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Join Cleveland Public Power at EarthFest 2015 this Sunday!

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The Earth Day Coalition presents EarthFest 2015 this Sunday, April 19, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Berea. For more than ten years Cleveland Public Power has supported this great event as a means of further educate residents and customers on the advantages of incorporating sustainable practices into their daily lives.

This year, in partnership with Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s Sustainable Cleveland 2019 initiative, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District and Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, EarthFest, will celebrate the “Year of Clean Water.”

EarthFest will feature 270 exhibits in 10 sustainability exhibit areas including: Clean Water, 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 at EarthFest with eco-activities, biodiesel-powered amusement park rides, all day music, urban farm animals, healthy food from local food trucks and much more.

The forecasters are predicting great weather, so come out and visit the CPP booth in the Energy Museum (Building 20), and the first 10 people to mention this post will take home a special prize! Please note, only one prize per family will be given.

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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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Join Mayor Jackson for the 31st Annual “Night out Against Crime” August 5th

Shine a Light on Crime, one Block at a Time

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The Cleveland Police helicopter will be on site just as it was last year when this young man was given a tour.

CLEVELAND – On Tuesday, August 5, 2014, Cleveland residents are invited to participate in Mayor Jackson’s 31st annual “Night out Against Crime”. The “Night out Against Crime” is an opportunity for Clevelanders to come together in order to shine a light on crime, one block at a time and take a stand against violence and other types of crimes in their communities. Events will be held throughout the city featuring police and public safety vehicles, free health screenings, refreshments and activities for the entire family! The main event will occur at Kerruish Park on August 5, from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm. In addition to the main event, various locations throughout the city’s neighborhoods will hold their own “Night out Against Crime” from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Additional Neighborhood Event Locations:

  • 1st District – Cudell Recreation Center, 1810 West Boulevard
  • 2nd District – Steelyard Commons, I-71/Jennings Freeway
  • 3rd District – Humphrey Park
  • 4th District – E. 65th & Fullerton Avenue

For more information, call 216-664-3290. “Night Out Against Crime” events are sponsored by Cleveland Public Power (CPP), City of Cleveland Community Relations Board, Cleveland Airport System and Cleveland Water.

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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.

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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.

To learn more about CPP visit http://www.cpp.org.

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Cleveland Public Power advises customers to beware of Payment Scam

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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 payment 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 Public Utilities Police at (216) 443-2426,” 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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CPP offers cold weather safety tips

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Lake Erie was not frozen solid despite sub zero temperatures. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

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On the east side of Cleveland Lake Erie is completely frozen over. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

CLEVELAND – Sub zero temperatures are causing US residents to  let out a collective “Brrrr!”  In an effort to keep residents and customers informed, Cleveland Public Power offers the following tips for cold weather safety:

Downed power linesNever touch, move or go near any downed or hanging lines. The first action should be to call 9-1-1 or your local utility. CPP’s Trouble Line can be reached by calling 216-664-3156.

  • Do not put your feet in water or snow where a downed line is laying
  • Do not try to move tree limbs
  • If you see someone who has come into contact with a downed line, do not touch them, again call 9-1-1
  • If a line comes down on your car stay inside, roll down your window and warn others to stay away. Call authorities or ask a passerby to call authorities. The only time you should exit a vehicle with a downed line on it is if it has caught fire. If the vehicle is on fire, open the door and jump with both feet together to avoid contact with the car. It is metal and therefore you could receive a shock.

Power outage and food safety – Unless there is a major outage extending more than 4 hours, your food should be safe in the refrigerator as long as you leave the doors closed. After that point you may want to begin to prepare and/or eat the food.

Food in the freezer will hold much longer. According to the USDA, “a full freezer will hold the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed.”

  • If it appears the outage will last for a prolonged period of time, the USDA advises obtaining dry ice or block ice to keep the refrigerator cold. The USDA reports “fifty pounds of dry ice should hold an 18-cubic foot full freezer for 2 days.”

