Happy Earth Day!

Are you doing your part to protect nature's beauty as seen here?

Are you doing your part to protect nature’s beauty as seen here?

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22nd to promote environmental awareness. It was first celebrated on April 22, 1970, and is considered by many the birth of the modern environmental movement.  The success of Earth Day is visible through its reach – the day is now celebrated globally and recognized in more than 192 countries each year.

The primary message on Earth Day is “We only have one earth, and she is very precious to us, so we have to treat her good. “ To that end, Cleveland Public Power is working to do our part in sustaining Mother Earth.

As a supporter CPP celebrates Earth Day annually at the EarthFest event hosted by the Earth Day Coalition at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, but we also support a sustainable lifestyle by investing into various forms of green power including solar photovoltaic arrays, anaerobic digestion, and hydropower projects to ensure that we do our part in making Cleveland a “green city on a blue lake”.

We were a proud sponsor of the Photovoltaic Arrays Project that consisted of having solar panels installed at the Rockefeller Greenhouse house to power at portion of the greenhouse.  We also have a role in supporting CMHA’s new administration building which is partially powered by their solar farm.

CPP has teamed up with Quasar Energy Group to produce electricity in an environmentally sound manner.  This state of the art facility located in the Collinwood area utilizes organic waste to produce energy by use of anaerobic digestion to produce a biogas composed of about 60% methane, which is the main component of natural gas.  The biogas is cleaned, separated and dried before being used for the production of electricity, natural gas, and compressed natural gas.  The bio methane which is converted to electricity is fed directly to the power grid through CPP’s distribution system.

We also joined forces with American Municipal Power to invest in hydroelectric power plants being constructed along the Ohio River.

Sustainability is something we are passionate about!  It is our goal to share that passion with our youth through our annual Solar Powered Car Race. The race held each October during Public Power Week is an opportunity to teach children about solar power and to engage them. If you have elementary school children, be sure to check back for details on this year’s race.

This Earth Day we hope that you will take part in the largest civic event in the world, celebrated simultaneously around the globe by people of all backgrounds, faiths, and nationalities.

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Join Cleveland Public Power at EarthFest 2015 this Sunday!

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The Earth Day Coalition presents EarthFest 2015 this Sunday, April 19, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Berea. For more than ten years Cleveland Public Power has supported this great event as a means of further educate residents and customers on the advantages of incorporating sustainable practices into their daily lives.

This year, in partnership with Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s Sustainable Cleveland 2019 initiative, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District and Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, EarthFest, will celebrate the “Year of Clean Water.”

EarthFest will feature 270 exhibits in 10 sustainability exhibit areas including: Clean Water, Zero Waste, Advanced & Renewable Energy, Environmental Science, Local & Sustainable Food, Clean Transportation (with Ride & Drive), Health & Fitness, Community Works, Family Fun and Green Home & Garden.

Families will enjoy all day entertainment at EarthFest with eco-activities, biodiesel-powered amusement park rides, all day music, urban farm animals, healthy food from local food trucks and much more.

The forecasters are predicting great weather, so come out and visit the CPP booth in the Energy Museum (Building 20), and the first 10 people to mention this post will take home a special prize! Please note, only one prize per family will be given.

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UPDATE 8: Progress continues on removal of shoreline debris

CLEVELAND – Crews are continuing to clear debris from the shorelines in the vicinity of the Good Friday oil spill, and Coast Guard pollution responders from Marine Safety Unit Cleveland and contractors from Clean Harbors remain on scene to monitor the situation.

The Forest City Yacht Club reopened yesterday, one week after a lube oil spill affected the daily operations at its Marina.

The lube oil that leaked into Lake Erie on Good Friday was successfully recovered and a majority of the water and shoreline impacted by the spill was cleared for boaters by the U.S. Coast Guard, Ohio EPA and NOAA. This enabled the Forest City Yacht Club to resume normal operations in less than one week.

“All of the responders worked together around the clock to contain and recover the oil, minimizing further impact on the marine environment and the Port of Cleveland,” said Cmdr. Joe Higgins, the Coast Guard representative in the unified command. “As a result of this dedication and hard work, the harbor remains a clean and safe environment for mariners, families and wildlife.”

