S. David Freeman, SACE Senior Energy Advisor, and Industry Pioneer Passes

For Over 70 Years the “Green Cowboy” Shaped Clean Energy Policy Across the Nation

May 13, 2020
Contact: Kate Tracy, 865-235-1448, [email protected]

The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) is saddened by the passing of S. David Freeman. Known to many as the “Green Cowboy,” Freeman spent much of his 94 years championing renewable energy, energy efficiency, and clean transportation policies and initiatives that have left lasting marks on the energy industry landscape across the country.

Freeman was a champion of, and advocate for the public power model. He led three of the nation’s largest public utilities, including the New York Power Authority, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) where he pioneered a massive energy conservation program and contributed to early work with solar energy and electric vehicles.

Most recently, Freeman joined SACE as a Senior Energy Advisor where he brought more than four decades of expertise and experience directing federal, regional, and local energy policies to our organization.

In response, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy’s Executive Director, Dr. Stephen A. Smith said,S. David Freeman was a visionary force of nature, I’m proud to have collaborated with him over the years in support of our common goals of a cleaner, greener world. Dave taught me that most utilities will first tell you ‘no’ on advancing many clean energy policies, but never take no for an answer. We will miss his leadership and tenacity, and will honor him by carrying his vision forward in our work.

Freeman is survived by his daughter, two sons, nine grandchildren, and a great-grandson.


About the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy

Since 1985, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy has worked to promote responsible energy choices to ensure clean, safe, and healthy communities throughout the Southeast. Learn more at www.cleanenergy.org.