Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division
Memphis Light, Gas and Water (MLGW) - the largest three-service municipal utility in the nation - partnered with the Greater Memphis Chamber to help foster economic development in the Memphis community in 1979. MLGW economic development staff members are housed within the Chamber's offices to assist with existing business retention and expansion, prospect development and business research. For more information, please visit www.mlgw.com.
MLGW purchases electricity from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), a federal agency. With more than 421,000 customers, MLGW is largest distributor in the TVA region, purchasing approximately 11% of TVA's power.
MLGW currently purchases natural gas and transports into Memphis across three open access pipelines operated by Texas Gas Transmission Corporation and Trunkline Gas Company. MLGW provides 30 billion cubic feet of gas each year to its 313,400 customers. Large industrial customers have the option of firm service, interruptible service or transportation service for privately purchased gas.
Liquefied Natural Gas Plant (LNG)
MLGW has two LNG storage facilities which allow for the storage of gas during the summer periods of low usage and then as a reserve during winter peak periods. Each facility stores 300,000 bbls. (equivalent to one billion cubic feet) in above-ground storage tanks. MLGW also maintains 7.8 billion cubic feet of underground natural gas storage via the Texas Gas system in Kentucky.
MLGW owns and operates one of the largest artesian water systems in the world. On a peak day, MLGW can deliver nearly 250 million gallons of water to more than 255,300 customers. In the layer of water-bearing sands beneath the city, there is an abundant supply of naturally pure, high-quality water that will accommodate the daily needs of a city several times the size of Memphis.
Wastewater is provided by the City of Memphis’ Public Works Department. Total system treatment capacity is 225 million gallons (MGD) per day. The city maintains about 2,600 miles of sanitary sewers, 100 sewer lift stations, 80,000 manholes, seven major floods control pumping stations, 14 reservoirs, flood walls, and earthen levees within its service area.
Several rate and tax incentives are available from Memphis Light, Gas and Water and the Tennessee Valley Authority. Click here to see a list.
MLGW Economic Development / 901.543.3562 / email
Greater Memphis Chamber Economic Development Department / 901.543.3541 / email