Letter from the President


Tom Raga

President, AES Ohio

Dear Community,

In reflecting on the responsibility of serving more than 527,000 Ohio customers, AES is uniquely positioned to make transformational investments in our 24-county service territory. And, after more than 110 years of providing electric service to the Miami Valley, we value and understand our role to help communities thrive. We’ve acted on this responsibility through partnership in economic development projects, significant investments to local organizations, and modernization of our electric grid.

Through our state and local partnerships, AES Ohio participated in 39 economic impact projects last year, providing the critical electric infrastructure to attract more than 10,000 new and retained jobs. We are proud to serve our strategic customers—large and small—who injected $383 million into the Miami Valley economy. Additionally, our new capital investments totaled $1.07 billion—signaling our commitment to driving sustainable economic growth in Ohio.

Our community impact is more than job creation and economic growth; we’ve made meaningful investments to build healthy and vibrant communities through our strategic focus areas. In total, we contributed $2.18 million to workforce development, arts and culture, poverty reduction, economic development, and diversity, equity and inclusion programs. 

As a reminder, AES Ohio does not pass on the costs of its community investments or advertising to customers. We aim to be your neighbor of choice, so our people are encouraged to give back to their communities through volunteer commitments, community board leadership and formal mentorships.

In addition to economic growth and community partnerships, we continue to add value by modernizing the energy grid and through our digital transformation—providing you with smarter, more efficient and reliable service. Through a four-year plan approved by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, we are deploying smart meters to our customers and replacing aging infrastructure.

I invite you to read further about what drives our work, our investments and our people in the 2023 AES Ohio Community Impact Report.

Thank you for your continued trust and partnership.

Letter from the Foundation

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David Crusey

Board Chair, AES Ohio Foundation

Dear Partners,

We are excited to present the AES 2023 Community Impact Report, showcasing the collective efforts of AES Ohio and The AES Ohio Foundation in making a meaningful difference in the lives of those we serve. Our commitment to invest in our communities is deeply ingrained in our ethos, and it is a privilege to witness the transformative power of our collective efforts. Through Smarter Collaborations, we have forged partnerships that transcend traditional boundaries, enabling us to make a positive and lasting impact where it matters most. Our goal is not only to address immediate needs but also to foster long-term sustainable change that lifts individuals and communities. With each investment, we strive to create opportunities for growth, prosperity and empowerment, ensuring no one is left behind.

The organizations we've supported are dedicated to addressing poverty reduction, workforce development, economic development, the arts and DEI. Our support in these areas underscores our commitment to making a meaningful difference in the lives of our customers and communities.

As we reflect on the past year, we are filled with gratitude for the dedication and resilience of our partners, volunteers, people and stakeholders.

Thank you for your unwavering support and commitment to building a brighter – more illuminated – future for all.


Community impact by the numbers

Our people are powering our communities and together, we are accelerating the future of energy.

AES Ohio and its people are dedicated to making a difference in the communities where we live, work and serve.

2023 Total investments


Total investments
Percentage of total investments

Diversity, equity & inclusion

Percentages denote diversity driven organization and programming in each investment category

AES Ohio does not pass on the cost of its community investments or advertising to customers.

The AES Ohio Foundation is proud to be the largest corporate foundation in our region where every dollar stays local. AES Ohio does not pass on the cost of its community investments or advertising to customers.

Since 1985, the Foundation has granted more than $45.3 million dollars throughout our 24-county service area and is committed to investing in our communities. Through Smarter Collaborations — working closely with our partners to define and solve complex problems and identify opportunities — our goal is to illuminate our communities and create a positive and lasting impact for the customers we serve.

In 2023, The AES Ohio Foundation made 49 investments, totaling $1.37 million, that was invested back into the communities through strategic focus areas:


Economic development

AES Ohio is committed to strengthening the state and local economies by attracting new and retaining existing customers. We are a critical infrastructure partner deeply engaged in economic and community development to support job creation and businesses. With our partners, we work together as one team united by common goals and shared values to brighten the future.

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Arts & culture


Poverty reduction

Big Brothers Big Sisters Miami Valley

Big Brothers Big Sisters Miami Valley (BBBS) creates and supports one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. Since 1958, this organization has provided school-based mentoring and community-based mentoring programs for youths ages 6 and up. AES Ohio has actively participated as a “Big” and served on the board of directors. The AES Ohio Foundation provided a grant to support youth mentoring programs to more than 350 youth and families across four counties in Montgomery, Miami, Preble and Greene counties.

Program impact:


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of littles report increased educational expectations


of littles report improved depressive symptoms because of their “Big”


of littles improved their grades and overall academic performance  


Rebuilding Together Dayton

Rebuilding Together Dayton seeks to advance health equity by improving health and housing outcomes for our neighbors in economically distressed communities. The AES Ohio Foundation provided a grant for Seasonal Safe@Home. According to a recent study conducted by the AARP, nearly 90% of older adults would prefer to stay in their current homes as long as possible. Aging in place is also widely understood to be more cost-effective than nursing homes and assisted-living facilities. Seasonal Safe@Home focuses on seasonal-based repairs, volunteer and homeowner education and volunteer [Re]Build opportunities.

Additionally, AES Ohio joined nearly 500 community volunteers for National Rebuilding Day in the Edgemont and Carillon neighborhoods. Volunteers assisted homeowners (primarily seniors) with home repairs and modifications, smoke detector installs and yard clean up so they can age in place safely and live independently. The AES Ohio Foundation is a proud sponsor of one of the homes.


