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Tim Echols
Commissioner Since: January 1, 2011
Year Elected: 2010
Serves Through: December 31, 2016
Republican, Bogart
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Tim Echols was elected to the Public Service Commission in the general election of November 2010 after spending 15 years in the non-profit sector. Echols founded “TeenPact” and grew the mock legislative youth program to 38 states in his tenure. He continues to serve on the Board of Directors.  Tim’s campaign focused on consumer protection, clean energy, and accountability. He travels the state speaking to students, civic groups and businesses about how consumers can be a better steward of their energy, and save money at the same time.   

Tim has tried to lead by example.  He added solar hot water heating to their Athens home just before being sworn-in.  He bought a natural gas car, an electric car and uses E85 grown from south Georgia corn in his 2012 Ford Focus.  Tim created the Alternative Fueled Vehicle Roadshow, now in its 6th year, that travels Georgia helping cities, businesses and consumers evaluate alternative  fuels and see if it will work for them. 

Tim's priority is helping Georgia be prepared for rising energy prices for diversifying the way our electricity is generated. He has helped secure record amounts of solar and wind for Georgia--without a subsidy.  He advocates for more nuclear power and advocates for recycling of nuclear waste. Tim and his wife put their home on a "time of use" rate to further conserve energy as he turns off his AC units during the peak summer cooling period. 

Tim Echols grew up in the south metro Atlanta area in an entrepreneurial family. The Echols owned a car auction, dairy farm, and house moving business. Tim attended North Clayton High School, and owned his own car clean-up shop, housed in the family auction barn. In 1978, Tim went to Athens to attend UGA and there met Windy Davis. There he served as Baptist Student Union President. Tim and Windy were married shortly after Tim graduated with a degree in English, and Windy went on to graduate with a teaching degree from Georgia State.   

Tim is the author of “Real Citizenship,” available on , a primer on citizenship. Windy and Tim have seven children ranging from 15 to 27 years old. They have been married 32 years and live in Bogart, just outside Athens. Tim has a Bachelor of Arts and two Masters degrees from the University of Georgia.  He will stand for re-election in 2016.

