Hurricane Maria relief efforts

Project name:

Hurricane Maria relief efforts

Project location: 

Puerto Rico

Sub-focus area:

Natural Disaster

In September 2017, Hurricane Maria left Puerto Rico devastated. AES provided 1,500 gallons of diesel to the Puerto Rico Sewage Authority supporting the water plant servicing Guayama, the community where our plant is located. The local team helped clear roadways for people to access supplies and services. AES in the Dominican Republic also supported the recovery efforts by sending water, food and other supplies to the island. 

Partners:

AES employee volunteers, Fundacion Dominicana

Gift of power

Project name:

Gift of Power

Project location: 

Ohio, US

Sub-focus area: 

Since 2015, DP&L has partnered with The Salvation Army to provide emergency relief funding to customers who are facing disconnection and cannot pay their electric bills due to unexpected life events. DP&L recognizes the loss of a job, death of a spouse, major medical bills or other financial hardships can happen at any time and make it difficult to continue timely bill payments.

Through the Gift of Power program, DP&L hasalso donated $675,000 to light the homes and hearts of its neighbors in Ohio. Along with customer donations, the Program has helped more than 2,000 families keep their lights on.

Impact

Since 2015, DP&L has donated $675,000 to light the homes and hearts of our neighbors in Ohio

Along with customer donations, the Gift of Power program has helped more than 2,000 families keep their lights on

Partners:

The Salvation Army

#DaytonStrong

Project name:

#DaytonStrong

Project location: 

Ohio, US

Sub-focus area: 

Natural Disasters

At AES, we work together to improve lives. In 2019, the Dayton, OH area needed AES’ help following the devastation caused by 19 tornadoes that touched down in the late hours of May 27 into early the next morning. AES supported our people and the community in the immediate recovery and rebuilding efforts. We also offered the opportunity for our AES people across the globe to contribute to the long-term rebuilding efforts.  AES people expressed their eagerness to participate in the recovery process and contributed donations that were matched through The Dayton Foundation.

Impact

Due to their tireless work, crews restored service to 100 percent of customers within 10 days after the storm, dedicating 80,000 man-hours to the recovery efforts to restore the 101,748 customer outages.

Partners:

DP&L Foundation and AES Employees

The funds raised and donated by AES people were used to purchase supplies and provide other forms of support to both AES people and the broader Dayton community who were affected by the tragic events. Additional contributions were used to make grants targeted to local, non-profit organizations supporting the long-term recovery and economic re-development in our neighboring communities.

The Dayton Power and Light Company (DP&L), a subsidiary of The AES Corporation, was awarded the Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI’s) “Emergency Recovery Award” for its outstanding power restoration efforts.

Recycle with clean points

Project name:

Recycle with a Clean Point

Project location: 

Dominican Republic 

Sub-focus area: 

Recycling

In 2012, AES Dominicana developed the “Recycle with Clean Points” environmental program by their local power plants. The program seeks to increase awareness about the importance of recycling plastic and paper by promoting a culture centered on the 3Rs (reduce, reuse and recycle) and help people become agents of environmental change.

Impact

32 education centers with a total population of 33,105 plus 135,000 indirect family beneficiaries

Partners:

AES Dominicana Foundation in collaboration with the department of social management and environmental management, Haina Pro Development Board (PADESHA), the Haina City Council, the Haina Educational District, Importadora M & F and the Center for Agroforestry Development (CEDAF)

The project not only deals with recycling but also covers the final destination of waste. Initially it started in the communities of Bajos de Haina and Boca Chica with the Haina Recicla educational contest, where 32 educational centers participated and received training on the 3Rs. Given the program’s success, it was replicated in the community of Los Mina as part of the social projects of the construction of the combined cycle with excellent results. The resources generated by recycling are used by the communities in community actions. Facilitators of the program include volunteer employees of AES Dominicano, who took the training on the 3R’s (reduce, reuse and recycle) to the educational centers, leaving the environmental delegates of the program conformed.

Bison recovery program

Project name:

Bison Recovery Program

Project location: 

Mexico 

Sub-focus area: 

Biodiversity

AES México implemented a comprehensive reintroduction program of the American bison into their former habitat in Mexico where they are in danger of extinction. The program consists of creating a pure-breed conservation herd in the country, which will help to restore the ecological balance in this habitat bordering Mexico and the United States.

