Michael Blonsky

Michael Blonsky

Researcher III-Electrical Engineering

Orcid ID https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8732-9922

Michael Blonsky is a research engineer in the Distribution Edge Group within the Grid Planning and Analysis Center at NREL. His primary research areas include modeling and control of flexible loads, including heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning equipment, water heaters, electric vehicles, as well as other distributed energy resources (DERs). He works on a variety of projects that simulate buildings, DERs, distribution systems, home energy management systems, transactive markets, and distribution-scale aggregators and controllers. He is the lead developer for OCHRE, a residential energy model for building-to-grid integration studies. He received his B.S. in materials science and engineering from Cornell University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.

Research Interests

Residential building modeling

Stochastic controls and optimization

Grid-interactive efficient buildings


Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines 

M.S., Electrical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Cornell University

Professional Experience

Consultant, EMI Consulting (2014–2017)

Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant, Colorado School of Mines (2017–2019)

Associations and Memberships

Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Featured Work

OCHRE: The Object-oriented, Controllable, High-resolution Residential Energy Model for Dynamic Integration Studies, Applied Energy (2021)

Incorporating Residential Smart Electric Vehicle Charging in Home Energy Management Systems, IEEE GreenTech Conference (2021)

Time-of-Use and Demand Charge Battery Controller Using Stochastic Model Predictive Control, IEEE SmartGridComm (2020)

Potential Impacts of Transportation and Building Electrification on the Grid: A Review of Electrification Projections and Their Effects on Grid Infrastructure, Operation, and Planning, Current Sustainable/Renewable Energy Reports (2019)

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Awards and Honors

First Place, Solar Decathlon Africa (2019)