Tampa Bay EDC


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Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas

Tampa Electric has been the leading provider of electricity in West Central Florida for more than 120 years. It currently delivers 99.98 percent service reliability to more than 830,000 customers, including 90,000 businesses. Tampa Electric offers more energy-saving programs and generates more solar energy per customer than any other utility in Florida. The company engages with economic development partners and invests in reliability to support business growth.

Peoples Gas System, Florida’s largest natural gas distributor, delivers safe, clean, affordable and reliable natural gas to nearly 470,000 customers. Through investments in people, technology, infrastructure and environmentally focused innovations, the company fuels Florida’s clean energy future responsibly and sustainably. Peoples Gas cultivates a diverse, inclusive, respectful workplace and supports its communities through stewardship and economic development.

Archie Collins
President and Chief Executive Officer

Archie Collins is president and chief executive officer of Tampa Electric.

Collins has more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry. He began his career at Nova Scotia Power in 1990, and he has held increasingly senior roles since then. Prior to joining Tampa Electric,
Collins served in leadership roles at Nova Scotia Power and Emera Energy, as president and chief executive officer of Grand Bahama Power Co., and as president and chief operating officer of Emera
Caribbean. Most recently, he served as chief operating officer of Tampa Electric.

Collins is a professional chemical engineer, and he holds a Bachelor of Engineering from St. Francis Xavier University and a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from Dalhousie University.

Collins is the 2023 chair of the Tampa Bay Heart Walk for the American Heart Association. He serves onthe boards of the Florida State Fair Authority, Florida Council of 100, Florida Chamber of Commerce and
Tampa Bay Economic Development Council. He also serves on the boards of The Association of Edison Illuminating Companies and Tampa Theatre.

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