Maryland utility customers can choose to buy their electricity or natural gas supply from the utility or a company other than the utility.1 Due to a new law in Maryland, beginning July 1, 2023, Maryland households that receive financial assistance from OHEP for paying electricity and/or gas bills* may only sign up with a licensed competitive electric supplier if the supplier has an offer that has been approved by the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC), the state’s utility regulator. The approved offer must set a supply, or commodity, price that remains at or below SMECO’s current “Standard Offer Service” rate for the rest of your supply contract term. The Standard Offer Service rate is shown on your monthly SMECO bill and includes what you would pay per kilowatt-hour for generation and transmission from your electric utility.
For more information about this law, please visit SMECO’s website or the retail choice website for the Maryland Public Service Commission at MDEnergyChoice.com.
If you currently receive OHEP assistance for your energy bills (or received such assistance in the previous fiscal year) and you are also currently enrolled with a supplier who does not offer a PSC-approved plan, and the supplier is planning to return your account to Standard Offer Service with SMECO on or after July 1, 2023, the supplier must follow the cancellation terms of your contract and provide notice at least 30 days prior to ending the contract. The notice from your supplier will explain your options upon cancellation or expiration of your supply contract. Your supplier may not charge you any cancellation or other early termination fee because of this change. If you have questions about your supplier contract, please contact your supplier.
*An “Energy Assistance Household” means a service address or household associated with a utility account that the Office of Home Energy Programs found has qualified for an electric or gas assistance program during the current or previous fiscal year.
1 Customers who choose retail supply will still have their electricity or natural gas delivered to their home by the local utility company.