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Tampa Electric ranked No.1 nationally on customer service

TAMPA, July 25, 2001

Consumers ranked Tampa Electric Co. first in the nation in customer service quality according to a survey released this week.

Tampa Electric topped 118 other electric utilities nationwide.

"This recognition is directly related to the dedication and integrity of our customer service professionals," said Tampa Electric vice president Spence Autry. "Our employees are focused on continually creating better ways to serve our customers."

The 2001 Electric Utility Customer Satisfaction Study by J. D. Power and Associates measured overall residential customer satisfaction with their electric utility by looking at 6 categories: customer service; billing and payment; image; price and value; power quality and reliability; and overall satisfaction

In ranking their electric company on the customer service category, survey respondents were asked to consider courtesy, listening, concern, helpfulness, knowledge, first-call resolution, delivery of what was promised, promptness and convenient hours.

Overall, Tampa Electric ranked 11th nationally and sixth in the South.

"I'd like to see the company in the top three for 2002," Autry said. "It's a challenge I know our employees are ready for."

The study is based on 25,501 interviews with residential customers of the 71 largest electric companies throughout the continental United States. J.D. Power collected responses through telephone interviews in March, April and May. J.D. Power independently funds and conducts the survey

Headquartered in Agoura Hills, CA, J.D. power and Associates is a global marketing information services firm operating in key business sectors including market research, forecasting, consulting, training, and customer satisfaction. The firm's quality and satisfaction measurements are based on actual responses from millions of consumers annually.J.D. Power and Associates can be accessed through the Internet at

Tampa Electric Company is the principal subsidiary of TECO Energy, Inc., a diversified holding company of energy-related businesses that include Peoples Gas System, TECO Power Services, TECO Transport, TECO Coal, TECO Coalbed Methane, and TECO Solutions.

Ross Bannister –
Tampa Electric

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