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CPP hosts Pep Rally for Lineworkers

CPP Rodeo Team

CPP’s 2014 Rodeo Team (l-r) Javier Rodriquez, Raymond Matias, Jeff Bremer, Davey Morales, Sam Vallejo and Shemill Johnson. (Photo by Bill Reiter, City Photographer)

Shemill Johnson practices for the upcoming Rodeo. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Shemill Johnson practices for the upcoming Rodeo. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Cleveland Public Power employees gathered at the East Side Service Center last week to show their support of the 2014 Lineworkers Rodeo Team. Team members include Steve Holland, Bill Reddy, Bob Kinstler, Davey Morales, Jeff Bremer, Raymond Matias, Shemill Johnson, Sam Vallejo and Javier Rodriquez.

The Lineworkers Rodeo, sponsored by the American Public Power Association (APPA), was launched in 2001 as an opportunity for Public Power Lineworkers from all over the United States and some U.S. territories to come together and demonstrate their skill and knowledge in the craft of linework. During the Rodeo, journeymen and apprentice lineworkers can compete for professional recognition, attend training courses and practice essential skills in a safe environment. An added bonus is the opportunity to connect with and learn from the nationwide community of lineworkers.

Teamwork: Jeff Bremer and Davey Morales go through a drill in preparation for the Rodeo. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Teamwork: Jeff Bremer and Davey Morales go through a drill in preparation for the Rodeo. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Sam Vallejo climbs a pole during team practice.

Sam Vallejo climbs a pole during team practice.

CPP Apprentice Javier Rodriquez during team practice. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

CPP Apprentice Javier Rodriquez during team practice. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

This year’s Rodeo is hosted by Edmond Electric, located to the north of Oklahoma City where the Rodeo and activities will be held.

As he introduced this year’s team, Rich Barton assistant commissioner of Operations for CPP noted that this year’s journeymen are examples of the strength of the Intern-Apprentice program as each of them started their journey in linework through this program and participated as apprentices and are now competing at the journeyman level.

Join us in wishing the team well in the competition and a safe journey out west.

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Cleveland Public Power advises customers to beware of Payment Scam


CLEVELAND – Today several Cleveland Public Power customers have received telephone calls from a man posing as a representative of Cleveland Public Power’s “Collection” Department and requesting payment over the phone to prevent interruption of service. This is a scam.

These customers have contacted CPP’s Customer Service Center and given the utility the necessary information to investigate the origin of the calls. The Department of Public Utility Police Department is looking into this matter. We urge our customers to disregard these calls. The calls are originated from area code 801.

“Residents should be cautious of anyone seeking payment over the telephone. The City of Cleveland’s Department of Public Utilities does not call asking for payment over the telephone and we do not accept payments at your home. Any suspicious activity like this should be reported to the Public Utilities Police at (216) 443-2426,” said Cleveland Public Power Commissioner Ivan Henderson.

Cleveland Public Power will post notices about the scam on its website and through its social media sites.

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Electric Generation – Throwback Thursday

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Many years ago Cleveland Public Power generated electricity along the Marginal on Lake Erie. Many of you are familiar with the site, but not because of CPP – you recognize the Whale Wall. The photos below show CPP operations in the early days!

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CPP operations during the heyday of electric generation.

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Bringing power to the Theater District


Did you know that Cleveland’s grand Theater District is the second largest in the United States? We’re second only to New York’s Broadway! Cleveland Public Power has proudly served the Playhouse Square District for more than 20 years and we are excited about the planned upgrades to add even more opulence to this section of Cleveland. In the 1920’s when Cleveland was growing at staggering rates and streetcars were the norm, Euclid Avenue and Playhouse Square looked a little like this:

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A 1928 view of Playhouse Square from clevelandmemory.org

As Cleveland rejuvenates and the Theater District continues to grow Playhouse Square will look like this:

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A rendering of the Cleveland Playhouse Theater District of tomorrow. (Photo provided by Playhouse Square Development)


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Let’s Talk Turkey – frying safety tips

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If a deep fried turkey is on your menu please remember the tips we’ve listed here. (Photo courtesy of Food Network)

Everything tastes better when it’s fried… so why not fry your Thanksgiving turkey, as opposed to baking it the traditional way!  Although fried turkeys are absolutely delicious, they pose a slew of safety concerns.  Thousands of fires, deaths, and injuries occur each year due to turkey fryer fires… so here are five helpful safety tips with what you need to know before setting up your fryer.

  1. Keeping Clevelanders Safe!  Never fry a turkey indoors, and make sure that you set up your fryer at least 10 feet away from your home.  Do not cook your turkey on your back deck – cooking oil is combustible and if it is heated beyond its cooking temperature, its vapors can ignite.  Keep all children and pets away.  Be sure to never leave it unattended.
  2. The Flats!  Make sure set your fryer on level ground; this will ensure that the oil level is being gauged accurately and that the oil is steady.
  3. Talking turkey! Make sure that your turkey is between 10 and 15 pounds because larger birds are more likely to burn on the outside before the inside is fully cooked.  Also, be sure that your turkey is completely thawed and dry; this will prevent the oil from bubbling furiously and spilling over.
  4. How about this Cleveland weather!  We all know that Thanksgivings in Cleveland can vary from warm and sunny, to brutally cold and snowy…  therefore, please be cognizant of the weather before planning to fry your turkey outdoors because if rain or snow strikes exposed hot cooking oil, the result can lead to property damage and/or serious injury.
  5. Cleveland Fire Department to the rescue!  Be proactive as opposed to reactive; therefore, test your cooking equipment in advance to ensure it is functioning properly.  Keep a fire extinguisher nearby at all times in the event that the oil ignites. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

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Join CPP at Winterfest 2013


There is a chill in the air and the forecast calls for snow. A week from today, we’ll all gather with family and friends and offer Thanks for our many blessings. Friday will officially start the shopping season and on Saturday you can all join Cleveland Public Power at the 2013 Winterfest Celebration in downtown Cleveland!

It’s a day filled with activities, food and fun! Check us out next week in the Renaissance Hotel on Public Square. To offer a glimpse into the fun, below are photos from Winterfest 2011 for this Throwback Thursday!

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Scenes from Winterfest 2011. (Photos by Shelley M. Shockley)

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November 21, 2013 · 4:46 pm

Lineworkers increase system reliability

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Welcome to Transformation Tuesday! This week we’re going to spotlight Lineworkers.

In the power industry, a line worker’s job is to maintain the distribution system. This includes repairing lines, fixing street lights, installing new facilities that serve houses or businesses within your community, and troubleshooting and fixing problems. Lineworkers are also on standby (on call) in the event of a storm or outage emergency.

Lineworkers are trained to always be prepared for the unexpected as it is a hazardous job dealing with electricity and heights. Safety is a critical part of a lineworker’s day-to-day responsibilities, and technicians must be competent and familiar with safety regulations.

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

The job of a lineworker is a big commitment. Lineworkers will usually have about 8,000 hours of on-the-job training during their four-year apprenticeship. They also need 250 hours of academic classes, which include electric courses, and classes on the math and science behind electricity and the electric system.

A regular day for a lineworker includes performing hands-on maintenance, sometimes in very stressful and inclement situations, to make sure your community’s power is as reliable as possible.

This Post was developed in partnership with American Municipal Power, Inc.

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