Commissioner Tim Echols

Commissioner Since: January 1, 2011
Year Elected: 2010; re-elected 2016
Serves Through: December 31, 2022
Republican, Hoschton
Commissioner from District 2 MAP

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 conservative high school students. The program began at the Georgia Capitol and now operates in 42 states having training 50,000 students. After building TeenPact, Echols ran for and was elected to statewide office in 2010 serving as Public Service Commissioner.

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 has a weekly radio show called Energy Matters airing on Cox Media Group and back episodes can be found at

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.

Date Title
June 24, 2019 Confronting Anti-Semitism Head-On
April 30, 2019 Georgia Public Service Commissioner: My day as a Lyft driver
March 29, 2019 Savannah Morning News: Why Georgia Doesn't need the Green New Deal
March 26, 2019 Opinion: Why Georgia Doesn't Need the Green New Deal
February 15, 2019 Coastal Management Program: Brown Bag Presentation with Commissioner Echols
January 28, 2019 Commissioner Echols to Hold Press Conference on Update on Human Trafficking Efforts during Super Bowl LIII
November 5, 2018 WJBF-TV, Augusta, Plant Vogtle Jobs
October 11, 2018 Commissioner Echols to Give Remarks at S.T.E.M. Forum and Panel Discussion at Savannah State University on October 15
August 23, 2018 Brunswick News: State Officials Promote Environmental Awareness, Coastal Issues
August 22, 2018 WALB-TV, Albany, Georgia: Georgia Power Testing Solar Energy
August 6, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle Viewpoint with Commissioner Tim Echols: For Third Year, Georgia Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols ready for Dragon Con
July 31, 2018 WRBL-TV, Columbus, Human Trafficking on the Rise in Georgia
July 10, 2018 Clean Energy Roadshow to Visit Gwinnett on July 17, 2018
June 6, 2018 WRBL-TV, Columbus, Clean Energy Roadshow Highlights Alternative Fuels and Energy Sources
June 6, 2018 WTVM-TV, Columbus, Roadshow Highlighting Clean Energy Comes to Columbus
June 5, 2018 WTOC-TV, Savannah, Clean Energy Roadshow Tour Makes Stop in Columbus
June 1, 2018 WTVM-TV, Columbus, Unholy Tour, June 1, 2018
May 31, 2018 WRBL-TV, Columbus, Unholy Tour, May 31, 2018
May 25, 2018 Commissioner Echols to Host “Unholy Tour” in Columbus on May 31, 2018
May 18, 2018 Technology Authority of Georgia Joins Clean Energy Roadshow for 2018 Tour Dates
May 15, 2018 Atlanta Journal Constitution Opinion: EPA’s Pruitt helping set the world right again
February 23, 2018 Commissioner Echols to Address the American Nuclear Society in Augusta on Monday February 26, 2018
February 22, 2018 Commissioner Tim Echols Receives Trailblazer Award at Advanced Reactors V & Showcase at Texas A&M
February 15, 2018 Commissioner Echols to Host “Unholy Tour” in Columbus Informational Breakfast Set for Monday February 19, 2018
January 25, 2018 Commissioner Echols to Host “Unholy Tour” on January 29, 2018
January 11, 2018 Commissioner Echols to Host Community Clean Up and Educational Rally on Electric Vehicles to Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
January 2, 2018 Columbia County News Times: Letter: Let's help move Georgia toward a clean future
December 23, 2017 Atlanta Journal Constitution Guest Column: Finishing Plant Vogtle is best path for Georgia
December 22, 2017 Savannah Morning News Editorial : PSC Looks to the Future with Plant Vogtle Vote
December 21, 2017 Commissioner Echols motion on Vogtle Construction Monitoring Report 17
December 21, 2017 Op-Ed: Pressing Forward with Nuclear Energy
December 21, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle Viewpoint with Commissioner Eaton: Georgia is Pressing Forward with Nuclear Energy, Plant Vogtle Expansion
December 18, 2017 Augusta Chronicle : Editorial : A nuclear kick in the "gut"
October 23, 2017 Commissioner Tim Echols and State Representative Carl Gilliard to Host Community Empowerment Workshop in November 2, 2017 in Savannah, Georgia
October 23, 2017 Commissioner Tim Echols to Host Community Empowerment Workshop in October 31, 2017 in Columbus, Georgia
October 23, 2017 Commissioner Tim Echols to Host Community Empowerment Workshop in November 1, 2017 in Macon, Georgia
September 4, 2017 Public Utilities Fortnightly: Why Nuclear Energy is a Matter of National Security
August 28, 2017 Commissioner Echols to Host Clean Energy Roadshow and Seminar September 19, 2017 in Macon, Georgia
