Duke Energy partners with local nonprofits to distribute fans to help seniors, low-income customers beat summer heat

PLAINFIELD, Ind. – Summer temperatures often mean customers are looking for ways to beat the heat and Duke Energy is working with local nonprofit agencies to distribute critical relief for residents in need. The Duke Energy Foundation is contributing more than $90,000 to 15 organizations across the state to help purchase and distribute fans to older adults and low-income households.

“Indiana summers can be extremely hot, with August bringing some of the warmest days of the year,” said Stan Pinegar, president of Duke Energy Indiana. “A simple fan can make a difference in avoiding heat-related illnesses and provide our senior and low-income customers with some comfort when temperatures rise.”

Grants were awarded to the following organizations:

  • Area IV Agency on Aging and Community Action Programs – $8,000
  • Good Samaritan Network – $5,000
  • Heart of Indiana United Way – $2,500
  • Henry County Community Foundation – $2,500
  • Hoosier Uplands Economic Development Corporation – $5,000
  • Interchurch Food Pantry of Johnson County – $1,000
  • Johnson County Senior Services – $5,000
  • Ohio Valley Opportunities – $20,000
  • Salvation Army, Princeton – $5,000
  • Salvation Army, Shelbyville – $5,000
  • South Central Community Action Program – $5,000
  • United Way of Knox County – $5,000
  • United Way Serving Howard and Tipton Counties – $10,000
  • United Way of the Wabash Valley – $10,000
  • Western Indiana Community Action Agency – $2,000

Financial Assistance

The effort is just one way Duke Energy supports its customers in need. Over the last five years, the company’s Share the Light Fund® has provided more than $2.4 million of financial assistance to Indiana customers struggling to pay their energy bills. Duke Energy works with the Indiana Community Action Association to distribute funds to qualifying customers to help pay energy bills, deposits and reconnection/connection charges. Customers can receive up to a $300 credit annually on their account. Individuals should contact their local community action agency to see if they are eligible. Click here to find a listing of service providers by county.

Duke Energy Foundation

The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to meet the needs of communities where Duke Energy customers live and work. The Foundation contributes more than $2 million annually in charitable gifts to Indiana and is funded by Duke Energy shareholder dollars. More information about the Foundation and its Powerful Communities program can be found at duke-energy.com/Foundation.

Duke Energy Indiana

Duke Energy Indiana, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, provides about 6,600 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 890,000 customers in a 23,000-square-mile service area, making it Indiana’s largest electric supplier.


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