News Release

TECO Energy declares quarterly dividend

TAMPA, July 15, 1998

At its meeting today, the Board of Directors of TECO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: TE) declared a quarterly dividend of 31 cents per share on the company┬╣s common stock. The dividend is payable Aug. 15 to shareholders of record as of July 31.

TECO Energy is a diversified, energy-related holding company headquartered in Tampa. Its principal businesses include Tampa Electric, Peoples Gas, TECO Transport, TECO Coal, TECO Coalbed Methane, TECO Power Services, Bosek, Gibson and Associates.