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Tampa Electric creates fund to benefit families affected by incident at Big Bend Power Station

TAMPA, July 13, 2017

Tampa Electric worked with the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay to establish a charitable fund to assist the families affected by the incident at Big Bend Power Station on June 29.

"We have seen such an incredible outpouring of support from our employees and the community," said Gordon Gillette, president and chief executive officer of Tampa Electric. "This fund will directly help the families touched by this tragic incident."

TECO provided an initial contribution to open the TECO Family Relief Fund and will cover administrative charges. All subsequent donations will go 100 percent to the affected families, and, additionally TECO will match contributions. The fund is available at

Just after 4 p.m. on June 29, an industrial accident at Big Bend Unit 2 killed one employee and one contractor, and sent four other contractors to a local hospital. Two of those contractors have since died from their injuries.

A thorough investigation of the incident is under way.

Tampa Electric, one of Florida's largest investor-owned electric utilities, serves about 730,000 customers in West Central Florida. Tampa Electric is a subsidiary of Emera Inc., a geographically diverse energy and services company headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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