New power plant provides enough generation capacity to power 370,000 homes

IPL leaders officially open one of the cleanest, most efficient natural gas power plants

July 10, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL), a subsidiary of The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES), celebrated the commercial operation of its Combined-Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) natural gas power plant located at the Eagle Valley Generating Station today in Martinsville, Indiana. This state-of-the-art power plant provides cleaner, more reliable, and efficient energy at a reasonable cost to customers.

“IPL is committed to developing and implementing energy solutions that balance affordability for our customers and the impact on the environment,” said Craig Jackson, IPL President and CEO. “This natural gas plant has enabled IPL to significantly reduce its dependence on coal while still delivering safe, reliable, and sustainable energy for our customers.”

The CCGT natural gas plant is one of the cleanest, most efficient thermal power plants ever to be built. The CCGT will reduce the rate of key emissions by 98 percent compared to the coal and oil fired units it replaced. Water use and wastewater generation will significantly reduce as well. Since the plant began commercial operation, it has produced approximately 400,000 megawatts of energy from natural gas making it nearly twice as efficient as the old coal plant it replaced.

“Energy reliability is an important factor in maintaining Indiana’s current economic momentum,” said Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger. “We’re excited to join AES and IPL in celebrating its new state-of-the-art natural gas power plant in Martinsville and are grateful for their continued commitment to the community and throughout the state of Indiana.”

IPL received approval in 2014 from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) to invest approximately $600 million to build the natural gas plant. This project, along with the conversion of coal-fired units to natural gas at IPL’s Harding Street Station in 2016, makes natural gas IPL’s largest source of generating capacity.

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About Indianapolis Power & Light Company and AES.

Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL), an AES Company, provides retail electric service to more than 490,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Indianapolis, as well as portions of other Central Indiana communities surrounding Marion County. During its long history, IPL has supplied its customers with some of the lowest-cost, most reliable power in the country. For more information about the company, please visit or connect with us at or

The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES) is a Fortune 500 global power company. We provide affordable, sustainable energy to 15 countries through our diverse portfolio of distribution businesses as well as thermal and renewable generation facilities. Our workforce is committed to operational excellence and meeting the world’s changing power needs. Our 2017 revenues were $11 billion and we own and manage $33 billion in total assets. To learn more, please visit www.aes.comFollow AES on Twitter @TheAESCorp.

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Claire Dalton
Indianapolis Power & Light Company
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