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CPP Solar Sprint is the highlight of Public Power Week Open House

 

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Crowd gathers for CPP’s Annual Public Power Week Open House. (Photo by City of Cleveland Photo Bureau)

Each year CPP’s marketing staff asks, “How can we make your local power company sexy, exciting and appealing to the public?” This year, we think we hit the mark and can unequivocally say, “The 2014 Public Power Week Open House was a success!”

Our goal when planning the event is to engage and educate the community and the addition of the CPP Solar Sprint seems to be just the spark we needed.  Shelley M. Shockley, marketing manager explained, “Each year we have a pretty good event where our employees bring their families out and showcase their workplace, but we want to engage the entire community, especially CPP customers. This year we had at least one hundred new visitors if not more, and we couldn’t be happier.”

Team Pure Radiance representing Charles A. Mooney. (City of Cleveland Photo Bureau)

Team Pure Radiance representing Charles A. Mooney. (City of Cleveland Photo Bureau)

The CPP Solar Sprint is a solar powered car race for students in grades three through eight. Each team is provided with a model kit which they design and engineer to compete in timed trials. Teams were judged on design and overall best time.

Charles A. Mooney Science Teacher Tina Kovach spoke of the rewarding experience for her and her students, “the CPP Solar Sprint not only gave my students the opportunity to design and engineer, and it empowered them to move beyond traditional learning without fear of doing something the `wrong way.'”

The Junior Division teams get set to race! (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

The Junior Division teams get set to race! (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Twelve diverse teams entered the competition; from home-schooled to parochial students as well as children from the Westside Boys & Girls Club and Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority youth groups.

Parent Shivankari Sanjeevan, sent us this message after the event, “My son and his friends enjoyed the competition immensely. It was good to see them spend time working on this solar car, learning new things and working as a team instead of spending their time together on Minecraft and other video games. Not one word was mentioned about a video game the past two weeks!!!”

Team U. S. Patriots make some last minute adjustments. (City of Cleveland Photo Bureau)

Team U. S. Patriots make some last minute adjustments. (City of Cleveland Photo Bureau)

Spectators enjoy the race. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Spectators enjoy the race. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Team Turtzilla racing to the finish. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Team Turtzilla racing to the finish. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

In addition to the Solar Sprint we also hosted our usual set up which bucket truck rides, a cable pulling station which taught the kids how to operate our heavy duty equipment, face painting, the kids were able to paint their very own light switch plates for their homes, and tons of free pictures were taken.  We also hosted our annual Corn Hole Competition in which Water Pollution Control enjoys entering and taking home the grand prize every year.

Some of the light switch plates on display as they dry. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Some of the light switch plates on display as they dry. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Despite the chilly temperature, this outdoor event was by far the most successful one yet.  The Open House was moved to the downtown administrative offices building in which contributed to this year’s success. Passersby stopped to see what all of the excitement was about. At one point in the day we boasted approximately two hundred people in attendance having a good time in our parking lot.

 

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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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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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The APPA Lineworkers Rodeo rocks into Cleveland, OH in 3 Days!

In just 3 days Cleveland Public Power will co-host the 12th Annual Lineworkers Rodeo at Marquette Field, 1146 Marquette St. just south of the Lake Erie Shores. This day long competition will feature Public Power Lineworkers from all over the United States, and Guam exhibiting their skill and knowledge in simulated real life situations.

This free event is open to the public and will take place at Marquette Field, 1146 Marquette Avenue between St. Clair and South Marginal Road, beginning at 7:30 a.m. and continuing until 3 p.m.

“This is a great opportunity to showcase the skill and knowledge of our lineworkers,” said CPP Commissioner Ivan Henderson. “The Rodeo gives our residents an opportunity to see first-hand what it takes to bring power into their homes, and it affords our guys the opportunity to participate in some good natured competition that helps improve their skills.”

“While the events look like fun they simulate real life scenarios that linemen are exposed to everyday,” said Steven Holland, co-chair of the Rodeo Committee. “The anxiety of the events being judged on time and safety while in competition with your industry peers provides an environment of learning from the best of the best.”

Cleveland Public Power lineworkers (l-r) Jeff Bremer, Jim Maly, Shemill Johnson and Davey Morales are geared up and ready to compete in the 12th Annual APPA Lineworkers Rodeo Saturday, April 14th. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

In addition to hosting the Rodeo, CPP will have one team and eight apprentices competing. The utility will raffle off a quilt at the event with all proceeds to benefit Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.), a local non-profit working to empower Cleveland youth between the ages of 14-19.

This family-friendly event also features a Kids’ Zone with inflatables, face painting, coloring areas and games.

For more information on the Lineworkers Rodeo, please visit http://www.publicpower.org/rodeo/ or http://www.cpp.org/rodeo.html.

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