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New Outage Map Available to Customers

CWLP works to minimize service interruptions and have the lights on all the time. When a power outage does occur, however, a new tool if now available to customers to view and track outages online. The new Electric outage map is a vendor application deployed by CWLP Electric Transmission & Distribution staff to allow the public to view and track outages. The map, fielded with data by Electric Operations-Dispatch, allows customers to see area outages in near real-time, see where crews are assigned and confirm whether their address is in an outage or not.
Outage Map

Free Boating Safety Courses

City Water, Light and Power in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and the Land of Lincoln Power Squadron has scheduled several boating safety and instruction courses to be held at the utility’s Property Management Center at Lake Springfield this spring. As of January 1, 2016, boaters in Illinois born after January 1st, 1998, with some exceptions, must have a valid Boating Safety Certificate from IDNR in order to operate a motorboat over 10 horsepower while boating in Illinois. Participants that successfully complete any of these courses will receive this IDNR Boating Safety Certificate.

Land of Lincoln Power Squadron's "Boating ABC-America's Boating Course."
Three courses will be held this spring over four evening sessions at the utility's Property Management Center at 200 E. Lake Shore Drive, located east of the Spaulding Dam Boat Launch

  • Session 1: Monday evenings: March 5, 12, 19 and 26, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Session 2: Tuesday evenings: April 10, 17, 24 and May 2, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Session 3: Thursday evenings: May 10, 17, 24 and 31, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

To successfully complete the course and receive their boating safety certificates, participants must attend all four classes of attending session. Registration is available at For more information, call 217.891.2870 or email

Melissa Kwedar Safe Boating Clinic
Two courses will be held this spring over two-day sessions on consecutive Saturdays at the utility's Property Management Center at 200 E. Lake Shore Drive, located east of the Spaulding Dam Boat Launch:
  • April 7 and April 14 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • May 12 and May 19 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The free classes are open to anyone 12 years or older. Course content includes: basic boat knowledge, equipment, navigation, safety on and in the water, emergency measures, and skipper's duties. Pre-register by calling 757-8660, ext. 1003. Space is limited. Children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants may bring snacks and drinks for breaks.

The Kwedar Safe Boating Clinics originated as a memorial to Melissa Kwedar, a Springfield teen who was killed in boating accident on Lake White near Waverly, Ohio in 1982.

Scholarship Opportunity

The Illinois Municipal Utilities Association (IMUA) in partnership with CWLP and other IMUA member utilities, is offering a scholarship competition program to eligible high school seniors for four $500 awards. Eligible students are asked to submit an application and an essay of 500 words or less addressing their choice of one of four utility-related questions. Applicants must be high school seniors whose parents or legal guardians are residential customers of CWLP or another IMUA-member utility. This will be the 18th year IMUA has offered the program in cooperation with its member utilities.

The deadline for submitting applications and essays is Friday, March 9, 2018. A committee of municipal utility officials will select a total of four finalists, each of whom will receive a certificate and a $500 scholarship award. Winners will be announced in April. Application packets are available online, Applicants may contact IMUA for more information on this scholarship opportunity at 217.789.4632.

Get Value In Green Energy Purchase Program

Average residential customer can be 100% green for an additional $2 month.

City Water, Light and Power’s Renewable Choice program provides local utility customers with a way to neutralize the environmental impact of their monthly energy usage by purchasing Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs).

For a few extra dollars a month any CWLP customer that chooses to be green can invest in renewable energy sources right through their utility bill. Through this program, customers can purchase certified RECs in 200 kilowatt-hour (kWh) blocks of renewable resources through their monthly CWLP bill.

CWLP’s generation portfolio includes wind capacity from wind farms in Iowa, currently representing around 18% of our community’s native load. With Renewable Choice CWLP customers who want to be 100% green and exceed the 18% level can do so by purchasing these additional blocks of renewable wind and solar credits.

A 200 kWh block, the minimum purchase for this program, is priced at $0.40. The typical residential CWLP customer uses 800 to 1,000 kWh per month and can, on average, have an account representing 100% renewable investment for an additional $2 per billing cycle. Five 200 kWh blocks is equal to one REC. All purchases will be billed and appear on the customer’s monthly CWLP electric bill. CWLP will send each customer a certificate showing the quantity and a proof of purchase for their RECs annually.

3Degrees, the REC provider for this program attests to the validity of each REC purchased and is audited by an independent third party accounting firm.

This program is not designed to increase CWLP revenue, but to give customers the opportunity to contribute to the growth of renewable energy at a reasonable cost. REC purchases are funded completely by customers via this program, not CWLP.

Signing up to enroll in the program can be done in person or over the phone by contacting the CWLP Energy Services Office at 789-2070 or via The CWLP Energy Experts can assist customers in calculating their monthly average usage if a customer wishes to be 100% green, although the customer may choose to purchase as many or as few blocks as they wish.

Become a Project RELIEF contributor

Each year a number of Springfield families have trouble paying their basic household bills. And things can get even tougher during the winter when home heating costs are added in.

Through Project RELIEF, you can add $1 or more to your monthly CWLP bill to provide payment assistance to families during the winter heating season.

It’s easy. All you have to do is complete the online form. Or you can make a one-time donation of any amount by sending your check or money order to:

Project RELIEF
Fifth Street Renaissance
1315 N. 5th Street
Springfield, IL 62702

Fifth Street Renaissance is a local social services agency that administers the Project RELIEF program for CWLP.

100% of your contribution will be used to help CWLP customers cover their winter utility costs. Your contribution is tax-deductible.

Who Can Qualify for Project RELIEF?

To qualify for Project RELIEF assistance, you must have: a total household income for the previous 90 days of no more than 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (see the table below); applied for help from LIHEAP (535-3120); a past-due CWLP bill; not received Project RELIEF assistance in 2016-2017; and exhausted all other assistance sources. You may also be required to cover a portion of your past-due CWLP bill.

If you would like to participate in CWLP Project RELIEF, the first step in applying to the program is to call 789-2414 on December 1 or soon thereafter. If you meet minimum eligibility requirements, you will be scheduled for an appointment with Fifth Street Renaissance.

Thank You.

More Info: or 217.789.2030