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FRCC issues generating capacity advisory for today through Sunday, September 25

TAMPA, September 22, 2005

The Florida Reliability Coordinating Council (FRCC) today declared a Generating Capacity Advisory for Thursday, September 22 through Sunday, September 25. As a result, all Florida electric customers are being asked to conserve energy, especially in the late afternoon and early evening.

According to the Advisory, the FRCC is “calling for public appeals for conservation of electricity due to the shutting down of the natural gas production facilities in the Gulf of Mexico as a result of Hurricane Rita. ”

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 natural gas as a primary fuel.

Because of the FRCC Generating Capacity Advisory, Tampa Electric is urging its customers to utilize conservation measures, especially reduced use of air conditioning in late afternoon and early evening. 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 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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