SMECO
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Southern Maryland Reliability Project

Interested in learning more about SMECO’s project to enhance electric service in your community? You have come to the right place.

Updates Coming

This portion of our website is being renovated and will be updated soon.

Open Houses

SMECO will hold two open houses on the Southern Maryland Reliability Project.

  • April 23, 5 - 8 p.m.
    Solomons Hilton Garden Inn
    13100 Dowell Road, Dowell, MD 20609
  • April 24, 5 - 8 p.m.
    Prince Frederick Springhill Suites
    75 Sherry Lane, Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Welcome to SMECO’s Southern Maryland Reliability Project website – full of news and information you can share with friends and neighbors.

Once you have read about our project, we invite you to contact us with any input or questions. We promise a prompt reply.

Click here to connect with your electric co-op

Photo Gallery

View the construction work at SMECO’s switching stations.

Construction Updates

The new Aquasco switching station and the expanded Holland Cliff switching station have been brought into service. We energized one 230-kV transmission line connecting the stations in October 2009, followed by a second line in November.

A Bit About Why We’ve Undertaken This Project

  • Our customers’ increasing demand for electricity means we need to improve our transmission system to ensure continued reliability. This project will bring power to your county, not through your county.

  • Southern Maryland and Calvert County have grown significantly over the past 30 years — the number of customers has tripled, while the amount of energy used is five times greater.

  • More residents means more businesses, schools, shopping centers, sports fields, and first responders. That growth, coupled with changing lifestyles and our increasing dependence on electronics, has resulted in a huge increase in electricity demand.

  • From computers, TVs and DVDs, to air conditioning and appliances, our use of electronics and demand for electricity have skyrocketed - roughly 70% more per household.

  • In fact, the amount of energy used each year is five times greater than it was 30 years ago at 683,000 MW hours —and is expected to continue to grow.

Customers
1976
2006
2016
Calvert County
9,100
30,000
38,800
Southern Maryland
51,000
139,000
178,800
 
Megawatt-hours Used
Calvert County
126,600
683,000
1,036,000
Southern Maryland
817,000
3,500,000
4,253,500

This much-needed improvement will create a continuous “loop” of electric service around our service area and create more flexibility to move power around.  It will enhance critical emergency preparedness for first responders, hospitals, and military installations in our area.

Always remember that SMECO is your cooperative, and we are committed to working in partnership with you to ensure this improvement project is done right.

Click here to connect with your co-op and let us know what you think.

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Proposed Route Map

Questions and Answers

What This Project
Means For You

Learn more about how this project will affect you and your community.
Transmission Line Upgrade

Route Map

View the route the project will take.
Route Map     Google Maps

Questions and Answers

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Q & A