Florida electric utilities warn about substation hazards
TAMPA, June 27, 2006
Progress Energy Florida and Tampa Electric have joined together to remind the public about the dangers of tampering with electric equipment.
Progress Energy Florida and Tampa Electric have seen an increase in theft and vandalism at electrical substations in their service areas in recent months. Many of the thefts involve metals, which are subsequently sold on the scrap market.
Substations contain high-voltage transmission lines and other equipment. They are hazardous areas surrounded by locked fences. Thefts from substations have resulted in injury and death – and can put surrounding communities at risk for extended power outages.
Progress Energy Florida and Tampa Electric encourage customers to exercise caution near all electrical equipment, and:
- If you see any suspicious activity in or near a substation, report the information to the appropriate power company or to local law enforcement.
- Progress Energy Florida: 1-888-275-4357
- Tampa Electric: 813-225-5139
- If you have information about thefts from a substation or other utility property, immediately report it to local law enforcement agencies.
Progress Energy Florida, a subsidiary of Progress Energy (NYSE: PGN), provides electricity and related services to more than 1.5 million customers in Florida. The company is headquartered in St. Petersburg, Fla., and serves a territory encompassing over 20,000 square miles including the cities of St. Petersburg and Clearwater, as well as the Central Florida area surrounding Orlando. Progress Energy is the 2005 recipient of the prestigious J.D. Power and Associates Founder's Award for dedication, commitment and sustained improvement in customer service. For more information about Progress Energy, visit the company's Web site at www.progress-energy.com.
Tampa Electric Company is a regulated utility with both electric and gas divisions (Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas System). It is the principal subsidiary of TECO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: TE), an integrated energy-related holding company based in Tampa, Florida. Other TECO Energy subsidiaries are engaged in waterborne transportation, coal and synthetic fuel production and electric generation and distribution in Guatemala. For more information, visit online: www.tampaelectric.com.