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Registration open for 2017 Lineworkers Rodeo, May 5-7

It’s Throwback Thursday (#TBT) and we’re remembering 2012 when @clepublicpower had the honor of hosting the annual American Public Power Association Lineworkers Rodeo!

Registration is open for this year’s Rodeo to be held in San Antonio May 5-7th! You can learn more and register by clicking here.

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Cleveland Public Power receives national recognition for reliable electric operations

Cleveland Public Power Linemen

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On May 18, 2015, CPP was honored with the Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3®) designation for its commitment to the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service by the American Public Power Association (APPA). The RP3 designation recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement.

“Receiving the RP3 platinum designation for a second two-year term means a lot to us,” said Ivan Henderson, Commissioner of Cleveland Public Power. “It’s an honor to be recognized on a national level for the work we are doing here in Cleveland. It is a testament to the dedication of our employees to their community,” he said.  The RP3 designation comes in three levels – gold, platinum and diamond.

Commissioner Henderson also said the recognition confirms the work that CPP has done over the last several years to position itself as a leader in the electric utility industry. “I am proud to say that as a team we succeeded.”

The RP3 program designates four specific areas to measure a utility’s adequacy in providing system proficiency. Reliability represents 30 percent of the total points required; safety and work development each represent 25 percent and system improvement makes up the remaining 20 percent. Criteria within each designated area are based upon sound business practices and a utility-wide commitment to a safe and reliable delivery of service.

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Remembering the  2012 Lineworkers Rodeo hosted by Cleveland Public Power & American Municipal Power

CPP Assistant Superintendent Steve Holland raising the Ohio State Flag.

CPP Assistant Superintendent Steve Holland raising the Ohio State Flag.

 

Preparations begin in the early morning hours and Cleveland's Nosh Box was on hand with food.

Preparations begin in the early morning hours and Cleveland’s Nosh Box was on hand with food.

A view of the Field of Competition.

A view of the Field of Competition.

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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 recognized for reliable electric operations

On March 25, 2013, Cleveland Public Power (CPP) was recognized for its commitment to the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service by the American Public Power Association (APPA). CPP was honored with the Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3®) designation which recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement.

CPP RP3 Award

Brent McKinney, chair of APPA’s RP3 Review Panel and manager, electric transmission and distribution at City Utilities of Springfield, Mo., (far left) are pictured with CPP’s RP3 Team co-captain Marcia Hines, Commissioner Ivan Henderson, co-captain Valerie Banks and Mike Hyland, APPA senior vice president, engineering services (far right).

“Receiving the RP3 platinum designation means a lot to us,” said Ivan Henderson, Commissioner of Cleveland Public Power. “This is the first time that we have applied for RP3 designation and to come just a few points shy of 100 percent is awesome. It’s an honor to be recognized on a national level for the work we are doing here in Cleveland. It is a testament to the dedication of our employees to their community,” he said.  The RP3 designation comes in three levels – gold, platinum and diamond.

Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson said of the recognition, “This recognition confirms what we in the City of Cleveland have known – we have a safe, reliable and competitive utility in Cleveland Public Power. They are working diligently to provide the best service available.”

Commissioner Henderson also said the recognition confirms the work that CPP has done over the last several years to position itself as a leader in the electric utility industry. “I am proud to say that as a team we succeeded.”

CPP’s reliability record was affirmed late last year as the utility lead electric service restoration following hurricane Sandy and helped restore customers outside of the city. CPP’s safety record had been confirmed locally and regionally over the last four years when the utility received The City of Cleveland’s “Most Improved Division in Employee Safety” for both 2010 and 2011 as well as a Safety Commendation from American Municipal Power in 2012.

The RP3 program designates four specific areas to measure a utility’s adequacy in providing system proficiency. Reliability represents 30 percent of the total points required; safety and work development each represent 25 percent and system improvement makes up the remaining 20 percent. Criteria within each designated area are based upon sound business practices and a utility-wide commitment to a safe and reliable delivery of service.

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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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