May 19, 2016Atlanta Business Chronicle Viewpoint: Why the Public Service Commission Maters
April 14, 2016Fayette Citizen: Merger Approved, Rates Frozen
April 13, 2016WTOC-TV, Savannah, April 7, 2016, Meeting on Renewable Energy in Savannah
April 6, 2016WGCLTV coverage of the Unholy Tour on March 2, 2016
March 2, 2016WSB TV Atlanta : Lawmakers take "unholy tour" through city's prostituion hot spots
March 2, 2016WGCL-TV Atlanta: Sex trafficking tour
February 18, 2016Atlanta Business Chronicle: Viewpoint: How Justice Antonin Scalia's death could impact Georgia
January 13, 2016Georgia Public Broadcasting: Electric Vehicle Sales in Georgia Drop
January 6, 2016News: Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols Addresses Central High School’s Student Leaders
December 16, 2015Online Athens: Solar Power Project Will Benefit UGA and Georgia Power
September 3, 2015Spark: Public Utilities Fortnightly: The Mean Power Plan
August 12, 2015Atlanta Journal Constitution: Guest Column:EPA Grants Higher Energy Costs, Burdens
August 12, 2015Atlanta Journal Constitution: A Rooftop Revolution?
August 5, 2015Atlanta Business Chronicle: Viewpoint: EPA's 'Clean Power Plan' is a mistake
June 27, 2015Business in Savannah News: Alternative Fuel Vehicle Roadshow Rolls into City
June 26, 2015Valdosta Daily Times: Alternative Fuels Highlighted at VSU
June 25, 2015Brunswick News: Public Service Commissioner Pushes for Alternative Fuel Vehicles
June 22, Alternative Fuel Roadshow rolling into Decatur
June 22, 2015Valdosta Times: Alternative Fuel Vehicle Roadshow coming to Valdosta
June 17, 2015Albany Herald: Alternative Fuel Vehicle Roadshow Stops in Albany
June 14, 2015Albany Herald: Alternative Fuel Vehicle Roadshow coming to Albany
June 12, 2015Cartersville Daily Tribune News: Tellus Event to Showcase Alternative Fuel
June 9, 2015Gainesville Times: "Alt-Fuel vehicles roadshow goes on in wake of new fee, credit cut
April 3, 2015Echols Kicks Off Re-election Campain
March 5, 2015Echols to Host “Unholy Tour” March 10, 2015
March 5, 2015Atlanta Business Chronicle: Viewpoint: Electric Vehicles and Georgia's Future
February 6, 2015Echols shares his experience with electric cars
February 4, 2015From the Office of Commissioner Tim Echols: Echols Presents Award for Innovation to Windstream Communications
January 21, 2015Echols Hosts “Unholy Tour” to Highlight Human Trafficking in Atlanta
January 13, 2015Atlanta Journal Constitution: Keep Georgia's EV Tax Credit in Place
January 2, 2015Atlanta Business Chronicle: A New Year's Resolution on Recycling
December 10, 2014E&E News: Climate Wire: Regulators ask state lawmakers for leeway to comply with EPA's Clean Power Plan
December 2, 2014James Magazine: 5 Things You Need to Know About Georgia's Energy
November 29, 2014Savannah Morning News: Utility and Regulators Push Back on Carbon Cutting Plan for Georgia
October 21, 2014Atlanta Business Chronicle: Turning old bombs into carbon-free electricity
October 8, 2014Op-Ed: Five Things You Need to Know About Georgia's Energy
September 25, 2014Commissioner Tim Echols to Speak in Savannah on September 26, 2014
September 15, 2014Atlanta Business Chronicle: How Truett Cathy Changed a Young Person's Life
September 4, 2014Echols Hosts Lunch and Learn Session on Human Trafficking in the Atlanta Metro Area
August 8, 2014Atlanta Business Chronicle: Echols: Georgia has a good start using wind energy
July 29, 2014Commissioner Echols Remarks at EPA Clean Power Rules Hearing in Atlanta, Georgia on July 29, 2014
July 21, 2014Georgia EMC Magazine: EPA Regulations on the Way
July 8, 2014Atlanta Journal Constitution Guest Column: Regulations Could Exceed EPA Authority
June 27, 2014Atlanta Business Chronicle Guest Column: EPA Regs Will Hurt Business and Consumers
June 16, 2014Columbia News Times: Alternative Fueled Vehicles Roadshow Comes to Columbia County
June 16, 2014Athens Banner Herald Editorial: New Carbon Rule is Administrative Overreach
June 4, 2014Georgia Power Adding Wind, Boosting Solar
June 2, 2014Georgia Trend:Sustainable Georgia: Charging Up
May 29, 2014Brunswick News, May 23, 2014: Georgia Power to Buy Wind Energy
May 12, 2014Athens Banner Herald : UGA Installs First Public Level 2 Electric Vehicle Charger in Athens Area
May 7, 2014From the Office of Commissioner Tim Echols: Echols’ Electric Car Gets First Charge at UGA
April 22, 2014A Tribute to My Mom
April 14, 2014Tifton Gazette, April 11, 2014: Commissioner Echols Visits UGA Tifton Campus
March 18, 2014Commission Urges Congress to Act to End Georgia Ratepayers Fees for Nuclear Waste Disposal Site
March 3, 2014Opinion: Atlanta Business Chronicle: Wrong Idea Wrong Time (on Electric Vehicle Tax Credit)
February 14, 20144th Annual Alternative Fuel Vehicle Roadshow Announces Georgia Host Cities for Statewide Tour in June
December 4, 2013Op Ed: Holidays are good time to find ways to serve humanity
September 6, 2013Op Ed Celebration of Marriage
September 6, 2013Savannah Morning News "Savannah Explores Electric Car Future"
July 26, 2013Athens Banner Herald Editorial: Nuclear Power Can Be Economic Boon to Southeast
July 18, 2013Echols questions Georgia Power on overruns
July 17, 2013PSC approves energy plan
July 12, 2013Echols explains his vote on solar
July 5, 2013Op Ed Athens Banner Herald Germans have interesting model for energy transition
July 1, 2013Commissioner Tim Echols Reports on Study of German Energy Policies
June 20, 2013Roadshow in Columbus: WRBL-TV
June 20, 2013Roadshow in Columbus: WTVM-TV
