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Tampa Electric, Peoples Gas and StartSmart.com partner to offer online residential moving services

TAMPA, August 18, 1999

Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas System, both businesses of TECO Energy, Inc., today announced partnerships with StartSmart.com (www.startsmart.com), a new Internet relocation service that enables residential customers to more easily establish, transfer or discontinue a variety of consumer services when they move. Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas are the first Tampa Bay area utility providers to offer access to this first-of-its-kind service.

"This partnership provides residential customers throughout Tampa Electric's and Peoples Gas' service areas with a quicker, more efficient electronic commerce option for making service order requests," said Penni Allison, Tampa Electric's director of Corporate Customer Services. "Providing these types of innovative service solutions to meet our customers' growing energy needs takes us another step closer to making it even easier for them to do business with us."

Use of the StartSmart.com service is free. And, once a customer enters their information, they are provided with an e-mail confirmation. The site uses the most advanced encryption to provide the best commercial security available. All customer information submitted to the site is confidential and will only be used to process service orders.

StartSmart.com is a Denver-based Internet service company, which provides a "one-stop shopping" environment where customers can fill out simple on-line forms with new address and customer information. The site is designed to save customers time by allowing them to enter information just once, and select a variety of consumer services they need to order, discontinue or transfer.

In addition to Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas, StartSmart.com's partner list includes local and national companies, such as Time Warner Cable, The St. Petersburg Times, AT&T, The New York Times, and U.S. News and World Report.

TECO Energy (NYSE: TE) is a diversified energy-related utility holding company based in Tampa. In addition to Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas, its principal businesses include, TECO Transport, TECO Coal, TECO Coalbed Methane, TECO Power Services, and Bosek, Gibson and Associates.

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CHERIE JACOBS
TECO Energy, Tampa Electric, Peoples Gas
TECO Energy, Inc.
702 N. Franklin Street
Tampa, Florida 33602
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