MLGW: Lakeland, Arlington get relief from low power

mlgw-small-logoMLGW customers in Lakeland, Arlington and parts of Bartlett can breathe easier and stay cooler this summer: The utility company has completed temporary restoration of Substation 68, which blew up July 11.

MLGW employees completed the partial repairs two weeks ahead of the originally projected Aug. 8 schedule.

The announcement means residents in the affected areas can go back to their normal energy use during the peak hours of 3-8:30 p.m. Previously, MLGW had warned that failure to conserve energy during peak demand periods might make rolling blackouts necessary during the repair timeline.

MLGW expects total restoration to Substation 68 to take up to six months.

If a substation’s equipment fails, it’s usually confined to just one piece of equipment, but the explosion in Lakeland destroyed the breaker, the transformer and the control house (the brain of the system). MLGW continues to investigate the cause of the catastrophic failure.

While MLGW reconfigures the available electrical circuits from Substation 68, customers may experience temporary outages over the next few weeks.

Customers also can be forewarned that a fake announcement about MLGW billing has been circulating on Facebook. This bogus post claims that there will be additional charges to residents of Lakeland, Arlington and Bartlett because of substation 68’s repairs.

That bogus billing statement is not true.

Written by Carolyn Bahm, Express editor. Contact her at (901) 433-9138 or via email to