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'Community Power Play' coming back through partnership between the Lightning, TECO

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Posted at 12:24 PM, Jun 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-19 14:25:49-04

TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Electric and TECO Peoples gas are coming together to bring the "Community Power Play" program back to Tampa Bay.

The inititative will cover the monthly utility bills for people who apply through the Share program.

“We are excited to team-up with TECO on this great initiative during this difficult summer,” CEO Steve Griggs said. “The Lightning is fully committed to helping the Tampa Bay community during this pandemic and we are thrilled to help out 91 families pay for their TECO bills, with 91 signifying our team captain Steven Stamkos, our leader.”

The program will choose seven recipients each week to have their monthly energy bill covered. In total, 91 households will be selected over the next several months, according to a press release.

“While so many folks continue to face financial hardship, Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas appreciate the chance to work together with the Lightning to support the community in such a powerful way,” said Nancy Tower, president and chief executive officer of Tampa Electric. “Giving back is part of the fabric of both TECO and the Lightning, and that’s what makes this such a strong partnership. We’re thrilled the team included our customers in their efforts to support the community during such challenging times.”

According to the release, the Share program is a partnership between the Salvation Army and TECO. The release says TECO has already contributed more than $500,000 to the program this year.

To apply for the Share program you can call 211 or in person at a Salvation Army. Click here for more information.