Tampa Electric Company and Trilliant Build the Foundation for a Smarter Energy Grid

Tampa Electric Company and Trilliant Build the Foundation for a Smarter Energy
                                     Grid

Trilliant's Communications Platform to help Florida utility deliver
Distribution Automation benefits

PR Newswire

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Jan. 29, 2013

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Trilliant, a global smart
grid communications leader, delivering solutions that enhance energy
efficiency, utility operations and renewable resource integration, announced
today that it has been selected by Tampa Electric Co. to lay the ground work
for a smart network that will help deliver the benefits of a smarter energy
grid to nearly 676,000 homes and businesses in Tampa Electric's territory in
West Central Florida.

Tampa Electric will deploy Trilliant's SecureMesh® Wide-Area Network (WAN), a
broadband mesh networking system built for advanced distribution applications.
The SecureMesh WAN is part of the Trilliant Communications Platform, a
powerful combination of networking technologies pre-engineered to work
seamlessly together, and purpose built for smart grid. The Trilliant Platform
provides unmatched flexibility in deployment: rather than forcing a utility to
start with a full smart meter roll-out, the Trilliant Communications Platform
allows utilities like Tampa Electric to immediately benefit from a smarter
grid through economical deployment of broadband networks for advanced
distribution automation, and to deploy other smart grid applications in the
future.

"A central theme to the smart grid is choosing the right network to maintain
flexibility for future applications – from fault detection, isolation and
restoration to time-of-use pricing," said Walter Lowes, Trilliant's managing
director for the Americas. "This project highlights the tangible need for
advanced smart grid solutions that can help customers realize the benefits of
smarter energy from a variety of entry points. While the American utility
industry has been focused on smart meters recently, there are many other ways
to start modernizing the grid, including starting with distribution automation
first."

The Trilliant SecureMesh WAN is a broadband mesh network: built specifically
for utilities to provide the reliability, bandwidth and low latency necessary
for Volt/VAR control, fault detection, isolation and restoration (FDIR), and
other real-time distribution automation initiatives. The Trilliant
Communications Platform, including the SecureMesh WAN, allows utilities to
manage all smart grid applications – advanced distribution automation, AMI,
and demand-side management -- on a single, unified network. To learn more,
visit Trilliant's booth #815 at DistribuTECH, or the website at
www.trilliantinc.com.

About Trilliant
Trilliant helps leading utilities and energy retailers achieve their smart
grid visions through the Trilliant Communications Platform, the only
communications platform purpose-built for the energy industry that integrates
disparate systems of systems into a unified whole. The Trilliant Platform is
deployed with more than 200 utilities worldwide to enhance energy efficiency,
improve grid reliability, lower operating costs, integrate renewable energy
resources and electric vehicles, and empower consumers to better manage their
energy consumption. For more information, visit www.trilliantinc.com.

About Tampa Electric Co.
Tampa Electric Companyis the principal subsidiary ofTECO Energy Inc.(NYSE:
TE), an energy-related holding company with regulated utility operations in
Florida, including both Tampa Electric andPeoples Gas System. Tampa Electric
serves nearly 676,000 customers in West Central Florida. TECO Energy's other
major subsidiary, TECO Coal, owns and operates coal production facilities in
Kentucky and Virginia.

SOURCE Trilliant

Website: http://www.trilliantinc.com
Contact: Joseph Campbell, Trilliant, +1-415-486-3255, pr@trilliantinc.com