TECO Donation

TECO, Peoples Gas Donate $1 Million to Help Counter Effects of COVID-19

Sister companies offer relief for customers who can’t pay utility bills

Tampa Electric Company and Peoples Gas are contributing $1 million to help people cope with the COVID-19 outbreak.

Half of the money will go to the sister companies’ Share program, which helps residential utility customers who can’t pay their bills due to hardships. The program is administered by the Salvation Army. Click here to apply for help.

The other $500,000 will go to charities involved in efforts to detect and deter the coronavirus. Which charities receive financial donations has not been determined, but according to the companies, candidates include those offering meals and housing assistance, among other essential provisions and services.

Charitable contributions are paid by the companies’ shareholders and do not affect customer bills.

Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas have suspended disconnections for residential and commercial customers. They encourage customers to stay as current as possible on their utility bills to avoid accumulating large balances.

Essential work will continue as employees strive to ensure electricity and natural gas remain available. Employees of both companies are told to practice social distancing, which means they must be at least six feet from each other and everyone else in the community.

“Our goal is to provide assistance and peace of mind so customers can stay focused on what’s most important – keeping themselves and their family safe and healthy,” said T.J. Szelistowski, president of Peoples Gas. “It is important for our customers to know that we’re here for them.”

TECO has customers through Hillsborough County and in parts of Polk, Pasco, and Pinellas counties. Peoples Gas is available throughout Florida. The companies are subsidiaries of Emera.

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