News Release

TECO Peoples Gas Outage Update #9

TAMPA, May 22, 2010

As of 9 a.m. today, Peoples Gas restoration crews have visited 95 percent of the customers affected by our recent outage. The outage was the result of an event at the Florida Gas Transmission gate station in Palm Beach County that Peoples Gas had no control over.

We have restored 65 percent of our residential customers and our number one priority through the weekend is to re-visit customers that were not available during our initial visit. As a clarification, all customers visited are not turned-on due to no one being present or the account being seasonal.

It is expected that all customer premises will be visited before noon Saturday.

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