News Release Archives — 2017

Tampa Electric seeks to replenish storm reserve
In the past three years, Tampa Electric customers have been affected by two tropical storms and three hurricanes. Restoring power after those storms has exhausted the company's storm reserve, which was established to pay for damage from named storms.

Tampa Electric sending crews to Puerto Rico to help restore power
Tampa Electric is sending about 25 people and two dozen vehicles to Puerto Rico to accelerate ongoing power restoration efforts on the devastated island.

Innovative reclaimed water project is “essentially complete” at Polk Plant
By connecting to Polk County and the city of Mulberry, Tampa Electric has essentially completed the second and final phase of its award-winning reclaimed-water system ...

Tampa Electric offers holiday lighting safety and savings tips
As folks deck the halls in coming days, Tampa Electric would like to offer a few handy tips for a safer, more energy-efficient holiday season.

Regulators pave the way for Tampa Electric to significantly expand solar power
The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) today approved a landmark agreement that will enable Tampa Electric to significantly expand its use of solar power – to become the Florida utility with the highest percentage of solar energy generation.

Emera Announces Leadership Changes
Emera Inc. (“Emera”) (TSX: EMA) announced today that Nancy Tower will become the President and Chief Executive Officer of Tampa Electric upon Gordon Gillette’s retirement on Nov.30.

Tampa Electric sending crews to New England to help restore power
Tampa Electric is sending nearly 200 people to New England today to help several utilities restore power after severe weather affected over a million customers in the area Sunday night.

Tampa Electric’s Manatee Viewing Center opens Wednesday, Nov. 1
Tampa Electric’s award-winning Manatee Viewing Center opens Wednesday for its 31st season.

Tampa Electric bills will adjust in January to reflect fuel costs, other factors
Beginning in January, Tampa Electric customers will see slightly higher bills to reflect the prices of fuel and other factors, as part of an annual adjustment approved today by state regulators.

Tampa Electric increasing focus on Seminole Heights lighting
Tampa Electric has made Seminole Heights and surrounding areas its top priority for lighting repair.

Beware of energy vampires this Halloween: unplug unused appliances
As zombies and ghosts prepare to invade your neighborhood next week, it's a great time to watch for goblins that may already be lurking inside your house – vampires.

Tampa Electric sending crews to New Orleans to help restore power
Tampa Electric is sending about 200 people to New Orleans to help Entergy Louisiana restore power after Tropical Storm Nate, which is expected to become a hurricane and bring heavy rain, storm surge and severe winds when it makes landfall early Sunday.

Tampa Electric significantly expanding use of solar power
In a win for customers and a win for the environment, Tampa Electric has reached a landmark agreement with parties representing its customers to significantly expand its use of solar power.

Tampa Electric restores power to essentially all customers – Final Irma Update
Seven days after Hurricane Irma's winds blew through the Tampa Bay area, Tampa Electric has restored power to essentially all customers who are able to receive it.

Tampa Electric nearly complete on restoration from Hurricane Irma – Update No. 5
Tampa Electric has nearly completed restoration to hundreds of thousands of customers who were affected by Hurricane Irma, and remains on target to restore power to essentially all customers by Sunday night.

Tampa Electric restores 90 percent of power after Hurricane Irma – Update No. 4
Tampa Electric has restored power to more than 90 percent of the customers affected by Hurricane Irma.

Tampa Electric surpasses halfway point in restoration after Irma – Update No. 3
Tampa Electric is making significant progress after Hurricane Irma, restoring power to nearly 60 percent of the customers affected by the storm.

Tampa Electric will restore essentially all power by Sunday night – Update No. 2
Tampa Electric is working around the clock – and is bringing in reinforcements – to restore power for the thousands of customers affected by Hurricane Irma.

Tampa Electric begins restoring power after Hurricane Irma – Update No. 1
Tampa Electric began restoring power today for the thousands of customers affected by Hurricane Irma.

Hurricane Irma could knock out power to half a million TECO customers
With a new track for catastrophic Hurricane Irma that has a bull’s-eye on the Tampa Bay area, Tampa Electric is preparing for extensive power outages that could affect 300,000 to 500,000 customers – or 45 percent to 70 percent of the entire system.

Tampa Electric is prepared to handle severe weather from Hurricane Irma
Tampa Electric is closely monitoring Hurricane Irma and is prepared to respond to severe weather that could affect Florida in coming days.

Tampa Electric files to adjust bills for 2018 to reflect costs of fuel, other factors
Tampa Electric customers could see slightly higher bills beginning in January, according to an annual adjustment to reflect the prices of fuel and other factors.

Status update: Tampa Electric restarts Big Bend Unit 2
Tampa Electric’s Big Bend Unit 2 returned to commercial operation today, seven weeks after an industrial accident at the site.

Tampa Electric creates fund to benefit families affected by incident at Big Bend Power Station
Tampa Electric worked with the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay to establish a charitable fund to assist the families affected by the incident at Big Bend Power Station on June 29.

Tampa Electric working with investigators on Thursday’s incident at Big Bend
Tampa Electric officials are working with officials to investigate the circumstances of Thursday’s incident at the Big Bend Power Station in Apollo Beach.

Florida Utilities Consider Joint Plant Operations to Save Electricity Costs
Tampa Electric Co. is evaluating whether to contribute its power generation to a pilot project with three Florida municipal electric utilities, which currently operate as the Florida Municipal Power Pool (FMPP) ...

Tampa Electric prepares year ‘round to handle hurricane season
Hurricane season starts June 1, and Tampa Electric is ready for whatever Mother Nature has in store. The company’s year-round preparations enable crews to handle the potential impacts of hurricanes and widespread power outages.

Tampa Electric earns Tree Line USA® status for ninth consecutive year
The National Arbor Day Foundation™ has recognized Tampa Electric as a Tree Line USA® utility for the ninth consecutive year for its efforts to protect the health of trees the company must trim near power lines.

UPDATED 5/1/17 - Prominent community leaders appointed to Tampa Electric Co. board
Five prominent business and community leaders from across the state have been appointed to the Tampa Electric Co. board of directors.

Peoples Gas and Tampa Electric remind homeowners to call 811 before digging
With warmer days and longer evenings, it’s prime time for planting and other outdoor projects – and it’s a perfect time to remind homeowners to always call 811 before digging.

Save some “green” this St. Patrick’s Day with Tampa Electric
This St. Patrick’s Day, you don’t need to chase down a leprechaun for his pot of gold to put a little extra “green” in your wallet.

Tampa Electric completes bay area's largest solar project
Tampa Electric has completed construction of the Big Bend solar array – the largest solar energy installation in the Tampa Bay area.

TECO launches upgraded customer information and billing systems
Tampa Electric and TECO Peoples Gas have upgraded their customer information and billing systems to provide TECO customers with more ...

Tampa Electric completes expansion of Polk Power Station
Tampa Electric has completed construction on the expansion of the Polk Power Station, including about 40 miles of transmission lines.

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