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Fewer than 5,000 utility customers still without power

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Indiana's power companies are making progress in fixing outages around the state, with fewer than 5,000 customers remaining without electricity.

Indianapolis Power & Light Co. said about 4,700 homes and businesses were still without service late Wednesday morning.

Duke Energy Corp. reported 94 outages across Indiana at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The combined outages were down from more than 40,000 power outages Monday after temperatures plunged into the negative teens.

IPL says it could take until Thursday to restore all electricity. It blames most of the outages on Sunday's heavy snowfall on trees and power lines.

Numerous shelters were opened around the state to help those without power or stranded travelers.

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  • Powerless
    My home has been without power since 3pm Sunday. Many of those who lost power after me had theirs restored long before me. I'm wondering if that has something to do with my house being in poorer neighborhood, but that's just me projecting. I'm just praying my pipes haven't burst in the meantime - I can't afford plumbing issues on top of everything else I've had to endure the past 4 days. Will they do anything to help me with that if it occurs? I'm going to have to guess no.
  • Lies lies & half lies
    Don't buy IPL's it was all Mother Nature excuses. Duke Energy & Carmel Electric Grid operator Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) has acknowledged that they had record energy demand & they could not keep up. IPL is blaming it ALL on trees falling on power lines. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) needs to address this trend of poor power reliability by IPL/AES These power companies have monopoly power that gives them more than enough cash to make invest
  • Truth about IPL
    While we all understand this was an unusual storm, it should be noted how many more IPL customers were impacted and how long it is taking to restore power compared to Duke Energy in central Indiana. IndyStar & IBJ articles have previously noted large IPL problems with exploding man holes & power outages in downtown Indianapolis. It has also been noted about an retired IPL executive lawsuit that alleged the IPL parent company AES has drained IPL of cash and deferred capital investments & network maintenance causing many of the problems we are seeing today. They simply have not made the necessary investment to keep up with Indianapolis energy needs. It is time for the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) to take action and demand a very expensive remediation plan & company penalties immediately from IPL/AES.

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