Bike Miami Valley

To help reduce carbon emissions, AES Ohio partners with Bike Miami Valley to sponsor two bicycle hubs, 30 e-Link bikes and five green link bikes (pedal bikes) for bicycle enthusiasts. AES Ohio’s Summer 2022-2023 impact –

  • Successful hub checkouts and returns: 892 at Courthouse Square and  2,470 at Miami Valley Hospital.
  • More than 9,400 trips were made on AES Ohio branded bicycles.
  • In 2023, a record was set with 50,000 trips across 37 locations!

Bike Miami Valley’s fleet size of 200 electric bicycles and 150 bicycles with 37 hubs across downtown Dayton aims to use the power of cycling to drive economic development and advocates for bicycle-friendly communities. Partnering with Bike Miami Valley is one of the many ways AES Ohio focuses on creating an engaged, vibrant, welcoming region and a great place to live and work.


Workforce development

Our work with higher education

Wright State University and the University of Dayton

These programs demonstrate our commitment to workforce development and helping us prepare our population to meet the needs of companies looking to invest in the region. The AES Ohio Foundation partners with local universities and education programs to fund innovative partnerships to fill the jobs of the future.


Clothes That Work

For 25 years, Clothes That Work has stayed true to its mission of clothing, educating and empowering individuals to achieve employment success. Clothes That Work recently launched its newest program, the Mobile Outreach Initiative. The 38-foot-long mobile unit is stocked with professional clothing, shoes and accessories for clients. During the initiative’s pilot year, Clothes That Work served nearly 500 clients with the mobile unit and traveled 741 miles to work with 32 clients in Montgomery, Greene and Gallia counties. The Mobile Outreach Initiative will revolutionize service delivery and eliminate transportation barriers clients face while trying to access services. Clothes That Work received a grant from the AES Ohio Foundation to support the Mobile Outreach Initiative. In addition, the grant supports the Workforce Education Initiative program which includes a clothing and coaching series designed to equip both job seekers and those currently employed with the knowledge and skills that lead to personal growth and employment success. Since 2017, more than 420 workshops have been held for more than 7,000 individuals. Annually, AES Ohio partners with Clothes That Work to host a clothing drive to bring light to the organization and address the needs of jobseekers.


Education & workforce development


Gift of Power impact

The AES Ohio Gift of Power program completed its eighth year providing emergency assistance to customers struggling to pay their winter heating bills. Our contribution, along with generous donations from customers and employees, kept the power on for families, friends and neighbors. All donations were administered by The Salvation Army. Since 2015, AES Ohio has donated nearly $1.8 million to light the homes and hearts of our neighbors in Ohio. The Gift of Power program has helped illuminate the homes of more than 4,000 customers by keeping their lights on.


Employee giving & engagement

Board affiliations

Our AES Ohio people serve in the community through a variety of board appointments at non-profit organizations such as American Red Cross - Miami Valley Chapter, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami Valley, Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, Clothes that Work, Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, Junior Achievement Greater Dayton, Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission, Muse Machine, Rebuilding Together Dayton, The Children’s Hunger Alliance, The Foodbank, ThinkTV and The Local Organizing Committee for the Dayton Hoopla and NCAA Men’s Division I Men’s Basketball First Four®. We are proud of the many ways that our people support and brighten the community we serve.



AES Ohio Day in the Parks

Part of what makes our company a great place to work is our willingness to come together and create opportunities to improve the lives of our customers and make lasting impacts in our communities. In October, partnering with Five Rivers MetroParks, AES Ohio Day in the Parks continued the tradition for our people to help revitalize the parks that we enjoy year-round throughout the Dayton region. More than 60 volunteers spent the day at Cox Arboretum MetroPark providing garden bed maintenance, including weeding, mulching and planting, and removing invasive species from the Red Trail. This beautiful 174-acre facility has walking trails lined with trees, shrubs, specialty gardens, mature forests and prairies. The Arboretum hosts year-round educational programs that teach children and adults about sustainable horticulture, plant science and conservation.


Girls on the Run

AES Ohio’s Women’s Networking Group and AESVets  partnered with Girls on the Run (GOTR) Dayton for their Fall 5K Celebration. The event was held on Veteran’s Day, November 11. Prior to the start, all groups gathered to honor and thank our veterans for their service. AES Ohio proudly distributed flag pins and USA wristbands to all participants and their families.

GOTR is a national nonprofit organization focusing on inspiring girls, grades 3-5, to build confidence and make intentional decisions, while fostering care and compassion for self and others. Our ten families and five volunteers came together, donating their time, to support the 232 runners, encourage the girls of our future to make an impact and honor those who have served on Veteran’s Day. 

AES Ohio people and contractors reached the following project-to-date milestones of Smart Grid at the end of 2023:


meters installed


substations completed


smart thermostat rebates


reclosers installed


routers installed


EV charging projects

Safety 101



AES Ohio is transitioning to a smarter and more environmentally-friendly energy future with the electrification of its fleet. Our people who use electric vehicles (EVs) are trained in fleet electrification operations and management. Currently, there are 57 vehicles and AES Ohio plans to continue increasing the number of EVs. Fleet electrification is defined as the transition of fleet vehicles from internal combustion engines (ICE) to zero-emission electric vehicles (EV). Fleets can be comprised of passenger vehicles used as cars, SUVs, vans and trucks.


Enhancing the electric grid

LineVision completed an installation of its patented non-contact sensors on transmission towers owned by AES Ohio and AES Indiana as part of a joint project to assess how Grid-Enhancing Technologies (GETs), like Dynamic Line Ratings (DLR), may increase transmission capacity at certain times on the power grid. The data gathered will be used to evaluate how the transmission network can be optimized to safely maximize capacity and integrate renewable power generation.  With this project, AES Ohio will be able to shed light on the value of their existing assets and better serve their customers.

AES people are leading the world’s transformation to greener energy. Are you ready to join us?

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