August 18, 2017 Commissioner Tim Echols Calls for Continued Construction of Plant Vogtle Nuclear Units in Wall Street Journal Op-Ed
July 28, 2017 Media Advisory: Commissioner Tim Echols and State Representative Spencer Frye to Host the Athens Sustainability Summit and Clean Energy Roadshow August 3, 2017 in Athens, Georgia
June 22, 2017 Media Advisory : Clean Energy Roadshow Vehicle Showcase at Savannah International Trade and Convention Center, June 27, 2017
June 9, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle: Why Exiting the Paris Accord Makes Sense
June 8, 2017 Echols to Address “Drive Across America” Natural Gas Vehicle Road Rally in DeKalb County on June 12, 2017
May 23, 2017 News Release : Commissioner Tim Echols Featured Speaker at Western Conference of Utility Regulators
May 11, 2017 Macon Telegraph : Plan in the Works for one of Georgia's Largest Solar Farms Near Robins
April 21, 2017 News Release : Commissioner Tim Echols Appointed as Vice-chair of Nuclear Waste Disposal Committee of National Utility Regulators Association
April 7, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle: Energiewende, frackng and lower rates
April 6, 2017 Brunswick News: Wind Energy Could Come to the Isles
March 8, 2017 Media Advisory : Echols to Host Dedication of Bulldog Movers 50 kW Rooftop Solar Installation
March 3, 2017 Henry Herald: NASCAR Does It Again
March 1, 2017 Savannah Morning News :Tim Echols: Casino gambling a bad bet for Georgia
January 19, 2017 Closing the Nuclear Fuel Cycle- the Ultimate in Recycling
January 19, 2017 Atlanta Journal Constitution Watchdog: Atlanta Sex Trafficking Tour Reveals the 'Hell of It'
January 10, 2017 Echols to Host “Unholy Tour” January 17, 2017
December 17, 2016 Athens Banner Herald : Echols’ brings passion for renewable energy to the Georgia Public Service Commission
December 3, 2016 Gainesville Times: Guest Column: PSC works to keep rates low, energy flowing
December 2, 2016 Gilmer County, Fetch Your News: Gilmer Opens New EV Charging Station with Georgia Power
September 20, 2016 WJCL-TV Savannah "Unholy Tour held in Savannah"
September 20, 2016 WTGS-TV Savannah, Unholy Tour
August 12, 2016 WSAV-TV, Savannah, Tim Echols to host human trafficking awareness tour
August 4, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle : Viewpoint: Wood pellet demand in U.K. holds promise for Georgia's forest industry
August 3, 2016 Commissioner Echols on WABE-FM, "Closer Look"
August 1, 2016 Commissioner Echols takes part in ribbon cutting at Buford facility to convert Methane Gas into Electricity
June 23, 2016 WJCL-TV, Savannah, Clean Road Show
June 21, 2016 WALB-TV, Albany, Clean Energy Roadshow
June 21, 2016 WFXL-TV, Clean Energy Roadshow
May 19, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle Viewpoint: Why the Public Service Commission Matters
May 9, 2016 Commissioner Echols will host 6th Annual Clean Energy Roadshow
April 14, 2016 Fayette Citizen: Merger Approved, Rates Frozen
April 13, 2016 WTOC-TV, Savannah, April 7, 2016, Meeting on Renewable Energy in Savannah
April 6, 2016 WGCLTV coverage of the Unholy Tour on March 2, 2016
March 2, 2016 WSB TV Atlanta : Lawmakers take "unholy tour" through city's prostituion hot spots
March 2, 2016 WGCL-TV Atlanta: Sex trafficking tour
February 18, 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle: Viewpoint: How Justice Antonin Scalia's death could impact Georgia
January 13, 2016 Georgia Public Broadcasting: Electric Vehicle Sales in Georgia Drop
January 6, 2016 News: Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols Addresses Central High School’s Student Leaders
December 16, 2015 Online Athens: Solar Power Project Will Benefit UGA and Georgia Power
November 1, 2015 Public Utilities Fortnightly : Georgia: On Becoming a Social Media Junkie
September 3, 2015 Spark: Public Utilities Fortnightly: The Mean Power Plan
August 12, 2015 Atlanta Journal Constitution: Guest Column:EPA Grants Higher Energy Costs, Burdens
August 12, 2015 Atlanta Journal Constitution: A Rooftop Revolution?
August 5, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle: Viewpoint: EPA's 'Clean Power Plan' is a mistake
June 27, 2015 Business in Savannah News: Alternative Fuel Vehicle Roadshow Rolls into City
June 26, 2015 Valdosta Daily Times: Alternative Fuels Highlighted at VSU
June 25, 2015 Brunswick News: Public Service Commissioner Pushes for Alternative Fuel Vehicles
June 22, 2015 Alternative Fuel Roadshow rolling into Decatur
June 22, 2015 Valdosta Times: Alternative Fuel Vehicle Roadshow coming to Valdosta
June 17, 2015 Albany Herald: Alternative Fuel Vehicle Roadshow Stops in Albany
