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09 May 2013

Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols to Hold Twitter Town Hall on Solar Energy

(Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols gassing up his clean natural gas vehicle. Photo by Bita Honarvar/AJC.)
Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols, who has made headlines in the past for driving a car powered by clean natural gas, is hosting a Twitter town hall meeting Monday to hear what the public thinks about solar energy in Georgia.

Every 3 years the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) must work with Georgia Power to create an Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) determining the types of energy (Coal, Nuclear, Natural Gas, Biomass, Hydro, Solar, or Wind) that will be used to power our homes and businesses for the next 20 years.

The PSC must weigh current and future energy prices while forecasting on an energy plan that will keep rates low and provide reliable power. Commissioner Echols is eager to hear the public opinions on our state's energy future.

Georgians can participate in the town hall by tweeting a question using the hashtag #GASolarChat. Responses can be viewed by clicking the #GASolarChat hashtag on Twitter or following Tim Echols directly @TimEchols.

The Twitter town hall is scheduled for Monday, 13 May 2012, from 11:30AM to 12:00PM.