Track B | Energy Security & Government Energy Management | FedEnergy Works
When Echols took office in 2010, Georgia was 34th in solar power. Now, 6 years later the state is 6th in the nation in approved solar.
Echols' commitment to promoting clean energy has resulted in not only millions of solar panels being installed in Georgia, but has resulted in more electric vehicles as well. Our state is fourth in the nation in electric vehicles.
Echols created the Clean Energy Roadshow that has traveled the state every summer for the last seven 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.
When he is not managing Georgia's energy portfolio, Echols is helping Atlanta's children. He created the Unholy Tour that serves as a rolling seminar on child sex trafficking and the harm it is causing to the youngest of our citizens. The tour is credited with rescuing two children in Atlanta.
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 has owned three electric cars. 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.
Recognizing that ultimately his job is about helping plan Georgia's energy future, Tim has supported and approved new carbon-free nuclear energy sources for Georgia that will provide baseload power for generations. 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 four years.
Tim and his wife, Windy, have been married 33 years and they have seven children. He lives in Jefferson, Georgia.
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