On behalf of the Unified Command and all of the responding crews, I would like to thank the Forest City Yacht Club and its members for their patience and assistance,” stated Cleveland Public Power Commissioner Ivan Henderson. “The Club has been a tremendous partner, and we were pleased to get them back up and sailing in time for the nice weekend forecast.” The crews are operating under the direction of a unified command, consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, City of Cleveland Public Utilities, and Cleveland Public Power.

Photos:

https://www.dvidshub.net/image/1864495/multiple-agencies-responding-cleveland-oil-spill <https://www.dvidshub.net/image/1864495/multiple-agencies-responding-cleveland-oil-spill&gt;

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Previous releases:

April 11, 2015 UPDATE 7: Forest City Yacht Club reopens following oil spill

April 10, 2015:UPDATE 6: Forest City Yacht Club reopens after oil spill j

April 8, 2015: UPDATE 5: Tests conclude lube oil as product spilled into Lake Erie

April 7, 2015: UPDATE 4: Crews making progress in cleaning spill near Forest City Yacht Club 

April 6, 2015: UPDATE 3: Crews continue to investigate, clean spill near Forest City Yacht Club

April 5, 2015: UPDATE 2: Cleveland-based Coast Guard pollution responders continue investigation, cleanup of Forest City Yacht Club spill

April 4, 2015: UPDATE/PHOTOS: Cleveland-based Coast Guard pollution responders continue investigating, responding to spill at Forest City Yacht Club

April 3, 2015: Cleveland-based Coast Guard pollution responders investigating potential spill at Forest City Yacht Club 

Date: Apr 12, 2015

Time: 6:00 PM

Cleveland Public Power, Cleveland Public Utilities

Contact: Shelley Shockley 216-857-6899 or Erica L. Creech 216-857-7951

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UPDATE 7: Forest City Yacht Club reopens following oil spill

CLEVELAND – The Forest City Yacht Club reopened for business today, one week after a lube oil spill affected the daily operations at its Marina.

The lube oil that leaked into Lake Erie on Good Friday was successfully recovered and a majority of the water and shoreline impacted by the spill was cleared for boaters by the U.S. Coast Guard, Ohio EPA and NOAA.   This enabled the Forest City Yacht Club to resume normal operations in less than one week.

“All of the responders worked together around the clock to contain and recover the oil, minimizing further impact on the marine environment and the Port of Cleveland,” said Cmdr. Joe Higgins, the Coast Guard representative in the unified command. “As a result of this dedication and hard work, the harbor remains a clean and safe environment for mariners, families and wildlife.”

“On behalf of the Unified Command and all of the responding crews, I would like to thank the Forest City Yacht Club and its members for their patience and assistance,” stated Cleveland Public Power Commissioner Ivan Henderson. “The Club has been a tremendous partner, and we were pleased to get them back up and sailing in time for the nice weekend forecast.”

Crews will continue to clear debris from the shorelines in the vicinity of the spill, and Coast Guard pollution responders from Marine Safety Unit Cleveland and contractors from Clean Harbors remain on scene to monitor the situation.

The crews are operating under the direction of a unified command, consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Environmental Protection AgencyOhio Environmental Protection AgencyCity of Cleveland Public Utilities, and Cleveland Public Power.

Photos:

https://www.dvidshub.net/image/1864495/multiple-agencies-responding-cleveland-oil-spill

https://www.dvidshub.net/image/1864479/multiple-agencies-responding-cleveland-oil-spill

Previous releases:

April 10, 2015: UPDATE 6: Forest City Yacht Club reopens after oil spill

April 8, 2015: UPDATE 5: Tests conclude lube oil as product spilled into Lake Erie

April 7, 2015: UPDATE 4: Crews making progress in cleaning spill near Forest City Yacht Club

April 6, 2015: UPDATE 3: Crews continue to investigate, clean spill near Forest City Yacht Club

April 5, 2015: UPDATE 2: Cleveland-based Coast Guard pollution responders continue investigation, cleanup of Forest City Yacht Club spill

April 4, 2015: UPDATE/PHOTOS: Cleveland-based Coast Guard pollution responders continue investigating, responding to spill at Forest City Yacht Club

April 3, 2015: Cleveland-based Coast Guard pollution responders investigating potential spill at Forest City Yacht Club

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 Date: Apr 11, 2015

Time: 4:30 PM

Cleveland Public Power, Cleveland Public Utilities

Contact: Shelley Shockley 216-857-6899 or Erica L. Creech 216-857-7951

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UPDATE 6: Oil from Good Friday spill recovered, Marina open for boaters

 CLEVELAND – Lube oil that leaked into Lake Erie on Good Friday has been successfully recovered and the water surrounding the spill has been cleared for boaters by the U.S. Coast Guard, Ohio EPA and NOAA.

