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Tampa Electric partners with the Tampa Bay sports Commission to provide green energy for the 2009 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game

A partnership between Tampa Electric and the Tampa Bay Sports Commission will make the 2009 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game the first to be powered by clean renewable energy.

TAMPA, December 3, 2009

Tampa Electric and the Tampa Bay Sports Commission today announced that the 2009 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game on December 5th at Raymond James Stadium will be powered utilizing Florida-based renewable energy produced from natural sources like the sun and biomass.

The ACC and the Tampa Bay Sports Commission are committed to making a difference by sharing Tampa Electric’s dedication to the environment while the city hosts one of the nation’s premier college sporting events.

“We feel fortunate to partner with Tampa Electric on this unique initiative,” said Rob Higgins, Executive Director of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission.  “Awareness surrounding sustainability in the sports market continues to heighten and we feel honored to assist in implementing the use of green energy for this great event.”

Tampa Electric estimates that powering the ACC Football Championship Game with renewable energy will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 100,000 pounds, the equivalent of taking 75 cars off the road for a month.

Tampa Electric Vice-President Bruce Narzissenfeld said, “It is a pleasure to support the Tampa Bay Sports Commission by providing renewable energy produced in Florida for their ACC Football Championship Game.”

Tampa Electric began its Renewable Energy program in late 2000. The program provides an opportunity for customers to partner with the company to increase the use of renewable fuel sources for the production of energy. Participating customers in Tampa Electric’s service territory can sign up for a “block” of energy equal to 200 kilowatt-hours (kWh) on the electric grid for $5.00 per block.

In 2008, the Florida Public Service Commission approved a one-time renewable energy purchase plan for utility customers that allows an organization such as the Tampa Bay Sports Commission to purchase renewable energy for their event on a one-time basis.

Tampa Electric Company is the principal subsidiary of TECO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: TE), an energy-related holding company, with regulated utility operations in Florida including both Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas System. Other subsidiaries include TECO Coal, which owns and operates coal production facilities in Kentucky and Virginia, and TECO Guatemala, which is engaged in electric power generation and distribution and energy-related businesses in Guatemala.

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