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09/25/2007 Contact: 850-413-6482

Florida Public Service Commission Approves TECO Conservation Programs

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Public Service Commission (Commission or PSC) today approved 12 new demand-side management (DSM) programs and modifications to nine existing Tampa Electric Company (TECO) DSM programs. The additions and modifications to TECO’s conservation programs should result in additional reductions to both residential and commercial peak loads, as well as reduced energy consumption system-wide.

“By making energy-efficient choices, consumers can reduce energy consumption and energy costs,” Commission Chairman Lisa Polak Edgar said. “Successful conservation programs benefit all consumers.”

In addition to the modifications of TECO’s existing DSM programs, the Commission approved new residential programs: an educational pilot project directed at eighth grade students and their families, a new residential audit program, a low income program, and a residential building envelope program. Eight new commercial programs were also approved.

The Commission also granted TECO limited authorization to implement the Commercial Demand Response program for a maximum period of four years.

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.

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