Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Fun Facts about MLGW through the years

• In the 1940s, many of the Division’s employees temporarily left their jobs to serve their country during World War II.

• In 1950, MLGW crews responded to a crippling ice storm on Jan. 5 and 6, which interrupted power and caused $567,000 in property damage. Permanent repair continued for nine months.

• Work began in 1967 on the new MLGW Administration Building at 220 South Main Street. With the move in 1969 to a new location came a new logo as well, symbolizing MLGW’s advances as a modern utility.

• Energy efficient homes and homes with alternative energy sources were key concerns during the 1970s. MLGW promoted the Gold Medallion all-electric houses as the homes of the future.

• The 1980s brought change to the Division and the city. In 1986, MLGW joined forces with the University of Memphis to create a community-based consortium known as Energy Vision. Programming was also completed for the computer network known as RISE (Resource Information Systems for Efficiency).

• MLGW’s electric distribution system sustained nearly $15 million in damages when the city was hit with a devastating ice storm in 1994. MLGW employees worked around the clock to restore power to 250,000 customers.

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