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


SACE COVID-19 Response/Perspective

We recognize that many of our members, supporters, and neighbors are facing dire circumstances today and looking toward very uncertain tomorrows; as we work together to flatten the curve, we are inspired…


Florida Power and Light’s Solar Together Program Deserves Approval

Customers in the Sunshine State want clean, low-cost solar power. Utility regulators must adapt to the changing times and not be afraid to embrace innovation. SolarTogether deserves approval by the Florida Public…


Follow the money! Blackrock reshapes investments by moving significant money away from fossil fuels

Worldwide, the call is growing for smarter, more sustainable choices... Thanks to increasing awareness and to the loud calls from the masses, the big players are taking note and taking action.

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