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Tampa Electric customers set new all-time records for electricity usage

TAMPA, January 11, 2010

Tampa Electric customers set a new all-time peak-demand record for electricity usage this morning, Jan. 11 as the state-wide cold weather condition continues. At about 7 a.m., Tampa Electric’s customers used approximately 4,742 megawatts (MW) of electricity compared with the previous all-time peak-demand record of 4,327 MW set Aug. 20, 2007.

Total energy used during the entire 24-hour day of Jan. 10 also set an all-time record of 87,461 megawatt-hours (MWh). The previous record, 82,318 MWh, was set on Jan. 9, 2010.

The company is continuing to work with other utilities in the state through this extended cold weather period to ensure it can meet customer needs.

Tampa Electric has been successfully meeting our customer’s energy needs without curtailing or interrupting residential or business service since the current cold spell began Jan. 3. The company continues to monitor demand through the weekend and plans to fully utilize all available generation, including Bayside and Big Bend power station peaking units that were placed in service in 2009 for these high-demand conditions.

There have been some localized, non-supply related outages as a result of the cold temperatures and higher customer demand. The lower temperatures and high usage have increased the stress on our system and some transformers and fuses have been replaced.

For cold weather savings tips visit Tampa Electric's Web site at and Peoples Gas at www.

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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