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Happy Halloween!


Happy Halloween!  If you’re expecting any ninja turtles, princesses, or ghouls and goblins tonight please turn on your porch light, and please be extra vigilant. If you’ll be chaperoning them we have some safety tips for you courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control.

Going trick-or-treating? Follow these tips:

  • Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
  • Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
  • Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
  • Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
  • Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don’t run from house to house.
  • Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
  • Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
  • Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
  • Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
  • Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
  • Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Don’t stop at dark houses. Never accept rides from strangers.
  • Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

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Beware of “Phantom Energy” and “Vampire Power”

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Beware of “Vampire Power”

Just in time for Halloween, we thought we’d share with you ways in which you can eliminate the “fright” when viewing your monthly power bill?

Who knew that power could be so spooky!  I love the term “phantom energy” but I think “vampire power” is more appropriate because vampire power is constantly sucking away energy and draining money from your pocket.  These are just a couple terms used when referring to electrical products that cannot be switched off completely without being unplugged, such as your television, phone chargers, cable box, coffee maker, computers, etc., because these devices are created with little light bulbs, sensors, or other features that keep working as long as the device is plugged in.

You may think that the amount of electricity that gets used up in these situations is too small to worry about… but it does add up.  Let’s try to minimize these voltage vampires and phantom power loads by following these tips:

How to put a stake through the heart of these energy thieves:

  1. Pull out individual plugs where possible.
  2. In areas near computers and home entertainment equipment with lots of components, plug everything into one power strip – just make certain you get one with surge protection, and when you’re done for the night or weekend, flip off the illuminated switch.

Slaying voltage vampires in your home is a good way to save a few dollars on your electric bill, and it also helps cut down on everyday emissions lessening your carbon footprint.  It’s a little bit of extra work, but every little bit helps and Mother Earth will thank you.

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Cleveland Public Power customers urged 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 $400 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 Cleveland Police Department,” 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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Ohio Technical College, fueling the auto industry with local talent

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Welcome to Transformation Tuesday! Each week in this space we will share information on Cleveland Public Power and its customers, helping to highlight some of Cleveland’s gems.

What started in the late 60s as a fledgling truck driving school with just a few students has grown into a 900-student strong school for pretty much every thing automotive.

Ohio Technical College (OTC) offers training in programs that include auto mechanics, body work, sports and motorcycle repair, classic car restoration, BMW repair and truck driving. Located on East 51st, the college is housed in what was once the White Motors Corporation Service Garage.

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Students rebuild an antique car at OTC. (CPP File Photo)

“We train students for specific careers that they can walk right into after graduation,” says Mark Brenner, President of the Cleveland -based school. “We are definitely a college with an outcome.”

Students attend classes year round, for 18 months, until they graduate. About 20% of the students take classes toward an Associates Degree in applied science, but most are interested in certification in a specific area of expertise, according to Brenner. High on the technical scale is BMW training, where students train to work on the German engineered cars at BMW dealerships throughout the country. To hone their skills, the students train on brand-new BMWs.

“All of our students have an enviable array of tools and resources to work with,” says Mr. Brenner. “It’s our way of ensuring they are knowledgeable on the highest technology upon graduation.”


Mark Brenner, President of Ohio Technical College (CPP File Photo)

With more than half a million square feet in total area, the school needs a power company that can deliver. Air compressors, bake ovens for paint, power tools, grinders, sanders and plenty of computers mean that OTC requires plenty of power to keep its students learning.

OTC appreciates the fact that CPP was as committed to excellent customer service as the college places in educating its students. “We’ve made a decision to stay in Cleveland, ” says Mr. Brenner. “Cleveland Public Power helped us with the conversion of the older buildings we’re in, and helped us maintain our energy needs for the growing technology of the automotive industry. They made the investment in the conversion, and it benefits both of us.”

Reprinted from Cleveland Public Power Annual Report.

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Shining the Spotlight on – Cleveland’s historic West Side Market

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It’s Transformation Tuesday and this week we want to highlight The West Side Market. The West Side Market is a Cleveland landmark and has been in operation since 1840 and as such it is the oldest operating indoor/outdoor market in Cleveland.

