Join Cleveland Public Power (CPP) October 3-9 in celebration of Public Power Week. The week will include daily give-a-ways for customers, a renaming ceremony and the annual Public Power Week Open House on Saturday, October 9 from noon – 4 p.m. at the utility’s Eastside Service Center, 743 E. 140th Street.
“Public Power Week is a chance
for Cleveland Public Power to tell the `public power’ story. To showcase the importance of offering top-notch service that is competitive and owned by the community it serves,” said Ivan Henderson, Commissioner of Cleveland Public Power.
As a public utility Cleveland Public Power strives to offer the best service,but also to be a good neighbor in the community, and the annual Open House is one form of giving back to the residents of Cleveland. “We are proud to be a public power community,” Barry Withers, City of Cleveland Public Utilities Director said. “Our focus goes beyond serving customers. We serve the community by providing them with an alternative source of power, as well as educating them on the advancements taking place in renewable energy and energy efficiency and conservation,” he continued.
To continue educating its customers on the importance of energy efficiency and conservation, CPP will give away energy efficiency kits to customers visiting its lobby during Public Power Week. Shelley M. Shockley, Marketing Manger explained, “This year we have operated on the theme of `Conserving energy today for power tomorrow’ and we thought it would be fitting to carry that through Public Power Week. So randomly selected customers will receive small kits that we hope will lead them to utilize more efficient measures in their homes.”
This year’s Public Power Week events also include the renaming of its newest substation, which is part of a $66 million expansion project. The Holton Substation located on Holton Road will be officially renamed the George S. Pofok Substation during a ceremony in the Carl B. Stokes Public Utilities Building Auditorium at 10 a.m. on Thursday, October 7. Mayor Frank G. Jackson and representatives from public power agencies will be on hand to commemorate the occasion.
Pofok is a former Commissioner of CPP and worked during the 1970s and 80s to fight off attempts to sell or lease the utility to the Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company. His commitment to CPP and his vision to expand the utility led to the expansion of the 1990s and continues with the present expansion.
The Power Week activities will culminate with the annual Open House Celebration on Saturday, October 9. 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.