In the Cogent Reports' Residential Utility Trusted Brand & Customer Engagement™ Study, TECO Peoples Gas was designated a Customer Champion and received the highest overall score in the nation. Repeating its performance in June of 2015, Peoples Gas also ranked highest in Brand Trust among the 125 electric, natural gas and combination utilities across the country that are included in the study. The study measures three business components: Brand Trust, Operational Satisfaction and Product Experience. Cogent Reports is a division of Market Strategies International. "We work extremely hard to provide great customer service, and we're certainly proud of this designation," said Bruce Narzissenfeld, vice president of Marketing, Business Development, Customer Service and Fuels Operations. "Most gratifying is that our focus on promoting the value of natural gas and delivering it reliably and affordably has been recognized by our customers," Narzissenfeld said. "Not only are we a good service provider, but we're a company people want to do business with, and that is exactly what we aspire to be." More than 52,000 residential utility customers responded to the web-based survey. Peoples Gas System, Florida's largest natural gas distribution utility, is part of the TECO Energy family of companies. Peoples Gas serves more than 360,000 customers across Florida. TECO Energy Inc. (NYSE: TE) is an energy-related holding company with regulated electric and gas utilities in Florida and New Mexico: Tampa Electric, Peoples Gas System and New Mexico Gas Co.