News Release

TECO Energy CEO to present at Merrill Lynch Global Power & Gas Leaders Conference

TAMPA, September 24, 2004

TECO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: TE) Chairman and CEO Sherrill Hudson will make a presentation at the 2004 Merrill Lynch Global Power & Gas Leaders Conference in New York on Tuesday, September 28, 2004 at 2:00 PM. 

A webcast of the live presentation will be accessible through a link on TECO Energy’s home page at  The webcast will be available for replay of 14 days following the presentation for those unable to listen to the live webcast.

TECO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: TE) is an integrated energy-related holding company with core businesses in the utility sector, complemented by a family of unregulated businesses. Its principal subsidiary, Tampa Electric Company, is a regulated utility with both electric and gas divisions (Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas System). Other subsidiaries are engaged in waterborne transportation, coal and synthetic fuel production and independent power.