News Release Archives — 2019

Tampa Electric Bills to Drop Again, Will Remain Among Lowest in Florida
Tampa Electric is again reducing customers’ bills for 2020. In total, residential customers will pay about $26 less for annual electricity costs than they did in 2019.

Utilities and consumer protection agency join forces to shut down scammers and protect customers
Better Business Bureau serving West Florida, Duke Energy, Tampa Electric and TECO Peoples Gas are joining forces to help shut down utility scammers and protect consumers and businesses by participating in the fourth annual Utility Scam Awareness Week, Nov. 17 to 23.

Tampa Electric Bills to Drop for 2020, to Remain Among Lowest in Florida
Tampa Electric customers will see lower monthly energy bills next year. The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) today unanimously approved the company’s request to reduce bills.

Tampa Electric's Manatee Viewing Center Opens for Season Friday, Nov. 1
Tampa Electric’s award-winning Manatee Viewing Center opens Friday for its 34th season.

Regulators Approve Tampa Electric's Third Phase of Solar Projects
The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) today approved the cost-effectiveness of Tampa Electric’s current phase of solar development, for two projects coming online in January.

Don't Get Scammed: Tampa Electric Warns Customers to be Vigilant
Law enforcement agencies are reporting a new twist on an old trick: Scammers have shown up in person at Tampa Electric customers’ homes, and then burglarized the homes while the customers were distracted.

Tampa Electric Proposes Reduction to Energy Bills for 2020
Tampa Electric customers could see a reduction in their monthly energy bills next year.

As Threat From Hurricane Dorian Changes, Tampa Electric Keeps Eye on Weather
As the threat to Tampa Bay from Hurricane Dorian diminishes, Tampa Electric has released the out-of-state line workers to enable them to help other utilities in the direct path of the storm.

Tampa Electric is Prepared to Handle Severe Weather from Hurricane Dorian
Tampa Electric is closely monitoring Hurricane Dorian and is preparing to respond to severe weather that could affect Florida in coming days.

Tampa Electric Helps Students Get Plugged into Electric Vehicles
The first electric vehicle to support Driver’s Education in Florida was delivered to one Hillsborough County high school this week, thanks to a new program from Tampa Electric.

Tampa Electric Receives Final Approval to Modernize Big Bend Power Station
Tampa Electric today received final state approval to modernize the Big Bend Power Station, reducing its reliance on coal. The company expects to begin construction in August.

Low-Flying Helicopters to Patrol Tampa Electric's Power Lines
Beginning Wednesday, a low-flying helicopter will conduct aerial surveys of Tampa Electric’s high-voltage power lines.

Tampa Electric ranks high in brand trust with business customers
Thanks to strong relationships with local businesses, Tampa Electric was named a 2019 Trusted Business Partner, according to the Cogent Syndicated annual Utility Trusted Brand & Customer Engagement: Business study.

Hot Enough For Ya? Tampa Electric Customers Break Energy-use Record This Week
Extreme heat pushed Tampa Electric customers to use record amounts of energy this week. At 4:49 p.m. Tuesday, customers set a new record for summer electricity use – the highest amount of electricity used at any one moment – with 4,428 megawatts (MW). That surpassed the previous hourly record of 4,373 MW, which was set July 5, 2016.

Tampa Electric Launches Innovative Shared Solar Program – No Roof Required
Tampa Electric customers can now choose to receive some – or all – of their electricity from the sun. Sun Select, the utility’s new shared solar program, starts today.

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 Customers to get One-Time Refund in January totaling $11.5 million
Tampa Electric customers will receive a one-time refund on their energy bills in January, thanks to the utility’s proposal that regulators approved today.

Tampa Electric Earns Tree Line USA® Status for Eleventh Consecutive Year
The National Arbor Day Foundation™ has recognized Tampa Electric as a Tree Line USA® utility for the eleventh consecutive year for its efforts to protect the health of trees the company must trim near power lines. A tree that contacts a power line can create a safety hazard and can also lead to power outages.

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.

Regulators Approve Bill Adjustment; Tampa Electric Bills Remain Among State's Lowest
Due to changes in the prices of natural gas and expected power purchases, Tampa Electric bills will rise slightly, starting in April. Even with this increase, the average residential bill will be about 4 percent lower than last year and will remain among the lowest in Florida.

Have You "Herd?" On this Valentine's Day, Tampa Electric only has Eyes for "Ewe"
To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Tampa Electric is not sheepish. We want our customers to know that we only have eyes for “ewe.” Tampa Electric has secured an environmentally friendly team of experts who are outstanding in their field: Katahdin sheep. These rented sheep are flocking to TECO’s new solar fields to keep the grass short.

Tampa Electric Hits Halfway Mark on Significant Solar Expansion
Three new Tampa Electric solar plants with 1.7 million solar panels began producing electricity from the sun in January, marking the halfway point of the company's significant solar expansion.

Tampa Electric and TECO Peoples Gas to work with furloughed federal workers
Tampa Electric and TECO Peoples Gas are working with customers who are federal employees working without pay or who are furloughed as a result of the government shutdown.

Tampa Electric seeks to adjust energy bills; would remain among state’s lowest
Due to changes in the prices of natural gas and expected power purchases, Tampa Electric has requested an increase to customer bills starting in April.

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