June 14, 2015 Albany Herald: Alternative Fuel Vehicle Roadshow coming to Albany
June 12, 2015 Cartersville Daily Tribune News: Tellus Event to Showcase Alternative Fuel
June 9, 2015 Gainesville Times: "Alt-Fuel vehicles roadshow goes on in wake of new fee, credit cut
May 4, 2015 Commissioner Echols to Host 5th Annual Alternative Fuel Vehicle Roadshow
April 3, 2015 Echols Kicks Off Re-election Campain
March 5, 2015 Echols to Host “Unholy Tour” March 10, 2015
March 5, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle: Viewpoint: Electric Vehicles and Georgia's Future
February 6, 2015 Echols shares his experience with electric cars
February 4, 2015 From the Office of Commissioner Tim Echols: Echols Presents Award for Innovation to Windstream Communications
January 21, 2015 Echols Hosts “Unholy Tour” to Highlight Human Trafficking in Atlanta
January 13, 2015 Atlanta Journal Constitution: Keep Georgia's EV Tax Credit in Place
January 2, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle: A New Year's Resolution on Recycling
December 10, 2014 E&E News: Climate Wire: Regulators ask state lawmakers for leeway to comply with EPA's Clean Power Plan
December 2, 2014 James Magazine: 5 Things You Need to Know About Georgia's Energy
November 29, 2014 Savannah Morning News: Utility and Regulators Push Back on Carbon Cutting Plan for Georgia
October 21, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle: Turning old bombs into carbon-free electricity
October 8, 2014 Op-Ed: Five Things You Need to Know About Georgia's Energy
September 25, 2014 Commissioner Tim Echols to Speak in Savannah on September 26, 2014
September 15, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle: How Truett Cathy Changed a Young Person's Life
September 4, 2014 Echols Hosts Lunch and Learn Session on Human Trafficking in the Atlanta Metro Area
August 8, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle: Echols: Georgia has a good start using wind energy
July 29, 2014 Commissioner Echols Remarks at EPA Clean Power Rules Hearing in Atlanta, Georgia on July 29, 2014
July 21, 2014 Georgia EMC Magazine: EPA Regulations on the Way
July 8, 2014 Atlanta Journal Constitution Guest Column: Regulations Could Exceed EPA Authority
June 27, 2014 Atlanta Business Chronicle Guest Column: EPA Regs Will Hurt Business and Consumers
June 16, 2014 Athens Banner Herald Editorial: New Carbon Rule is Administrative Overreach
June 16, 2014 Columbia News Times: Alternative Fueled Vehicles Roadshow Comes to Columbia County
June 4, 2014 Georgia Power Adding Wind, Boosting Solar
June 2, 2014 Georgia Trend:Sustainable Georgia: Charging Up
May 29, 2014 Brunswick News, May 23, 2014: Georgia Power to Buy Wind Energy
May 12, 2014 Athens Banner Herald : UGA Installs First Public Level 2 Electric Vehicle Charger in Athens Area
May 7, 2014 From the Office of Commissioner Tim Echols: Echols’ Electric Car Gets First Charge at UGA
April 22, 2014 A Tribute to My Mom
April 14, 2014 Tifton Gazette, April 11, 2014: Commissioner Echols Visits UGA Tifton Campus
March 18, 2014 Commission Urges Congress to Act to End Georgia Ratepayers Fees for Nuclear Waste Disposal Site
March 3, 2014 Opinion: Atlanta Business Chronicle: Wrong Idea Wrong Time (on Electric Vehicle Tax Credit)
February 14, 2014 4th Annual Alternative Fuel Vehicle Roadshow Announces Georgia Host Cities for Statewide Tour in June
December 4, 2013 Op Ed: Holidays are good time to find ways to serve humanity
September 6, 2013 Savannah Morning News "Savannah Explores Electric Car Future"
September 6, 2013 Op Ed Celebration of Marriage
July 26, 2013 Athens Banner Herald Editorial: Nuclear Power Can Be Economic Boon to Southeast
July 18, 2013 Echols questions Georgia Power on overruns
July 17, 2013 PSC approves energy plan
July 12, 2013 Echols explains his vote on solar
July 5, 2013 Op Ed Athens Banner Herald Germans have interesting model for energy transition
July 1, 2013 Commissioner Tim Echols Reports on Study of German Energy Policies
June 20, 2013 Roadshow in Columbus: WTVM-TV
June 20, 2013 Roadshow in Columbus: WRBL-TV
June 7, 2013 Echols brings Roadshow to Macon
June 5, 2013 Roadshow video coverage from Dalton
June 3, 2013 Echols takes Roadshow to Athens
June 1, 2013 Echols teams up with McDonald on solar
May 30, 2013 Echols and Atl Fuel Vehicle Roadshow comes to Athens
May 16, 2013 Georgia lauded for natural gas deregulation
May 9, 2013 Echols holds Twitter town hall
April 24, 2013 NEM to Confer Public Service Leadership and Industry Leadership Awards
