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Florida Reliability Coordinating Council calls for conservation of electricty statewide

TAMPA, August 30, 2005

The Florida Reliability Coordinating Council (FRCC) today issued public appeal for conservation of electricity by declaring a Generating Capacity Advisory for Tuesday, August 30, 2005.

The purpose of the FRCC is to ensure and enhance the reliability and adequacy of bulk electricity supply in Florida . FRCC's members include investor-owned utilities, cooperative utilities, municipal utilities, federal power agency, power marketers and independent power producers.

The reason for the Advisory is due to the shutdown of natural gas production facilities in the Gulf of Mexico as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Peninsular Florida received most of its natural gas from the production facilities. This disruption of natural gas production may adversely affect the generation of electricity in peninsular Florida because approximately 30 to 35 percent of the state’s generation uses on natural gas as a primary fuel.

The FRCC Advisory goes on to state that the restoration of the natural gas production facilities in the Gulf of Mexico has not yet been determined; damage assessment only began today after sunrise.

Until further notice, the FRCC is asking all electric consumers to utilize conservation measures, especially reducing use of all air conditioning in the late afternoon and early evening.

Tampa Electric customers have many proven ways to conserve energy such as:

  • Increase summer thermostat setting and save 6 to 8 percent per degree on cooling costs for every degree over 78.
  • Turn thermostat off when home is unoccupied for extended periods of time and save up to 15 percent on cooling costs.
  • Service cooling systems and adjust for maximum efficiency and save up to 15 percent on cooling costs.
  • Install flow restricting devices in showers and faucets and save 5–10 percent on water heating use.
  • Seal leaks in HVAC ductwork and save 10 to 30 percent on cooling costs.
  • Replace central air conditioner with a more efficient unit and save 14 to 40 percent on cooling costs.

Tampa Electric is a regulated utility serving more than 625,000 customers in West Central Florida. It is the principal business of TECO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: TE), an integrated energy-related holding company. Other TECO Energy businesses include Peoples Gas System, the largest natural gas distribution utility in Florida , and companies engaged in waterborne transportation, coal and synthetic fuel production and electric generation and distribution in Guatemala.

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