Vol70-6 June 2020
Cooperative Review - June 2020

Pandemic shifts the way we work

The cooperative has a reputation for its quick and organized response to storms and other emergency situations. The quickly shifting landscape the country faces in the wake of the pandemic is no different. SMECO did not miss a beat in converting the cooperative’s operations to accommodate new procedures that would keep employees and members safe while still providing the high level of service our members expect.

Pandemic Response

SMECO honors region’s outstanding math, science, and STEM teachers

SMECO worked with the school systems of Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties to select and honor 20 educators with Outstanding Teacher awards for their leadership in the fields of mathematics, science, technology, and engineering.

The teachers were chosen for their outstanding performance in the areas of creativity, rapport with students, enthusiasm for teaching, professionalism, and innovative teaching methods. Over the past 29 years, SMECO has recognized almost 420 local math and science teachers.

See the winners

Environmental information for SMECO’s SOS

The following environmental information is for Standard Offer Service. The data are published at the request of the Maryland Public Service Commission. The data are based on a combination of 2019 regional averages and SMECO’s Purchase Power Agreements (PPAs) in place. Since the data include PJM Interconnection (the regional transmission organization) wholesale market averages, the SMECO-specific emissions data may vary from these averages.

Fuel Mix

Around Town Calendar

Visit the Around Town Calendar to find out about upcoming events in Southern Maryland.

Payment assistance options are available

If your income has been affected by the pandemic, don’t wait. Contact SMECO now. Many of our members are facing financial difficulty, and we want to help lighten the load.

If you are not able to pay a past due balance, call SMECO at 1-888-440-3311 to inquire about payment plan options, or go online and log in to Account Manager. You can use the “payment arrangements” link to select a one-month, three-month, or six-month option. If your online request is not accepted, you can follow up with our customer care center or use the chat feature on our website.

If you need assistance, funding is available for those who qualify. Maryland’s Department of Human Services offers assistance through the Office of Home Energy Programs (OHEP). Apply online at www.dhs.maryland.gov/energy. If you need assistance, call 1-800-332-6347. For info about assistance, visit dhs.maryland.gov/office-of-home-energy-programs/how-do-you-apply/

By working together, we can help you get through these challenging times.

Be prepared to vote in the annual meeting

Ballots will be mailed out on or about July 20, 2020. SMECO members are able to vote by mail or online. All completed ballots must be received by August 20, 2020.

SMECO conducts an annual members’ meeting for the purpose of electing directors and voting on bylaw changes. As a customer-member, you are an owner and have the right to vote.

The annual meeting is scheduled to be held on August 27. Look for details about the annual meeting on SMECO’s website. Election results will be announced at the meeting.

Energy efficiency tip of the month

When the weather is nice, put your grill to use! During summer months, cooking outdoors is a great way to save energy and eliminate unwanted heat from cooking indoors.