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RockTenn and Peoples Gas break ground for natural gas in Fernandina Beach

The clean, safe fuel will support RockTenn’s mill operations

FERNANDINA BEACH AND TAMPA, May 23, 2012

RockTenn and Tampa-based TECO Peoples Gas held a groundbreaking ceremony today in Fernandina Beach to celebrate construction beginning on the pipeline that will deliver natural gas to RockTenn’s containerboard-manufacturing mill. The line will connect the Peoples Gas Jacksonville distribution system to RockTenn’s mill.

“This mill has been part of Fernandina Beach for 75 years. RockTenn is thrilled to join this community via the May 2011 acquisition of Smurfit Stone and to be a partner in bringing natural gas to the Island’s residents and businesses,” said Jim Porter, president, Corrugated Packaging and Recycling at RockTenn. “At the mill, converting to natural gas helps ensure our competitive market position and ultimately that means stable RockTenn jobs here in Fernandina Beach.”

TECO Peoples Gas recognized representatives from RockTenn, the city of Fernandina Beach and Nassau County for their partnership on the project.

“We are proud to work with RockTenn to bring natural gas to this area,” said Bruce Narzissenfeld, vice president of Business Development for Peoples Gas. “RockTenn is known for being a respected and valued contributor to the community, and this conversion to natural gas is another example of their innovation and leadership. Now, the efficiency, reliability and environmental benefits of natural gas will be available for the residents and businesses in Fernandina Beach and Nassau County to enjoy. ”

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 340,000 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 energy-related businesses in Guatemala.

RockTenn (NYSE:RKT) is one of North America's leading integrated manufacturers of corrugated and consumer packaging and recycling solutions, with net sales of $10 billion. RockTenn’s 26,000 employees are committed to exceeding their customers’ expectations – every time. The company operates locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Argentina and China. For more information, visit www.rocktenn.com .

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CHERIE JACOBS
TECO Energy, Tampa Electric, Peoples Gas
TECO Energy, Inc.
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Tampa, Florida 33602
E-mail: cljacobs@tecoenergy.com