Vital Statistics

Tampa Electric has supplied the Tampa Bay area with electricity since 1899. Its West Central Florida service area covers 2,000 square miles, including most of Hillsborough County and parts of Polk, Pasco and Pinellas counties.

The company has more than 5,000 megawatts of generating capacity and over 765,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers that depend on Tampa Electric for reliable power and value-added energy services.

Service Area

Tampa Electric serves about 2,000 square miles in West Central Florida, including Hillsborough County and part of Polk, Pasco and Pinellas Counties, with an estimated population of over one million.

Solar Projects

By 2021, Tampa Electric will invest $850 million to add 6 million solar panels in 10 new photovoltaic solar projects. In total, Tampa Electric will install 600 MW of photovoltaic solar energy to its fleet, which is enough electricity to power more than 100,000 homes. When complete, nearly 7 percent of Tampa Electric's energy generation will come from the sun — a higher percentage of solar than any other Florida utility.

View our growing list of large-scale solar projects and increasing solar generation.

Power Stations

Tampa Electric has three electric generating plants in service, with generating capability of more than 5,000 MW. These plants, the fuel they use and their generating capabilities are listed below:

Bayside 2,083
Big Bend 1,693
Polk 1,415

System total


Tampa Electric's Peak demands occur in the winter because of electric heating. An all-time winter instantaneous peak load record of 4,760 MW was set on January 11, 2010. Summer peaks are brought on by air conditioning. An all-time summer instantaneous peak load record of 4,428 megawatts was set on June 25, 2019.


Tampa Electric's retail and wholesale operations are regulated by the Florida Public Service Commission and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, respectively. Prices allowed by both agencies are generally based on recovery of prudent costs incurred plus a reasonable return on invested capital.

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