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Tampa Electric Files for Rate Increase; Bills to Remain among State’s Lowest

  Tampa Electric Files for Rate Increase; Bills to Remain among State’s Lowest

If Adjustment is Approved, Residential Customers Would Be Paying Lower Bills
Than Six Years Ago

Business Wire

TAMPA, Fla. -- April 05, 2013

Tampa Electric Co. today filed its formal request with the Public Service
Commission (PSC) to raise residential rates by about 10 percent in January
2014. If the adjustment is approved, Tampa Electric’s residential bills would
remain among the lowest in the state.

As announced in February, Tampa Electric is seeking about $135 million in
higher rates, or an increase of $10.41 a month – or 35 cents a day – for the
average residential customer who uses 1,000 kilowatt-hours (kwh) a month.
Typical commercial and industrial customers would see increases of about 6
percent.

If approved as filed, the average residential bill would be about $113 a month
– a lower bill than six years ago. That bill would remain 5 percent below the
national average, which was $118.90 in January 2013, according to the Energy
Information Administration.

In the past four years, Tampa Electric’s residential customer bills have
dropped by more than $12. A residential customer who uses 1,000 kWh a month
currently pays $102.58 a month.

“It is important to remember that while the cost of nearly everything has gone
up in recent years, Tampa Electric bills have gone down,” said Gordon
Gillette, president of Tampa Electric. “We empathize with our customers who
also are feeling the effects of a difficult economy. There is never a good
time to raise rates, but even with this increase, Tampa Electric bills would
remain among the lowest in Florida.”

The PSC is expected to hold hearings about Tampa Electric’s request later this
year, and the PSC is expected to vote on the issue by the end of the year. The
new rates would take effect in 2014.

Tampa Electric last requested a rate increase in 2008. Since then, the company
has increased reliability: Over the past five years, Tampa Electric’s
customers have had the fewest – and among the shortest – interruptions among
Florida’s investor-owned utilities. In that time, Tampa Electric also has
invested in projects such as a reclaimed water pipeline to serve the Polk
Power Station; Big Bend solid-fuel handling equipment; and transmission
expansion and improvements.

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

Contact:

Tampa Electric Co.
Cherie Jacobs, 813-228-4945