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Tampa Electric sends crews to help utility with Hurricane Irene

Crews will travel to Washington, D.C., to help Pepco restore power after storm passes

TAMPA, August 26, 2011

Tampa Electric is sending about 70 people to the Washington, D.C., area to help Pepco restore power after Hurricane Irene. About 40 linemen and 30 support personnel will leave at dawn Saturday for the two-day drive. They are prepared to stay for two weeks.

Hurricane Irene is expected to make landfall Saturday, and may affect most of the eastern seaboard through Sunday, bringing severe rain and high winds. Utilities are anticipating extensive damage.

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. Tampa Electric serves more than 672,000 customers in West Central Florida. 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 energy-related businesses in Guatemala.

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