News Release Archives — 2020

TECO Companies to Provide $1 Million to Customers In Need
To help the community during this unprecedented year, Tampa Electric and TECO Peoples Gas are granting $1 million in bill credits to customers in need.

Tampa Electric’s Manatee Viewing Center Will Remain Closed Until Fall 2021
To help protect the health and safety of visitors and the community, Tampa Electric’s award-winning Manatee Viewing Center will remain closed this season. It is scheduled to reopen next season on Nov. 1, 2021.

TECO Companies Encourage Helping Neighbors in Need on Giving Tuesday
At the end of an unprecedented year, when many people are looking for ways to make a positive difference in their communities, Tampa Electric and TECO Peoples Gas are offering customers an opportunity to share the hope for neighbors in need. On Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1, and throughout the holiday season, customers can make a contribution to the Share program to help local families who are struggling.

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.

Fighting Fraud: Better Business Bureau joins Tampa Electric, Peoples Gas and Duke Energy Florida to protect customers during Utility Scam Awareness Week
Better Business Bureau serving West Florida, Duke Energy Florida, Tampa Electric and TECO Peoples Gas are joining forces to help shut down utility scammers and protect consumers and businesses by participating in the fifth annual Utility Scam Awareness Day on Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Tampa Electric is Prepared to Handle Severe Weather
Tampa Electric is closely monitoring Hurricane Eta and is prepared to respond to severe weather that is expected to affect Florida.

Regulators Say Tampa Electric's Solar Project is Cost-Effective
The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) this week approved the cost-effectiveness of Tampa Electric’s current phase of solar development, for one project coming online in January.

Rising Natural Gas Prices to Affect Tampa Electric Bills for 2021
The rising cost of natural gas will raise Tampa Electric customers’ bills in 2021.

Tampa Electric's Manatee Viewing Center Delays Opening for 2020 Season
To help protect the health and safety of visitors and the community, Tampa Electric will delay opening its award-winning Manatee Viewing Center this fall.

Beware of Energy Vampires This Halloween: Unplug Unused Appliances
As zombies and ghosts prepare to invade your neighborhood later this month, it’s a great time to watch for goblins that may already be lurking inside your house – vampires.

Emera announces the planned retirement of Nancy Tower in mid-2021
Emera Inc. today announced the planned retirement of Nancy Tower, current president and chief executive officer of Tampa Electric, in mid-2021.

Tampa Electric Warns Customers: Scammers Using New Twist on Old Scam
Tampa Electric is cautioning customers that scammers have adapted their techniques for the coronavirus pandemic: Aggressive scammers are demanding payment through mobile applications under the guise of avoiding disconnection.

Rising Natural Gas Prices to Affect Tampa Electric Bills for 2021
After significantly lowering bills during the pandemic, Tampa Electric is seeking to raise customer bills in 2021 to keep pace with the rising cost of natural gas. Bills would continue to remain well below the national average.

Tampa Electric to Begin Installing Some Power Lines Underground
Tampa Electric has begun to implement its Storm Protection Plan, which will strengthen the electric system to better withstand extreme weather events, such as hurricanes.

Tampa Electric Sending Crews to Louisiana to Help Restore Electricity
Tampa Electric is sending more than 100 people to Louisiana on Monday to help Entergy Louisiana to restore power after Tropical Storms Laura and Marco hit the region.

On 8/11, Tampa Electric Reminds Floridians to Call 811 Before Digging
August 11 is also known as 811 Day and serves as an important reminder for Florida residents and excavators to call 811 two business days before they start digging.

Tampa Electric Customers to Benefit from Several New Energy-Saving Programs
Tampa Electric customers will soon benefit from several new and updated energy-efficiency programs, including the return of a popular program, now called Prime Time Plus.

Mike Sewell Named Director of Federal Affairs for Tampa Electric and TECO Peoples Gas
Tampa Electric and TECO Peoples Gas have named Mike Sewell as their new director of Federal Affairs.

