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About The

Utilities State Government Organization

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 Mission Statement

“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.”

A Message From The President

Lisa Carter Moerner

Colleagues,

I am excited to announce that the 2020 USGO annual meeting will be held at the historic Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach, Virginia, July 25-29.

Since first opening its doors in 1927, the grand Cavalier has stood sentinel over the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Perched on a grassy hill overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Virginia's most iconic hotel has welcomed ten U.S. Presidents, countless celebrities and distinguished guests from around the world. The history within the stately architecture reveals a sense of timeless elegance and glamour and earned the Cavalier a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. With a variety of activities on-property and off, you and your family will find plenty to enjoy during the conference. The Cavalier is about 30 minutes from the Norfolk International Airport.

The USGO offers a forum for presentation, exchange, and dissemination of information of specific interest to utility employees involved in public affairs at the state level. Whether you are new to USGO or a long-time member, the annual meeting is an ideal opportunity for networking and gaining valuable insight into issues relevant to our industry. As a regular attendee of our annual meetings, I find it invaluable for keeping current with trends in utility-sector government relations, and it’s one of the first meetings I add to my calendar each year.

As a first step in joining us, please consider membership in the organization by registering here. The annual membership fee is $500.

Then, check our conference page for updates as we continue finalizing the agenda and open registration for the conference.

In the meantime, you can reserve your accommodations at The Cavalier by calling 757-425-8555 or by using this link.

Lisa Carter Moerner
2020 USGO President


2020 Annual Meeting Registration

The 2020 USGO annual meeting will be held from July 25th through July 29th at the Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

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Annual Meeting Registration Form

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The Utilities State Government Organization invites you to join our organization.

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.

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Utilities States Government Organization

Board of Directors

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.

Position
Name
Organization
President
Lisa Moerner
Dominion
President Elect
Chad Guzman
APS
Vice President Elect
Daryn Bovard
Entergy Louisiana
Secretary
Treasurer
Rae Rice
OG&E
Past President
Laura Lutz
Evergy
Midwest District
Julie Vande Hoef
Alliant Energy
Midwest District
Scott Jones
Westar Energy/KCP&L
(Evergy Companies)
Northeast District
Nikki Jones
PPL Corporation
Northeast District
John Quinn
Baltimore Gas and Electric
Southern District
John D'Andrea
Georgia Power Company
Southern District
Russell Bennett
Entergy Mississippi
At Large
Jim Evers
AEP
At Large
Scott McGeary
Washington Gas
At Large
Donna Gamache
Eversource

USGO Regional Organization

Regional Organization Map

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.

Northeast District

Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia.

Southern District

Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia.

Midwest District

Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Ohio, Arizona and Wisconsin.