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Tampa Electric’s Renewable Energy gets the green light from the Florida Public Service Commission

TAMPA, March 30, 2004

Air quality in the Tampa Bay area got a big boost today from the Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC), which gave Tampa Electric Company the go ahead to expand its Renewable Energy program and offer its customers the ability to subscribe to twice as much renewable energy for their electricity needs. Current and future program subscribers can sign up for as many blocks of renewable energy as they wish, each block now producing 100kWh of electricity instead of the previous amount, 50kWh.

Already one of the cleanest electricity providers in the nation, Tampa Electric hailed the FPSC’s decision and the benefits to the community.

“For each block of renewable energy purchased, customers will help offset the need to burn 1,400 pounds of coal each year -- as well as offset the same amount of CO2 as not driving one car 25,000 miles,” said Alan Denham, Tampa Electric’s Renewable Energy program manager. “Tampa Electric is committed to using renewable resources that benefit the local environment.”

The status change in Tampa Electric’s Renewable Energy program comes just a week after the dedication of the company’s H.L. Culbreath Bayside Power Station, which re-powers from coal to clean-burning natural gas, cutting nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide levels by almost 99 percent in the process.

“With the H.L. Culbreath Bayside Station and our enhanced Renewable Energy program, Tampa Electric has proven its dedication to not just its customers but to the overall environmental health of the West Central Florida region,” said Greg Nelson, Director of Environmental, Health & Safety at Tampa Electric. “We appreciate the FPSC’s decision that helps us continue to lead the way as one of the cleanest electricity producers in the nation. We intend to build on this foundation to create a healthy community for generations to come.”

Tampa Electric generates renewable energy from biomass (yard waste and tree trimmings), landfill gas from a Hillsborough county landfill that powers a microturbine, and a photovoltaic solar installation at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Business customers are also encouraged to participate at Sable Palm, Sand Pine or Live Oak Partner subscription levels. To learn more about partnering with Tampa Electric to help the environment, visit tampaelectric.com or call (813) 228-4848.

Tampa Electric Company is the principal subsidiary of TECO Energy, Inc. (NYSE:TE), a diversified holding company of energy-related businesses that include Peoples Gas System, TECO Transport, TECO Coal, TECO Wholesale Generation and TECO Solutions.

For more information, contact Ross Bannister at (813) 228-4945.

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