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MLGW bills are among the Nation's lowest despite fluctuations in TVA rates
April 16, 2009
(April 16, 2009) - In the winter, when utility bills can be at their highest, Memphis residents still have, on average, one of the lowest monthly residential utility bills in the nation.

In a recent survey of 35 metropolitan areas, Memphians had the ninth lowest typical monthly residential utility bill for the winter. The combined bill of electric, natural gas, water and wastewater was $334.93. Denver, CO had the lowest combined bill at $232.14; New York posted the highest at $627.11. The complete survey can be found at

Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division maintains low rates despite adjustments in the rates of the Tennessee Valley Authority, which supplies electricity for MLGW. TVA recently announced a seven percent rate decrease in its fuel cost adjustment rate that should save the average MLGW customer approximately $5 to $6 on their electric bills compared to the first quarter of 2009.

"There are few cities that can say they have lower bills than ours. That is something that every Memphian should be aware of and proud to say," said Jerry Collins, MLGW president and CEO.

According to the survey, Memphis has the lowest combined bill for metropolitan area in Tennessee. Nashville ($351.03) ranked 11th; Jackson ($400) ranked 22nd; Chattanooga ($383.61) and Knoxville ($501.22) ranked 19th and 31st respectively.

While MLGW bills are among the lowest in the nation, weather and customer usage have the strongest impact on customer bills. Customers can help control their usage and costs by practicing smart energy conservation. MLGW offers several tools to help customers use energy wisely.

The My Account section at gives customers the opportunity to take an in-depth, customized energy evaluation of their home and recommends areas where customers can employ some energy saving tactics. The utility also has brochures available to the public with energy saving information that can be found on the Web site.

  • 2009 Rate Comparison Survey

    MLGW is the largest three-service public power utility in the nation, serving more than 420,000 customers in Memphis and Shelby County.