News Release

TECO Coal announces ISO registration

TAMPA, July 17, 1998

TECO Coal announced July 17 that effective June 24, 1998, it has been approved for registration by the International Organization for Standardization under the ISO 9002 standard. The registration is the first awarded to a TECO Energy subsidiary under this internationally recognized standard.

In making the announcement, Jim Shackleford, president of TECO Coal, said, "I am particularly pleased with the attainment of this registration. It represents a very rigorous two-year effort on the part of all our employees and confirms TECO Coal's commitment to continually improve the quality of our systems, products and service to the customer."

The ISO 9002 quality system standard is aimed at meeting or exceeding customer expectations, achieving consistent product quality, and striving for continuous improvements within all work functions affecting quality.

Founded in 1946, the International Organization for Standardization administers certification and is comprised of 120 member nations, all of which are affiliated with the principles and practices supporting the improvement of quality products and services worldwide.

Corporate registration was approved for TECO Coal by SRI Quality System Registrar of Wexford, Pennsylvania and includes the Gatliff and Premier Elkhorn subsidiaries.

TECO Coal's operations are in Eastern Kentucky and Tennessee and are strategically located to supply electric utilities located primarily in the southeastern United States. Products include high-quality, low-sulfur coal and specialty stoker and metallurgical-grade coals. Three separate operating companies include Gatliff Coal, Clintwood Elkhorn Mining and Premier Elkhorn Coal.

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.