Energy for Good: Conserving Natural Resources

For more than 120 years, we’ve brought power to the Tampa Bay area.  

We’re proud to balance serving our growing communities with being responsible guardians of our natural resources. Here are a few powerful ways we do just that. 

500 acres set aside for our partners and the public 
Our Florida Conservation & Technology Center in Apollo Beach is a mix of recreation and revolutionary research  

Across the bay from our Big Bend power station in Apollo Beach is our Florida Conservation & Technology Center (FCTC). There we provide our environmental partnersthe Florida Aquarium, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the University of Florida – with the land, amenities and infrastructure to support their research and outreach.  

FCTC is a fascinating place where sea turtles are rehabilitated, coral is spawned, fish are hatched and kids are able to kayak, fish, learn archery and more. 

The cornerstone of FCTC is our ever-popular Manatee Viewing Center, a designated manatee sanctuary and a unique venue to get a good look at Florida’s gentle giants. A short walk along well-maintained trails will lead you to our new Clean Energy Center. It’s an open-air pavilion with interactive games and a working laboratory for our solar research projects.

We’re proud to offer the Manatee Viewing Center, the Clean Energy Center, and miles of trails to all who visit. 

Want to help manatee conservation? Sign up to run or walk in our 2nd annual Run for the Manatees 5K! Race proceeds benefit seagrass restoration, a manatee’s favorite dish! Donations will support our Manatee Viewing Center’s manatee rescue and release efforts. Tampa Electric's Run for the Manatees (