By Eames Yates
June 20, 2013
Valdosta, GA -Alternative energy was in the spotlight Thursday morning in Valdosta. The Georgia Public Service Commission hosted a Clean Fuels Showcase at the Lowndes County Judicial Complex.
Tim Echols is the Georgia Public Service Commissioner. He said "I would love to see more Georgia cities do what Tallahassee's done and what Leon County's done and that is convert a fleet over to an alternative fuel just as Leon county has done with their school buses on compressed natural gas."
Seven different cars were showcased. Some ran on propane and others, like this Nissan Leaf, were completely electric.
Mike Anderson is an Efacec USA company spokesman. He said "most folks spend around three thousand dollars a year on gasoline. And for electricity you're going to be a thousand dollars or some what less than that depending on what kind of rate plan you happen to be on with your local power company."
The residual effect of alternative energy is reducing our dependence on oil, and the countries where it comes from.
Tim Echols went on to say "clearly these are folks that have held us hostage for a long time and I think if we evaluate each of these type of fuels, propane, natural gas, electricity, bio diesel, all of it will help us slowly reduce our dependency. This is not going to be a quick thing. It's going to take a long time to do this, but I think we've got to start somewhere."