Stephen Smith

Executive Director

Dr. Stephen A. Smith has 30 years of experience affecting 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 State of Tennessee Energy Policy Council and on the Knoxville Mayor’s Climate Council. He also serves 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, the South Carolina Climate, Energy and Commerce Advisory Committee, and two terms on the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Regional Energy Resource Council.

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 Celebrates Signing of the ‘Inflation Reduction Act,’ Notes Work to be Done 

We at the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy celebrate the historic scope of the Inflation Reduction Act as momentous and urgently needed, yet also recognize that the investment is not a cure-all…


As Martin Luther King Jr. Day approaches, democracy reforms hang in the balance 

Brady Watson, former Civic Engagement Coordinator for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, also contributed to this blog post. Update: On Wednesday, January 19, the Senate held a final vote on the…


Why SACE Supports FPL’s Proposed Rate Settlement

This op-ed, written by SACE Executive Director Dr. Stephen A. Smith, originally appeared in South Florida Sun Sentinel on August 20, 2021. Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) is a nonprofit organization committed to…

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