Impact:

The program began in 2020 with 19 American bison and the herd has grown 50% in less than one year

Partners:

The Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature (FMCN), the Mexican Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) through the General Wildlife Direction, and the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP)

Sea turtle protection program

Project name:

Sea turtle protection program

Project location: 

El Salvador

Sub-focus area: 

Biodiversity

Since 2011, AES El Salvador has supported initiatives for the protection of the endangered olive ridley sea turtles. Every year, the team donates thousands of eggs for incubation in corrals, or nesting sites, which are prepared by their team of AES volunteers. Later, project collaborators and families participate in the release of the hatchlings. To date, 270 volunteers from AES El Salvador companies have participated in these activities.

Impact

Donation of 45 thousand eggs for incubation in the corrals prepared 

Partners:

Employee volunteers

Reforestation in Brazil

Project name:

Mãos na Mata Program

Project location: 

Brazil 

Sub-focus area: 

Biodiversity

The preservation of reservoir edges is much more than a legal obligation for AES Brasil. Through “Mãos na Mata”, in partnership with SOS Mata Atlântica, we promote reforestation activities and actions through the establishment of partnerships with other organizations. In this program, we assign the planting area, the seedlings and the management expertise of our environmental technicians and count on the investments of our partners to multiply the scale and the positive impacts in the recovery areas.

Impact:

To date AES has reforested 4,200 hectares

Our average annual reforestation is 243 hectares

Partners:

SOS Mata Atlântica

Our nursery at the Promissão hydroelectric power plant produces about 1 million seedlings annually and are used in “Mãos na Mata”, AES Brasil compensatory plantations and for seedling donation to locals. In 2019, the reforestation program supported the environmental literacy program of the state government of São Paulo, providing 56,000 seedlings and technical support. In this project, students from the public network visit the surroundings of the reservoirs and participate in environmental education actions, with each student even planting their own seedling.

Capacity building and technical training for local youth

Project name:

Capacity building and technical training for local youth

Project location: 

Panama

Sub-focus area: 

Capacity Building

Within the framework of the AES Colón project, the AES team implemented the “Preparandome con Energia” program to develop technical skills, improve the living conditions and increase access to better opportunities for local youth.

To acheive these goals, the team signed an agreement with the Technological University of Panama, Colón regional office, and developed four training modules in mechanics, electricity, welding and instrumentation and control. Each module lasts approximately three months with hands-on-learning classes provided three times per week.

To support the participation and commitment of the students, AES Colón granted scholarships to cover mobilization expenses to the University and provided training on AES values and working safely.

Impact:

More than 120 young students from the province of Colón

Partners:

Technological University, Colón regional office

AES Mujer

Project name:

AES Mujer

Project location: 

El Salvador

Sub-focus area: 

Diversity & Inclusion

Since 2013, we have generated opportunities for inclusive and sustainable economic development work in two areas. The EMPRETEC workshops, a United Nations entrepreneurship program, are provided to female relatives of AES people and help participants develop skills and knowledge to start their own businesses. Additionally, through residential electrical installation courses, we provide formal training on how to implement reliable electrical installations.

AES Mujer has enabled the strengthening of the entrepreneurial culture and the consolidation of the entrepreneurial, competitive and productive skills of hundreds of Salvadoran women.

Impact:

491 women have participated in these programs

Partners:

FUNDEMAS: Business Foundation for Social Action

CIUDAD MUJER: program through the Ministry of Local Development

Strengthening innovative entrepreneurship in the Dominican Republic

Project name:

Strengthening Innovative Entrepreneurship

Project location: 

Dominican Republic

Sub-focus area: 

Capacity Building 

The AES Dominicana Foundation and The Trust for the Americas, an affiliate of the Organization of American States (OAS), have partnered for the “Strengthening Innovative Entrepreneurship” program to promote and incentivize local entrepreneurship in the municipalities of Boca Chica, Guayacanes, Quisqueya, Bancos de Arena and la Malena in the Dominican Republic.

More than 150 entrepreneurs spent two months training and studying the Canvas Business Model and acquired tools to strengthen their business concepts. The project includes an entrepreneurial fair where participants compete for funds by presenting their business plan for the development or expansion of their business. The plans are evaluated by a panel of judges on various criteria, including financial viability, sustainability, creativity, innovation, and coherence of their business model.

By increasing entrepreneurial skills within the people of the region, the project will contribute to the socio-economic and sustainable development of the local communities.

Impact:

200+ participants 

Partners:

The Trust for the Americas, Fundacion AES Dominicana, local chambers of commerce, and the municipalities of Boca Chica, Guayacanes, and Quisqueya