MLGW Ups Smart Efforts

I have been apprised that a letter has been sent out to neighborhoods by MLGW to try and persuade citizens that the smart meters are a good thing.

MLGW must be feeling the pressure of the anti smart meters to do this. Looks to me like the public meeting scheduled for June 6 at 6 p.m. at the Benjamin Hooks Library is alarming to MLGW executives.

Here’s the letter:

Dear Neighborhood Leader,

In an effort to provide more information about MLGW’s smart meter implementation, MLGW is hosting a special information luncheon. You are one of a limited number of neighborhood leaders that has been invited to attend. This lunch meeting will be held Thursday, May 16 in MLGW’s 5th floor Board Room, 220 South Main Street. It begins at 11:30 a.m. and should end around 1 p.m.

A smart meter is a modern version of the analog meter most MLGW residential customers currently use. Smart meters measure how much electricity has been used in a certain time period, then sends that information to MLGW nightly. Instead of a meter reader walking on to your property to look at the numbers on a dial, the information is automatically sent to MLGW wirelessly over a secure network.

During the luncheon, MLGW will share:

Results from MLGW’s 1,000-meter, three-year Smart Grid Demonstration Project.
Plans for the deployment of the 60,000 smart meters that were included in this year’s budget.
The difference between a smart meter, a digital meter and a dial meter.
Address issues and concerns that have arisen over smart meters (fires, privacy, security, etc.)

We’ll have subject matter experts on hand to help answer your questions, including representatives from MLGW’s metering area, myself and others. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions. You can get a good overview of the entire project at

Please let us know if you plan to attend by Wednesday, May 15 by contacting Francis Johnson or Amy Burch at 528-4557 or

I look forward to talking with you next Thursday.


Jerry Collins Jr., President and CEO

Memphis Light, Gas & Water

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