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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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Solar Sprint Workshop a success!

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Photo highlights from the Solar Sprint Workshop

This past weekend Cleveland Public Power hosted a Workshop in preparation for the 1st Annual Solar Sprint to be held as part of its Public Power Week Open House on Saturday, October 11th.

Twelve teams registered for the event, with the Cleveland Municipal School District’s Charles A. Mooney Mustangs entering four for the most from any organization or group!

During the Workshop CPP Electrician Austin Taylor went over the basic construction of the solar powered cars provided to the students and fielded questions.

At the end of the session the students were pumped and ready to begin designing their own vehicles.  In addition to CMSD the Sprint will feature teams from the Westside Boys and Girls Club, the Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority’s Outhwaite Homes, and St. Dominic School.

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Cleveland Public Power to host 1st Annual Solar Sprint Oct. 11th

The Countdown until Public Power Week has begun

Next month Cleveland Public Power will join more than 2,000 other community-owned, not-for-profit electric utilities that collectively provide electricity to 47 million Americans in taking time out to celebrate the success of public power and to salute our customers.

In effort to engage and educate our community on the use of renewable energy sources, Cleveland Public Power (CPP) will host the 1st Annual Solar Sprint. This is a miniature solar powered car race for students in grades 3-8. The students will form teams with a minimum of two members and a maximum of eight, and collaborate on the design and construction of a solar car they will enter into the Solar Spring on Saturday, October 11th during the Annual Public Power Week Open House.

Print this form to register for the Solar Sprint.

Print this form to register for the Solar Sprint.

Shelley M. Shockley, marketing manager, for CPP explained, “This is an opportunity for us to engage the community, particularly our youth, in good fun that also demonstrates the use of solar power. We actually got the idea from our counterparts in Memphis and we’re optimistically anticipating a true Indian summer with sun and warm temperatures so that this event will go off without a hitch.”

An application and overview of the Solar Sprint are included in this post. We are currently recruiting for teams, so if you have children with an interest in the sciences or who like to build things, please encourage them to join the CPP Solar Sprint. If you are unable to print the Registration Form pictured above, please complete the form below and we will send you an application.

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Celebrate Public Power Week with CPP

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It’s Throwback Thursday and this week we are focusing on Cleveland Public Power’s (CPP) Annual Open House in celebration of Public Power Week! In 2006 as CPP celebrated its Centennial the first annual Open House was held at our administrative offices in downtown Cleveland.

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Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson and former Mayor and Congressman Dennis Kucinich review vintage news stories on the Cleveland Municipal Electric & Power Company during the inaugural Public Power Week Celebration in 2006. (CPP File Photo)

The celebrations have been going strong since then and we invite you to join us this Saturday from noon – 4 p.m. This is an opportunity to learn more about your locally owned and operated power utility; how electricity comes into your home and the best ways to be safe around electricity.

To add to the many activities on electricity we will also have representatives from the Cleveland Divisions of Water, Water Pollution Control and Waste. The Cleveland Fire Department will have the Smokehouse on site so you can learn how to respond to smoke in your home and the Cleveland Police Department will also be on hand to discuss your personal safety.

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CPP hosts Public Power Week Open House this Saturday, Oct. 12th

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CLEVELAND – Cleveland Public Power (CPP) is celebrating Public Power Week, Oct. 6-12, along with more than 2,000 other electric utilities that collectively provide electricity on a not-for-profit basis to 45 million Americans.

Public Power Week is a chance for Cleveland Public Power to articulate why public power is a good fit for Cleveland. We are absolutely dedicated to providing top-notch service.  “Our focus goes beyond serving customers. We serve the community,” said Ivan Henderson, Commissioner of Cleveland Public Power.

As part of this commitment to serve the community, CPP will host a Public Power Week Open House at its East Side Service Center, located at 743 E. 140th Street on Saturday, October 12 from noon – 4 p.m.  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.

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We will have artists on hand painting adorable designs like this one.

Cleveland Public Power lineman Lindsey Craig takes a group of youngsters on a ride during last year's Power Week Open House.

Cleveland Public Power lineman Lindsey Craig takes a group of youngsters on a ride during a previous Power Week Open House.

“Cleveland Public Power knows how important it is to keep the lights on for the people of Cleveland, and we continue to find ways to do so with special dedication to reliability, safety and the environment,” said Henderson.

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 80,000 residential and commercial customers.  Cleveland Public Power 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, annual 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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Cleveland Public Power to celebrate `Public Power Week’ Oct. 3-9

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.

Cleveland Public Power Linemen lead a pole climbing demonstration. (City of Cleveland Photo Bureau)

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 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.

For more information of Public Power Week activities follow CPP on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/clevelandpublicpower, on Twitter and on the web at http://www.cpp.org or http://www.cppcountonit.wordpress.com

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 80,000 residential and commercial customers.  Cleveland Public Power remains strong, safe and reliable as it strategically positions itself for the future. As one of the most reliable systems in the nation, CPP 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, annual 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.

Youth take a ride on the 'Energy Bike' (City of Cleveland Photo Bureau)

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