Tim Echols

17-Oct-2018, 3:30 - 4:00PM

Session: Transportation, EV's and the Grid

Track B | Energy Security & Government Energy Management | FEDENERGY WORKS

How we can be Successful in Decarbonizing Transporation

Tim Echols
PSC Commissioner/Vice-Chair
Georgia Public Service Commission

A younger Tim Echols was selected by the Atlanta Airport Rotary Club as "Student of the Year" from his high school in 1978. While at the luncheon, he met Truett Cathy, a member of the Atlanta Airport Rotary Club.€ After the meeting, Truett invited Tim to come by his Hapeville office and there gave him a set of motivational tapes and a challenge. Echols said the tapes changed his life and as a result of listening to Zig Ziglar and his teaching, Tim set a goal to be a statewide elected official.€€Shortly after graduating from UGA, Tim and his wife Windy founded TeenPact, a training experience for high school students. The program began at the Georgia Capitol and now operates in 42 states having training 30,000 students. After building TeenPact, Echols ran for and was elected to statewide office in 2010 serving as Public Service Commissioner. When he took office, Georgia was 34th in solar power. Now, 8 years later the state is in the top 10 in the nation in approved solar. Echols installed solar thermal on his Winterville home shortly after being elected and began experimenting with a time-of-use rate with the utility. He has tirelessly advocated for both since that time. Echols created the Clean Energy Roadshow that has traveled the state every summer for the last 8 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. He bought a natural gas car, a propane van and has owned 3 electric cars. 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 34 years and they have seven children. He has 3 degrees from the University of Georgia and lives in Jefferson, Georgia.

Track: B Energy Security & Government Energy Management | FEDENERGY WORKS | Session: Transportation, EV's and the Grid


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