There are only two days left! CPP Open House this Saturday, Oct. 11!

We are putting the finishing touches on a great day! We hope you’ll join us for the 1st Annual Solar Sprint, Power Pedal and all of the Open House festivities including Bucket Truck Rides, face painting and more! If that doesn’t excite you, this video should.

Here are some highlights from our week:

Celebrating Public Power Week with coffee and donuts.

Celebrating Public Power Week with coffee and donuts.

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CPP Celebrates Public Power Week

Alice Smith goes over the process for establishing service with a customer.

Alice Smith goes over the process for establishing service with a customer.

The celebrations continued today as our Customer Service Representatives offered coffee and donuts to customers!

Susan Roland assists customer.

Susan Roland assists customer.

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We’re celebrating all week, join us!

Cleveland Public Power celebrates Public Power Week, October 5-11

CLEVELAND – Cleveland Public Power (CPP) is celebrating Public Power Week, Oct. 5 – 11, along with more than 2,000 other electric utilities that collectively provide electricity on a not-for-profit basis to 47 million Americans.

We are excited about Public Power week because it allows us a chance to articulate why public power is such a good fit for Cleveland.  This year we’re especially excited because we are hosting our first annual “Solar Sprint,” a car race for children in grades 3 through 8, and a “Power Pedal” bike riding event for bicycle enthusiasts.  At the core of Public Power are the employees and customers that keep us in business, so we are also showing our appreciation with coffee and donuts for the staff and customers. Cleveland Public Power takes pride in serving the residents of Cleveland and is dedicated to providing reliable and affordable service.

Scenes from Cleveland Public Power's Westside Service Center Employee Appreciation for Public Power Week.

This morning our crews were greeted with Coffee & Donuts in Appreciation of their service and in honor of Public Power Week.

As part of this commitment to serve our community, CPP will host a Public Power Week Open House event in the parking lot of its Administration Building, located at 1300 Lakeside Avenue on Saturday, October 11 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  The activities include the “Solar Sprint Race” which demonstrates the importance of renewable energy; “Pedal Power” which will show bikers how much man power would be needed to generate power for an entire house; along with demonstrations on how power is transmitted from substations into homes, rides in a bucket truck, face painting and more family friendly activities.

“Cleveland Public Power recognizes the importance of keeping the lights on for the people of Cleveland, and we strive to continuously find ways to do so with special dedication to reliability, safety and the environment… after all, this is our community – your power,” said Ivan Henderson, Commissioner of Cleveland Public Power.

In business since 1906, CPP is the largest municipal power company in the state of Ohio.  Today, CPP boasts 36 substations throughout the city of Cleveland and serves more than 70,000 residential and commercial customers.  CPP remains strong, safe and reliable 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!

Public Power Week is a national event sponsored in conjunction with the American Public Power Association (APPA) in Washington, D.C.  APPA is the service organization for the community and state-owned electric utilities.

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Call 621-LITE for Streetlight Malfunctions and Outages

Cleveland Streetlight - if you see a malfunctioning light call 621-LITE

Cleveland Streetlight – if you see a malfunctioning light call 621-LITE

With more than 65,000 streetlights in Cleveland, we appreciate your help reporting those that are out or malfunctioning. This includes lights that don’t come on in the dark and those that stay on when it is light outside. You can help us conserve energy when lights are not needed and keep you safe when they are!

  • Call CPP’s automated streetlight outage line at 216-621-LITE (5483).

When you call our automated streetlight outage line you will be prompted to answer a few questions such as your name, phone number and the house address closest to the pole. You’ll also be able to call back with your confirmation number to track our maintenance progress.

 

When you submit a report on our website, we will ask for information regarding the location of the outage as well as your contact information in case more information is needed. Rest assured, this information is bound by our terms and conditions.

The information you provide helps us locate the streetlight and schedule it for maintenance so our crews can stay focused on your power needs.

As with any safety concern we ask, “If you see something, say something” and the same is true with streetlights – If you see a malfunctioning streetlight, report it! Call 621-LITE and together, we’ll keep our community safe and conserve valuable energy for all.

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Solar Sprint Workshop a success!

Workshop grid

Photo highlights from the Solar Sprint Workshop

This past weekend Cleveland Public Power hosted a Workshop in preparation for the 1st Annual Solar Sprint to be held as part of its Public Power Week Open House on Saturday, October 11th.

Twelve teams registered for the event, with the Cleveland Municipal School District’s Charles A. Mooney Mustangs entering four for the most from any organization or group!

During the Workshop CPP Electrician Austin Taylor went over the basic construction of the solar powered cars provided to the students and fielded questions.

At the end of the session the students were pumped and ready to begin designing their own vehicles.  In addition to CMSD the Sprint will feature teams from the Westside Boys and Girls Club, the Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority’s Outhwaite Homes, and St. Dominic School.

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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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