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Tampa Electric completing restoration efforts in Winter Haven

TAMPA, August 18, 2004

Tampa Electric today reported that its team has repaired all of its damaged circuits and restored power to customers with known power outages, with the exception of those customers with damage to their homes and infrastructure that prohibits restoration.

In other news, the company has sent approximately 100 Tampa Electric line workers and tree trimmers to assist the City of Wauchula, which has a municipal electric system with substantial damage. Other Tampa Electric resources have been deployed to help other areas. This is in addition to crews from out-of-state utilities that were released by Tampa Electric throughout the restoration process.

Vice President-Energy Delivery Tom Hernandez said, "With Tampa Electric’s customers substantially restored, it’s our turn to lend a hand to other utilities still facing substantial damage."

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

TECO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: TE) is an integrated energy-related holding company with core businesses in the utility sector, complemented by a family of unregulated businesses. Its principal subsidiary, 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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