Cleveland Public Power to host 1st Annual Solar Sprint Oct. 11th

The Countdown until Public Power Week has begun

Next month Cleveland Public Power will join more than 2,000 other community-owned, not-for-profit electric utilities that collectively provide electricity to 47 million Americans in taking time out to celebrate the success of public power and to salute our customers.

In effort to engage and educate our community on the use of renewable energy sources, Cleveland Public Power (CPP) will host the 1st Annual Solar Sprint. This is a miniature solar powered car race for students in grades 3-8. The students will form teams with a minimum of two members and a maximum of eight, and collaborate on the design and construction of a solar car they will enter into the Solar Spring on Saturday, October 11th during the Annual Public Power Week Open House.

Print this form to register for the Solar Sprint.

Print this form to register for the Solar Sprint.

Shelley M. Shockley, marketing manager, for CPP explained, “This is an opportunity for us to engage the community, particularly our youth, in good fun that also demonstrates the use of solar power. We actually got the idea from our counterparts in Memphis and we’re optimistically anticipating a true Indian summer with sun and warm temperatures so that this event will go off without a hitch.”

An application and overview of the Solar Sprint are included in this post. We are currently recruiting for teams, so if you have children with an interest in the sciences or who like to build things, please encourage them to join the CPP Solar Sprint. If you are unable to print the Registration Form pictured above, please complete the form below and we will send you an application.

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Cleveland Rocks at the 2014 TEAM NEO’s regional business awards event

The top awards for economic development initiatives were handed out during the eighth annual Team NEO Economic Development Plus Awards, held this summer at the InterContinental Hotel & Conference Center. More than 400 business and community leaders, economic developers, politicians and chamber of commerce representatives from throughout the northeast Ohio region were on hand to acknowledge the economic growth occurring in this area.

The Department of Public Utilities, an event sponsor, was well represented by Cleveland Water Commissioner Alex Margevicius, Christine Leyda, assistant commissioner of sales for Cleveland Public Power as well as CPP sales representatives Wesley Tarver, Dale Gallis and Kimberly Smith-Woodford.

Alex Margevicius, Commissioner of the Cleveland Division of Water and Christine Leyda assistant commissioner of Sales for Cleveland Public Power.

Alex Margevicius, Commissioner of the Cleveland Division of Water and Christine Leyda assistant commissioner of Sales for Cleveland Public Power.

Two City of Cleveland departments came away winners for their outstanding work in economic development and job creation.  The City’s Economic Development team lead by Director Tracey Nichols received two awards during the evening.  The first, in the category of Asset Creation for work done on The Global Center for Health Innovation project which is the premier state-of the art facility in Cleveland at 1 St. Clair Avenue, and sits adjacent to the new Cleveland Convention Center.  What makes the honor more special is that, The Global Center for Health Innovation is the only facility in the world that displays the future of health and healthcare presented on four themed floors and serves health and healthcare innovation, technology, education and commerce through state-of-the-art spaces, programs and virtual offerings.

Representing the City of Cleveland's Economic Development Department are its Director, Tracey Nichols and David Lukas, project coordinator.

Representing the City of Cleveland’s Economic Development Department are its Director, Tracey Nichols and David Lukas, project coordinator.

The second honor received by Nichols’ team was in the category of Regionalism and Cross-Border Collaboration for creating the Adopt a City pro bono program.  Mayor Jackson puts a big emphasis on creating jobs for our community.  He has assembled a world class Economic Development Team and we are honored to have been recognized for the hard work and innovation as exhibited in our projects, “said Nichols.

The final award presented to the City of Cleveland was accepted by Michael Curry from the Office of Equal Opportunity in the Minority Business Development category for the Cleveland Benefits Agreement program.  The initiative first announced by Mayor Jackson in 2012, has helped to serve as a catalyst for job creation and job development in the construction and trades industries.   Under the direction of the City’s Public Affairs Chief, Natoya Walker-Minor, the CBA is changing the way Cleveland does business through a collaborative commitment with business, civic, labor and trade organizations.

Throughout the evening of salutes, a reoccurring theme was – to return the NEO region to being one of the most vibrant robust areas in the Midwest and to advance it with a strong global work force, thus creating a great place to live, work and raise a family.

Written by Kimberly Smith-Woodford

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Join Mayor Jackson for the 31st Annual “Night out Against Crime” August 5th

Shine a Light on Crime, one Block at a Time

CPD Helicopter

The Cleveland Police helicopter will be on site just as it was last year when this young man was given a tour.

CLEVELAND – On Tuesday, August 5, 2014, Cleveland residents are invited to participate in Mayor Jackson’s 31st annual “Night out Against Crime”. The “Night out Against Crime” is an opportunity for Clevelanders to come together in order to shine a light on crime, one block at a time and take a stand against violence and other types of crimes in their communities. Events will be held throughout the city featuring police and public safety vehicles, free health screenings, refreshments and activities for the entire family! The main event will occur at Kerruish Park on August 5, from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm. In addition to the main event, various locations throughout the city’s neighborhoods will hold their own “Night out Against Crime” from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Additional Neighborhood Event Locations:

  • 1st District – Cudell Recreation Center, 1810 West Boulevard
  • 2nd District – Steelyard Commons, I-71/Jennings Freeway
  • 3rd District – Humphrey Park
  • 4th District – E. 65th & Fullerton Avenue

For more information, call 216-664-3290. “Night Out Against Crime” events are sponsored by Cleveland Public Power (CPP), City of Cleveland Community Relations Board, Cleveland Airport System and Cleveland Water.

