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Winterfest marks the beginning of Cleveland’s Holiday Season


The City of Cleveland’s official Christmas Tree. Powered by Cleveland Public Power. (Photo by Ruggero Fatica, City Photographer)

Last Saturday the City of Cleveland was a buzz of activity as residents and visitors converged on downtown streets for the annual Winterfest Celebration and in support of local businesses as part of Small Business Saturday.

As a sponsor of Winterfest, Cleveland Public Power, and our utility partners – Cleveland Water and Water Pollution Control were in the midst of Playhouse Square activity leading up to the spectacular lighting and fireworks display.

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Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Council President Kevin Kelley flip the switch to light up Playhouse Square. (Photo by Ruggero Fatica, City Photographer)

Walking down Euclid Avenue Saturday began to feel a bit nostalgic – there were thousands of people on both ends of the street checking out the Pop-Up shops on Playhouse Square as well as the shops in the 5th Street Arcade.

Euclid was not the only busy street, as activities were available in the Old Stone Church, Cleveland Public Library, and the restaurants on E. 4th Street were busy as well.


Cleveland Public Power Deputy Commissioner Joy A. Perry was on hand for the lighting. (Photo by Ruggero Fatica, City Photographer)

If you didn’t make it downtown last week, why not start this Sunday afternoon in University Circle, with the Holiday CircleFest celebration and then head downtown to view the lights along Playhouse Square and Euclid Avenue.  During CircleFest, more than a dozen of University Circle’s renowned museums, gardens, galleries, churches, and schools open their doors free of charge and offer an afternoon of activities, music, food, fun, and shopping. Visitors can look forward to live performances from talented musicians, craft making, historic displays of holiday toys, storytelling, live animals, the city’s best gingerbread house competition, and much more.

The afternoon ends with the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Winter Lights Lantern Procession at 5:30 p.m. The Museum describes this as, “A bright and innovative way to warm up your holiday season. Inspired by centuries-old, cross-cultural traditions of ceremonial lighting displays, the Winter Lights Lantern Festival features lantern displays inside the museum and the Environment of Lights installation on Wade Oval.”

All in all, “It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays” in Cleveland!

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Join us at Winterfest Saturday!

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Join us Saturday in the IdeaCenter and take a photo to commemorate the Annual Winterfest celebration!

We’re excited to once again join the Downtown Cleveland Alliance in bringing Winterfest 2015 to PlayHouse Square. To commemorate the experience stop by Cleveland Public Power’s booth in the Idea Center and snap a holiday photo of you and the family! Then follow us on social media with the hashtag #thisiscpp. We will post photos to our Facebook  Page, Instagram and Twitter sites.


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CPP Celebrates Public Power Week

Alice Smith goes over the process for establishing service with a customer.

Alice Smith goes over the process for establishing service with a customer.

The celebrations continued today as our Customer Service Representatives offered coffee and donuts to customers!

Susan Roland assists customer.

Susan Roland assists customer.

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We’re celebrating all week, join us!

Cleveland Public Power celebrates Public Power Week, October 5-11

CLEVELAND – Cleveland Public Power (CPP) is celebrating Public Power Week, Oct. 5 – 11, along with more than 2,000 other electric utilities that collectively provide electricity on a not-for-profit basis to 47 million Americans.

We are excited about Public Power week because it allows us a chance to articulate why public power is such a good fit for Cleveland.  This year we’re especially excited because we are hosting our first annual “Solar Sprint,” a car race for children in grades 3 through 8, and a “Power Pedal” bike riding event for bicycle enthusiasts.  At the core of Public Power are the employees and customers that keep us in business, so we are also showing our appreciation with coffee and donuts for the staff and customers. Cleveland Public Power takes pride in serving the residents of Cleveland and is dedicated to providing reliable and affordable service.

Scenes from Cleveland Public Power's Westside Service Center Employee Appreciation for Public Power Week.

This morning our crews were greeted with Coffee & Donuts in Appreciation of their service and in honor of Public Power Week.

As part of this commitment to serve our community, CPP will host a Public Power Week Open House event in the parking lot of its Administration Building, located at 1300 Lakeside Avenue on Saturday, October 11 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  The activities include the “Solar Sprint Race” which demonstrates the importance of renewable energy; “Pedal Power” which will show bikers how much man power would be needed to generate power for an entire house; along with demonstrations on how power is transmitted from substations into homes, rides in a bucket truck, face painting and more family friendly activities.

“Cleveland Public Power recognizes the importance of keeping the lights on for the people of Cleveland, and we strive to continuously find ways to do so with special dedication to reliability, safety and the environment… after all, this is our community – your power,” said Ivan Henderson, Commissioner of Cleveland Public Power.