Celebrate Independence From The Gas Pump With An Electric Car
The latest Department of Energy statistics show that the United States consumes more than 20 million barrels of oil per day – nearly half of which is imported – and that nearly 70 percent of it is used for transportation. How can you reduce your dependency on foreign oil at the gas pump? Simple: Use less of it.

Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas Extend Suspension of Disconnections for Non-Payment Through End of July
To continue to help customers during the coronavirus pandemic, Tampa Electric and TECO Peoples Gas have extended their suspension of disconnections for non-payment through the end of July. The company originally announced they were suspending disconnections for non-payment in March.

Don't Get Scammed: Tampa Electric Warns Customers to be Vigilant
A scammer demanding a prepaid debit card continues to call Tampa Electric customers under the guise of avoiding disconnection. About 50 customers are hearing from scammers every day.

Tampa Electric Prepares Year 'Round to Handle Hurricane Season
Hurricane season starts June 1, and Tampa Electric is preparing for whatever Mother Nature has in store. The company’s year-round preparations enable Tampa Electric to handle the potential impacts of hurricanes and widespread power outages. And this year, the coronavirus pandemic will make hurricane season look different.

Working (And Everything Else) From Home? Here's a Few Ways To Reduce Your Summer Energy Bill
The pandemic has forced schools and offices to close, pushing many of our typical activities into our homes.

Tampa Electric Co. Board Appoints New Member
The Tampa Electric Co. board of directors today appointed Jacqueline L. Bradley to the board, effective immediately. This board oversees both the company’s electric utility, Tampa Electric, and its natural gas utility, TECO Peoples Gas.

Tampa Electric Will Significantly Reduce Energy Bills This Summer
Tampa Electric customers will see significantly reduced bills this summer, plus lower prices for the rest of the year. Bills in June through August will be reduced by more than 20 percent, and residential customers will save an estimated $90 on energy costs for the rest of 2020.

Tampa Electric Earns Tree Line USA® Status for Twelfth Consecutive Year
The National Arbor Day Foundation™ has recognized Tampa Electric as a Tree Line USA® utility for the twelfth 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.

Tampa Electric Reminds Homeowners to Call 811 Before Starting “DIY” Digging Projects
With thousands of people following safer-at-home guidance during the pandemic, some Floridians are spending more time in their yards, planting and working on other outdoor projects – and Tampa Electric encourages customers to call 811 two business days before they start digging.

TECO Companies Donate $1 Million to Charities to Help During Pandemic
To help the community during this unprecedented time of uncertainty, Tampa Electric and TECO Peoples Gas are donating $1 million to local charities that will benefit people financially affected by the pandemic.

Tampa Electric Seeks to Significantly Lower Energy Bills
Due to lower natural gas prices, Tampa Electric today requested a significant decrease to customer bills from the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC). Because of the unusual circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic, the utility is seeking to accelerate the savings for customers, beginning in June.

Tampa Electric and TECO Peoples Gas Protecting Customers, Employees
At Tampa Electric and TECO Peoples Gas, the health and safety of customers, employees and the communities we serve is our top priority. The utilities are prepared for the coronavirus pandemic and are taking steps to help customers – and to prevent the virus’ spread as we continue to provide vital energy to the community.

Tampa Electric's Manatee Viewing Center Celebrates Incredible New Milestone
Tampa Electric’s award-winning Manatee Viewing Center will welcome its 6 millionth visitor this weekend.

Tampa Electric to Further Expand Renewable Energy With More Solar Power
As part of its strategic transformation to become cleaner and greener, Tampa Electric is launching another significant expansion of solar power.

TECO Encourages Community Service for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Tampa Electric Company and Peoples Gas Services are proud to join the Florida Public Service Commission, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and utilities nationwide to recognize the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday as a national day of service.

Tampa Electric's Popular “Lamb Cam” is Baaaaack
It is with “shear” delight that Tampa Electric announces the return of Lamb Cam on Tuesday. Stressful day at work? We’re raising the baa on your moment of zen. It is the pinnacle of sheep thrills.

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