Lou Hrkman is the Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Clean Coal and Carbon Management. As DAS for Clean Coal and Carbon Management, Mr. Hrkman oversees research, development, and demonstration of advanced coal-based power systems, and carbon capture, sequestration, and storage.
Mr. Hrkman has more than two decades of experience in the energy industry, including work in both the public and private sectors. Most recently, he served as a Policy Adviser to Congressman David D. McKinley, who was the Chair of the House Coal Caucus and the Vice Chair of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee. In this role, Mr. Hrkman advised Congressman McKinley on various policy issues and pending legislation pertaining to energy and the environment. He also previously served as a Legislative Fellow for Congressman Gus Bilirakis, assisting on Energy and Power Subcommittee issues.
Prior to his service in the U.S. House of Representatives, Mr. Hrkman was a Regional Manager at Ingersoll Rand Inc. In this role, he led efforts to provide energy-efficient and sustainable business solutions. Additionally, from 1993 to 2010, Mr. Hrkman held several management positions at Siemens Industry Inc., including National Sales Manager and Director within the energy and environmental sector. His experience included all aspects of power generation , transmission and energy efficiency solutions within the building envelope. He has extensive experience in public-private partnerships and government affairs. He was an Officer in the United States Air Force.
Mr. Hrkman earned his BA in Political Science and Government from Miami University, his MPA from the University of South Dakota, and his MBA from the College of William and Mary.