6/29/2009 TYG

Tortoise Energy Capital Corp. Provides Notice of its Intention to Redeem a Portion of its Series I and Series II Auction Rate Preferred Shares

LEAWOOD, Kan. – June 29, 2009 – Tortoise Energy Capital Corp. (NYSE: TYY) today announced that it intends to redeem $30 million of the remaining $95 million of its Auction Rate Preferred Shares. It intends to redeem $20 million of its $60 million of Series I on July 14, 2009 and $10 million of its $35 million of Series II on July 16, 2009. TYY will utilize existing cash and its bank credit facility to complete the redemptions.

"We continue to redeem our Auction Rate Preferred Shares in order to provide liquidity for our preferred stockholders and improve TYY's total leverage coverage ratios pursuant to Rating Agency guidelines and the 1940 Act," said TYY's Chief Financial Officer, Terry Matlack.

About Tortoise Energy Capital Corp.

Tortoise Energy Capital Corp. provides financing for master limited partnerships (MLPs) in the energy infrastructure sector, focusing on crude oil and refined petroleum products MLPs and natural gas and natural gas liquids pipelines MLPs. Tortoise Energy Capital Corp. seeks to provide its stockholders a high level of total return with an emphasis on current distributions.

About Tortoise Capital Advisors

Tortoise Capital Advisors, LLC is a pioneer in capital markets for master limited partnership (MLP) investment companies and a leader in closed-end funds and separately managed accounts focused on MLPs in the energy sector. As of May 31, 2009, the adviser had approximately $2.0 billion of assets under management. For more information, visit our Web site at www.tortoiseadvisors.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer or solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the laws of such state or jurisdiction.

Forward-Looking Statement

This press release contains certain statements that may include "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included herein are "forward-looking statements." Although the company and Tortoise Capital Advisors believe that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, they do involve assumptions, risks and uncertainties, and these expectations may prove to be incorrect. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of factors, including those discussed in the company's reports that are filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Other than as required by law, the company and Tortoise Capital Advisors do not assume a duty to update this forward-looking statement.

Contact information: Tortoise Capital Advisors, LLC Pam Kearney, Investor Relations, (866) 362-9331, pkearney@tortoiseadvisors.com