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New Plan to Make New, Existing Electric Facilities Bird-Friendly

TAMPA, June 27, 2004

Tampa Electric Co. has announced implementation of an Avian Protection Plan (APP) designed to prevent bird collisions and electrocutions, and guide the company on nest removal and relocation.

“Tampa Electric’s service territory is located amid one of the Florida’s and the nation’s most important avian migration thruways and seasonal nesting sites for dozens of species of birds. Our Avian Protection Plan will help protect birds of prey like ospreys and hawks, and other large birds, from potential injury or death from contact with power lines or other equipment,” said Thomas Hernandez, Vice President-Energy Delivery and Customer Service.

The APP helps Tampa Electric accomplish the following:

  • Identifies the species of raptors and other large at-risk birds that likely occupy or move through the service territory;
  • Documents bird use typically associated with power lines and electrocution risks;
  • Develops raptor protection project maps identifying bird use and other data;
  • Identifies particular areas exhibiting increased risk for bird electrocution and potential electrical outages;
  • Recommends appropriate equipment retrofits to minimize electrocution risk;
  • Develops bird-friendly standards for new construction;
  • Improves line retrofits to minimize collision risks.

The overall goal of Tampa Electric’s APP is to identify potential problem areas for a retrofit solution, based on field surveys within the service territory. This, combined with bird-safe new construction will minimize electrocutions, equipment damage and associated outages.

The project will cost approximately $500,000 dollars over the next 5 years.

“Tampa Electric has an unmatched record of environmentally responsible initiatives, such as our pioneering air emissions reductions program and water and land management practices,” said Hernandez.

The APP was developed for Tampa Electric by nationally recognized certified wildlife biologist Richard Harness of EDM International, Inc., based in Fort Collins, Colorado.

“Identifying and retrofitting hotspots and bird-friendly new construction are proven methods of protecting birds large and small,” said Harness.

Development of the APP follows a Raptor Electrocution Prevention Workshop hosted by Tampa Electric in May of 2003 and presented in cooperation with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Avian Power Line Interaction Committee, Raptor Protection Video Group, and Florida Power and Light.

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