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NEWS RELEASE


10/17/2008 Contact: 850-413-6482

Customer Service Hearings Set for TECO Rate Request


TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) will conduct customer service hearings on October 21-22, 2008, for customers of Tampa Electric Company (TECO).  In August, TECO filed a petition with the PSC for approval of a $228.2 million permanent increase to its electric rates.  TECO provides electric service to approximately 667,000 customers in Hillsborough and portions of Polk, Pasco, and Pinellas counties.  The utility’s last rate case was in 1992.

The hearings allow customers to comment on the proposed rates and any quality-of-service issues relevant to the utility.  Customers are invited to attend the hearings at the following dates, times, and locations:

Tuesday, October 21, 2008
6:00 p.m.
Blaise F. Alfano Conference and Banquet Center
11606 North McKinley Drive
Tampa, Florida

Wednesday, October 22, 2008
10:00 a.m.

Chain of Lakes Complex
Poolside Room
210 Cypress Garden Boulevard
Winter Haven, Florida

The PSC is committed to making sure that Florida's consumers receive their electric, natural gas, telephone, water, and wastewater services in a safe, affordable, and reliable manner. The PSC exercises regulatory authority over utilities in the areas of rate base/economic regulation; competitive market oversight; and monitoring of safety, reliability, and service.

For additional information, visit www.floridapsc.com.



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