In addition to storm surge, Florida's Gulf Coast is experiencing widespread power outages after Hurricane Idalia made landfall and utility crews are beginning to respond.
For two consecutive days, Tampa Electric reported breaking energy usage records, a spokesperson said Thursday.
Rate increases are leaving customers worried about how they will pay their bills. TECO said the price hikes were due to an increase in storm costs and the price of natural gas.
Hillsborough County Commissioners wrote a letter to the Florida Public Service Commission, asking to hold meetings in local districts before approving rate hikes.
Three new Tampa Electric solar plants recently began producing electricity from the sun, helping the company reach a new milestone in its significant solar expansion, TECO announced this week.
Duke Energy Florida and Tampa Electric Co. are seeking state approval to pass along hundreds of millions of dollars in additional costs to customers because of hurricanes and higher-than-expected natural gas prices. If approved, Duke customers would see a 20% increase in their bills, while TECO's rates would go up by 10%.
The power station uses water from Tampa Bay for cooling and then returns the water, clean and warm, creating a refuge for manatees in cold weather.
Tampa Electric officials said earlier Tuesday it may need to shut down power to portions of downtown Tampa — including Davis Islands, Harbour Island and Channelside — ahead of Hurricane Ian. However, the utility said later it no longer planned any interruptions in power.
The state of Florida's Public Service Commission unanimously approved TECO's proposal to collect additional money from its customers to cover higher-than-expected costs of fuel for its power plants. The increases will take effect next month.
After Florida Power & Light made a similar request last week, Tampa Electric Co. on Friday asked state regulators for a boost in customer bills in 2022 because of higher-than-expected natural gas costs.
Growing up, Lori knew she loved math, but found her college accounting courses to be a little mundane. One advisor suggested a change to engineering. The rest was history. Now, she has a successful career a a TECO engineer.
The Tampa Convention Center will soon play a key role in providing clean energy to the city, with the building's roof presenting a 250,000-square-foot opportunity. Monday morning, the mayor and TECO announced plans for a large solar array on top of the waterfront building.
Customers of both TECO and Florida Power & Light will soon be paying more for electricity. The state’s Public Service Commission unanimously approved the new multi-year rate plans, as both utility companies shift towards solar power.
Early Sunday morning, as Louisiana residents braced for impact from Hurricane Ida, TECO crews were already on the road, on their way to help those impacted by the storm get back on their feet.
The changes will add about $12.82 to the monthly bills of residential TECO customers who use 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a month. Duke residential customers face a $4.28-a-month increase.
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.
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.
Tampa Electric Co. has filed a proposal seeking more than $400 million in base-rate increases during the next three years. TECO has about 800,000 customers in Hillsborough, Polk, Pasco and Pinellas counties.
A contractor died while working at Tampa Electric’s Big Bend Power Station in Apollo Beach this morning, company officials have confirmed to FOX 13.
TECO crews will face a different kind of response this time around as they prepare to deal with winter storms instead of tropical storms.