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Tampa Electric trimming trees along power lines to meet national standards

TAMPA, June 18, 2013

As part of an effort to meet new, stricter federal reliability standards, Tampa Electric will soon begin trimming and clearing trees along some of the company’s high-voltage power lines.

In 2011 and 2012, Tampa Electric sent low-flying helicopters to conduct Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) aerial surveys along the company’s high-voltage power lines.

Crews are now returning to trim or clear trees as needed, to ensure the high-voltage power lines continue to operate safely and reliably . The process may include bucket trucks, tractors and other heavy equipment along the lines, as tree crews work on the ground and in the trees along Tampa Electric’s rights of way during daylight hours, primarily on weekdays.

Trimming and clearing will be complete by the end of 2014.

Tampa Electric and other utilities across the country are working to ensure they meet new, stricter reliability standards of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC).

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 687,000 customers in West Central Florida. TECO Energy’s other major subsidiary, TECO Coal, owns and operates coal-production facilities in Kentucky and Virginia.

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