Howard County Utilities

Find Howard County Maryland utilities. Utilities provide information on public services including electricity (power and light companies), oil and gas (home heating and cooking), waste and sewage companies.

Exelon 10320 Little Patuxent Parkway Columbia MD 21044 410-992-6873

Exelon 10320 Little Patuxent Parkway Columbia MD 21044 410-992-6873

Exelon 9200 Baltimore National Pike Ellicott City MD 21042 410-480-4938

Exelon 5130 Ilchester Road Ellicott City MD 21043 410-455-7520

About Howard County Utilities

Howard County Utilities are business enterprises that provide essential public services including electricity, natural gas, water, and sewer services in Howard County, MD. Because of the infrastructure required to deliver services, a monopoly is often the most economical way for an utility service to operate. Howard County Public Utility Companies serve all of the customers for a particular service in Howard County.

You may contact Utilities for questions about:
  • Howard County Utilities billing and payments
  • Sewer rates and water bills
  • Setting up Utilities
  • Power outages
  • Natural gas hookups
Public & Private Utility Companies

Utilities in Howard County, Maryland may be publicly owned enterprises or private companies. In both cases, the primary source of revenue supporting the Utility is user fees paid by customers. In the case of publicly owned Utilities, the assets of the Utility are owned by the Howard County Government Utilities Department, but it operates as a self-sustaining public enterprise supported by its own revenues rather than relying on taxes to fund operations.

Public Utilities Commissions in Howard County, Maryland

In Maryland, Utilities are regulated by the Howard County Public Services Commissions or Public Utilities Commission. Public Services Commissions are necessary when monopolies exist or in cases where competition is very limited, to ensure that Howard County consumers receive safe, reliable, and reasonably priced services from competent and financially viable companies. Howard County Utilities must receive approval for the rates they charge and they are also required to demonstrate to the Howard County Public Services Commission that they have plans to maintain an infrastructure capable of supporting current and future demand for services.

Electric Utilities

Howard County Electric Utilities are the most likely to function as a hybrid of monopoly and competitive services. Only one system for transmitting and delivering electricity to customers is feasible in a given service area such as Howard County, MD. Therefore, transmission and distribution of electricity operates as a monopoly and customers do not have a choice when selecting their Howard County electric power company. However, the electricity in the Howard County electric grid may come from numerous suppliers.

Water Utilities

Water Utility Services in Howard County provide potable tap water directly to residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional customers through a distribution system.

Sewer Utilities

Howard County Sewer Service Companies receive wastewater from customers via sanitary sewers at a wastewater treatment plant. The Sewer Utility treats the wastewater to reduce pollutants before it is released into Howard County waterways.

Natural Gas Utilities

Howard County Natural Gas Companies are essentially local distribution companies that deliver natural gas, received from large capacity interstate or intrastate pipelines, to individual customers through small diameter distribution pipelines.