Our History

Lancaster lies in central Ohio in Fairfield County and is just 24 miles southeast of Columbus; Ohio's Capital. The area was settled in 1798 and founded by Ebenezer Zane. Natural Gas was discovered here in 1887 and Lancaster Municipal Gas (LMG) was founded that same year. Early after its discovery, the economic advantages of having a community-owned energy company were realized. The county fairgrounds had the first night horse racing in the state as the track was lit by natural gas flame. Another economic advantage to having an indigenous supply of natural gas was industry. The discovery of large deposits of silica sand along with this abundant natural gas supply provided the glass industry to flourish. Lancaster is still home to the Anchor Hocking Glass Company with over 1200 employees. Today, Lancaster Municipal Gas (LMG) distribution system serves approximately 16,200 customers with annual sales of over two Bcf delivered through 256 miles of natural gas mains and a budgeted staff of 29. Its facility was built in 2001 and is located at 1424 Camp Ground Road, Lancaster. The Gas Enterprise is the primary provider of natural gas service within the incorporated limits of the City and also provides natural gas service to approximately 1,200 customers in the nearby proximity to the City boundaries. Although LMG is no longer a producer of natural gas, it has access to multiple transmission pipelines. LMG has four interconnects with TC Energy Transmission and another interconnect with Texas Eastern Transmission (Enbridge Transmission).  LMG is positioned well geographically to source gas from the abundant and continuously-developing supply located in the Marcellus/Utica shale basin on the eastern edge of Ohio; extending into Pennsylvania. In April of 2018, LMG completed a natural gas prepay transaction. This 30 deal was completed as a single issuer transaction with its supply and financial partners of Royal Bank of Canada and BP Energy Company. The deal helps ensure reliability through a guaranteed continuous supply of natural gas over the deal's 30 year term.  The deal also provides a significant cost savings to the customers as gas is purchased at a discount rate to the current market.