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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 and electric cooperatives.

In our 45 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

Todd Wynn

We are excited to announce and host the very first Annual Meeting in the West, at the Hotel del Coronado, in beautiful Coronado, California July 13-17, 2024!

At the 2023 USGO Annual Meeting, the Board unanimously voted to expand our organization to include utility colleagues from the Western states, with the goal of furthering our mission.

Be on the lookout for the agenda soon. For now, mark your calendars to head West, enjoy the beach, and learn from and engage with your colleagues from across the country!

Todd Wynn
2024 USGO President


2024 Conference Agenda

The 2024 USGO Annual Conference will be held July 13-17, 2024 at the Hotel Del Coronado, Coronado, CA.

Agenda


Time (EDT)
Event
SATURDAY
JULY 13, 2024
6:00 PM
Board Dinner
SUNDAY
JULY 14, 2024
11:00 - 4:00 PM
Team Building Activity
5:00 - 6:00 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
6:00 PM
Opening Reception
MONDAY
JULY 15, 2024
8:00 AM
Breakfast
9:00 AM
Opening Remarks and Introductions
9:15 AM
Industry Updates (NEI, EEI, AGA)
10:00 AM
Break
10:15 AM
State Reports
12 PM
Lunch
1:00 - 3:00 PM
State Reports
3:00 - 5:00 PM
Team Building and other Afternoon Activities
5:00 - 6:00 PM
Hospitality/Happy Hour Reception
Dinner on Your Own
TUESDAY
JULY 16, 2024
8:00 - 9:00 AM
Breakfast
9:00 AM
Opening Remarks
9:15 AM
Panel: Lobbying Techniques/Training/Technology
10:15 AM
State Reports
12:00 PM
Lunch
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Business Meeting
6:00 PM
Closing Reception and Dinner

2024 Annual Meeting Registration

The 2024 USGO Annual Conference will be held July 13-17, 2024 at the Hotel Del Coronado, Coronado, CA.

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Annual Meeting Registration Form

USGO Logo

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, Edison Electric Institute, and the Nuclear Energy Institute, are deeply involved in utility issues, but their concentration is mainly 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.

Join USGO

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 and electric cooperatives 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
Todd Wynn
APS
Vice President
Caroline Clark
LG&E and
KU Energy
Secretary
Brittany Jones
Baltimore Gas and Electric
Treasurer
Scott Jones
Westar Energy/KCP&L
(Evergy Companies)
Past President
Daryn Bovard
Midwest District
Jim Evers
AEP
Midwest District
Bill Skewes
Wisconsin Utilities
Northeast District
Scott McGeary
Washington Gas
Northeast District
Charles Washington
Baltimore Gas and Electric
Southern District
Russell Bennett
Entergy Mississippi
Southern District
Stephen Stiglets
Southern Co
West District
Rey Butcher
Dominion Energy
West District
Vacant
At Large
Pete Trufahnestock
NiSource

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 four 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 and West Virginia.

Southern District

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

Midwest District

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

West District

Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.