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AES Indiana Releases 2023 Community Impact Report

AES Indiana invests more than $2 Million for community and economic development


Indianapolis, IN – April 15, 2024 – Today, AES Indiana, a subsidiary of The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES), released its 2023 Community Impact Report, Illuminating Indiana. The digital report details the Company’s more than $2 million of investments in economic development and community empowerment and provides updates on its investments in education and workforce development, arts and culture, economic development, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. AES Indiana’s corporate giving is centered around its purpose of Accelerating the future of energy, together. The report is available online at: aesindiana.com/community/2023-community-report

“Giving back is core to who we are and at the heart of everything we do,” said Brandi Davis-Handy, President of AES Indiana. “We are more than just your local utility, and we understand our responsibility to make a positive impact in the communities we serve. This report illuminates our commitment to transparency and accountability as a corporate citizen and highlights the ways in which we are building a sustainable, more resilient community that benefits us all.”

Highlights of the company’s 2023 investments include:

Arts & Culture

For the third year, AES Indiana continued as the Title Sponsor of BUTTER, the annual multi-day art fair celebrating equity. Growing in popularity, BUTTER featured 49 artists, four galleries and six curators, all recognized on national and local levels. BUTTER raised nearly $300k in sales with 100% going back to the Black artists featured at the event.

Economic Development

AES Indiana again brought the community and its people together in May. Lineworkers kicked off the month by volunteering for the 500 Festival Mini Marathon, with their bucket trucks serving as mile markers along the course for runners and walkers. The month culminated with more than 200,000 people watching the AES 500 Festival Parade in downtown Indianapolis. Since its founding, the 500 Festival has contributed more than $500 million in economic value to Indianapolis.

Customer Needs

AES Indiana completed its fourth year of Power of Change, a program designed to help income-qualified customers experiencing hardship with a one-time grant to assist with electric bill payments. Through the Dollar Energy Fund, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, contributors can make tax-deductible gifts that help their neighbors keep their lights on. Last year, 212 households received a grant.


The AES Indiana Project GreenSpace, a Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB) program, turns vacant lots into functional community spaces, such as pocket parks or outdoor classrooms. Alongside researchers from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, KIB has been studying greenspaces and their potential impact on violence reduction. This recent study found a 12% reduction in gun violence within a half-mile radius of areas where KIB has created GreenSpaces.

To read more stories of how AES Indiana is making a difference in our communities, click here  to view the 2023 AES Indiana Community Impact Report, Illuminating Indiana. 

About AES Indiana

AES Indiana, an AES Company, provides retail provides retail electric service to more than 500,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Indianapolis, as well as portions of other Central Indiana communities surrounding Marion County. During its long history, AES Indiana has supplied its customers with some of the lowest-cost, most reliable power in the country. Connect with AES Indiana on XFacebook and LinkedIn. For more information about how AES Indiana is accelerating the future of energy, visit aesindiana.com.

Executive summary


AES Indiana 2023 community impact report: Illuminating Indiana

In 2023, AES Indiana reaffirmed its commitment to community and economic development through strategic investments exceeding $2 million, underpinning our dedication to empowering the diverse communities we serve. Our approach to corporate giving—centered around the purpose of accelerating the future of energy together—has led to impactful partnerships in education and workforce development, arts and culture, economic development, diversity, equity and inclusion. This year’s community impact report, Illuminating Indiana, not only highlights these investments but also showcases our commitment to transparency, accountability, and building a sustainable, resilient community. Davis-Handy, president of AES Indiana, emphasizes that giving back is at the core of our identity and pivotal to our operations. Through initiatives like BUTTER, the Power of Change program and Project GreenSpace, AES Indiana is driving positive change, reflecting our role as more than just a local utility.

Fact sheet


2023 AES Indiana community contributions

  • Total investment: Over $2 million in community and economic development.
  • Strategic focus areas: Education and workforce development, arts and culture, economic development, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Diverse contributions: 57% directed towards diversity-driven organizations, affirming our commitment to inclusivity and equity.
  • Customer impact: Through programs like Power of Change, 212 households received crucial support, without passing the cost of these initiatives to our customers.
  • Arts and culture: AES Indiana proudly sponsored BUTTER, facilitating nearly $300k in sales, all benefiting Black artists.
  • Economic development: Volunteering and sponsorship efforts, such as the 500 Festival, generated significant economic value and community engagement.
  • Environmental initiatives: Project GreenSpace contributed to a 12% reduction in gun violence, showcasing the broader social benefits of our environmental projects.



Our corporate giving is driven by the mission to accelerate the future of energy with a focus on transparency, accountability, and sustainable community benefits.

Yes, from sponsoring the art fair BUTTER, supporting 212 households through the Power of Change program to environmental initiatives like Project GreenSpace reducing gun violence, our contributions are wide-ranging and impactful.

We are committed to not passing on the costs of our community investments or advertising to our customers, ensuring we support our community while maintaining affordability.

Beyond providing reliable, low-cost power, AES Indiana views itself as a catalyst for positive change, actively working to empower youth, enhance cultural richness, and foster environmental sustainability in Central Indiana.

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