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Charles Kurnik

Senior Engineer - Microgrids


Chuck Kurnik has broad engineering experience in energy, remote instrumentation, and manufacturing. He assists federal agencies in locating electric vehicle charging infrastructure, is the project manager of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE's) Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals, and is managing microgrid projects for the U.S. Marine Corps. He has also served as the site operations manager for DOE’s Solar Decathlon. Kurnik also manages DOE’s Uniform Methods Project, an effort to bring industry consensus to measurement and verification methods for estimating savings from rate payer-funded energy efficiency programs. 

Research Interests


Grid-interactive electric vehicle charging

Low-income weatherization, integrating funding streams, and workforce development


M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Featured Work

Single-Family Quality Control Inspector Job Task Analysis, NREL Technical Report (2018)

Single-Family Energy Auditor Job Task Analysis, NREL Technical Report (2018)

Energy Auditor and Quality Control Inspector Competency Model, NREL Technical Report (2018)

Vehicle Electrification Strategy for Joint Base Pearl Harbor — Hickam, NREL Technical Report (2018)

Vehicle Electrification Strategy for Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay and Camp Smith, NREL Technical Report (2018)

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Awards and Honors

U.S. Department of Energy Appreciation Award (2016)