June 7, 2013Echols brings Roadshow to Macon
June 5, 2013Roadshow video coverage from Dalton
June 3, 2013Echols takes Roadshow to Athens
June 1, 2013Echols teams up with McDonald on solar
May 30, 2013Echols and Atl Fuel Vehicle Roadshow comes to Athens
May 16, 2013Georgia lauded for natural gas deregulation
May 9, 2013Echols holds Twitter town hall
April 24, 2013NEM to Confer Public Service Leadership and Industry Leadership Awards
April 22, 2013Commissioner Echols speaks on Earth Day in Macon about saving money on power bills
March 15, 2013Public service commissioner talks Vogtle, rate increases for customers
February 15, 2013When $5 is better than free
January 28, 2013Akins Ford is going green
January 12, 2013Georgia Power shutting plants to meet federal environmental regulations
December 23, 2012New Nuclear Plant Hits Some Snags
November 30, 2012PSC lowers electric rates
November 2, 2012Energy Efficiency saves everyone money
October 26, 2012Echols: Time to reassert value of working with hands
October 11, 2012Commissioner Echols attends grand opening of largest CNG facility in state
August 1, 2012Opinion “What Chicago and Boston May not Know About Chick-Fil-A”
June 12, 2012WTOC-TV, Savannah “Cars of the Future Already on the Road” - Part 1
June 12, 2012WTOC-TV, Savannah “Cars of the Future Already on the Road” - Part 2
June 9, 2012Atlanta Business Chronicle Op-Ed “When as Adverb is Worth $3.2 Million”
May 18, 2012Athens Banner Herald Op-Ed “No one is above the law”
May 11, 2012Guest Column “No One Is Above the Law”
May 8, 2012Photos of Commissioner Echols for download: Photo 1
May 8, 2012Photos of Commissioner Echols for download: Photo 2
May 8, 2012Photos of Commissioner Echols for download: Photo 3
April 26, 2012Atlanta Business Chronicle editorial ”Finally Some Good News on the Energe Front“
April 11, 2012Editorial “One Is the Loneliest Number‘
March 13, 2012WTOC-TV, Savannah “Truman Parkway Construction Halted After Gas Line Rupture”
March 13, 2012WSAV-TV, Savannah “State, Local Officials Investigate Cause of White Bluff Road Gas Leaks”
February 6, 2012Op-Ed “Echols Seeks Reforms for Nuclear Waste management”
December 26, 2011Op-Ed Athens Banner Herald: Solar Energy Subsidy Raises Questions
November 4, 2011Atlanta Business Chronicle Op-Ed "Coal, Jobs and Your Electric Bill"
August 31, 2011Commissioner Tim Echols Releases Synopsis of Spent Nuclear Fuel Management Symposium
July 29, 2011Atlanta Journal Constitution guest editorial: “Solar Power Wins a Convert”
July 8, 2011Op-Ed Atlanta Business Chronicle “Solar Power Means Jobs, Development”
July 7, 2011Debate in the House of Representatives, February 12, 1991 on House Bill 280, the Integrated Resources Plan. The measure passed 148-25. - House - Tape 12, side 1 - Feb. 12, 1991, Day 19
July 7, 2011Debate in the House of Representatives, February 12, 1991 on House Bill 280, the Integrated Resources Plan. The measure passed 148-25. - House - Tape 12, side 2 - Feb. 12, 1991, Day 19
July 7, 2011Debate in the House of Representatives, February 12, 1991 on House Bill 280, the Integrated Resources Plan. The measure passed 148-25. - House - Tape 13, side 1 - Feb. 12, 1991, Day 19 & Feb. 13, 1991, Day 20
June 30, 2011Commissioner Echols Announces All Aboard the Solar Express on July 29, 2011
June 21, 2011Op-Ed, Athens Banner Herald: “All Aboard the Solar Express”
June 13, 2011Commissioner Echols Requests Commission Probe of Georgia Charter Bus Company Grounded by Feds
June 10, 2011Commissioner Echols Holds Summit with Georgia Charter Bus Companies
June 1, 2011Commissioner Echols to Hold Press Event in Brunswick on Solar Energy at Commercial Business
May 20, 2011Commissioner Echols to Host East Coweta High School Students for High Energy Leadership Program
May 12, 2011Commissioner Echols Hosts Meeting to Promote Macon-Atlanta Passenger Rail
May 3, 2011Commissioner Echols Heads to Washington to Discuss Nuclear Waste Management and Disposal Issues
April 4, 2011Commissioner Echols to Tour Suniva, Inc. Facility in Norcross, Georgia
March 31, 2011Commissioner Echols Speaks in Savannah About Nuclear Waste
March 25, 2011Op-ed, Athens Banner Herald: "Get the Feds out of Nuclear Waste Business"
March 11, 2011Commissioner Echols Announces Sting on "Rogue" Movers in Georgia
March 10, 2011Commissioner Echols to Attend Saint Patrick's Day in Savannah
March 6, 2011Echols-Facility Is Impressive - Page 1
March 6, 2011Echols-Facility Is Impressive - Page 2
March 5, 2011PSC Official Visits Cumming Kiwanis - Page 1
March 5, 2011PSC Official Visits Cumming Kiwanis - Page 2
February 16, 2011Commissioner Echols Supports Nuclear Waste Resolution Calls on Federal Government to Proceed with Yucca Mountain
February 9, 2011Atlanta Journal Constitution op-ed "Georgia Should Lead South in Vehicles Running on Natural Gas"
February 8, 2011Athens Banner Herald op-ed "Alternative means non-foreign"
February 8, 2011WSAV-TV Savannah "Alternative Fuel Cars Stop in Savannah"
February 8, 2011Savannah Morning News "Commissioner Echols hopes Discussions Spur Ideas on Alternative Fuel Vehicles"
January 21, 2011New PSC official becomes alternative fuel commuter
January 20, 2011Commissioner Echols to display his personal CNG car at Capitol
January 19, 2011Commissioner Echols to Announce Low Income Assistance Program for Natural Gas Customers
January 19, 2011"Why Compressed Natural Gas Is Right for Georgia" Athens Banner Herald
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