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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New scam targets CPP customers

Customers urged to beware of payment scam

CLEVELAND – Thieves are once again preying on utility customers to make a quick buck. This week a Cleveland Public Power customer was contacted with the threat of disconnection of electricity if they did not go out and purchase a “Blue Card” to satisfy the debt. The unsuspecting customer did as told and is now out of a couple hundred dollars.

The customer contacted CPP’s Customer Service Center and reported this payment only to learn that the utility does not have any record of the payment.

 

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The Department of Public Utility Police Department is looking into this matter, and Cleveland Public Power is urging its customers to disregard these calls.

“This scam is targeting commercial businesses and while Cleveland Public Power will contact these customers about their bills, we would not refer them to a third party payment option. Any suspicious activity like this should be reported to the Public Utilities Police at (216) 443-2426,” said Cleveland Public Power Commissioner Ivan Henderson.

Henderson also said, “When there is a threat of disconnection the only way to make payments would be in person in our Payment Center, by calling in and making a payment with our Customer Service representatives or make an online payment yourself.”

Cleveland Public Power will post notices about the scam on its website and through its social media sites.

In business since 1906, CPP is the largest municipal power company in Ohio. Today, CPP boasts 36 substations throughout the city and serves more than 80,000 residential and commercial customers.  Cleveland Public Power remains strong, safe and viable 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!

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Remembering the  2012 Lineworkers Rodeo hosted by Cleveland Public Power & American Municipal Power

CPP Assistant Superintendent Steve Holland raising the Ohio State Flag.

CPP Assistant Superintendent Steve Holland raising the Ohio State Flag.

 

Preparations begin in the early morning hours and Cleveland's Nosh Box was on hand with food.

Preparations begin in the early morning hours and Cleveland’s Nosh Box was on hand with food.

A view of the Field of Competition.

A view of the Field of Competition.

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CPP hosts Pep Rally for Lineworkers

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CPP’s 2014 Rodeo Team (l-r) Javier Rodriquez, Raymond Matias, Jeff Bremer, Davey Morales, Sam Vallejo and Shemill Johnson. (Photo by Bill Reiter, City Photographer)

Shemill Johnson practices for the upcoming Rodeo. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Shemill Johnson practices for the upcoming Rodeo. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Cleveland Public Power employees gathered at the East Side Service Center last week to show their support of the 2014 Lineworkers Rodeo Team. Team members include Steve Holland, Bill Reddy, Bob Kinstler, Davey Morales, Jeff Bremer, Raymond Matias, Shemill Johnson, Sam Vallejo and Javier Rodriquez.

The Lineworkers Rodeo, sponsored by the American Public Power Association (APPA), was launched in 2001 as an opportunity for Public Power Lineworkers from all over the United States and some U.S. territories to come together and demonstrate their skill and knowledge in the craft of linework. During the Rodeo, journeymen and apprentice lineworkers can compete for professional recognition, attend training courses and practice essential skills in a safe environment. An added bonus is the opportunity to connect with and learn from the nationwide community of lineworkers.

Teamwork: Jeff Bremer and Davey Morales go through a drill in preparation for the Rodeo. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Teamwork: Jeff Bremer and Davey Morales go through a drill in preparation for the Rodeo. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Sam Vallejo climbs a pole during team practice.

Sam Vallejo climbs a pole during team practice.

CPP Apprentice Javier Rodriquez during team practice. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

CPP Apprentice Javier Rodriquez during team practice. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

This year’s Rodeo is hosted by Edmond Electric, located to the north of Oklahoma City where the Rodeo and activities will be held.

As he introduced this year’s team, Rich Barton assistant commissioner of Operations for CPP noted that this year’s journeymen are examples of the strength of the Intern-Apprentice program as each of them started their journey in linework through this program and participated as apprentices and are now competing at the journeyman level.

Join us in wishing the team well in the competition and a safe journey out west.

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City Recycling Changes: “Don’t Bag It!”

Cleveland Public Power:

As Cleveland Public Power begins to promote our “Go Green” campaign this month it is only fitting that we share this post from the City of Cleveland’s Division of Waste on changes to the recycling program. Please take note and share with friends and family.

Originally posted on Straight from City Hall:

Recently, the City of Cleveland has seen an increase in contamination of its recyclable materials due to non-recyclable materials being placed into the blue recycling carts and drop-off recycling dumpsters. In an effort to reduce this contamination, the City of Cleveland will no longer be accepting recyclable materials in plastic bags.

Recyclables should not be bagged, but placed loose in the blue recycling carts and drop-off dumpsters. While plastic bags are NO LONGER ACCEPTED in City of Cleveland containers, most grocery stores and some other retailers accept plastic bags for recycling. These stores should be contacted in advance to confirm they will accept plastic bags and other items.

Care should be taken so non-recyclables don’t end up in carts or recycling dumpsters. These items can contaminate the whole recycling stream and slow down the recycling process. At recycling centers, workers have to shut down machines to remove unrecyclable materials…

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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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City of Cleveland’s Winter Weather Update – January 28, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Originally posted on Straight from City Hall:

You know it’s been cold when tomorrow’s high temperature is forecast to be 16 degrees and it seems like a warming trend! However, the wind chill warning remains in effect until 12 p.m. tomorrow and that means you should still limit your exposure to the cold and dress appropriately for the weather.

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  • Wear layers: Multiple layers of clothing create air pockets, trapping body heat to keep you warmer.
  • Wear mittens or gloves, a hat and a scarf.
  • Wear insulated winter boots and warm socks.
  • If working outside, have an extra set of gloves, hat and scarf in case yours get wet from snow or sweat.
  • Know the warning signs of frostbite and hypothermia – read up on both here.

Important Notices:

  • Warming Centers: City of Cleveland recreation centers will be open until 8 p.m. this evening and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday to serve as warming centers. …

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