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We’re Celebrating Public Power!

Public Power Week Demonstrates Power of Community

CPP Celebration Activities Open to All

This Oct. 3-8, Cleveland Public Power (CPP) will celebrate Public Power Week along with more than 2,000 other electric utilities that collectively provide electricity on a not-for-profit basis to more than 47 million Americans. Cleveland Public Power is dedicated to providing reliable and affordable service and takes pride in serving, and being a part of, the community. Public Power Week helps CPP share this message and show the power of community.

On Saturday, Oct. 8, CPP will host a series of family activities open to the community in celebration of Public Power Week.

  • A “Power Pedal” bike ride kicks off the day at 9am at the Whale Wall, 5251 North Marginal, Cleveland. Bicycle enthusiasts will ride through downtown Cleveland to demonstrate how much man power is needed to generate power for an entire house.
  • The third annual Solar Sprint begins at noon on East 13th at Lakeside Ave. with a record 22 teams of local students participating. This event highlights the importance of renewable energy and engages the students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities while having fun.
  • Finally, CPP’s tenth annual Open House will top off the celebration from noon until 5pm in the parking lot of CPP’s Administration Building, located at 1300 Lakeside Ave. Activities include demonstrations on how power is transmitted from substations to homes, rides in a bucket truck, face painting, and more family friendly activities for the community.

“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 CPP Commissioner Ivan Henderson.

In business for 110 years, 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 community and state-owned electric utilities.

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It’s Throwback Thursday!

 

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Tools of the trade and Electric Safety Town exhibits at the 1st Annual Cleveland Public Power Open House in 2006. Warren Salad, lineman, demonstrates how electricity comes into your home. Salad has since retired from CPP. Join us for this year’s festivities on Saturday, October 8 from Noon – 5 p.m. at 1300 Lakeside Avenue.  (City of Cleveland file photo)

 

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Cycle CLE with CPP, October 8th

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Join Cleveland Public Power in celebrating Public Power Week by taking a morning bicycle ride through downtown Cleveland!

Over the last few years, biking has really gained momentum in Cleveland, and in an effort to showcase our town and highlight the benefits of bicycling CPP invites the public to join in on the fun!

The ride will provide great exercise. an intimate tour of downtown Cleveland and it has the potential to generate enough power to light a home for a month!

You see if we can get 600 riders travelling at 10 mph, that physical power, when converted into kilowatt-hours, would power a home. Just a cool tidbit to shoot for!

So gather up your friends and join us for a ride around town. The ride will conclude at our Public Power Week Open House, held at 1300 Lakeside Avenue. Refreshments will be served and you can learn how Cleveland Public Power has brought electricity into Cleveland home and businesses for 110 years!

For more information, give us a call at 216-664-3922. Register below:

 

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Flashback Friday – Solar Sprint

As we prepare for this year’s first Solar Sprint Workshop we thought we would share some photos of the beginning of this awesome competition. The photo grid below is from the September 2014 Workshop. That year we held one Workshop, as opposed to this year – we are hosting a total of four Workshops and have twenty-two teams participating!

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CPP hosts Solar Sprint during Public Power Week Open House, today!

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CPP staffers are blowing up balloons in preparation

CPP staffers are blowing up balloons; City of Cleveland staffers are raising tents and vehicles are being placed in preparation for today’s activities

CLEVELAND – Cleveland Public Power’s (CPP) Public Power Week celebrations will culminate on Saturday, October 10th with the 2nd Annual Solar Sprint, a solar-powered car race for students in grades 3-8.  The CPP Solar Sprint engages youth in grades three through eight in the design and construction of a model solar car, which they will then use to compete in timed races during the Public Power Week Open House.  The Cleveland Metropolitan School District is represented well in the competition, fielding teams from Charles Mooney, Clara Westropp, Campus International and Wade Park. Additional teams competing include the Broadway Boys & Girls Club and Metro Catholic School.

“I am pleased to see the growth in this event. We have successfully doubled the number of teams participating and to see that we are impacting the lives of our students through this fun and educational project speaks to our mission here at CPP,” said Cleveland Public Power Commissioner, Ivan Henderson.

CPP is pleased to have WKYC-TV 3 Weekend Anchor Marcus Walter and WZAK 93.1 On-Air Personality Haz Matthews serving as judges in the Solar Sprint.

WHAT:       Cleveland Public Power Open House 

WHEN:       Saturday, October 10, 2015,  1-5 p.m.

WHERE:    Cleveland Public Power Administrative Offices (Parking Lot), 1300 Lakeside Avenue

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It’s time to race! Rev up your engines for CPP’s 2nd Annual Solar Sprint

The thrill of racing! West Side Boys & Girls Team members cheer on their entry. (City of Cleveland Photo Bureau)

The thrill of racing! West Side Boys & Girls Team members cheer on their entry. (City of Cleveland Photo Bureau)

We’re gearing up for the 2nd Annual Cleveland Public Power Solar Sprint and we’re looking for Cleveland students interested in building their own race cars! If you have youngsters who like to take things apart and put them back together, who find enjoyment in math and science or who have a creative flair – they are the perfect candidate!

In an effort to engage and educate our community on the use of renewable energy sources, Cleveland Public Power (CPP) hosted its first Solar Sprint last fall and it was a huge success. Students participated from the Cleveland Municipal School District’s Charles E. Mooney and Tremont Montessori as well as The Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland, among others.

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Contestants await the signal to start their cars. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

The Sprint is a miniature solar-powered car race. However, before you get to racing, you have to build your car. To build your prize-winning vehicle, each team will purchase a Solar Sprint Kit for $24*, containing all of the basic necessities i.e., solar panel, motor, and other necessities; however the bulk of the car is left to the ingenuity and imagination of the students.

There are two divisions for the competition – Junior and Senior. Juniors are students in grades 3-5 and seniors represent those in grades 6-8.

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

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

So to join the fun we need for you to do the following:

  1. Recruit team members (teams must have a minimum of two participants and a maximum of four)
  2. Attend one of the Solar Sprint Engineering Workshops on Saturday, September 12th or Saturday, September 19th from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  3. Build your race car
  4. Compete on Saturday, October 10 during Cleveland Public Power’s Annual Public Power Week Open House!

For more information call CPP’s Marketing Department at 216-664-3922.

*The $24 fee will be refunded on race day.

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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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