CPP's Public Power Week celebration goes virtual

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Highlights from the 2019 Solar Sprint

Cleveland Public Power (CPP) will host its 14th Annual Public Power Week celebration virtually October 3-9. Along with 2,000 other community-powered, not-for-profit electric utilities that collectively provide electricity to 49 million Americans we will demonstrate the vital role we play in our communities.

CPP has chosen the virtual world for its celebration due to the continued rise in coronavirus cases, and because those most impacted are young people who play a big role in our annual celebrations.

While this Public Power Week will be different from those in the past, the key elements will remain. Our goal is to inform, educate and enlighten Cleveland on the importance of public power.

In Cleveland, we have the unique distinction of being one of a few public electric utilities in direct competition with a for-profit utility. We seek to distinguish ourselves from our competitors by being the utility “for the people and by the people.” A large number of our staff members are City of Cleveland residents and we take pride in providing service to our family, friends, and neighbors.

This year we are featuring a video demonstrating and showcasing these individuals in all facets of our operation. The goal is to explain the process of getting electricity to your homes and to introduce you to those who touch your lives each day.

Additionally, we will host our Annual Solar Sprint Competition which has been a favorite among Cleveland children since its inception. So, how do you host a solar car race virtually? We are relying on our partners in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) to engage with the students and weather permitting race the vehicles within their prospective schools or classrooms. It’s a challenge, but our goal is to enlighten children on the power of solar energy and to demonstrate ways to make Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) subjects fun.

Registration for the Solar Sprint can be found here.

We will update this site with a link to the Public Power Week activities next week.