April 22, 2013 Commissioner Echols speaks on Earth Day in Macon about saving money on power bills
March 15, 2013 Public service commissioner talks Vogtle, rate increases for customers
February 15, 2013 When $5 is better than free
January 28, 2013 Akins Ford is going green
January 12, 2013 Georgia Power shutting plants to meet federal environmental regulations
December 23, 2012 New Nuclear Plant Hits Some Snags
November 30, 2012 PSC lowers electric rates
November 2, 2012 Energy Efficiency saves everyone money
October 26, 2012 Echols: Time to reassert value of working with hands
October 11, 2012 Commissioner Echols attends grand opening of largest CNG facility in state
August 1, 2012 Opinion “What Chicago and Boston May not Know About Chick-Fil-A”
June 12, 2012 WTOC-TV, Savannah “Cars of the Future Already on the Road” - Part 1
June 12, 2012 WTOC-TV, Savannah “Cars of the Future Already on the Road” - Part 2
June 9, 2012 Atlanta Business Chronicle Op-Ed “When as Adverb is Worth $3.2 Million”
May 18, 2012 Athens Banner Herald Op-Ed “No one is above the law”
May 11, 2012 Guest Column “No One Is Above the Law”
May 8, 2012 Photos of Commissioner Echols for download: Photo 1
May 8, 2012 Photos of Commissioner Echols for download: Photo 2
May 8, 2012 Photos of Commissioner Echols for download: Photo 3
April 26, 2012 Atlanta Business Chronicle editorial ”Finally Some Good News on the Energe Front“
April 11, 2012 Editorial “One Is the Loneliest Number‘
March 13, 2012 WTOC-TV, Savannah “Truman Parkway Construction Halted After Gas Line Rupture”
March 13, 2012 WSAV-TV, Savannah “State, Local Officials Investigate Cause of White Bluff Road Gas Leaks”
February 6, 2012 Op-Ed “Echols Seeks Reforms for Nuclear Waste management”
December 26, 2011 Op-Ed Athens Banner Herald: Solar Energy Subsidy Raises Questions
November 4, 2011 Atlanta Business Chronicle Op-Ed "Coal, Jobs and Your Electric Bill"
August 31, 2011 Commissioner Tim Echols Releases Synopsis of Spent Nuclear Fuel Management Symposium
July 29, 2011 Atlanta Journal Constitution guest editorial: “Solar Power Wins a Convert”
July 8, 2011 Op-Ed Atlanta Business Chronicle “Solar Power Means Jobs, Development”
July 7, 2011 Debate 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, 2011 Debate 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, 2011 Debate 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, 2011 Commissioner Echols Announces All Aboard the Solar Express on July 29, 2011
June 21, 2011 Op-Ed, Athens Banner Herald: “All Aboard the Solar Express”
June 13, 2011 Commissioner Echols Requests Commission Probe of Georgia Charter Bus Company Grounded by Feds
June 10, 2011 Commissioner Echols Holds Summit with Georgia Charter Bus Companies
June 1, 2011 Commissioner Echols to Hold Press Event in Brunswick on Solar Energy at Commercial Business
May 20, 2011 Commissioner Echols to Host East Coweta High School Students for High Energy Leadership Program
May 12, 2011 Commissioner Echols Hosts Meeting to Promote Macon-Atlanta Passenger Rail
May 3, 2011 Commissioner Echols Heads to Washington to Discuss Nuclear Waste Management and Disposal Issues
April 4, 2011 Commissioner Echols to Tour Suniva, Inc. Facility in Norcross, Georgia
March 31, 2011 Commissioner Echols Speaks in Savannah About Nuclear Waste
March 25, 2011 Op-ed, Athens Banner Herald: "Get the Feds out of Nuclear Waste Business"
March 11, 2011 Commissioner Echols Announces Sting on "Rogue" Movers in Georgia
March 10, 2011 Commissioner Echols to Attend Saint Patrick's Day in Savannah
March 6, 2011 Echols-Facility Is Impressive - Page 1
March 6, 2011 Echols-Facility Is Impressive - Page 2
March 5, 2011 PSC Official Visits Cumming Kiwanis - Page 1
March 5, 2011 PSC Official Visits Cumming Kiwanis - Page 2
February 16, 2011 Commissioner Echols Supports Nuclear Waste Resolution Calls on Federal Government to Proceed with Yucca Mountain
February 9, 2011 Atlanta Journal Constitution op-ed "Georgia Should Lead South in Vehicles Running on Natural Gas"
February 8, 2011 Athens Banner Herald op-ed "Alternative means non-foreign"
February 8, 2011 WSAV-TV Savannah "Alternative Fuel Cars Stop in Savannah"
February 8, 2011 Savannah Morning News "Commissioner Echols hopes Discussions Spur Ideas on Alternative Fuel Vehicles"
January 21, 2011 New PSC official becomes alternative fuel commuter
January 20, 2011 Commissioner Echols to display his personal CNG car at Capitol
January 19, 2011 "Why Compressed Natural Gas Is Right for Georgia" Athens Banner Herald
January 19, 2011 Commissioner Echols to Announce Low Income Assistance Program for Natural Gas Customers

