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Have You "Herd?" On this Valentine's Day, Tampa Electric only has Eyes for "Ewe"

It is with shear delight that we introduce the TECO Lamb Cam. And a few baaad puns

TAMPA, February 13, 2019

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Tampa Electric is not sheepish. We want our customers to know that we only have eyes for “ewe.”

Tampa Electric has secured an environmentally friendly team of experts who are outstanding in their field: Katahdin sheep. These rented sheep are flocking to TECO’s new solar fields to keep the grass short.

No, we’re not trying to pull the wool over your eyes – grazing sheep provide a significant cost savings over traditional mechanical lawn mowers, and they are better for the environment.

Starting this month, Tampa Electric is introducing the TECO Lamb Cam: we will feature newborn lambs on Facebook Live from our Big Bend Solar site in Apollo Beach. (Rest assured, we will give the mama sheep her privacy and ensure everyone’s safety.) Videos will be archived, in case you miss them as they happen. The Lamb Cam will cease once lamb season is over in a few weeks.

The sheep have adequate food, water, shade and shelter. A team of experts monitors their health several times a week. Tampa Electric has installed fencing to keep out most predators. This breed of sheep has hair, not wool, so they are better suited for Florida’s climate.

Our solar fields come in all sheeps and sizes – and all of them will benefit from our furry friends. When this solar expansion is complete in 2021, Tampa Electric will have nearly 7 percent of its energy generated from the sun – the highest percentage of solar generation of any utility in the state.

And also, perhaps, the highest percentage of sheep.

Tampa Electric, one of Florida’s largest investor-owned electric utilities, serves about 750,000 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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