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Tampa Electric customers set new winter record for usage

TAMPA, January 7, 2010

Tampa Electric customers set a new winter peak-demand record for electricity usage this morning, Jan. 7. At about 7:00 a.m., Tampa Electric’s customers used approximately 4,300 megawatts (MW) of electricity compared with the previous winter record of 4,243 MW set on Jan. 22, 2009.

Total energy used during the entire 24-hour day of Jan. 6 set an all-time record of 79,261 megawatt-hours (MWh). The previous record, 76,200 MWh, was set on Aug. 20, 2007.

Tampa Electric expects that the company could hit another peak demand record on Sunday, Jan. 10 and Monday, Jan. 11.

Tampa Electric Company is the principal subsidiary of TECO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: TE), an integrated energy-related holding company with regulated utility businesses, complemented by a family of unregulated businesses. Tampa Electric Company is a regulated utility with both electric and gas divisions (Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas System). Other subsidiaries are engaged in coal, and electric generation and distribution in Guatemala.

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