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


2020: Looking Forward toward a Cleaner, Safer, Healthier Southeast

Throughout the good, the bad, and the ugly in recent years, SACE has remained a steadfast advocate for our region’s environment, pushing for clean energy solutions that will safeguard our water and…


TVA Contract Drawbacks Outweigh Benefits for KUB

SACE urges KUB to refrain from signing the bad-deal contract the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has strongly been encouraging local power companies to sign.


TVA deceives the public and the press with misleading claim of solar commitment

Despite what the Tennessee Valley Authority wants you to think, the utility does not have any intention of installing 14 gigawatts (GW) of solar over the next 20 years. In reality, the…

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