AEE Georgia

Decarbonizing Transportation

  • January 28, 2019
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • 6110 Blue Stone Road., Sandy Springs, GA 30328


  • AEE Georgia Chapter Member
  • Rate for non-chapter members.

Tim Echols, Vice-chairman of Georgia's Public Service Commission, will discuss how Georgia can be successful in decarbonizing transportation.

The PSC's primary job is energy regulation. When he took office, Georgia was 34th in solar power.  Now, 8 years later the state is 10th in the nation in approved solar.  Echols created the Clean Energy Roadshow that has traveled the state every summer for the last eight years. This educational event travels to cities around the state helping commuters, businesses and municipal governments evaluate alternative fuel for their transportation and residential use. 

Tim has tried to lead by example. He added solar hot water heating to his Athens home just before being sworn-in. He bought a natural gas car, a propane van and now owns an electric car. Tim also led the effort to provide the Salvation Army and two other agencies with $5 million to help low income seniors in Atlanta with heating assistance.  That program continues today. Tim created a pilot program to provide specially equipped IPADS to the hearing impaired to help them function more productively. That programs continues today as well.  Most recently, Tim led the PSC to increase the number of pediatric hearing aids in a program the PSC oversees.  Tim wants to keep rates low and he works hard with his colleagues to make sure Georgia has the energy it needs from diverse sources, including nuclear power. Tim supports recycling the nuclear waste and using the remaining energy resident in those fuel rods as the most sustainable course of action for the state and nation.  He has represented the United States at the World Nuclear Exhibition for the last six years.  Tim also has been at the forefront in fighting human sex trafficking.  He created the "Unholy Tour" that helps policy makers see first-hand the harms of human trafficking. 

Tim and his wife, Windy, have been married 35 years and they have seven children.  He has 3 degrees from the University of Georgia and lives in Jefferson, Georgia.

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