GOP's Echols Elected to Georgia Utility Commission

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Atlanta, GA (AP) - Republican Tim Echols has won an open seat on a
Georgia commission that helps set electricity and gas bills for
consumers.
Unofficial returns showed that the 50-year-old Echols won 63
percent of the vote against Democratic candidate Keith Moffett in
Tuesday's statewide election with 47 percent of precincts
reporting. Libertarian candidate James Sendelbach was also in the
race.
Echols won a seat held by Robert Baker, commonly viewed as the
most pro-consumer commission member. Baker decided this year not to
seek re-election.
During the campaign, Echols said the state needs more incentives
to encourage investment in renewable energy. He's faulted state
lawmakers for allowing Georgia Power to collect the finance costs
for building a new nuclear power plant from its customers before
construction is finished.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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