News Release

TECO Energy CEO to present at Bank of America Merrill Lynch Power & Gas Leaders Conference

TAMPA, September 10, 2012

TECO Energy, Inc. (NYSE:TE) Chief Executive Officer John B. Ramil will make a presentation at the 2012 Bank of America Merrill Lynch Power & Gas Leaders Conference in New York on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 at 9:15 a.m. Eastern time.

An audio 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 within 24 hours of the live event and will be available for 30 days following the presentation for those unable to listen live. The slides that will accompany the webcast will be available on the Investors page of TECO Energy’s website.

In conjunction with this presentation and meetings with investors, TECO Energy is reaffirming its 2012 earnings per share forecast range of $1.20 to $1.30, as updated on Aug. 2, 2012. This forecast is for earnings per share from continuing operations, excluding any charges and gains.

TECO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: TE) is an energy-related holding company. Its principal subsidiary, Tampa Electric Company, is a regulated utility in Florida with both electric and gas divisions (Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas System). Other subsidiaries include TECO Coal, which owns and operates coal production facilities in Kentucky and Virginia, and TECO Guatemala, which is engaged in electric power generation and energy-related businesses in Guatemala.

Note: This press release contains forward-looking statements, which are subject to the inherent uncertainties in predicting future results and conditions. Actual results may differ materially from those forecasted. The forecasted results are based on the company's current expectations and assumptions, and the company does not undertake to update that information or any other information contained in this press release, except as may be required by law. Factors that could impact actual results include: regulatory actions by federal, state or local authorities; unexpected capital needs or unanticipated reductions in cash flow that affect liquidity; the ability to access the capital and credit markets when required; the availability of adequate rail transportation capacity for the shipment of TECO Coal's production; general economic conditions affecting energy sales at the utility companies; economic conditions, both national and international, affecting the Florida economy and demand for TECO Coal 's production; costs for alternative fuels used for power generation affecting demand for TECO Coal’s thermal coal production; weather variations and changes in customer energy usage patterns affecting sales and operating costs at Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas and the effect of extreme weather conditions or hurricanes; operating condition, commodity prices, operating cost and environmental or safety regulations affecting the production levels and margins at TECO Coal; fuel cost recoveries and related cash at Tampa Electric and natural gas demand at Peoples Gas; the ability to complete the scheduled 2012 outage at the San José Power Station on time and on budget; and the ability of TECO Energy's subsidiaries to operate equipment without undue accidents, breakdowns or failures. Additional information is contained under "Risk Factors" in TECO Energy, Inc.'s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended Dec. 31, 2011.