Remembering the 2012 Lineworkers Rodeo hosted by Cleveland Public Power & American Municipal Power
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 lines – Never 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.
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 you must use space heaters to keep warm, ensure that they are plugged directly into an outlet, do not plug them into extension cords.
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.
Did you know that Cleveland’s grand Theater District is the second largest in the United States? We’re second only to New York’s Broadway! Cleveland Public Power has proudly served the Playhouse Square District for more than 20 years and we are excited about the planned upgrades to add even more opulence to this section of Cleveland. In the 1920’s when Cleveland was growing at staggering rates and streetcars were the norm, Euclid Avenue and Playhouse Square looked a little like this:
As Cleveland rejuvenates and the Theater District continues to grow Playhouse Square will look like this:
Everything tastes better when it’s fried… so why not fry your Thanksgiving turkey, as opposed to baking it the traditional way! Although fried turkeys are absolutely delicious, they pose a slew of safety concerns. Thousands of fires, deaths, and injuries occur each year due to turkey fryer fires… so here are five helpful safety tips with what you need to know before setting up your fryer.
Just in time for Halloween, we thought we’d share with you ways in which you can eliminate the “fright” when viewing your monthly power bill?
Who knew that power could be so spooky! I love the term “phantom energy” but I think “vampire power” is more appropriate because vampire power is constantly sucking away energy and draining money from your pocket. These are just a couple terms used when referring to electrical products that cannot be switched off completely without being unplugged, such as your television, phone chargers, cable box, coffee maker, computers, etc., because these devices are created with little light bulbs, sensors, or other features that keep working as long as the device is plugged in.
You may think that the amount of electricity that gets used up in these situations is too small to worry about… but it does add up. Let’s try to minimize these voltage vampires and phantom power loads by following these tips:
How to put a stake through the heart of these energy thieves:
Slaying voltage vampires in your home is a good way to save a few dollars on your electric bill, and it also helps cut down on everyday emissions lessening your carbon footprint. It’s a little bit of extra work, but every little bit helps and Mother Earth will thank you.
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 $400 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 Cleveland Police Department,” 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.
Welcome to Transformation Tuesday! Each week in this space we will share information on Cleveland Public Power and its customers, helping to highlight some of Cleveland’s gems.
What started in the late 60s as a fledgling truck driving school with just a few students has grown into a 900-student strong school for pretty much every thing automotive.
Ohio Technical College (OTC) offers training in programs that include auto mechanics, body work, sports and motorcycle repair, classic car restoration, BMW repair and truck driving. Located on East 51st, the college is housed in what was once the White Motors Corporation Service Garage.
“We train students for specific careers that they can walk right into after graduation,” says Mark Brenner, President of the Cleveland -based school. “We are definitely a college with an outcome.”
Students attend classes year round, for 18 months, until they graduate. About 20% of the students take classes toward an Associates Degree in applied science, but most are interested in certification in a specific area of expertise, according to Brenner. High on the technical scale is BMW training, where students train to work on the German engineered cars at BMW dealerships throughout the country. To hone their skills, the students train on brand-new BMWs.
“All of our students have an enviable array of tools and resources to work with,” says Mr. Brenner. “It’s our way of ensuring they are knowledgeable on the highest technology upon graduation.”
With more than half a million square feet in total area, the school needs a power company that can deliver. Air compressors, bake ovens for paint, power tools, grinders, sanders and plenty of computers mean that OTC requires plenty of power to keep its students learning.
OTC appreciates the fact that CPP was as committed to excellent customer service as the college places in educating its students. “We’ve made a decision to stay in Cleveland, ” says Mr. Brenner. “Cleveland Public Power helped us with the conversion of the older buildings we’re in, and helped us maintain our energy needs for the growing technology of the automotive industry. They made the investment in the conversion, and it benefits both of us.”
Reprinted from Cleveland Public Power Annual Report.