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Tampa Electric mobilizes to assist Florida Power & Light with continued power restoration

TAMPA, September 16, 2004

After working tirelessly to restore hurricane-related power outages in their own company’s service area, a contingent of 19 Tampa Electric workers have traveled to Palm Beach this morning to lend their skills and diligence to neighboring Florida Power & Light to help FPL’s continued restoration efforts. The team included linemen, supervisors, an engineer, a fleet mechanic and a safety manager.

Vice President-Energy Delivery Tom Hernandez said, “This effort was voluntary on the part of each of these individuals. In doing so, each of them reflects the spirit that makes all of us so proud to work for Tampa Electric. After four weeks of grueling work restoring our system from two hurricanes, they are still willing to travel to help other Florida utility customers. Stepping up like this requires a level of dedication we should all admire.”

Tampa Electric experienced 78,000 outages as a result of Hurricane Charley and 268,000 as a result of Hurricane Frances.

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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