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Statement from MLGW President Doug McGowen – January 16, 2024
January 16, 2024
Memphis Light, Gas and Water and electrical supplier Tennessee Valley Authority, issued an energy conservation alert Tuesday, January 16 asking customers to cut back on their electricity use. Demand on the electrical system is nearing an all-time high because of the cold temperatures.

Commercial and residential customers are asked to limit their use of electricity by unplugging electronics that are not in use, unplugging electric vehicles and not running large appliances like dishwashers, and washers/dryers. “Practical reductions are what we are asking for,” says MLGW President and CEO Doug McGowen. “Together we can have a big impact.” Energy conservation is particularly important during peak hours when electricity demand is highest. Peak hours are 6 – 9 a.m. and 5 – 8 p.m.

Other energy conservation measures include setting thermostats at 68 degrees or lower, turning off electric space heaters and avoiding use of blow dryers, toasters and any other appliances that use electric resistance as their heat source. “We appreciate all of our customers joining us to conserve electricity and reduce strain on the electrical grid,” says the utility president.

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Memphis Light, Gas and Water is the largest three-service public power utility in the nation, serving the residents of Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee since 1939. MLGW consistently provides customers with rates that are amongst the lowest in the nation and stewards a water supply from artesian wells that is minimally treated. Actively engaged in promoting the prosperity of Memphis and Shelby County, MLGW supports the seven local chambers in its service area and makes doing business with local, minority- and women-owned business a priority. Deeply rooted in the community, its employees generously donate time and money in support of bettering the Greater Memphis area.

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