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What to do if your power goes out

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NEVER touch downed power lines. Photo Credit: City of Cleveland Photo Bureau

This weekend Cleveland Public Power experienced a few outages affecting about one thousand customers. The problem this weekend was unpreventable, but we are happy to note that as soon as we had isolated the problem, our crews worked quickly to restore power.

With high winds today and forecasters predicting more rain and possible thunderstorms we are providing information on what you can do when you lose power, not only to safeguard you, but also to help us get your service restored as quickly as possible.

The first order of business is to call our Trouble line at 216.664.3156 to let us know you do not have power. When making this call, be patient because just like you – your neighbors may be calling as well, resulting in busy signals or longer than usual waits for someone to answer.

Second, it is always good to have a traditional landline that just plugs into the telephone jack. As much as we all love  cordless telephones if your electric service is interrupted and these are the only telephones you have you will be without telephone service. Cellular phones are great too – but if you haven’t charged it in recently you will soon be without it as well.

If you are having still having difficulty reporting your outage you can post a message on our Facebook page  found here or send a tweet to @clepublicpower. We monitor these sites frequently during inclement weather.

Now for tips to keep you and your family safe:

  • Downed power lines – Never touch, move or go near any downed or hanging lines. The first action is to call 9-1-1 or your local utility. CPP’s Trouble Line number is 216-664-3156.
    • Do not put your feet in water where a downed line is laying
    • Do not try to move tree limbs
    • If you see someone who has come into contact with a downed line, do not touch them, again call 9-1-1
    • If a line comes down on your car stay inside, roll down your window and warn others to stay away. Call authorities or ask a passerby to call authorities. The only time you should exit a vehicle with a downed line on it is if it has caught fire. If the vehicle is on fire, open the door and jump with both feet together to avoid contact with the car. It is metal and therefore you could receive a shock.
  • Power outage and food safety – Unless there is a major outage extending more than 4 hours, your food should be safe in the refrigerator as long as you leave the doors closed. After that point you may want to begin to prepare and/or eat the food.
  • Food in the freezer will hold much longer. According to the USDA, “a full freezer will hold the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed.”
  • If it appears the outage will last for a prolonged period of time, the USDA advises obtaining dry ice or block ice to keep the refrigerator cold. The USDA reports “fifty pounds of dry ice should hold an 18-cubic foot full freezer for 2 days.”

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Giving Back to the Community: Urban Goodness on Ansel

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Great job CPD!

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July 16, 2014

Giving Back to the Community: Urban Goodness on Ansel.

Volunteers from CPD and Cleveland State Nursing students helped tend to a community garden on Ansel Road. CPD participants were Sgt. Dawson, Det. Adams, Det. Piecuch, P.O. Viancourt and P.O. Sanderson.

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July 28, 2014 · 10:48 am

Summer in CLE – It’s heating up!

Summer in Cleveland is a time to get out and shake off the blues left after a long and cold winter. This summer has been a busy time with FREE outdoor concerts just about every evening along with community festivals every weekend. There’s never a dull moment!

So what are you planning for this weekend? Cleveland Public Power is gearing up to share tips on energy efficiency at the annual Burning River Fest on Whiskey Island. According to the Burning River Foundation this event is  “Intended to raise awareness of environmental issues affecting the Great Lakes region and Cuyahoga River ecosystem, the annual Burning River Fest features live music, fresh food and chef demos from local farms and eateries, educational exhibits, artists from the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Parade the Circle, and a special appearance by Great Lakes Brewing Company’s® Christmas Ale™! ” If you’re coming down stop by and check out our Energy Bike.

Energy Bike Panel

This is the board from our Energy Bike, designed by the Ohio Energy project.

If Whiskey Island and environmental concerns are not for you, check us out at Family Unity in the Park, the annual festival, concert and fireworks show at Luke Easter Park. Stop by CPP’s booth and spin the Prize Wheel for a chance to win CPP swag, and see how much you know about energy efficiency and conservation!

We hope to see you enjoying summer in CLE!

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News Advisory: Latest scam targets Commercial electricity customers!

Cleveland Public Power customers urged to beware

Thieves are once again preying on utility customers to make a quick buck. This week a Cleveland Public Power customer was contacted with the threat of disconnection of electricity if they did not call an “800” number and make a payment to the Disconnection Department.

Fortunately the customer suspected something was amiss and contacted CPP’s Customer Service Center and reported the incident.
The Department of Public Utilities Police Department is looking into this matter, and Cleveland Public Power is urging its customers to disregard these calls.
“This scam is targeting commercial businesses and while Cleveland Public Power will contact these customers about their bills, we would not refer them to a third party payment option. Any suspicious activity like this should be reported to the Public Utilities Police at (216) 443-2426,” said Cleveland Public Power Commissioner Ivan Henderson.
Henderson also said, “When there is a threat of disconnection the only way to make payments would be in person in our Payment Center, by calling in and making a payment with our Customer Service representatives or making an online payment yourself.”

In business since 1906, CPP is the largest municipal power company in Ohio. Today, CPP boasts 36 substations throughout the city and serves more than 80,000 residential and commercial customers. Cleveland Public Power remains strong, safe and viable as it strategically positions itself for the future. As one of the most reliable systems in the nation, CPP’s employees want its customers to know that they are committed to continuing to provide quality service for the next 100 years… you can Count on it!

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