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S. David FreemanÂ was appointed chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority by Jimmy Carter in 1977. He was named an â€œeco-pioneerâ€ for his environmentally-oriented leadership of the Sacramento Municipal Utility. He also headed Â New York Power Authority and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. As a utility leader, he stopped nuclear power plants, replaced coal generated electricity with renewables, and pioneered a massive energy conservation program.
The author of Winning Our Energy Independence: An Energy Insider, David is aÂ strident spokesperson about the need forÂ utilities to eliminate fossil-fuel-generated electricity with renewables andÂ efficiency.