“All of the responders worked together around the clock to contain and recover the oil, minimizing further impact on the marine environment and allowing the impacted Forest City Yacht Club to resume normal operations in less than one week,” said Cmdr. Joe Higgins, the Coast Guard representative in the unified command. “As a result of this dedication and hard work, the harbor remains a clean and safe environment for families and wildlife.”

“On behalf of the Unified Command and all of the responding crews, I would like to thank the Forest City Yacht Club and its members for their patience and assistance,” stated Cleveland Public Power Commissioner Ivan Henderson. “The Club has been a tremendous partner, and we were pleased to get them back up and sailing in time for the nice weekend forecast.”

Crews will continue to clear debris from the shorelines in the vicinity of the spill, and Coast Guard pollution responders from Marine Safety Unit Cleveland and a contractor from Clean Harbors remain on scene to monitor the situation.

The crews are operating under the direction of a unified command, consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Environmental Protection AgencyOhio Environmental Protection AgencyCity of Cleveland Public Utilities, and Cleveland Public Power.

 Photos:

https://www.dvidshub.net/image/1864495/multiple-agencies-responding-cleveland-oil-spill

https://www.dvidshub.net/image/1864479/multiple-agencies-responding-cleveland-oil-spill

Previous releases:

April 8, 2015: UPDATE 5: Tests conclude lube oil as product spilled into Lake Erie

April 7, 2015: UPDATE 4: Crews making progress in cleaning spill near Forest City Yacht Club

April 6, 2015: UPDATE 3: Crews continue to investigate, clean spill near Forest City Yacht Club

April 5, 2015: UPDATE 2: Cleveland-based Coast Guard pollution responders continue investigation, cleanup of Forest City Yacht Club spill

April 4, 2015: UPDATE/PHOTOS: Cleveland-based Coast Guard pollution responders continue investigating, responding to spill at Forest City Yacht Club

April 3, 2015: Cleveland-based Coast Guard pollution responders investigating potential spill at Forest City Yacht Club

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Date: Apr 10, 2015

Time: 2:00 PM

Cleveland Public Power, Cleveland Public Utilities

Contact: Shelley Shockley 216-857-6899 or Erica L. Creech 216-857-7951

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UPDATE 5: Tests conclude lube oil as product spilled into Lake Erie

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CLEVELAND — Results of testing from the Good Friday spill into Lake Erie have confirmed lube oil as the previously unknown substance. The oil is ninety-three percent mineral oil which has toxicity levels on par with baby oil.

Crews have been on site around the clock since last Saturday cleaning the oil from the containment area near the Yacht Club. The remaining product continues to be captured and removed by responders as well as dissipate through natural processes.  The rainbow sheens currently visible represent significantly thinner layers of oil as the remaining amount of spilled product continues to be reduced. With this progress, the tanker trucks and skimming boats have been replaced with Pom-Poms and other collection techniques to absorb the remaining oil on the surface.

The crews are operating under the direction of a unified command, consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Environmental Protection AgencyOhio Environmental Protection AgencyCity of Cleveland Public Utilities, and Cleveland Public Power.

Cleveland Public Power has accepted the role of responsible party for the cleanup.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is responding to any reports of impacted wildlife.

Coast Guard pollution responders from Marine Safety Unit Cleveland and a contractor from Clean Harbors remain on scene to monitor the situation.

The Coast Guard established a safety zone from the southeast corner of Burke Lakefront Airport to the western breakwall of East 55th Street Marina. Boaters are prohibited from transiting through, anchoring or entering into the safety zone. Additionally, boaters must not produce wake while transiting near the Forest City Yacht Club since doing so reduces the effectiveness of the substance containment and recovery equipment being used.

The investigation and cleanup operations are ongoing, and more information will be released as the situation develops and it becomes available.

