Sunday, September 19, 2010

PSC candidate Echols to speak at “Farm of the Future” on Monday

On Monday, September 20th, PSC Candidate Tim Echols will join PSC Chairman Bubba McDonald at Haven Farms at 628 Battle Road in Calhoun, Georgia for a “flip switching” ceremony at one of the largest solar farms in the state of Georgia. The ceremony will be at 12:30pm followed by a BBQ lunch.

“The Grogan Family with their 440 ground-mounted solar panels are helping themselves, their poultry farm, and the environment,” said Tim Echols. “North Carolina has created over 10,000 jobs in energy efficiency and renewable energy, and Georgia should follow their lead.”

Echols said that solar is part of the solution for national energy independence and energy security because becoming energy independent is required in order to have economic security.

“Solar works great in our state and it is creating a significant number of jobs and economic development,” said Echols. “Georgia has the ingredients to be a leader in Solar and Cleantech development with GA Tech, The Technical College Network, The Port in Savannah, Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, I-85, I-95 and I-75.”

Echols, the GOP nominee for the open seat on the Public Service Commission, won both the primary and primary run-off for the Republican party. He has conducted his “town hall” style meetings across Georgia discussing Georgia Power and Atlanta Gas Light’s rate increase cases. Other forum items include discussion on alternative energy sources and the two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle.

“Vogtle’s construction of the two new reactors will be a huge economic boost for Georgia,” said Echols. “It will be my job to try to make sure Ga. Power and their partners stay on budget.”

“One of the primary jobs of a good Public Service Commissioner is to make sure to balance consumers expectations to keep rates low with the need for utilities to recover their operating costs,” said Echols. “With the heat wave this summer, Georgia Power has certainly had a windfall in profit, and their rate increase request needs to be adjusted.”

“The PSC is the gatekeeper and makes sure the energy providers, phone companies and others regulated entities are held accountable,” said Echols. “I intend to ask the hard questions to these companies and make sure consumers are protected.”

Echols said that serving on the Public Service Commission is an incredibly complex job with a mountain of data that has to be analyzed before any hearing—a challenge he looks forward to. “The action of the PSC impacts your electric, gas and phone bill,” said Echols. “Voters can count on me to scrutinize all rate requests before the Commission.”

Echols has spent the last 15 years at the Georgia Capitol training young people and their parents on how the legislative process works. “Being involved in training others in how to impact public policy has prepared me for this position.”

Tim Echols has been married to Windy Davis Echols of Roswell 27 years and they have seven children ranging from a 21 year old to a 10 year old. Echols has three degrees from the University of Georgia. He is the author of the book "Real Citizenship," a primer on grassroots political activism. The book is available on Amazon. Echols has been active in GOP politics assisting candidates all over the country. He grew up in Clayton County and attended public schools there before attending the University of Georgia.

After the Calhoun event, Echols will speak at the Fannin County GOP meeting in Blue Ridge, held at 440 W. First Street, Blue Ridge, GA at 7pm.
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