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Tampa Electric to exclusively offer environmentally friendly LED street lights

If regulators approve, expanded LED choices will debut for new customers in 2015

TAMPA, December 3, 2014

Tampa Electric is seeking to change its street light program to offer only energy-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) street lights to future customers.

Tampa Electric filed today with the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) to change its outdoor lighting options. If approved, Tampa Electric would no longer offer high-pressure sodium or metal halide technologies for new requests of street lights or area lights.

“This is good for the planet because LED lights use 30 percent to 60 percent less energy,” said Gordon Gillette, president of Tampa Electric. “LEDs contain no mercury or other heavy metals, and they are recyclable – making disposal easier and more environmentally friendly. Plus, they reduce light pollution and last longer than older technologies.”

Tampa Electric is proposing this change due to changing market and product-supply conditions. The costs of LED lights have become competitive with older technologies. The market has evolved to favor the brighter, energy-efficient lights because the whiter light provides better visibility, which is better for security purposes.

The PSC is expected to vote on the issue in early 2015. Until the PSC approves the change, Tampa Electric will honor customer requests for the old lights.

At this time, Tampa Electric has no plans to convert old lights to LED technology, except upon request.

Tampa Electric, one of Florida’s largest investor-owned electric utilities, is part of the TECO Energy family of companies. Tampa Electric serves more than 700,000 customers in West Central Florida. TECO Energy Inc. (NYSE: TE) is an energy-related holding company with regulated electric and gas utilities in Florida and New Mexico, including Tampa Electric, Peoples Gas System and New Mexico Gas Co. Other TECO Energy subsidiaries include TECO Coal, which owns and operates coal-production facilities in Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia.

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