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FRCC continues generating capacity alert for September 6

TAMPA, September 6, 2005

Due to the ongoing uncertainty with the restoration of natural gas production in the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricane Katrina, the Florida Reliability Coordinating Council (FRCC) today announced it is continuing its Generating Capacity Alert for Tuesday, September 6. All Florida electric customers are being asked to conserve energy, especially in the late afternoon and early evening.

There is a small amount of natural gas being produced from these facilities but no word on when production will increase.

Peninsular Florida receives most of its natural gas from Gulf Coast 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.

Based on the continuation of the FRCC Generating Capacity Alert, Tampa Electric is urging its customers to reduce electricity usage. Such voluntary conservation would allow Tampa Electric to share its power with neighboring utilities. With fuel prices at all-time highs, customers who conserve electricity will see an added benefit; lower electric bills.

For more conservation tips or information about our energy-saving programs, visit the "Save Energy" section.

Tampa Electric Company is the principal subsidiary of TECO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: TE), an integrated energy-related holding company with core businesses in the utility sector, complemented by a family of unregulated businesses. Tampa Electric Company is a regulated utility with both electric and gas divisions (Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas System). Other subsidiaries are engaged in waterborne transportation, coal and synthetic fuel production and independent power.

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