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Florida Reliability Coordinating Council issues generating capacity alert

TAMPA, August 31, 2005

The Florida Reliability Coordinating Council (FRCC) today issued a public appeal for conservation of electricity by declaring a Generating Capacity Alert for Wednesday, August 31, 2005.

Due to the continuing uncertainty of the restoration of natural gas production in the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricane Katrina, all Florida electric customers are being asked to conserve energy, especially in the late afternoon and early evening.

Peninsular Florida receives most of its natural gas from Gulf Coast production facilities. This disruption of natural gas production may adversely affect the generation of electricity in peninsular Florida because approximately 30 to 35 percent of the state’s generation uses on natural gas as a primary fuel.

Based on the FRCC Generating Capacity Alert, Tampa Electric is urging its customers to reduce electricity usage. Such voluntary conservation would allow Tampa Electric to share its power with neighboring utilities.

Tampa Electric urges the following steps:

  • All residential and business customers are asked to raise their thermostat 5 to 10 degrees or more, and keep the setting constant.
  • Turn off water heaters, if possible, or lower the temperature 10 degrees.
  • Reducing use of air conditioning in the late afternoon and early evening.
  • Keep freezer and refrigerator doors closed.
  • Minimize the use of major appliances like your range or oven.
  • Turn off all unnecessary outdoor lighting, and pool and sprinkler pump systems.
  • Keep cooking to a minimum; use your microwave.

Tampa Electric Energy Conservation Tips

For more conservation tips or information about our energy-saving programs, visit the "Save Energy" section.

Tampa Electric is a regulated utility serving more than 625,000 customers in West Central Florida. It is the principal business of TECO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: TE), an integrated energy-related holding company. Other TECO Energy businesses include Peoples Gas System, the largest natural gas distribution utility in Florida , and companies engaged in waterborne transportation, coal and synthetic fuel production and electric generation and distribution in Guatemala.

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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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