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Tampa Electric announces Energy Supply management changes

TAMPA, March 12, 2001

Tampa Electric President John Ramil announces the following management changes in Energy Supply Operations, the area of the company responsible for generating or producing electricity for Tampa Electric customers:

Darryl Scott, formerly plant manager of Hookers Point Station in Tampa and general manager of TECO Stevedoring, is promoted to general manager of Big Bend Station in South Hillsborough County. Scott started his career at TECO Transport’s Electro-Coal Transfer in 1997 as director of operations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, a master’s degree in public affairs Kentucky State University in Frankfort, and a Ph.D. in administration and management from Walden University in Minneapolis. TECO Stevedoring will continue to report to Scott.

Karen Sheffield, general manager, Gannon Station in Tampa, will take on additional responsibility for managing Hookers Point Station, also in Tampa. She will also continue working on the Gannon/Bayside transition team for the power plant’s $720 million conversion from coal to natural gas. Sheffield started her career with Tampa Electric in 1976. She has a bachelor of science degree in engineering with a major in chemical engineering from the University of South Florida in Tampa.

Jack Alagood, previously operations manager at Big Bend Station, is promoted to manager-operations and support systems at Big Bend Station. In this new role, Alagood will assume responsibility of Fuel and Byproducts Operations, Water and Fuels, and the Controls and Electrical shops. Alagood started with Tampa Electric in 1975 and holds a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from the University of Florida in Gainesville..

Tom Berry, previously manager for engineering and manager for operations at Polk Power Station in Polk County, is promoted to manager for operations, Steam Plant, Big Bend Station. Berry will be responsible for steam plant operations, which includes the boilers, turbine generators and steam plant auxiliaries. Berry started with Tampa Electric in 1997 and has a bachelor of science in engineering science and mechanics from Tennessee Technical University in Cookeville, and a juris doctorate from South Texas College of Law in Houston.

Stan Martin, previously general manager of Big Bend Station, is promoted to director of strategic projects. He will be responsible for identifying and reviewing effective competition strategies for Energy Supply operations. Martin started with Tampa Electric in 1975 and has held many positions within Energy Supply. He has a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Rutgers University in New Jersey.

"We are excited to have the opportunity to strengthen our operations through these management changes," said Bill Whale, Tampa Electric vice president for Energy Supply and Operations. "As they move into their new roles, each of these terrific individuals will help our company function more effectively for our customers and our shareholders."

Tampa Electric is the principal subsidiary of TECO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: TE), a diversified energy-related holding company headquartered in Tampa. Its other principal businesses are Peoples Gas, TECO Power Services, TECO Transport, TECO Coal, TECO Coalbed Methane and TECO Solutions.

MEDIA CONTACT: Ross Bannister – Tampa Electric 813/ 228-4945

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