News Release

TECO Energy names new board member

TAMPA, July 26, 2006

TECO Energy today announced that Joseph P. Lacher has joined its board of directors. Lacher has 38 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, most recently as president of Florida operations for BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc., a position he held until his retirement in 2005. Like other TECO Energy directors, Lacher will also serve on the board of the company’s principal subsidiary, Tampa Electric Company.

TECO Energy Chairman and CEO Sherrill Hudson said, “Joe’s extensive background and proven leadership in the regulated telecommunications industry, where he demonstrated a truly strong commitment to serve the customers and the communities in Florida, make him an excellent addition to our board.”

Lacher began his career in 1967 with Southern Bell in Charlotte, N.C. After advancing in various management positions within AT&T and Southern Bell (now known as BellSouth), he was named president of Florida operations for BellSouth in 1991. BellSouth is the largest telecommunications provider in the state of Florida. Lacher oversaw a $3.5-billion profit center for BellSouth that served 5 million customers.

Lacher also has a long record of community involvement, including serving as chairman of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of Miami-Dade and the Florida International University Foundation.

Lacher currently serves as chairman of Great Florida Bank and as a board member and audit committee chairman of Perry Ellis International.

TECO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: TE) is an integrated energy-related holding company with regulated utility businesses, 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 electric generation and distribution in Guatemala.