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Community Energy: the benefit of Memphis Light, Gas and Water and TVA working together
Community Energy

Community Energy—In Our Region, Power Means More

Memphis Light, Gas and Water is powered by a public power model — owned by and accountable to the people who live here. So the initiatives we invest in through our power model serve one purpose: helping our communities thrive.

Because we support public power, we all benefit from Community Energy. It’s the progress our model enables — like more job opportunities thanks to thriving and growing communities, outdoor recreation thanks to our protected lands, cleaner energy sources, and much more.

A Partnership of Service

Appalachian Electric Cooperative and TVA work together to power not just our homes and businesses, but our potential too — by combining efforts to help create a future we all believe in.

Working Together to Make Life in Our Community Better

Supporting Students and Serving the Community

Memphis Light, Gas and Water and TVA were founded on a mission to serve — through reliable and affordable energy, a safe and protected environment and thriving economic development.

The team at Memphis Light, Gas, and Water (MLGW) enjoys supporting STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) opportunities for local students.

Each year MLGW and TVA join forces to host a robotics showcase for participating area students. Sponsored by MLGW’s Junior Engineer/Professional Engineer Program (JEPE) and TVA, the event is held in the lobby of the MLGW building. The showcase promotes STEM education, giving participating teams a chance to demonstrate their robotics creations. Tamara Nolen, Manager, Corporate Communications for MLGW, says, “It’s a lot of fun when the robotics program comes to the office. It’s a feel-good event for all of us.”

MLGW strives to support all its customers, including the most vulnerable. As part of this mission, MLGW participates in the TVA EnergyRight Home Uplift program.

Over 400 customers in the service area have participated in the Home Uplift program. In May 2021, TVA awarded MLGW $750,000 to provide weatherization and energy efficiency upgrades to qualified, limited-income homeowners. TVA also donated an additional $75,000 toward needed health and safety repairs to enable the installation of energy efficiency upgrades. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) also contributed a matching $750,000 grant toward the repairs.

The goal of the Home Uplift program is to make homes healthier, safer and more energy-efficient, which then will help to lower the homeowner’s power bill. Recipients of these latest awards were pre-selected from a waitlist by the City of Memphis, Department of Housing and Community Development.

Once an assessment is made of the participant’s home, energy efficiency upgrades may include air sealing, attic insulation, wall insulation, water heater and pipe insulation, HVAC replacement, windows and door replacement, heat pump water heater, refrigerator, LED bulbs and low flow showerheads.

These upgrades not only help to make homes more energy-efficient, but they allow neighbors, many of whom are seniors, to remain safely and comfortably in their homes among family and their local community.

Supporting customers in need took on a new sense of urgency in 2020 due to financial struggles during the pandemic.

MLGW and TVA each provided matching donations of $200,000 for a combined total of $400,000 through the TVA Covid Community Care Fund. The funds were distributed to four Memphis-area nonprofit organizations.

The Plus-1 program of the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association received $150,000 to provide utility bill assistance for individuals and families in financial crisis. Mid-South Food Bank received $150,000 to provide food for children, families and seniors in need. The United Way of the Mid-South received $50,000 for its COVID-19 Economic Relief Fund, which contributes funding to community-based organizations that provide essential services and support to those in need.

The remaining $50,000 was contributed to The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis for its Mid-South COVID Regional Response Fund to distribute to organizations that served people impacted by the pandemic.

As MLGW and TVA continue to partner together on both new and existing initiatives, Nolen says, “We appreciate TVA making an extra effort to be visible.”

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Resources for Your Home, Business and Life

Our partnership makes helpful programs like these possible.

Schools

MLGW was proud to award TVA STEM grants to Havenview Middle School, Power Center Academy Middle School SE and Whitehaven Elementary STEM School during the 2018-2019 school year and Cordova Elementary Optional School, Millington Middle School and Tara Oaks Elementary School during the 2019-2020 school year.

The grants were part of $800,000 in funding TVA awarded to public school educators, in partnership with Bicentennial Volunteers Incorporated, a TVA retiree organization. The funds are used to develop science, technology, engineering and math projects across the Valley. The STEM classroom grant program received more than 600 applications for the competitive awards.

The program provides teachers in the seven-state TVA service area to apply for up to $5,000 in funding to support STEM projects. Schools must receive their power from a TVA distributor to receive grant funds.

Reliability

MLGW partners with TVA to provide safe, reliable, clean power to service area customers.

TVA supplies community energy to 153 local power companies and about 60 large industrial customers and federal facilities at the lowest feasible cost. Over half of the electricity generated by TVA comes from carbon-free resources. TVA’s diverse energy portfolio includes coal, gas, nuclear and hydroelectric plants as well as renewable resources. For over 20 years, TVA’s transmission system has achieved a reliability rate of 99.999 percent.

Reliability

Residential

MLGW partners with TVA to help customers make smart energy decisions and save money through TVA EnergyRight.

Our partnership with TVA EnergyRight offers you resources to help with your home’s energy needs. From DIY energy-saving advice to finding a local contractor you can trust, TVA EnergyRight resources can help you improve your home’s energy efficiency and save money on your power bill.

As of August 2021, over 700 customers in the MLGW service area have participated so far this year in the DIY Home Energy Assessment and Home Energy Evaluation programs.

MLGW also has assisted over 100 qualified customers so far in 2021 with energy efficiency upgrades through TVA EnergyRight’s Home Uplift program.

TVA EnergyRight’s Home Uplift helps families with limited means achieve a better home life by making energy upgrades that not only save money on their monthly bills but also improve their quality of life.

Limited-income customers often reside in residences that are older and less energy efficient, which typically means higher power bills. Comfortable, safe living conditions help reduce colds and sickness and help seniors to age in place in their homes.

Currently, TVA EnergyRight’s Home Uplift program is available in select areas with plans to offer it more broadly across the Valley in the future.

Community Energy - Residential

Electric Vehicles

They make for a smoother and more efficient ride, are easier to maintain, and they’re better for the environment. We’re partnering with TVA EnergyRight to make it easier for drivers to decide whether or not making the switch to an electric vehicle makes sense for them. From an EV comparison tool that helps you decide which EV fits your needs, to a charger map that helps you locate charging stations along your route, all the information you need is here.

Plugging in an electric vehicle