The Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) is a member-owned electric distribution cooperative that serves over 165,000 customers in southern Maryland. The cooperative was founded in 1937 and is headquartered in Hughesville, Maryland. SMECO's service area covers over 1,150 square miles and includes Calvert, Charles, St. Mary's, and parts of Prince George's counties. The utility's primary source of power is from the wholesale market, with additional energy provided by SMECO's own power generation facilities. SMECO is committed to providing reliable and affordable energy to its members while also promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy options.
SMECO's energy comes from solar. Solar is the largest source of electricity, providing 100% of SMECO's energy.
The average electricity rate for SMECO customers is 12.1 cents/kWh. SMECO has several different electricity rates for residential customers, as shown in the table below.
|Cost Per kWh
|13¢ to 13¢
In 2021, the average SMECO customer lost electricity for 2 times for about 104 minutes each. In total, the average SMECO customer had their electricity out for about 162 minutes during the whole year.
Credited to customer's next bill at retail rate; reconciled annually in April at the commodity energy supply rate