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Continuing Weather Conditions, High Energy Usage Lead to second MISO Energy Emergency Alert

Thursday, August 3, 2006

IPL, Duke Energy Indiana again asking customers to voluntarily reduce usage

PLAINFIELD AND INDIANAPOLIS, IND.-- The Midwest Independent System Operator (MISO) has declared a second Energy Emergency Alert for member utilities in the central and eastern regions, including those in Indiana. This action is necessary due to continued high temperatures, peak energy loads and stress on generation units and systems.

As member utilities of MISO, Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL) and Duke Energy Indiana are asking customers to voluntarily reduce use of all non-essential electricity between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. today.

These actions are being taken as prudent steps to continue delivering reliable service during this period of extremely high temperatures and humidity across the region.

At this time, neither IPL nor Duke Energy Indiana are experiencing any significant issues with their generating stations or electric systems. This action is being taken in conjunction with MISO and its other members to help ensure adequate supply to meet demand in the region during this extraordinary weather event.

Some basic energy conservation steps customers can take:

· If it doesn't interfere with health or safety, raise the setting on room and central air conditioners. Where possible, use fans: air that is circulating, even warm air, is more comfortable than still air.

· Avoid using appliances such as dishwashers, clothes washers and dryers until the evening hours, when the temperature begins to drop.

· If possible, avoid preparing hot meals in the kitchen during the day. Cooking adds heat to the house, which increases the discomfort level and makes air conditioners work harder.

· Close curtains, drapes or blinds during the day to reduce heat buildup.

· Use lighting sparingly. Bulbs, particularly incandescent bulbs, produce heat.

More information on energy conservation and efficiency is available on the companies' Web sites at www.IPLpower.com and at www.duke-energy.com.

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