Costs and benefits of underground power lines in Florida

When a hurricane whips through, underground power lines could keep the lights on. But it costs as much as $1 million a mile, and when something does go wrong, they have to be dug up to get fixed -- which opponents warn will drive up electric bills.

Utility companies roll out new storm preparedness measures

Big storms have left millions of Floridians without power over the years, but in 2019 the legislature passed a law that requires power companies to start putting lines underground. Now, power companies are giving us a look at how they're tackling these requirements.

TECO outlines plans for base rate hikes

Tampa Electric Co. will ask state regulators to approve base rate increases, with an initial installment of $280 million to $295 million in 2022 as part of a multi-year effort to build a “smarter” power grid that provides reliable energy.

Court clears way for lawsuits in TECO power plant accident

A state appeals court Friday rejected arguments that Tampa Electric Co. should be shielded from lawsuits stemming from injuries suffered by two men during a 2017 accident at the utility’s Big Bend Power Station in Hillsborough County.

Ready to help, over a hundred TECO workers head to Louisiana storm zones

This time around, Florida will be spared from any major impacts of Tropical Storm Marco or Tropical Storm Laura. However, the state is no stranger to hurricanes and is familiar with the devastation they can bring. That’s why TECO dispatched their crews Monday morning to Louisiana to be in place and ready to lend a hand after the storms pass. 

Manatee Viewing Center marks 30 years

Crisp blue skies made Thursday a perfect day to mark the 30th birthday of the popular TECO Manatee Viewing Center in Apollo Beach. And the chilly air guaranteed that several guests of honor showed up.