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Memphis Still Among the Lowest for Utility Bill Rates
May 20, 2021

Memphis Still Among the Lowest for Utility Bill Rates

Memphis Light, Gas and Water (MLGW) recently completed its annual Comparative Rates Survey comparing Memphis’ combined electric, gas and water utility rates with other cities around the U.S. MLGW’s combined rates continue to be among the lowest in the country.

The report is available online at

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. We surveyed 39 cities, including many that are geographically close to Memphis. All costs covered in this survey are based on published rates effective January 2021. A typical winter residential bill in January 2021 was $234.10; In 2020, it was $226.88.

“We are proud to continue offering some of the lowest utility rates in the country,” said J.T. Young, President and CEO of MLGW. For 29 years, Memphis customers have spent less for their winter utility bills than their counterparts in many metro areas, capturing the top ranking 17 times since 1992. The 2021 ranking includes what a homeowner would pay for 1,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity, 200 hundred cubic feet (CCF) of gas and 10 CCF of water. Wastewater is no longer included. Dollar amounts have been rounded.

As 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.


MLGW is the largest three-service public power utility in the nation, serving more than 429,000 customers in Memphis and Shelby County.

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