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Tampa Electric celebrates Earth Day at local events

The company makes it easy for customers to “go green” at any Earth Day event they attend

TAMPA, April 13, 2012

Tampa Electric celebrates Earth Day 2012 at four Tampa-area events where customers can get free energy-saving kits and information about money-saving programs and services. The events are open to the public.

At each event, Tampa Electric energy analysts will inform visitors about the company’s many energy-saving programs and services. Attendees also will learn about the company’s ongoing investments in clean technology that have significantly reduced power plant emissions. Both Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas will have alternative fuel vehicles from their Green Fleet on display, including the plug-in electric Chevy Volt and a natural gas-powered Honda Civic.

  • EcoFest 2012 at Learning Gate Community School in Lutz – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 14. This community event is being organized by Learning Gate Community School to celebrate the many businesses, organizations and individuals in the Tampa Bay area dedicated to the principles of sustainability. Learn more at: http://www.learninggate.org/ecofest.html
  • City of Tampa Celebrates Earth Day at Lykes Gaslight Square Park in downtown Tampa – 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 20.
  • Prodigy Cultural Arts at 14013 North 22nd Street, Tampa – 4 to 5:30 p.m. April 20. Prodigy will be hosting its first “Earth Day FUNdraiser” event for kids, teens and their families to learn about the importance of environmental stewardship. Learn more at Prodigy’s Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/Tampa1Prodigy
  • Earth Day Tampa Bay 2012 at the University of South Florida’s Botanical Gardens – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 21. This event is organized by the Tampa Bay Sierra Club and USF’s Office of Sustainability. The theme this year is “go native.” Learn more online at: http://usfweb2.usf.edu/Sustainability/earthday-2012/index.html

Tampa Electric is encouraging its customers to “go green” on Earth Day by signing up to power their businesses and homes using renewable energy. The company’s Renewable Energy program allows customers to purchase renewable energy in 200 kilowatt-hour (kWh) blocks for $5 per block per month.

Customers also can power an event at their businesses and/or homes with Tampa Electric’s one-time renewable energy purchase option.

Tampa Electric’s Renewable Energy program uses energy from several resources, primarily solar and biomass, to support customer demand for its renewable program. From the start of the company’s Renewable Energy program in 2000 through December 2011, participants have used more than 48 million kWh of electricity from renewable sources. This is equivalent to producing enough electricity to power almost 3,500 homes for one year, offsetting more than 41,000 tons of carbon dioxide and removing more than 5,100 cars from the road for one year. Tampa Electric customers can call 813-228-4848 for information about the company’s renewable energy programs. Additional information can be found at www.tampaelectric.com/renewableenergy

TECO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: TE) is an energy-related holding company. Its principal subsidiary, Tampa Electric Company, is a regulated utility in Florida with both electric and gas divisions (Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas System). Other subsidiaries include TECO Coal, which owns and operates coal production facilities in Kentucky and Virginia, and TECO Guatemala, which is engaged in electric power generation and energy-related businesses in Guatemala.

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CHERIE JACOBS
TECO Energy, Tampa Electric, Peoples Gas
TECO Energy, Inc.
702 N. Franklin Street
Tampa, Florida 33602
E-mail: cljacobs@tecoenergy.com