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Help TECO choose the voice of the new automated phone system

Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas customers can vote for their preferred voice in a Facebook contest

TAMPA, October 2, 2013

The companies of TECO Energy are offering customers a unique opportunity – to choose the voice persona of the new automated phone system scheduled to launch early next year.

Customers are encouraged to visit Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas on Facebook this week and “Like” their favorite voice. The voice with the most “Likes” will be the persona of the new Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas interactive voice response systems.

“We average more than 10,000 calls a day from Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas customers, and the automated phone systems help us manage that volume,” said Bruce Narzissenfeld, vice president of Customer Service. “They are the backbone of our Customer Care department.”

By asking customers to help choose the voice persona, TECO hopes to show that customer opinion matters. “No one likes talking to a machine or being on hold when they have an issue they need to resolve. We are working hard to make this a better point of contact for our customers,” said Narzissenfeld. “Customer Service is one of our corporate values and we take it seriously.”

Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas have been working all year on the phone system upgrades. In addition to the customer-selected voice, the phone systems will feature enhancements such as voice recognition and easier navigation. Customers will be able to handle the most common requests through easy, self-service options or will be routed to a representative for personalized service. The new system is planned to be in service in the first quarter of 2014.

Customers can vote for the voice persona at facebook.com/tampaelectric and facebook.com/peoplesgas through noon Friday.

Tampa Electric Company and Peoples Gas are the principal subsidiaries of TECO Energy Inc. (NYSE: TE), an energy-related holding company with regulated utility operations in Florida. Tampa Electric serves more than 687,000 customers in West Central Florida; Peoples Gas serves more than 345,000 customers in most of Florida’s major metropolitan areas and beyond. TECO Energy’s other major subsidiary, TECO Coal, owns and operates coal-production facilities in Kentucky and Virginia.

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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