 In Home Tips

If you must use space heaters to keep warm, ensure that they are plugged directly into an outlet, do not plug them into extension cords.

  • Keep all furniture, draperies, flammable materials, and other household objects at least three feet from your space heater.
  • Always unplug your electric blanket when not in use.
  • If an in-wall or baseboard heater is shut off at the circuit breaker, be sure to lock or tag the circuit breaker to prevent someone else from turning it back on.
  • Because it is common for portable heaters and electric blankets to be recalled, make sure you check your brand and model to ensure that your particular heater or blanket has not been subject to and product recalls.
  • Never ever purchase a counterfeit electrical product because they have not met any of the testing or safety standards and they can be extremely hazardous.

Cleveland Public Power Commissioner Ivan Henderson urges residents to take the necessary precautions for safety, during this unusual cold spell, “We are asking our residents and customers to follow storm protocols of seeking shelter, but in the event of an outage to call us at 216-664-3156.”

In the event of widespread outages customers will also be able to follow updates as well as report outages on Twitter, by following @cppgreen on http://www.twitter.com.

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Efficiency and safety tips: Don’t let holiday cheer get in the way of safety

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Follow these tips for a safe, efficient holiday

Twinkling lights are a beautiful way to celebrate the holidays, but keep in mind they are electric devices that must be used with proper planning and care. Following these tips will help make sure you and your family have a safe holiday season.

Before You Decorate

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Poinsettias always brighten the home during the holidays. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Before you plug in the lights you stored after last year’s holiday season, carefully inspect and discard any light strings that are damaged. A frayed or cracked electrical cord, or broken or empty socket, is a fire hazard.

If you need new lights, purchase only those that have been tested for safety by a nationally recognized testing laboratory, such as UL or ETL. Consider energy-efficient LED lights for replacements. They may cost more to buy than incandescent holiday lights, but you will earn back that investment and more. LED lighting consumes about one-tenth the energy of conventional incandescent lights and lasts several years longer.

Be sure the lighting sets and extension cords you’re planning to use for outdoors are rated for exterior use and certified for safety. That will be noted on the cords and the packaging. Because you should never plug more than two extension cords together, buy cords in the lengths you need and make sure they can handle the lighting wattage.

As You Decorate

If you have a metallic Christmas tree, do not attach electric lighting to it. Defective lights can cause the tree to become an electrically charged hazard.

Check the general limit on the manufacturer’s instructions for connecting multiple strings of lights. More strands can be connected by using stacking light strings instead of end-to-end. Don’t overload an outlet circuit by plugging too many lights into an extension cord. If the wiring overheats, it can cause a fire. Spread the load over several circuits or consider using less lighting.

To avoid creating a tripping hazard, place extension cords against a wall, but do not run them under rugs. Connect only light strands that are the same wattage. Mixing wattages can cause power surges and shorten the life of the bulbs.

Use replacement bulbs that are of the correct voltage and type for a specific light strand. Never remove a burned-out bulb and leave an open socket.

When hanging lights outside, remember to use only UL-approved hangers such as plastic gutter clips. Nails or staples can create a fire hazard if they cut through the wire insulation. Always take caution when using ladders or accessing roofs to hang lights. Be mindful of overhead power lines.

Use properly rated timers to turn your indoor and outdoor lighting on and off for you. Timers will help you save energy and money, plus ensure that your lighting is turned off at bedtime for your family’s safety.

Plug outdoor lighting into circuits protected by a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) or a portable GFCI. Portable GFCIs are available at prices starting at less than $20 at stores where electrical supplies are sold.

When the Season is Over

After the holiday, store the lights safely by coiling each string loosely around a stiff piece of cardboard. Then wrap it in fabric or paper to protect the bulbs and store in a sturdy container. You can also buy modestly priced lighting storage bags that contain rigid plastic spools for storing coiled lights.

These tips are brought to you from our partners at American Municipal Power (AMP).

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