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SMECO Approved to Offer 100% Green Option for Default Service

The Maryland Public Service Commission, in a 4-1 decision, approved the application of Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SMECO) to implement a proposed option for SMECO members who take Standard Offer Service the choice to have SMECO make the power supply for their load one hundred percent “green.”

Maryland Coop Enters into PPA for New Solar Project

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative has entered into a power purchase agreement with Origis Energy for the 27.5 MW Ripley Solar project located in La Plata, Maryland. The project is expected to reach commercial operation by mid-2019.

SMECO Completes Reliability Upgrades

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) recently completed a line upgrade project to boost reliability, which included running a line under the Patuxent River.  Click here for a Nov. 25, 2013 Sutherland posting concerning this subject. Click here for a recent story.

Maryland Coop Earns Coop of the Year Award

Southern Maryland Electric Coop was named “Electric Cooperative Utility of the Year” by the Solar Electric Power Association for its efforts to meet Maryland’s renewable energy goals. SMECO chose to build solar within its service area, rather than purchase renewable credits from a resource far away. Click here for more information.

SMECO to Add More Solar

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) will add 10 MW of solar power to its portfolio through a new power purchase agreement with Colorado-based solar developer Juwi Solar Inc.  SMECO has agreed to buy all of the output from a new solar facility to be located within SMECO’s service territory in Waldorf, Maryland.  Click here for more.

SMECO Plans Another Solar Project

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) recently announced a new 20-year power purchase agreement under which it will purchase the full output of the planned 10-MW Rockfish Solar Facility.  As it did with several previous projects, SMECO teamed up with the National Renewables Cooperative Organization to request project proposals and evaluate bidders.  Click here for more...

Energy Retailer Fined for “Slamming” Coop Members

The Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) fined Starion Energy (Starion), a Connecticut energy retailer, based on a number of state law violations.  The $350,000 fine was based on, among other violations, the PSC’s finding that Starion had committed 122 “slamming” violations, which is the practice of enrolling or re-enrolling a customer without his permission, against Southern...

Maryland PSC to Impose Smart Meter Opt-Out Fees

According to the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC), residential and small commercial customers of Baltimore Gas & Electric Company, Potomac Electric Power Company, Delmarva Power and Light Company and Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative who decline installation of a smart meter will have to pay a one-time fee after July 1, 2014.  The fee is intended to pay for the...

SMECO Drills to Install Underground Cables

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO), based in Hughesville, Maryland, is carrying out its plans to run lines for a new 230-kilovolt system under the Patuxent River.  SMECO’s project manager, Black & Veatch, is currently drilling tunnels, through which the lines will run, 50 feet below the river’s bottom.  SMECO undertook the project to provide increased reliability for...

Maryland Coop Tops Rankings In J.D. Power Survey

For the sixth consecutive year, Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative topped out the rankings among mid-sized utilities in the J.D. Power Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study.  The study, now in its 15th year, measures customer satisfaction with electric utility companies by examining six factors: power quality and reliability; price; billing and payment; corporate...

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