Memphis Light, Gas and Water offers many payment channels and options to make paying your utility bill fast, easy and convenient. You can also view a summary of these options in our Payment Option Comparison table or click a link below for more details.
**Important: If you have received a cut-off notice and want to avoid service interruption, please read our payment recommendation.
Customers who sign up for MLGW's My Account electronic bill payment service can view and pay their bill online. Payment methods offered for Commercial Accounts are bank checking or savings account. There is no fee to the customer for these payments. You can make one-time payments or set up recurring payments from the payment methods listed above. If you make a one-time payment and select the current day as your pay date, your payment will be noted on your account within one hour.
Payments made after 3:00 p.m. Central Time will be processed the next business day. Payments can be scheduled to pay any day up to the bill due date. Payments scheduled for any day other than the current date will be noted on your account by 8:00 a.m. Central Time on the pay date you selected. You can elect to have your paper bill stopped. If you elect paperless billing, your bills will be stored for twelve months. If you choose, you can receive payment reminders through your e-mail five days before your bill is due.
Electronic Data Interchange (EDI Payments)
Businesses and organizations can pay their MLGW bills through an Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) payment, which can streamline utility bill payment while reducing bank wiring fees. MLGW currently accepts EDI payments in the "820" format, and may be able to accept other formats with manual intervention.
EDI enables businesses and organizations to initiate a payment through their bank by sending an EDI payment file containing utility account numbers and payment amounts, as well as other banking details. The customer's bank forwards that file to the Federal Reserve Automated Clearing House, which routes the data and funds to MLGW's bank, which then forwards the EDI file to MLGW's Information Services department to post specific payment amounts to individual utility accounts.
While this automated process typically takes one to two business days, it is preferable to wiring a payment to MLGW, where banking fees are involved and delays often occur in identifying which utility accounts are to be paid. For details on paying your MLGW bill with EDI, contact Ira Carbage at ICarbage@mlgw.org or (901) 491-5696, or contact Melnett Shockley at MShockley@mlgw.org or (901) 528-4641.
Pay by mail:
When paying by mail, be sure to allow a few days for your payment to arrive by its due date. Write your 16-digit MLGW account number on your check and enclose the bottom portion of your bill to ensure your payment is properly credited to your account. For security, never send cash.
Memphis Light, Gas and Water - Accounts Payable
P.O. Box 388
Memphis, TN 38145
Pay in person:
You also can pay your bill by visiting any MLGW Community Office, at 24-hour Express Payment Stations, Authorized Paying Agents or Third-Party Paying Agents. Please remember to bring the bottom portion of your bill for faster service and, if paying by check, include your 16-digit MLGW account number.
MLGW Offices & Hours
You can pay your bill at any one of the five MLGW Community Offices. The offices are open Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, to serve you. If paying by check or money order, be sure to write your 16-digit MLGW account number to ensure proper posting to your account. In addition to paying your bill, you can also receive credit counseling, have service turned on or off, make bill inquiries, and more.
24-Hour Express Pay Stations at MLGW Community Offices
Express Pay Stations can be utilized 24-hours a day, enabling you to pay by cash, check or money order. Remember to bring the lower portion of your utility bill, which must be read by the machine in order to process your payment. Payments made during business hours are posted immediately; payments after hours are posted the next business day. There is no added fee for this service.
MLGW's Express Pay Stations are located at four MLGW Community Offices:
- 245 South Main Street
- 2935 Lamar Avenue
- 1111 East Shelby Drive
- 2424 Summer Avenue
Authorized MLGW Paying Agents - No Charge
MLGW customers can make payments in person through Authorized Pay Agent locations throughout Shelby County. Payments are posted within 30 minutes, making it a fast solution for last-minute payments. When using a paying agent, you must have both portions of your utility bill. You have the option of paying by cash, check or money order.
Authorized MLGW Paying Agents - Charging a $1.00 processing fee
MLGW customers can make payments in person through Authorized Pay Agent locations throughout Shelby County. Payments are posted within 30 minutes, making it a fast solution for last-minute payments. When using a paying agent, you must: have both portions of your utility bill, cash payments only are accepted. Agent will collect from customers a $1 processing fee for each transaction; MLGW does not receive any revenue from this fee.
Unauthorized Third-Party Paying Agents
Unauthorized Third-Party Pay Agents may be able to process a payment to MLGW on your behalf, although customers should know that these agents have no contractual requirement to operate under rules approved by the MLGW Board. MLGW provides no assurance as to the timeliness or accuracy of payments made through these agents. MLGW reserves the right to refuse payments from Unauthorized Pay Agents if sufficient account identification is not included with the payment. Payments may take 3-5 business days or longer to post to a customer's MLGW account. Any fees assessed by Unauthorized Pay Agents are the responsibility of the customer. Any online or walk-in remittance processor not specifically identified on this website, including banks and financial institutions, should be considered an Unauthorized Pay Agent. If you pay through an Unauthorized Pay Agent, keep your receipt or payment confirmation number until your payment has posted to your MLGW account.
Pay by phone:
You can pay your MLGW bill by phone by calling 1-866-315-0277. Payment methods offered are bank checking or savings account, Visa, MasterCard credit or debit card, Discover card, and ATM debit card (displaying the Star, Pulse or NYCE logos). Payments submitted through this channel are noted on your account within one hour if made before 3:00 p.m. Central Time. Payments made after 3:00 p.m. Central Time will be noted on your account by 8:00 a.m. Central Time on the next business day. This is one of the quickest ways to make last-minute payments.
With the MLGW AutoPay program, your utility bill is deducted from your bank account each month. You still receive a statement so you can keep track of your usage, but your checking account is automatically deducted on the net due date shown on your bill. With AutoPay, you eliminate the inconvenience of writing checks and postage, plus you are assured your bill will be paid on time each month.
Go one step further and enroll in eBilling, to receive bills electronically. You can either keep your AutoPay arrangement or establish single or recurring payments through My Account. (If you choose to establish online payments through My Account, be sure to cancel your AutoPay arrangement to avoid double payments.)
- Pay at the Teller Windows at any MLGW Community Office (Bring your cut-off notice)
- Pay at the 24-Hour Express Pay Stations at four participating MLGW Community Offices (Bring your bill for scanning into the machine)
- Pay online using our My Account Electronic bill payment service
- Submit an online Payment Arrangement request
Payments through these locations are posted to your MLGW account within 30 minutes. Using these channels does not guarantee cancellation of a scheduled same-day service cut-off but, once verified, will provide payment confirmation to get your service restored. All other payment methods are subject to delays, so consider your payment due date before selecting a payment method.