volume 67 - issue 8 - August 2017
SMECO installed its first smart meters in March 2011 in a pilot area in Waldorf and at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. A period of testing followed to ensure that the meters operated correctly, communicated with SMECO’s base stations, provided accurate meter readings, and sent alerts when necessary.
In early June, SMECO joined other cooperatives from around the nation at the 2017 Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. with four local high school students from our service territory. SMECO chaperones Natalie Cotton and Charlie Herbert took Angel Almuete from Calvert High School, Daina Dietz from St. Charles High School, Olivia Flynn from Leonard Hall Junior Naval Academy, and Carlyce Wicker from Gwynn Park High School to the Youth Tour.
SMECO entered into a Power Purchase Agreement with Origis Energy USA to develop a 27.5 MW solar facility to be constructed on Ripley Road in La Plata, Maryland.
Your Cooperative cares about the local wildlife and works hard to protect bird species that are tempted to nest on SMECO’s utility poles. While the poles are enticing to the birds, it can be deadly for both the adults and their offspring. Osprey are especially susceptible to the lure of the poles.