SMECO newsletter

volume 66 - issue 8 - August 2016

Be aware and stay safe from payment scams

Every few months a new version of a payment scam pops up. The situation typically starts with a residential or commercial customer receiving a phone call saying that the customer’s electric service is going to be disconnected that day if the caller doesn't receive a payment. Read more

Use extra caution in a vehicle accident involving power lines

If you encounter a vehicle collision with utility poles or utility equipment in which you suspect the vehicle is or may become energized, immediately call Emergency Medical Services (911) to report the situation. A SMECO crew will arrive to de-energize the equipment. Do not approach any downed lines or equipment. From a safe distance, instruct the vehicle occupants of the following methods to stay safe: Read more

Three local students join the 2016 Youth Tour in D.C.

Youth Tour participants visit Washington, D.C.

In early June, SMECO joined other cooperatives from around the nation at the 2016 Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. with three local high school students from our service territory. SMECO chaperones Natalie Cotton and Charlie Herbert took Bradley Basden from Thomas Stone High School, Megan Mattei from Leonardtown High School, and Isaiah Nance from Gwynn Park High School to the Youth Tour. Read more

AMI installation update

SMECO will install over 13,500 smart meters throughout Southern Maryland during the summer of 2016. The new meters that are currently installed are operating correctly, communicating with our base stations, and providing meter readings as expected. The smart meters are stringently tested by the manufacturer to ensure they hold up well and are reliable. They are also UL listed and ANSI certified. Read more

New program needs pilot participants

SMECO launched an electric water heater load management pilot in August. Participants in the program will have a load management device installed on their water heater. On days of high electricity usage, SMECO will perform conservation events, which would reduce the amount of load used by water heaters for a short period of time. Events would only happen Monday through Friday. Pilot participants should not notice any difference in the amount of hot water available for use. Read more