About the SMECO Bill

Using your mouse, hover over items of the bill to see more information. For more information about SMECO’s rates, read the Retail Electric Service Tariff or visit the Standard Offer Service page. If your electric bill is for a business, visit About Your Commercial Bill.

Bill Item Explanation
MAILING ADDRESS The address as it appears in SMECO’s records. For address changes, call SMECO at 1-888-440-3311, or mail in the bottom portion of your bill with address changes written on the back.
ACCOUNT NUMBER Identifies your account. Please use this number on all payments and correspondence.
DAYS IN BILLING PERIOD Denotes the dates and number of days covered by the bill.
METER MULTIPLIER For accounts at which large amounts of electricity are used, meters register a percentage of the actual kilowatt-hour (kWh) usage to keep the meters from operating at excessive speeds. A meter multiplier is then used to determine the total kWh usage.
NEXT APPROXIMATE DATE TO READ METER The approximate date of the next meter reading. The time between readings can vary from 27 to 34 days if a reading date falls on a weekend or holiday.
SERVICE ADDRESS A short location description used by SMECO personnel.
METER NUMBER A serial number that identifies the meter used at the location.
METER READINGS The Forward kWh column shows the amount of energy used that was supplied by SMECO. The Reverse kWh column shows the amount of energy produced by solar panels in excess of what was used. (Your SMECO bill doesn’t show how much solar energy you produced and used during the month.)
RATE Indicates which rate schedule the customer is billed under.
ACCOUNT SUMMARY Summarizes billing and payment activity at the time the bill was issued.
STANDARD OFFER SERVICE (SOS) A per-kilowatt-hour charge for energy provided by SMECO. The charge is calculated each month based on the amount of electricity the customer uses. The combination of the SOS and the PCA is the total cost of electricity supply for the month. The Price to Compare for evaluating alternative suppliers’ rates is an annual average rate that can be found on the Standard Offer Service page at the link above.
FACILITIES CHARGE A fixed monthly charge for facilities required to serve customers, including billing and payment processing, and electric service and metering facilities.
DISTRIBUTION CHARGE The charge for the cost of building, operating, and maintaining SMECO’s distribution system (poles, conductors, substations, buildings, vehicles, etc.). The charge is calculated each month based on the amount of electricity the customer uses.
POWER COST ADJUSTMENT (PCA) The PCA is a monthly adjustment to the SOS charge to reflect short-term increases or decreases in the cost of purchased power. The charge or credit is calculated each month.
EMPOWER MARYLAND CHARGE Under state guidelines, utilities in Maryland make energy conservation programs available to their customers and are reimbursed for the cost of these programs. Programs offered by SMECO include Residential Heating and Cooling rebates, appliance rebates, SMECO CoolSentry, and Quick Home Energy Check-ups.
PUBLIC SERVICE COMPANY FRANCHISE TAX A tax applying to all customers as part of state utility tax law changes made in 1999.
ELECTRIC UNIVERSAL SERVICE CHARGE A charge instituted by the State of Maryland to assist low- and fixed-income electric customers.
OTHER CHARGES AND CREDITS Charges and credits for other services provided by SMECO, such as bill adjustments, StormSentry charges, CoolSentry credits, and miscellaneous fees.
COUNTY ENERGY TAX St. Mary’s County charges an energy tax on the Standard Offer Service energy and demand charges. Prince George’s County charges a tax on the amount of kWh each customer uses.
MARYLAND ENVIRONMENTAL SURCHARGE This charge is imposed by the State of Maryland. The PSC sets the amount of the surcharge every fiscal year.
ENERGY USAGE HISTORY This chart gives 13-month energy usage data.
TOTAL DUE The total amount that you owe for electric service.
BILL STABILIZATION ADJUSTMENT This adjustment helps ensure that SMECO revenues to cover fixed costs will not be adversely affected by abnormal weather or energy usage. This adjustment is either a charge or a credit, depending on whether revenues fall short or exceed an average monthly level.
MEMBERS HELPING MEMBERS Customer-members who wish to help their neighbors in need of assistance can sign up for this program to have $1, $5, or $10 added to their bill each month. The Tri-County Community Action Committee administers the assistance program to help residents pay their electric bills. Call SMECO at 1-888-440-3311 or submit your request online to sign up.
STORMSENTRY An optional program for customers that provides whole-house surge protection for large appliances. Call SMECO at 1-888-440-3311 for more information.

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