News Release

Tampa Electric announces senior level staffing changes

TAMPA, January 24, 2001

Tampa Electric Company and its parent company, TECO Energy Inc., today announced several changes in the companies’ senior management roster. The changes included one retirement and five promotions.

Tampa Electric President John Ramil said, "It is with mixed emotions that I announce the retirement of Energy Delivery Vice President H.I. ‘Skip’ Wilson. Skip has dedicated many years to Tampa Electric, and Tampa Electric employees and customers have all benefited from his leadership and expertise. While we will miss Skip very much, we wish him the best of luck on his retirement."

Wilson, who joined Tampa Electric in 1962, held management positions throughout the company’s Energy Delivery area prior to being named Vice President in 1987. Tampa Electric’s Energy Delivery area is responsible for transmission and distribution of electricity, as well as system engineering and system operations.

Ramil said that Tampa Electric’s senior staff used Wilson’s departure as an immediate opportunity to make additional organizational changes, ensuring the company would be best positioned for a market leadership role going forward.

Tom Hernandez, formerly Vice President-Regulatory Affairs for TECO Energy, has been named to replace Wilson, and has been promoted to Vice President-Energy Delivery, reporting to John Ramil. Tom Hernandez joined Tampa Electric Company in 1982 as an associate engineer in the company’s Production Department. Since then, his responsibilities have included engineering and management positions in Production and Generation Planning; Energy and Market Planning; and Fuels and Environmental Services. Hernandez was named Vice President-Regulatory Affairs in March 1998.

Other promotions announced today include the following:

• Dee Brown, formerly Director-Regulatory Affairs for Tampa Electric, has been promoted to Vice President-Regulatory Affairs for TECO Energy, reporting to TECO Energy Senior Vice President-External Affairs Richard Lehfeldt. Brown joined TECO Energy in 1990. Since then, she has served in management roles for various TECO Energy and Tampa Electric areas, including Audit Services, Human Resources and Regulatory Affairs.

• Hugh Smith, formerly Vice President-Energy Services and Marketing for Tampa Electric, has been promoted to a newly created officer position, Vice President Energy Supply Trading and Services. Smith joined the company in 1979. In addition to overseeing Energy Services, Customer Service and Marketing, Smith has held leadership positions in the company’s Energy Supply, Environmental and Fuels areas. Going forward, he will be responsible for enhancing Tampa Electric’s energy and commodity trading, asset management, market analysis and financial capabilities. The existing Tampa Electric Fuels, Environmental Affairs, Wholesale Marketing and Sales and Generation Planning areas will also report to Smith.

• Spence Autry, formerly Vice President-Environmental and Fuels for Tampa Electric, has been promoted to Vice President-Customer Services and Marketing. Autry, who joined the company in 1968, has held management positions in the company’s Environmental, Fuels, Governmental Affairs, Regulatory Affairs and Generation Planning areas. Additionally, he has held the position of Vice President-Administration for the company’s TECO BGA subsidiary. In his new role, Autry will be responsible for Customer Service, Retail Marketing and Sales, Corporate Research and E-Business Development.

• Johnny Dean Page, formerly Assistant to the President for Tampa Electric, has been promoted to Vice President-Community Affairs. Page joined the company in 1957 and has held many leadership positions, including director of Tampa Electric’s Central Business Region. Page was named Assistant to the President in 1999 and held primary responsibility for leading and coordinating Tampa Electric’s efforts to cultivate and manage effective business and civic relationships with business and community leaders at the state, regional and national levels. In his new role, Page will oversee Tampa Electric’s business regions, local governmental affairs and the work of the TECO Energy Foundation.

Tampa Electric is the principal subsidiary of TECO Energy, Inc. TECO Energy is a diversified, energy-related utility holding company also based in Tampa. In addition to Tampa Electric, its principal businesses include Peoples Gas, TECO Coal, TECO Transport, TECO Coalbed Methane, and TECO Power Services, Bosek Gibson and Associates.

MEDIA CONTACT: Ross Bannister – Tampa Electric  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
E-mail: cljacobs@tecoenergy.com