Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) is a non-profit, nonpartisan energy watchdog group based in the Southeastern United States (Mississippi, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama and Georgia). SACE was originally organized under the name Tennessee Valley Energy Coalition (TVEC) in 1985. Since its inception, SACE has been a prominent leader in the region and advocate for energy reform with the goal of protecting and preserving the natural resources of the Southeast and ensuring their sustainable use. Dr. Stephen A. Smith became executive director of SACE in 1993. Smith was recently appointed by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to serve on its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) Stakeholder Review Group.
Since 1985 SACE/TVEC was active in preventing the construction of a number of nuclear plants in the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) area. Its operations have since expanded to address a variety of issues relating to energy and the environment, such as electric coal generation practices, mountaintop removal, and climate change. SACE has also been a strong advocate for the increased use of energy efficiency technologies to promote the more efficient and effective use of energy resources currently in use in the Southeastern United States.
Southern Alliance for Clean Energy has substantially increased its operations in recent years. SACE now operates offices in Knoxville, TN; Asheville, NC; Atlanta, GA and is represented on various state utility boards and energy committees. It continues to act as an advocate for clean energy in a variety of forums.
In January 2009, Stephen Smith spoke to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works regarding the TVA coal ash sludge disaster in Kingston, Tennessee and urged the body to consider greater oversight and regulation of TVA policy and practices. The incident has been termed by some as one of the largest industrial-environmental disasters in the history of the United States.