Plant Vogtle Project Over Budget, PSC Will Decide if Costs Are Approved, WSAV-TV Savannah, July 2013


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Commissioner Echols discusses impacts of power plant regulations on State on EETV, October 15, 2013


Commissioner Echols discusses the closing of Biomass Plant in Southwest Georgia, WALB-TV, Albany, Georgia, April 8, 2014


Commissioner Tim Echols on WJCL-TV Savannah discussing the Atlernative Fueled Vehicles Roadshow on June 20, 2014

Echols says state taking wait and see attitude on EPA Clean Power compliance mechanism


October 22, 2015 WGXA-TV Macon

By Katherine Shepherd Story Published: Oct 22, 2015 (Story Updated: Oct 22, 2015 ) With the changing season comes other changes. You change your clothes from cooler to warmer and your thermostat from air conditioning to heat. WGXA sat down with Commissioner Tim Echols of the Public Service Commission, the agency that regulates utilities in Georgia. 

December 8, 2016, WGXA-TV, Macon, Georgia, Commissioner Echols on winter tips


WGXA-TV, Macon, September 19. 2017, Clean Energy Roadshow


WSAV-TV, Savannah, Georgia. January 23, 2019. Public Service Commissioner Echols: Georgia Power customers should see a benefit from federal tax cut


'Unholy Tour' takes legislators to Atlanta's sex trafficking hot spots


WTVM-TV, Columbus, Unholy Tour, June 1, 2018


WRBL-TV, Unholy Tour, May 31, 2018

WRBL-TV, Columbus, Clean Roadshow


WTVM-TV Columbus, 6-6-18, Clean Energy Roadshow


WSAV-TV, Savannah, September 27, 2018: Vogtle 3 & 4 co-owners vote to move forward with construction

WJBF-TV, Augusta, November 2, 2018, Hundreds of Plant Vogtle Jobs Could go to Canadians


WMAZ-TV, November 8, 2018, Twiggs County Solar Project Breaks Ground

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