News Release

TECO Peoples Gas Outage Update #8

TAMPA, May 21, 2010

Natural gas restoration efforts are progressing in Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, Lake Park and unincorporated Palm Beach County.

As of 3 p.m. today, restoration crews have visited 100 percent of the commercial and 68 percent of the residential customers, representing approximately ­­­70 percent of the 10,500 affected customers. To be clear, all customers visited are not turned-on due to no one being present or the account being seasonal.

Gas is now flowing to more than 30 percent of the residential and 99 percent of commercial premises.

As the company completes this final re-lighting stage, it reminds its customers that:

  • Access to homes or businesses is necessary so that technicians can re-light appliances and perform safety checks.
  • Door hangers listing a Peoples Gas phone number will be left for customers who are not at home.

It is expected that all customer premises will be visited before noon Saturday. Special teams will be dispatched to re-visit customers not restored during the initial visit.

For latest update on our progress as well as safety tips please see www.peoplesgas.com.

Peoples Gas System, Florida's largest natural gas distribution company, is one of the four core businesses of TECO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: TE), an energy-related holding company, with regulated electric and gas utility operations in Florida through Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas System. Peoples Gas serves approximately 335,000 customers in most of Florida's major metropolitan areas and beyond. Other TECO Energy 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 distribution 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