Cleveland Public Power receives national recognition for reliable electric operations

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CPP linemen Phil Dates and Joe Worthy work on connecting wires.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On May 18, 2015, CPP was honored with the Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3®) designation for its commitment to the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service by the American Public Power Association (APPA). The RP3 designation recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement.

“Receiving the RP3 platinum designation for a second two-year term means a lot to us,” said Ivan Henderson, Commissioner of Cleveland Public Power. “It’s an honor to be recognized on a national level for the work we are doing here in Cleveland. It is a testament to the dedication of our employees to their community,” he said.  The RP3 designation comes in three levels – gold, platinum and diamond.

Commissioner Henderson also said the recognition confirms the work that CPP has done over the last several years to position itself as a leader in the electric utility industry. “I am proud to say that as a team we succeeded.”

The RP3 program designates four specific areas to measure a utility’s adequacy in providing system proficiency. Reliability represents 30 percent of the total points required; safety and work development each represent 25 percent and system improvement makes up the remaining 20 percent. Criteria within each designated area are based upon sound business practices and a utility-wide commitment to a safe and reliable delivery of service.

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City of Cleveland, CPP celebrate National Electric Safety Month


Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson has designated the month of May, 2015 as Electric Safety Month. To raise awareness on the many electrical safety hazards that residents can prevent, Cleveland Public Power will utilize its social media platforms to promote tips that will aid in keeping residents and customers safe.

CPP is following the leader of The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), which is dedicated exclusively to promoting electrical safety in the home, school and workplace through education, awareness and advocacy.

The ESFI reports that annually there are 418 civilian deaths related to electrical home structure fires. The financial impact of these fires amounts to more than $1.4 billion annually, and more than six people are electrocuted weekly in the United States.

We encourage you to check back throughout the month to learn how you can keep your family safe!

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Meet Tom L. Johnson, former Mayor and founder of Cleveland Public Power


In honor of TT (Throwback Thursday) we introduce the man behind Cleveland Municipal Electric Light and Power, Muny Light or as we know it today Cleveland Public Power.

Thomas Loftin Johnson (better known as Tom L. Johnson) was the 35th mayor of Cleveland between 1901 and 1909.  He was born on July 18, 1854 near Georgetown, Kentucky.  Although his formal education was relatively limited, Johnson was an extremely savvy businessman who established his social status with the wealthy and made quite a name for himself in politics as a highly acclaimed leader of the Democratic Party.

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Tom L. Johnson, founder of Cleveland Municipal Electric Light & Power, now known as Cleveland Public Power (CPP).

Reformist Mayor Johnson has been revered as “the best mayor of the best governed city in America” by many.  He made a significant impact on the city of Cleveland during his reign as mayor, and he ruled during a period where Cleveland was undergoing massive transformation.  During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the U.S. underwent incredible change, and the principal driving forces to these changes were the shift from a predominantly agricultural economy to a much more industrialized one; this change also brought blatant social changes to America.  Johnson’s platform – to serve the people and not special interests were simply stated as he was a huge advocate of public ownership of public utilities… “I believe in municipal ownership of all public service monopolies… because if you do not own them, they will in time own you.  They will rule your politics, corrupt your institutions and finally destroy your liberties!” is a quote that currently hangs on the wall in the lobby area of CPP’s administration building.

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A Letter from Mayor Frank G. Jackson

Originally posted on Straight from City Hall:

In the wake of the tragic events that unfolded in Baltimore, and bearing in mind the series of police-related matters and legal proceedings currently in process here in Cleveland, I am writing to let you know that the City of Cleveland has been planning and is prepared to address upcoming developments.

As I am sure you are aware, it is likely that the trial of Officer Michael Brelo will conclude within the next few days. Other high-profile cases are still pending, as well as continued negotiations with the Department of Justice.

Clearly, these are very complex situations that affect people at every level in our community. We are focused on how best to create a sense of safety, trust and confidence in our community, while empowering our police to enforce the law and maintain order.

We are planning for a variety of contingencies and are being very proactive in both…

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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!


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.

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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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