electric continues to warn customers about prepaid debit card scam
A scammer demanding a prepaid debit card continues to call Tampa Electric customers under the guise of avoiding disconnection.


12/6/12:
New Tampa Electric bucket trucks appear white, but run green
Keeping with the company’s stellar record of environmental stewardship, Tampa Electric has expanded its Green Fleet with new battery-assisted bucket trucks that reduce use of diesel fuel and cause less noise disruption for customers.


11/29/12:
Low-flying helicopters to patrol Tampa Electric’s transmission structures
Area residents need not be alarmed if they see low-flying helicopters hovering around Tampa Electric transmission poles and towers in the next week. It’s part of the company’s ongoing inspection of transmission equipment.


11/28/12:
Tampa Electric offers tips for holiday lights
As folks deck the halls in coming weeks, Tampa Electric would like to offer a few handy tips for a safer, more energy-efficient holiday season.


11/15/12:
Redesigned Tampa Electric website has new look and improved customer service
Customers may notice something new the next time they visit www.tampaelectric.com. They will now find information faster and easier – thanks to a cleaner, modern look with a strong focus on customers.


11/5/12:
Tampa Electric customers to see lower bills for 2013
Tampa Electric customers will see lower bills in January because of lower costs for natural gas – the fifth consecutive reduction in fuel costs in the past four years.


10/30/12:
Cast your ballot for energy savings this Election Day: Save energy and money
As Americans head to the polls on Election Day, cast your ballot for energy efficiency: Save energy and money.


10/29/12:
Tampa Electric sending additional help to restore power after Hurricane Sandy
Tampa Electric is sending additional people to help assess and restore power after Hurricane Sandy – now about 100 workers are heading to New Jersey, plus contractors.


10/26/12:
Tampa Electric to help five utilities with Hurricane Sandy
Tampa Electric is helping five electric utilities respond to Hurricane Sandy – by sending crews into damaged areas and having customer service professionals handle calls for utilities in the storm’s path.


10/25/12:
Improved Manatee Viewing Center opens Thursday for the season
Tampa Electric’s award-winning Manatee Viewing Center opens Thursday for the 2012-2013 season with new additions for nature lovers.


10/16/12:
Beware of energy vampires this Halloween: unplug unused appliances
As boogeymen and ghosts invade your neighborhood later this month, you may want to be extra careful to watch for goblins that may already be lurking inside your house – vampires.


9/20/12:
Tampa Electric offers $1 million in rebates for new solar projects Oct. 1
Customers planning to install a new solar photovoltaic (PV) system at their home or business in 2013 may qualify for a rebate from Tampa Electric of $2 per watt – up to $20,000 per project.


9/7/12:
Warning: Tampa Electric cautions customers about prepaid debit card scam
Tampa Electric is warning customers to beware of a recent telephone scam where a caller demands a prepaid debit card.


9/6/12:
The Florida Aquarium, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Tampa Electric Create a Landmark Partnership
The Florida Aquarium (FLAQ), The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Tampa Electric created a landmark partnership today with the announcement of their vision for a Florida conservation and technology park.


8/31/12:
Tampa Electric files to lower bills for 2013; fifth consecutive reduction
Tampa Electric customers could see lower bills beginning in January primarily due to lower costs for natural gas – the fifth consecutive reduction in fuel costs in the past four years.


8/30/12:
Tampa Electric sends crews to help utility with Hurricane Isaac
Tampa Electric is sending about 90 people to Louisiana to help Entergy restore power after Hurricane Isaac.


8/24/12:
Tampa Electric stands ready for Tropical Storm Isaac
Tampa Electric is ready to respond if Tropical Storm Isaac affects its territory. Company officials are keeping a keen eye on the weather, and out-of-state utility workers are traveling to Tampa to supplement Tampa Electric’s crews.


8/22/12:
After evaluating bids, Tampa Electric plans to expand Polk Power Station
After careful consideration, Tampa Electric has decided to expand the Polk Power Station to meet the company’s power needs for 2017, as outlined in its Request for Proposals in March.


