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Most of Tampa Electric's Charley outages are restored; company releases line repair and tree trimming personnel to assist in other parts of the state

TAMPA, August 17, 2004

Tampa Electric today announced that, with just 3,000 customers to restore in its Winter Haven service area following Hurricane Charley, the company is able to release the line repair and tree trimming crews that traveled to Florida to assist with the company’s own repair work. The nearly 1,000 who assisted Tampa Electric are being redeployed to the parts of the state with the greatest need.

Vice President-Energy Delivery Tom Hernandez said, “Our power restoration efforts have progressed well, and we are able to address our final Charley outages with a smaller line repair and tree trimming team. We deeply appreciate the assistance we’ve been given by utilities outside the state, and we’re now redeploying that help to assist the other Florida utilities.”

Hernandez added that, as restoration continues and all Tampa Electric customers have their power restored, the company will likely begin sending its own Tampa Electric crews to assist. The company now expects restoration to be essentially complete by the end of today. Some transmission damage remains, and residents in Polk County can expect to see Tampa Electric crews continuing their work to resolve these issues.

Customers still without power in Winter Haven at this point should call 888-223-0800 (toll-free) or 863-299-0800.

Tampa Electric is the principal subsidiary of TECO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: TE), a diversified, energy-related holding company based in Tampa, Florida. Other TECO Energy subsidiaries include Peoples Gas System, TECO Wholesale Generation, TECO Transport and TECO Coal.

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