It’s not official just yet, but it definitely feels like a heatwave in the CLE!
Keep safe and enjoy the balmy weather by keep the below tips in mind:
Cleveland has experienced a milder than normal winter, and the summer has come in blazing. Over the last month, we experienced several days where the temperature reached into the nineties. With higher temperatures, there is an increase in the use of air conditioners and fans.
Higher energy usage equates to higher bills. The Council for Economic Opportunities’ Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program may be the answer to alleviating some of the stress associated with higher bills for the elderly and those with chronic illnesses.
The agency’s literature states, “The Council for Economic Opportunities’ Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program provides eligible Cuyahoga County residents assistance paying an electric bill, window a/c units or assistance paying for central air conditioning repairs. The program runs through August 31st.
To apply for assistance, call (216) 518-4014 to schedule an appointment. The program operates weekdays beginning at 6:30 a.m. at the Central Neighborhood Opportunity Center located at 1849 Prospect Ave., across the street from the Wolstein Center. Please verify your eligibility by visiting http://www.ceogc.org/energy-assistnance/.
To apply for emergency assistance, a resident must have the most recent bills for gas and electric utilities, photo identification, Social Security numbers for all household members and verification of all income for all household over the age of eighteen for the previous twelve months. For those households who have no income, an IRS Tx Transcript is required. Renters living in multi-unit dwellings may be required to provide their landlord’s name and contact information.
The Summer Crisis Program provides assistance to low-income households with an elderly member (60 years or older), or households that can provide physician documentation that cooling assistance is needed for a household member’s health.
Health issues can include lung disease; Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease; or asthma, which affects more than 850,000 Ohioans, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Eligible Cleveland Public Power customers can receive up to $500. Assistance is applied to a utility bill or applied to central air conditioning repair costs. Ohioans must have a gross income at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines to qualify for assistance.
For more information about the features of the Summer Crisis Program visit ceogc.org.
CLEVELAND – On Tuesday, August 4, 2015, Cleveland residents are invited to participate in Mayor Jackson’s 32nd annual “Night out Against Crime”. The “Night out Against Crime” is an opportunity for Clevelanders to come together as One Cleveland and strengthen their communities. “Night out Against Crime” events will occur in each of the city’s four police districts with the main event taking place at League Park on 6601 Lexington Ave from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm on August 4.
Highlighting this year’s “Night out against Crime” event will be an exhibition baseball game played at the historic League Park between Cleveland Police Officers and youth from the City of Cleveland’s youth baseball league with support from the Cleveland Indians. The exhibition game is being played as a part of the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) support of Major League Baseball’s “Play Ball” initiative. The month of August has been designated as “Play Ball Month” in cities nationwide. US Mayors are implementing the initiative in their respective city with the goal of strengthening bonds between families and
communities with baseball through baseball-related activities.
Neighborhood District events will be held from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm at each of the locations listed below and will feature police and public safety vehicles, free health screenings, refreshments and activities for the entire family!
Additional Neighborhood Event Locations:
• 1st District – Jefferson Park, W. 132nd & Lorain
• 2nd District – Steelyard Commons, I-71/Jennings Freeway
• 3rd District – King Kennedy, E. 64th & Bundy Dr.
• 4th District – Life Skills (Parking lot), 12201 Larchmere Rd.
For more information, call 216-664-3290. The “Night out Against Crime” events are sponsored by Cleveland Public Power (CPP), City of Cleveland Community Relations Board, Cleveland Airport System and Cleveland Water.
CLEVELAND — Crews continue to investigate and clean up an unknown substance that was released Friday into Lake Erie near the Forest City Yacht Club in Cleveland.
The crews are operating under the direction of a unified command, consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, City of Cleveland Public Utilities, and Cleveland Public Power.
Cleveland Public Power has accepted the role of responsible party for the cleanup.
The spilled product coming from an outflow pipe near the marina appears to have ceased.
Investigators believe the outflow pipe is connected to the nearby Cleveland Public Power plant and Coast Guard pollution responders have taken samples to determine if the recovered product matches the product samples taken from the plant and are awaiting results.
As of this morning, Clean Harbors-operated vacuum trucks have made good progress recovering spilled oil and the response continues to identify and remove recoverable oil.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is responding to any reports of impacted wildlife.
Coast Guard pollution responders from Marine Safety Unit Cleveland and a contractor from Clean Harbors remain on scene to monitor the situation.
The investigation and cleanup operations are ongoing, and more information will be released as the situation develops and it becomes available.
Previous releases from this case can be found here:
“GO RED FOR WOMEN”… what’s that all about you ask? Well let me tell you! It is a campaign designed by the American Heart Association over ten years ago to promote heart health and highlight the importance of focusing attention on heart disease because it is currently the number one killer of women in the U.S.
Around this same time the American Heart Association realized that heart disease was not just taking the lives of more women than men, but it also took more women’s lives than all forms of cancer combined… now how crazy is that!
As an organization, why not get involved? Here at Cleveland Public Power, we not only care about our external customers… we’re also concerned with the health of our employees (our internal customers). We value our employees and we want to encourage them to live a healthy lifestyle.
So for a number of years we CPP has participated in the annual national “Go Red for Women” campaign which consists of wearing red on the first Friday in February in support of heart health month. In addition to wearing red, we also take a group photo in the Rotunda at Cleveland City Hall, and individual photos at our Administration Building with those donning their red in support of this cause.
With the individual photos, we ask employees to tell us why heart health is important to them, and they will be featured on CPP’s Facebook page. Here is a response from one of our employees. “The fact that I’m getting older made me realize how important my health (heart) is to me. Now I have a daily routine which consists of a total of a 20-30 minute walk in the winter (which increases to 45-60 minutes in the summer). As well as eat plenty of fruits daily,” says Customer Service Representative Precious Robinson.
The celebrations continued today as our Customer Service Representatives offered coffee and donuts to customers!
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.
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.
Summer in Cleveland is a time to get out and shake off the blues left after a long and cold winter. This summer has been a busy time with FREE outdoor concerts just about every evening along with community festivals every weekend. There’s never a dull moment!
So what are you planning for this weekend? Cleveland Public Power is gearing up to share tips on energy efficiency at the annual Burning River Fest on Whiskey Island. According to the Burning River Foundation this event is “Intended to raise awareness of environmental issues affecting the Great Lakes region and Cuyahoga River ecosystem, the annual Burning River Fest features live music, fresh food and chef demos from local farms and eateries, educational exhibits, artists from the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Parade the Circle, and a special appearance by Great Lakes Brewing Company’s® Christmas Ale™! ” If you’re coming down stop by and check out our Energy Bike.
If Whiskey Island and environmental concerns are not for you, check us out at Family Unity in the Park, the annual festival, concert and fireworks show at Luke Easter Park. Stop by CPP’s booth and spin the Prize Wheel for a chance to win CPP swag, and see how much you know about energy efficiency and conservation!
We hope to see you enjoying summer in CLE!
In honor of National Chocolate Chip Day we are highlighting some of our local purveyors of this truly American treat. Join our Facebook Chocolate Chip Cookie Party with special guests Gust Gallucci’s Italian Foods and Market, Dave’s Markets and of course our friends at the Lakeside Doubletree Hotel!
Join our party here.
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.
To learn more about CPP visit http://www.cpp.org.