7/3/12:
Tampa Electric warns customers about payment scam
Tampa Electric is alerting customers to a fraudulent claim that President Obama will pay customers’ utility bills.


7/3/12:
Celebrate the red, white, blue…and green!
As we celebrate the red, white and blue on Independence Day, it ’s a great time to think about going green.


7/2/12:
Tampa Electric to offer northeastern utilities additional support
After severe weather affected the Midwest and Northeast on Friday, Tampa Electric is helping two utilities – by sending crews to help in the field and by remotely supporting their customer service efforts through a call center in Ybor City.


6/30/12:
Tampa Electric helping two northeastern utilities after severe weather
After severe weather affected the Midwest and Northeast on Friday, Tampa Electric is helping two utilities – by sending crews to help in the field and by remotely supporting their customer service efforts through a call center in Ybor City.


6/27/12:
Tampa Electric restoration essentially complete
Tampa Electric has essentially completed restoration of customers affected by Tropical Storm Debby.


6/26/12:
Tampa Electric restoration nearing completion
Tampa Electric has nearly completed restoration of customers affected by Tropical Storm Debby.


6/26/12:
Tampa Electric working around the clock; restoring power quickly and safely
Tampa Electric made significant progress in restoring power overnight for Tampa Bay area customers affected by severe weather from Tropical Storm Debby.


6/25/12:
Tampa Electric restoration in full swing; additional crews to assist
Tampa Electric is bringing in backup from another utility to help restore power to Tampa Bay customers affected by severe weather from Tropical Storm Debby.


6/25/12:
Tampa Electric restoring power; prepared for additional severe weather
Tampa Electric is working around the clock to restore power to customers affected by severe weather from Tropical Storm Debby.


6/19/12:
Tampa Electric’s new energy-saving program installs measures at no cost
In an effort to help the community use energy more wisely, Tampa Electric has created an innovative new program to install energy-saving items in thousands of low-income homes across West Central Florida at no cost to homeowners.


6/6/12:
Tampa Bay electric utilities caution customers about telephone scam
Progress Energy Florida and Tampa Electric have joined together to warn customers of a recent telephone-based scam that has surfaced in the Tampa Bay area.


5/24/12:
Tampa Electric has storm plan and is ready for 2012 hurricane season
Hurricane season starts June 1, and Tampa Electric is ready for whatever Mother Nature has in store. The company’s year-round preparations enable crews to handle the potential impacts of hurricanes and widespread power outages.


4/28/12:
Public-private project to restore majority of Newman Branch Creek
Tampa Electric today dedicated the second phase of a unique public-private partnership to help restore and protect critical coastal habitat along Newman Branch Creek in south Hillsborough County.


4/26/12:
Tampa Electric earns Tree Line USA® status for fourth consecutive year
The National Arbor Day Foundation™ has certified Tampa Electric a Tree Line USA ® utility for a fourth consecutive year for its efforts to protect the health of trees the company must trim near power lines.


4/13/12:
Tampa Electric celebrates Earth Day at local events
Tampa Electric celebrates Earth Day 2012 at four Tampa-area events where customers can get free energy-saving kits and information about money-saving programs and services. The events are open to the public.


3/30/12:
Peoples Gas and Tampa Electric remind homeowners to call 811 before digging
With warmer days and longer evenings, it’s prime time for planting and other outdoor projects – and it’s a perfect time to remind homeowners to always call 811 before digging.


3/16/12:
Tampa Electric seeking additional power sources for 2017
To accommodate customer growth and to replace purchased-power agreements due to expire, Tampa Electric will need additional sources of power in five years.


2/17/12:
Tampa Electric’s transmission line across Alafia river wins regional award
The Southeastern Electric Exchange (SEE), a non-profit, non-political trade association of investor-owned electric utilities, named Tampa Electric the winner of its 2012 Industry Excellence Award in the Transmission Line category.


2/13/12:
Low-flying helicopters to patrol Tampa Electric’s power lines
Beginning Tuesday, a low-flying helicopter will conduct Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) aerial surveys of some of Tampa Electric’s high-voltage power lines.

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TECO Energy, Tampa Electric, Peoples Gas
TECO Energy, Inc.
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