The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is allocating $1 million dollars to be spent on energy efficiency and weatherization improvements in some of Memphis's low-income neighborhoods, as announced today, March 22, at the Memphis, Light, Gas and Water (MLGW) Board of Commissioners meeting.
The funding, which will primarily affect fixed and lower-income families, will aim to lower unnecessarily high utility bills, due to poor housing with problems ranging from leaky windows and doors, to inadequately insulated walls and attics, to outdated appliances that waste energy.
“This investment in Memphis is long overdue,” Angela Garrone, an energy research attorney with the Southern Alliance of Clean Energy, one of the groups that pushed for the funding, said. “We need our energy providers, like TVA, to help lift these energy burdens in Memphis, which are some of the highest in the country. We’ve already seen MLGW work to secure more funding for low-income weatherization, by redesigning its Share the Pennies program, and we welcome this investment from TVA.”