Cleveland Public Power, Illuminating Co. team up on restoration

Cleveland, November 6, 2012 – While Hurricane Sandy caused more than 88,500 residents in the city of Cleveland to lose power, the restoration process benefitted from cooperation between Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s office, Cleveland Public Power (CPP) and The Cleveland Electric Illuminating Co. (CEI).

From the onset of the storm – which had damaging wind gusts measuring in excess of 68 mph in some locations – CPP crews and personnel worked on behalf of their customers in the city, restoring the majority of the 17,500 CPP customers who lost power within two days. CPP has about 80,000 customers in the city.

CEI linemen – assisted by personnel from other FirstEnergy utilities, contractors and outside utility workers – restored most of the 71,000 Cleveland customers affected by the high winds, with repairs at a few isolated locations wrapping up on November 5. CEI has about 112,000 customers in Cleveland.

As part of this large-scale effort, CEI was assisted by crews from CPP after they finished making repairs to their own customers in the city.

Including the outages in Cleveland, more than 288,000 CEI customers throughout northeast Ohio lost power as a result of Hurricane Sandy, mostly in Cuyahoga, Lorain and Lake counties. Power was restored to affected CEI customers by midnight November 5.

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