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The historic West Side Market. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Beginning as an open air marketplace on a tract of land donated by two Ohio City landowners, Josiah Barber and Richard Lord (both also served as mayor of Ohio City), at the corner of West 25th (Pearl) and Lorain it has undergone much growth and many improvements to arrive at its current form. The centerpiece of the market, the yellow brick markethouse with an interior concourse, was designed by the architects Benjamin Hubbel and W. Dominick Benes who also designed other famous buildings in Cleveland, such the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Wade Memorial Chapel in Lakeview Cemetery. The markethouse was dedicated in 1912 and with its 137 foot clock tower has stood as a Cleveland landmark for nearly a century. The last major renovation of the West Side Market took place in 2004 when the arcade portion of the market was enclosed and heated and major interior and architectural renovations were completed in the main building.

Mud Pie Cupcakes

Campbell’s Cupcakes is one of two stands operated by the Campbell family. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Wolf Fish

Wolf Fish was a recent selection at Classic Seafood Market. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Today the market is home to over 100 vendors of great ethnic diversity. You can find not only fine meats and fresh vegetables, but also fresh seafood, baked goods, dairy and cheese products, and even fresh flowers. There are also booths that sell ready-to-eat foods, herbs, candy and nuts.

Open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., the West Side Market is example of the resiliency of Cleveland, its businesses and its residents and Cleveland Public Power is proud to service as its electric service provider!

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Celebrate Public Power Week with CPP

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It’s Throwback Thursday and this week we are focusing on Cleveland Public Power’s (CPP) Annual Open House in celebration of Public Power Week! In 2006 as CPP celebrated its Centennial the first annual Open House was held at our administrative offices in downtown Cleveland.


Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson and former Mayor and Congressman Dennis Kucinich review vintage news stories on the Cleveland Municipal Electric & Power Company during the inaugural Public Power Week Celebration in 2006. (CPP File Photo)

The celebrations have been going strong since then and we invite you to join us this Saturday from noon – 4 p.m. This is an opportunity to learn more about your locally owned and operated power utility; how electricity comes into your home and the best ways to be safe around electricity.

To add to the many activities on electricity we will also have representatives from the Cleveland Divisions of Water, Water Pollution Control and Waste. The Cleveland Fire Department will have the Smokehouse on site so you can learn how to respond to smoke in your home and the Cleveland Police Department will also be on hand to discuss your personal safety.

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CPP hosts Public Power Week Open House this Saturday, Oct. 12th

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CLEVELAND – Cleveland Public Power (CPP) is celebrating Public Power Week, Oct. 6-12, along with more than 2,000 other electric utilities that collectively provide electricity on a not-for-profit basis to 45 million Americans.

Public Power Week is a chance for Cleveland Public Power to articulate why public power is a good fit for Cleveland. We are absolutely dedicated to providing top-notch service.  “Our focus goes beyond serving customers. We serve the community,” said Ivan Henderson, Commissioner of Cleveland Public Power.

As part of this commitment to serve the community, CPP will host a Public Power Week Open House at its East Side Service Center, located at 743 E. 140th Street on Saturday, October 12 from noon – 4 p.m.  The afternoon of activities includes demonstrations on how power is transmitted from substations into homes, as well as rides in a Bucket Truck and refreshments.

Face Painting

We will have artists on hand painting adorable designs like this one.

Cleveland Public Power lineman Lindsey Craig takes a group of youngsters on a ride during last year's Power Week Open House.

Cleveland Public Power lineman Lindsey Craig takes a group of youngsters on a ride during a previous Power Week Open House.

“Cleveland Public Power knows how important it is to keep the lights on for the people of Cleveland, and we continue to find ways to do so with special dedication to reliability, safety and the environment,” said Henderson.

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 80,000 residential and commercial customers.  Cleveland Public Power 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, annual event sponsored in conjunction with the American Public Power Association (APPA) in Washington, D.C. APPA is the service organization for community- and state-owned electric utilities.

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Meet Tom L. Johnson

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Join us every Thursday as we take you back in time and delight you with a blast from the past.  Today we’ve decided to travel into the turn of the twentieth century to acquaint you with the founder of 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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What is a Transformer?

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Welcome to Transformation Tuesday!

Each Tuesday join us as we give you a little more insight into the electric utility world. Topics will range from explaining terminology to introducing you to some of our valued customers. Have a question about Cleveland Public Power, pose it and maybe you’ll see it in this space. All we ask is that you keep it clean and respectful.

So today we’re going to talk transformers and in our business they are very important!

