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Low-flying helicopters to patrol Tampa Electric’s transmission lines

TAMPA, April 10, 2015

Area residents need not be alarmed if they see low-flying helicopters hovering around Tampa Electric transmission poles and towers in coming weeks; it’s part of the company’s ongoing inspection of transmission equipment.

Beginning Monday, Haverfield Aviation, of Gettysburg, Pa., will use infrared technology to inspect all of Tampa Electric’s high-voltage transmission lines. A low-flying helicopter will hover about 10 to 20 feet above each transmission structure for a short time. Work will begin at 8 a.m. and continue during daylight hours on weekdays. These inspections are expected to be completed by April 21, weather permitting.

The inspections are taking place along Tampa Electric’s urban and rural rights of way. Some inspections will take place within view of area roads and neighborhoods. Local law enforcement officials will be notified of the inspections.

These inspections are part of the company’s routine transmission maintenance.

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: 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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