SMECO newsletter

volume 65 - issue 1 - january 2015

First phase of streetscape project in Solomons is near completion

SMECO is installing underground distribution lines in Solomons.

SMECO began the process of removing the overhead lines in Solomons and burying them underground in June 2014 as part of the Solomons Streetscape project. It has long been a priority for Calvert County government and the many businesses on Solomons Island to have the utility lines buried along the streetscape in order to enhance the aesthetic appeal of one of Southern Maryland’s top tourist locations. While these streetscaping aspects are important, this project will also increase reliability because SMECO will be burying a main distribution feeder line that is oftentimes hit the hardest when tropical storms strike.
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Take the guesswork out of your electric bill

Sign up for the Even Monthly Payment Plan (EMPP) and make budgeting your electric bill easier. Energy use changes seasonally, and winter can be especially tough on your wallet as cold weather sends your heating system into high gear. When it’s very cold and your heating system runs, or when it’s very hot and your air conditioning runs, your bill will be higher. Your bill is at its lowest in May and October, because you typically use less energy in those months. Signing up for the EMPP evens out the highs and the lows, providing you with a consistent utility bill each month. Read more

Scholarships available for high school seniors

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative is offering $1,500 college scholarships to four high school seniors who are graduating in 2015 and who live with parents or guardians who are SMECO customers. The deadline for all completed scholarship applications to be received is March 6, 2015. Read more

SMECO employees raise money for Wounded Warrior Project

SMECO employees held two fundraising events in 2014 and donated $36,470 to the Wounded Warrior Project on November 26, 2014. This money was raised through the SMECO 75 Bike Ride held in June and the SMECO Annual Charity Golf Outing in October. Both of these events are supported by a group of volunteers, vendors, and the SMECO executive team. Each year, the Cooperative selects a different organization that will benefit from the fundraising events. Read more

Sponsor the SMECO 75 Bike Ride

Each year SMECO sponsors a 75-mile bike ride that raises funds to benefit a local charity. The event features a 29-mile and 47-mile route, in addition to the 75-mile route. During the first year 375 people registered for the event and participation grows each year. The fourth annual bike ride will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2015. Read more