Stephen Smith

Executive Director

Dr. Stephen A. Smith has 30 years of experience effecting change for the environment. Since 1993, Dr. Smith has led the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) as its executive director. Under Dr. Smith’s leadership, SACE has grown to be a premier voice for clean energy issues in the region.

Dr. Smith currently serves on the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Regional Energy Resource Council, which advises the TVA Board of Directors on energy resource activities in the Tennessee Valley region. He also serves on the State of Tennessee Energy Policy Council, and on the board of Floridians for Solar Choice. In the past, he has served on the North Carolina Legislative Commission on Global Climate Change and the North Carolina Climate Action Planning Advisory Group; as well as the South Carolina Climate, Energy and Commerce Advisory Committee.

Dr. Smith holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Tennessee and a Bachelor of Science in biology from Kentucky Wesleyan College. In 2009, he and his family commissioned a 7.1 kilowatt rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) system on their Knoxville home. Dr. Smith’s other areas of interest include flying, sailing, scuba diving, and beekeeping.

Stephen's Recent Posts

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Staff Update: Happy Summer Solstice!

Hear from SACE's Executive Director, Dr. Stephen A. Smith, on the 2018 Summer Solstice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzHrzZQZpM4

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My Statement to the TVA Board on Major Rate Change Approved May 10, 2018

On May 10, 2018, one week before the Tennessee Valley Authority's 85th anniversary, I made the trip to historic Muscle Shoals, Alabama in order to publicly deliver my comments to the TVA…

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TVA's Extravagant Executive Toys at Your Expense

Just when you thought the excessive executive compensation was bad, it appears that the Tennessee Valley Authority's CEO Bill Johnson, already the highest paid federal employee in the entire country taking home…

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