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Mike Carr - Senior Advisor and EERE Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary

Mike Carr

Mike Carr is a Senior Advisor to the Director of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Mr. Carr provides leadership direction on cross-cutting activities in EERE's portfolio. In particular, he is using his experience in policy development to help ensure that EERE does its best to inform federal policy-making and legislative activities related to renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. 

Since 1996, Mr. Carr has advised on law and policy both inside and outside of government, with a particular specialization in environment and natural resources law. Prior to taking on the Principal Deputy position, Mike served as Senior Counsel to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources from 2004 to June 2012. There, his portfolio primarily focused on technology development programs, including vehicle technology as well as financing and early commercialization of emergent energy and energy efficiency technologies. In that influential role, he conducted significant work drafting and guiding legislation through Congress that now directs major Department of Energy programs and efforts.  

In private practice, Mr. Carr specialized in litigation involving NEPA, the Clean Air Act, and the Clean Water Act. He managed environmental and appropriations issues for Representative David Skaggs (D-CO) until 1998, then worked in the Solicitor's Office of the Department of the Interior through 2002. He holds a law degree from Lewis and Clark College and a Bachelor's from the University of Colorado – Boulder.