A transformer is a piece of equipment that converts electricity from one voltage to another voltage. This conversion could be to a higher voltage for more economical transmission of power over long distances or to a lower voltage for use by consumers.

Transformers are usually either mounted on a pole or a pad.

Pad mount transformers are located on the ground – on a concrete slab locked inside a steel cabinet. These transformers are designed to meet the power needs of households and neighborhoods using underground distribution lines. Homeowners should not plant anything in front of the transformer, and children should never play on or around the steel box.

A pole mount transformer is attached to a utility pole. Usually it is located at the level of overhead cables. These distribution transformers are used to decrease the voltage level from power grids into power lines overhead for use by household consumers.

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Pole mount transformers.

There you have it, transformers make it possible for CPP to bring power into your communities and most importantly into your homes. For more information on us click here.

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Cleveland Public Power Customer Wins Prize for 1934 Refrigerator in Statewide Oldest Fridge Contest

Efficiency Smart Contest Highlights Refrigerator and Freezer Recycling Program


September 25, 2013 (COLUMBUS, OHIO) ––When Adolph Thomay’s refrigerator was made, the United States was in the midst of the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt was president, and gas cost just $0.10 per gallon. Thomay, a Cleveland Public Power customer, had the oldest refrigerator collected from the municipal electric systems that participate in Efficiency Smart. The statewide “Ohio’s Oldest Fridge” contest was sponsored by most of the state’s electricity providers as part of an effort to promote an appliance recycling energy efficiency initiative.

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Adolph Thomay was one of three Ohio winners of the “Oldest Fridge” contest.

At the statewide level, two 1930 refrigerators belonging to residents in Upper Arlington, near Columbus, and Middleburg Heights, also in the metro Cleveland area, tied for the title of Ohio’s Oldest Fridge. 

Thomay’s 1934 General Electric refrigerator was declared the oldest model collected from the 47 Ohio municipal electric systems that participate in Efficiency Smart. Thomay scheduled his old refrigerator for free pickup and recycling through Efficiency Smart’s appliance recycling initiative after learning about the contest and initiative through an Efficiency Smart mailing. Thomay will receive a $250 prize for owning the oldest refrigerator picked up in Efficiency Smart’s service area in addition to the standard $50 incentive that every customer receives for participating in the recycling initiative.

Thomay’s parents purchased the refrigerator secondhand in the 1950s, when they immigrated to the United States from Czechoslovakia. The refrigerator was later passed down to Adolph Thomay, who moved the refrigerator with him when he relocated to his house in Cleveland where the refrigerator was picked up for recycling.

“It was time to retire the fridge, make some money, and save on my electric bills,” said Thomay. “I appreciate the recycling program– especially what it offers senior citizens– and hope other people also take advantage of it.”

Thomay’s refrigerator was one of thousands of refrigerators and freezers picked up throughout Ohio during a joint effort between utilities to find the oldest functioning fridge in the state. In addition to uncovering the state’s oldest working refrigerators, the campaign succeeded in saving the state a significant amount of energy by removing these and many younger, but still outdated, appliances from the electric grid. 

Customers of Efficiency Smart’s participating municipal electric systems can save money by recycling older, inefficient appliances. To take advantage of the initiative, customers can call 855-695-5296 or visit www.efficiencysmart.org. Appliances recycled must be secondary units, in working order, and between 10 and 30 cubic feet.

Recycling refrigerators and freezers creates many benefits for utility customers and the environment. Many people don’t realize older refrigerators and freezers can use up to three times more energy to run than newer models built to higher energy-efficiency standards. By recycling a unit, participants can save as much as $150 a year through lower electricity costs by not operating an older refrigerator or freezer.

Units picked up through the initiative are transported to an appliance recycling facility operated by JACO Environmental. JACO safely removes hazardous materials from the old energy-guzzlers, reclaiming 95 percent of the materials in the appliances for reuse in manufacturing new products. Even the foam insulation is safely incinerated to generate electricity.

Efficiency Smart’s services include rebates for energy-efficient residential products; free removal of old, inefficient refrigerators and freezers from homes; and rebates for more than 90 energy-efficient products and services for businesses. Efficiency Smart also offers technical assistance, account management services, and customized financial incentives for large commercial and industrial customers. Efficiency Smart was established by American Municipal Power for the benefit of its member communities. It is administered under contract with the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation. Operations are based in Columbus, Ohio.

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