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Tampa Electric to install $330 million in new emissions controls at Big Bend Power Station

TAMPA, January 13, 2005

As part of its ongoing environmental improvement program, Tampa Electric will soon begin work to install Selective Catalytic Reduction technology at its Big Bend Power Station located in Apollo Beach. Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) is a proven and effective method of reducing Nitrogen Oxides or NOx, which are produced when coal is burned to generate electricity.

The $330-million investment will reduce Nitrogen Oxides emissions at Big Bend by approximately 80 percent from 1998 levels by the end of 2010.

The general construction timeline calls for completion of SCR installation work for each unit, as follows: Big Bend unit 4 completion by June 1, 2007; Big Bend unit 3 completion by May 1, 2008; Big Bend unit 2 completion by May 1, 2009; and Big Bend unit 1 completion by May 1, 2010.

SCR in coal-fired power plants works much like an automobile’s catalytic converter, which reduces emissions produced by the car’s internal combustion engine. Prior to exiting the car’s tailpipe, exhaust gasses pass through the catalytic converter, where a chemical reaction takes place and unburned hydrocarbons are eliminated. At a power plant, Nitrogen Oxides emissions pass through the SCR catalyst and react with ammonia, converting it into elemental nitrogen and water.

After evaluating the other available Nitrogen Oxides control technologies, both for their potential costs and benefits, Tampa Electric chose Selective Catalytic Reduction. SCR offers a proven, affordable, effective means for cleaning emissions. Plus, the SCR design and engineering will integrate into the existing Big Bend infrastructure with minimal interruptions to plant operations.

With the installation of SCR technology, Tampa Electric will achieve important objectives, including; (1) maintaining fuel diversity and fuel availability, (2) protecting against market fluctuations and keeping costs to customers affordable; and (3) achieving significant Nitrogen Oxides emissions reductions.

Tampa Electric will host two Open House meetings to discuss the company’s selective catalytic reduction project. Residents of the local area, as well as other interested customers and members of the news media, are invited to attend:

Tuesday, February 15
Gibsonton Elementary
7723 Gibsonton Drive
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 24
Apollo Beach Elementary
501 Apollo Beach Blvd.
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Beginning in the early 1980s with the installation of Flue Gas Desulfurization, or “scrubbers” to remove SO2 from the first of all four boilers at Big Bend, to the development in the mid-1990s of the clean-coal gasifier at Polk Power Station, to the completion in 2004 of the natural gas fired H.L. Culbreath Bayside Power Station, Tampa Electric is a utility industry pioneer in environmental responsibility.

Tampa Electric has dedicated more than 20 years and $1.5 billion to reduce air emissions from its power plants. The company has proven its environmental commitment through a mix of industry-leading developments and use of best available control technology to emerge as a leader among all national electric companies using affordable technology to reduce emissions from its facilities.  In doing so, the company has developed a national reputation for environmental responsibility that is unparalleled in the energy industry.

Tampa Electric Company is the principal subsidiary of TECO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: TE), an integrated energy-related holding company with core businesses in the utility sector, complemented by a family of unregulated businesses. Tampa Electric Company is a regulated utility with both electric and gas divisions (Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas System). Other subsidiaries are engaged in waterborne transportation, coal and synthetic fuel production and independent power.

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CHERIE JACOBS
TECO Energy, Tampa Electric, Peoples Gas
TECO Energy, Inc.
702 N. Franklin Street
Tampa, Florida 33602
E-mail: cljacobs@tecoenergy.com Email Icon