Photos of the response are available at the links below.

https://www.dvidshub.net/image/1861067/crews-making-progress-cleaning-spill-near-forest-city-yacht-club

https://www.dvidshub.net/image/1861068/crews-making-progress-cleaning-spill-near-forest-city-yacht-club

https://www.dvidshub.net/image/1861071/crews-making-progress-cleaning-spill-near-forest-city-yacht-club

https://www.dvidshub.net/image/1861066/crews-making-progress-cleaning-spill-near-forest-city-yacht-club

https://www.dvidshub.net/image/1861058/crews-making-progress-cleaning-spill-near-forest-city-yacht-club

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https://www.dvidshub.net/image/1861063/crews-making-progress-cleaning-spill-near-forest-city-yacht-club

Previous releases can be found here:

April 7, 2015: UPDATE 4: Crews making progress in cleaning spill near Forest City Yacht Club

April 6, 2015: UPDATE 3: Crews continue to investigate, clean spill near Forest City Yacht Club

April 5, 2015: UPDATE 2: Cleveland-based Coast Guard pollution responders continue investigation, cleanup of Forest City Yacht Club spill

April 4, 2015: UPDATE/PHOTOS: Cleveland-based Coast Guard pollution responders continue investigating, responding to spill at Forest City Yacht Club

April 3, 2015: Cleveland-based Coast Guard pollution responders investigating potential spill at Forest City Yacht Club

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Date: Apr 8, 2015

Time: 4:30 PM

Cleveland Public Power, Cleveland Public Utilities

Contact: Shelley Shockley 216-857-6899 or Erica L. Creech 216-857-7951

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UPDATE 4: Crews making progress in cleaning spill near Forest City Yacht Club

CLEVELAND — Crews continue to make progress in cleaning up an unknown substance that was released Friday into Lake Erie near the Forest City Yacht Club in Cleveland. Much of the heavy product in Lake Erie has been recovered.

Remaining product continues to dissipate through natural processes, such as rainfall and evaporation, causing it to pool less and making it more visible as a rainbow sheen on the surface of the water. This may cause it to appear as if the spill is spreading when, in fact, the rainbow sheen reflects a thinner product and requires the use of different equipment and techniques, which responders have prepared for, and will begin using during the next 24 hours.

The crews are operating under the direction of a unified command, consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Environmental Protection AgencyOhio Environmental Protection AgencyCity of Cleveland Public Utilities, and Cleveland Public Power.

The Coast Guard established a safety zone from the southeast corner of Burke Lakefront Airport to the western breakwall of East 55th Street Marina. Boaters are prohibited from transiting through, anchoring or entering into the safety zone. Additionally, boaters must not produce wake while transiting near the Forest City Yacht Club since doing so reduces the effectiveness of the substance containment and recovery equipment being used.

The investigation and cleanup operations are ongoing, and more information will be released as the situation develops and it becomes available.

Photos of the response are available at the links below.

https://www.dvidshub.net/image/1861067/crews-making-progress-cleaning-spill-near-forest-city-yacht-club

https://www.dvidshub.net/image/1861068/crews-making-progress-cleaning-spill-near-forest-city-yacht-club

https://www.dvidshub.net/image/1861071/crews-making-progress-cleaning-spill-near-forest-city-yacht-club

https://www.dvidshub.net/image/1861066/crews-making-progress-cleaning-spill-near-forest-city-yacht-club

https://www.dvidshub.net/image/1861058/crews-making-progress-cleaning-spill-near-forest-city-yacht-club

https://www.dvidshub.net/image/1861059/crews-making-progress-cleaning-spill-near-forest-city-yacht-club

https://www.dvidshub.net/image/1861063/crews-making-progress-cleaning-spill-near-forest-city-yacht-club

Previous releases can be found here:

April 6, 2015: UPDATE 3: Crews continue to investigate, clean spill near Forest City Yacht Club

April 5, 2015: UPDATE 2: Cleveland-based Coast Guard pollution responders continue investigation, cleanup of Forest City Yacht Club spill

April 4, 2015: UPDATE/PHOTOS: Cleveland-based Coast Guard pollution responders continue investigating, responding to spill at Forest City Yacht Club

April 3, 2015: Cleveland-based Coast Guard pollution responders investigating potential spill at Forest City Yacht Club

April 6, 2015: Crews continue to investigate, clean spill near Forest City Yacht Club

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Cleveland Public Power, Cleveland Public Utilities

Contact: Shelley Shockley 216-857-6899 or Erica L. Creech 216-857-7951

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