Developing Our Community
Scholarships & Development
Power of a Promise
The Power of a Promise Scholarship is part of Cleco’s $1.0 million commitment to Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC), which was announced in 2019, to help fund training, curriculum development and scholarships.Cleco’s diversity and inclusion team designed the Power of a Promise Scholarship for economically disadvantaged, female and minority students who are juniors or seniors in high school and who plan to attend Central Louisiana Technical Community College Alexandria Campus and pursue a diploma in industrial manufacturing technology.
It’s designed to help economically disadvantaged, female and minority students who plan to attend CLTCC in Alexandria.
Cleco Workforce ScholarshipCleco awarded six $1,000 scholarships to students at South Louisiana Community College (SLCC) as part of Cleco’s “Workforce Scholarships”. The scholarships are to assist in the education of Louisiana residents as they begin to enter the workforce.
MathcountsCleco partnered with the Louisiana Engineering Society (LES) to bring the state MATHCOUNTS competition to the Pineville Country Inn & Suites.
MATHCOUNTS, a math enrichment competition for students in grades six through eight, is open to all types of schools – public, private, charter, virtual and home schools. The top four students from each state competition receive an all-expenses paid trip to the national competition.
SparkSpark is Cleco’s employee giving and company matching platform. Spark allows employees to donate to causes they are passionate about that are located in Louisiana. Cleco will match an employee’s contributions dollar-for-dollar up to $1000 a year.
Dollars for DoersCleco believes that building connections between its employees and its communities creates a more meaningful, fulfilling, and enjoyable workplace. Cleco is committed to being a responsible company in the communities where it does business. Employees can be rewarded with $10 for every hour of volunteer time, up to $500 per year. Organizations are also able to enroll in the platform in order to receive donations faster and connect with corporate giving and volunteering opportunities at Cleco. Cleco also frequently collaborates with organizations on volunteer activities for its employees. Throughout the year, employees make a positive impact in their local communities and have found a multitude of special ways to volunteer.
Power of SharingCleco created the Power of Sharing Fund in 1985 to help elderly customers with low or fixed incomes pay their energy bills. The funds from this program are donated by Cleco, employees and customers and distributed by the Louisiana Association of Councils on Aging (COA) across the state. Currently, 16 COAs receive funds from Cleco's Power of Sharing Fund, including Acadia, Allen, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Calcasieu, DeSoto, Evangeline, Grant, Iberia, Red River, Sabine, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany and Vernon. To find out if you or a loved one qualifies for assistance, contact one of the participating COAs.
#GivingTuesdayCleco employees participated in #GivingTuesday, which is a global day of generosity that took place on November 29, 2022. Employees showed their generosity in a multitude of ways, including making over $80,000 in monetary contributions through the company’s online platform, Spark.
- Jan 14, 2021 Cleco Power earns EEI Emergency Response Award for historic efforts to restore service after Hurricane Laura
- Feb 25, 2021 Cleco’s chief human resources and diversity officer among Top 100 Diverse Leaders in Energy
- May 26, 2021 Cleco wins 2021 Website of the Year Award
- Jun 16, 2021 Cleco Power receives EEI Emergency Response Award for Hurricanes Delta and Zeta recovery efforts
- Jul 6, 2021 Elderly customers can receive LED bulbs and home energy audit
- Oct 12, 2021 Cleco presents Iberia Medical Center with check for lighting upgrades
- Nov 22, 2021 Cleco receives Rapides Regional Medical Center Community Benefit Award
- Feb 7, 2022 Cleco expands role of its Chief Operations Officer Robbie LaBorde to include Chief Sustainability Officer
- Apr 7, 2022 Cleco’s chief human resources and diversity officer among 20 IDEAL Black Women Leaders and Top 100 HR Professionals
- Apr 11, 2022 Cleco Power Launches Major Louisiana Economic Initiative: Project Diamond Vault
Cleco’s customers were impacted by multiple hurricanes in 2020. This was an unprecedented storm season for the utility. During all the restoration efforts, Cleco used radio, television, and social media to keep customers up to date on restoration efforts. For example, following Hurricanes Laura and Delta alone, Cleco made 271 Facebook posts, sent 1,828 private messages to customers, made 91 press releases and participated in 46 TV interviews ” said Jennifer Cahill, Director – Corporate Communications
- Cleco notified customers that it had over 1,800 workers ready to respond to outages caused by Hurricane Laura. The workforce consisted of Cleco personnel, as well as contractors from 11 states.
- Cleco kept customers up to date on a regular basis regarding how many customers were restored each day. The company shared the types of damage being identified and the expected timelines for restoring power to customers
Power Wise Program
Power Wise™ is an energy efficiency program. Whether a residential or commercial customer, Power Wise has solutions that can help customers save energy and learn more about energy efficiency. Through Power Wise, customers can receive direct rebates for appliance and equipment upgrades and purchases, sign up for a free home energy audit to identify problem areas and make energy-saving improvements to make homes and businesses more energy efficient. Power Wise also provides resources to help teachers teach energy and water efficiency in the classroom.
Customers can reduce their electric utility bills through Cleco Power's Distributed Generation Program. It is available to residential customers utilizing renewable energy resources up to 25 kilowatts and small commercial customers utilizing renewable energy resources up to 300 kilowatts who do not have any other form of generation connected to the grid.