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 70,000 residential and commercial customers.  CPP 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 event sponsored in conjunction with the American Public Power Association (APPA) in Washington, D.C.  APPA is the service organization for the community and state-owned electric utilities.

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Mitchell’s Ice Cream Scoops the “Energy Ambassador Award”


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Mike Mitchell poses with CPP’s Bill Williams and Efficiency Smart’s Carl Andre. Photo Credit: Shelley M. Shockley

Mitchell’s Ice Cream received the “Energy Ambassador” award from Efficiency Smart in recognition of their extensive installation of energy efficient equipment resulting in major savings in their kilowatt hour usage.  That savings is pretty sweet, especially for business owners Mike and Pete Mitchell.

The Mitchell brothers are the local duo behind this thriving ice cream chain and we are pleased that they have chosen to make Cleveland Public Power their electric power provider and Ohio City the home of their production headquarters, their biggest location yet! In accepting the honor, Mike Mitchell expressed the team’s commitment to Cleveland and their business philosophy of leaving a better world for generations to come.  “We believe in Cleveland. It’s the only place we’ve ever called home. Our customers are our community; the life of Cleveland is our life. We buy from local suppliers, use local service professionals—from our carpenters to our accountant.”

Paying Homage to the previous occupant of this building, a sign in the Ice Cream Shop remembers the Rialto Theater.

Paying Homage to the previous occupant of this building, a sign in the Ice Cream Shop remembers the Rialto Theater.



Ivan Henderson, commissioner of Cleveland Public Power said of the honor, “Cleveland Public Power is pleased to once again have one of our customers receive the Ambassador of Energy Efficiency Award. This program has been a win-win for the utility and the customer. The opportunity to meet with an energy advisor during construction aided the Mitchell brothers in advancing their commitment to energy efficiency.”

The efficiencies are evident as you look throughout their store at 1867 W. 25th.  The store is equipped with LED lighting throughout, skylights, windows with a solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) rated better than standard ENERGY STAR level, efficient refrigeration compressors and controls, LED light fixtures that are controlled by daylight sensors, high efficiency HVAC system and large commercial fans to allow the cooling temp set points to be increased.  The upfront commitment will add up to a savings of 182,200 annual kilowatt hour savings and an annual CO2 reduction of 341,300 pounds!  Not bad.

As a Cleveland Public Power customer, Mitchell’s was introduced to Efficiency Smart in an effort to offer their business cost saving efficiency measures that helped their bottom line.  The Ambassador of Energy Efficiency Award recognizes entities that have completed substantial energy efficiency projects. To be considered for the award, companies must be an electric customer of a utility that partners with Efficiency Smart and complete a project that results in significant energy savings for the community.

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Celebrate EarthFest 2014 this Sunday!


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Here’s a late post for Transformation Tuesday. Our apologies for the delay, but we had technical difficulties yesterday.

Cleveland Public Power will join the Earth Day Coalition as it celebrates its 25th Annual EarthFest Sunday, April 13 at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The theme for this year’s celebration is Zero Waste, in partnership with the City of Cleveland’s Sustainability 2019 declaration of 2014 as the “Year of Zero Waste”.

As the City owned electric utility, Cleveland Public Power will be on hand to educate consumers on ways they can reduce energy costs and to promote the utility’s sustainable efforts.


CPP is pursuing advanced energy concepts to help reduce the City of Cleveland’s carbon footprint and reach advanced energy source goals established by Mayor Frank G. Jackson. One of the projects CPP has initiated or partnered in to achieve these goals includes the installation of Solar Photovoltaic Arrays at Cleveland’s Rockefeller Greenhouse. These arrays seek out the sun’s rays and convert them into energy that is utilized to help reduce costs at the Greenhouse.

EarthFest will feature 250 exhibitors in 9 sustainability exhibit areas including: Zero Waste, Advanced & Renewable Energy, Environmental Science, Local & Sustainable Food, Clean Transportation (with Ride & Drive), Health & Fitness, Community Works, Family Fun and Green Home & Garden. Families will enjoy all day entertainment with eco-activities, biodiesel powered amusement park rides, music on 5 stages, urban farm animals, healthy food from local food trucks, the NASA “Village,” Lake Erie Nature & Science Center’s mobile planetarium and wildlife rehab exhibits, Valley Exotics Zoo, Jungle Bob with his animal friends, pony rides and much more…

Presented and organized by Earth Day Coalition since 1990, EarthFest is Ohio’s largest environmental education event and the longest running Earth Day celebration in the nation.

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CPP hosts Pep Rally for Lineworkers

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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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