The 2020 USGO Meeting has been postponed.
The Utilities State Government Organization (USGO) is a leading professional association which represents government affairs professionals from investor-owned gas and electric utilities.
In our 35 plus year history, USGO has been operated entirely by utility state government professionals chosen by their peers, and has represented members from a diverse set of leading companies in the U.S. energy sector.
USGO provides our members with a unique communications network that enables them to learn of developing state legislative trends, compare lobbying approaches and techniques, and exchange information and data on legislative issues so that each participant can better communicate their company’s viewpoints to state government officials.
“The USGO shall provide a forum for presentation, exchange, and dissemination of information of specific interest to utility employees involved in public affairs at the state level.”
I hope all of you are safe and sound as our country responds to the threat posed by the coronavirus. It is at times like this that I am especially proud of the utility industry and my utility colleagues around the country, and the efforts we are all making to ensure our hospitals and first responders and factories have the electricity and gas they need to operate without interruption.
I am disappointed to announce that your USGO Board had to make the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 USGO annual meeting until the summer of 2021 due to the coronavirus. After serious discussion, we all agreed that postponement was the prudent move, especially given continued uncertainty around the virus and when USGO members may be allowed by their companies to return to work and travel. The 2021 conference will be held at the same venue as the canceled 2020 conference, the historic Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The dates will now be July 25-28, 2021. Please hold those dates on your calendar. If you have already paid for the 2020 conference or provided a sponsorship, those funds will carry over to the 2021 conference. We will temporarily suspend taking registrations for the 2020 conference, but will reactivate the registration links for the 2021 conference at a later date. PLEASE REMEMBER TO CANCEL YOUR HOTEL RESERVATIONS for the 2020 conference, as the Hotel WILL NOT automatically cancel your reservations.
We do plan on leaving the www.us-go.org website active so companies can pay their annual Membership Dues of $500 per Company, per State, and to maintain Sponsorship options. We’re graciously accepting these funds to help offset the “Cancelation Fees” charged by the Hotel. Although we successfully negotiated the cancellation fees down substantially, it’s still adversely impacting our cash balance. So if you haven’t already paid your $500 Membership Fee, will you please consider doing so at your earliest opportunity? If paying by check, please mail to: USGO, Rae Rice – Sec/Treas., P O Box 321 MC 803, Oklahoma City, OK 73101-0321. Should you need our Tax ID # it is 31-0949179 – Thank You!
I look forward to seeing you all in 2021 and I’m sure I will chat with each of you before then.
Stay safe and stay proud of the service you and your companies are providing during these trying times.
Lisa Carter Moerner
2020 USGO President
The 2020 USGO annual meeting has been postponed.
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USGO was organized in 1977 to fill the need for a professional organization of utility personnel with state government responsibilities.
It was recognized that national public affairs organization such as the United States Chamber of Commerce dealt with broad issues but were not utility specific.
The national utility associations, American Gas Association and Edison Electric Institute, are deeply involved in utility issues, but their concentration is at the federal level. Our state electric associations do an excellent job on electric issues within their states.
The state association staffs along with the state utility government affairs professionals have utilized USGO as a means to readily access the thoughts and ideas of their peers in other states.
This is the void that USGO fills.
The USGO Board is made up of members who, in their voluntary advisory roles, are an important voice in determining the policies, guidelines and bylaws under which the Organization and its various programs operate.
Leadership provided by the Board is essential to the successful implementation of programs and events designed to accomplish the mission of the Organization: "The Utilities State Government Organization (USGO) provides government affairs professionals from gas and electric utilities a unique communications network that enables them to learn of developing state legislative trends, compare lobbying approaches and techniques, and exchange information and data on legislative issues so that each participant can better communicate their company’s viewpoints to state government officials".
USGO thanks our Board members for their time, dedication and service.
USGO is operated entirely by utility state government professionals chosen by their peers. There is no paid staff. For purposes of governance USGO is split into three districts. Each district has three members on the board of directors.
Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia.
Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia.
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Ohio, Arizona and Wisconsin.