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Tampa Electric offers customers 'Connections'

TAMPA, December 13, 2001

Tampa Electric now offers a new service for residential customers called Tampa Electric Connections. Customers who call to have their electric service turned on or transferred can now be connected to a trained Customer Service Professional for additional service order requests.

Services provided by companies other than Tampa Electric - local and long distance service, Internet access, cable and satellite television service, and newspaper subscriptions - can all be established with one telephone call at no additional cost.

"We can save customers hours of repetitive calling to establish new services,” said Penni Allison, Tampa Electric’s director of customer services, customer services and marketing. “Since Tampa Electric Connections began in November, more than 350 customers have used the service.”

Customers can take advantage of this new service by calling Tampa Electric customer service at (813) 223-0800 inside Hillsborough County or, toll-free 1-800-223-0800 outside Hillsborough County, and requesting Tampa Electric Connections.

For more information contact Ross Bannister at (813) 228-4945, or visit online at

Tampa Electric is the principal subsidiary of TECO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: TE), a diversified energy-related holding company headquartered in Tampa. Tampa Electric has supplied the Tampa Bay area with electricity since 1899. Its West Central service area covers approximately 2,000 square miles, serving more than 550,000 residential and commercial customers with reliable power and value-added services. In addition to Tampa Electric Company, TECO Energy's principal businesses include Peoples Gas System, TECO Power Services, TECO Transport, TECO Coal, TECO Coalbed Methane, TECO Propane Ventures and TECO Solutions.

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