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 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.”
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!
2024 USGO President
The 2024 USGO Annual Conference will be held July 13-17, 2024 at the Hotel Del Coronado, Coronado, CA.
Annual Meeting Registration Form
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.
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.
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.
Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and West Virginia.
Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin.
Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.