Member newsletter for Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative

SMECO was formed 87 years ago by members of the community who were committed to bringing electric service to their rural neighborhoods. While not a profitable choice for the investor-owned utilities nearby, these community members knew the value of bringing power to Southern Maryland and they made it happen. The region has grown and changed quite a bit since then, but at the core, this is still a place rich in personality and potential. 

I live in this community, as do many of the cooperative’s employees. We are your neighbors, your friends, your little league coaches—and we are also members of this cooperative. The unique opportunity to work for and serve the community where we live provides the satisfaction of seeing the impact of our daily work. We are committed to continuing the legacy that began in 1937.

Your cooperative and its employees understand the critical role we play in supporting the sustainable growth and livelihood of this community. We remain committed to our mission of providing reliable, affordable, and sustainable energy solutions, while also actively contributing to the social, economic, and cultural fabric of the region. We are proud to serve as a catalyst for growth and prosperity in Southern Maryland.

One way we do this is by investing back into the community. We understand that supporting local businesses is essential for economic growth and vitality. That’s why, whenever possible, we prioritize relationships with local vendors and suppliers for goods and services needed for our operations. We believe that by reinvesting in local businesses, we help strengthen the local economy and contribute to its overall wellbeing. 

Through community outreach, charitable initiatives, and partnerships with local organizations, SMECO also strives to address the unique needs and challenges facing our community. Whether it is sponsoring youth programs, supporting education initiatives, or providing assistance during times of crisis, your cooperative remains dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of our members. 

At the heart of every accomplishment and innovation lies the unwavering dedication and strength of our people—our members, our employees, and our community partners.

At SMECO, people are the cornerstone of everything we do. From the hardworking lineworkers braving the elements to keep the lights on, to the innovative minds driving technological advancements, to the diversity of the communities we serve—the spirit of collaboration, service, and unity propels us forward. 

As we look ahead to the opportunities and challenges that 2024 may bring, we do so with confidence, knowing that your cooperative’s greatest strength lies in its people. Our steadfast dedication to supporting the local economy, exercising financial prudence, and championing sustainability underscores our unwavering commitment to our members and the world around us.

Sonja M. Cox,

President and CEO

W. Rayner Blair, III,

Chairman of the Board of Directors

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About the cooperative

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) was incorporated in 1937 and provides electric service to more than 175,000 customers in Charles County, St. Mary’s County, southern Prince George’s County, and most of Calvert County.

SMECO is led by a management team with extensive industry experience, and is governed by a 15-member Board.

As a cooperative, our mission is to put members first by delivering safe, reliable, affordable, and sustainable electricity and related services that exceed expectations.

We love our community and we want to see it thrive.

It’s In The Mission

It’s About The Members


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