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Low Utility Rates and Exceptional Value Continue in Memphis
July 31, 2019
Memphis continues its commitment to low rates and great value. Memphis Light, Gas and Water recently completed its annual Comparative Rates Survey comparing Memphis’ combined electric, gas and water utility rates with other comparable cities around the U.S. and select cities abroad. MLGW’s combined rates are among the lowest in the country. The Division’s combined rates were the third lowest typical winter residential bill among selected cities across the country.

Last year, a typical winter residential bill was $244.10. This year, the bill increased slightly to $260.54, a difference of $16.44, but only $6.45 more than 2017 winter bills. MLGW’s financial management remains a driving force in keeping utility bills as low as possible. While inflation may have driven other prices up, MLGW’s rates over the past five years have stayed in a fairly steady range.  
The largest three-service municipal utility in the nation, MLGW delivers electricity, natural gas and water throughout Memphis and Shelby County. Each year we strive to not only deliver the best possible price, but also the highest quality service. One way we measure our performance is to examine how Memphis’ typical winter bills compare to other cities. 

We survey more than 40 cities, including many that are geographically close to Memphis, as well as utilities that are similar in size. All costs covered in this survey are based on published rates effective January 2019.

MLGW started collecting data on rates in the early 1990s. Memphis continues to outperform many cities in terms of what customers pay for electricity, natural gas and water services.    

MLGW is the largest three-service public power utility in the nation, serving more than 431,000 customers in Memphis and Shelby County.

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