Benefit-Cost Analysis Case Studies: New Compendium

June 1, 2022 — E4TheFuture, coordinator of the National Energy Screening Project, is pleased to offer a new set of Benefit-Cost Analysis Case Studies: Examples of Distributed Energy Resource Use Cases. This timely addition to the National Standard Practice Manual (NSPM) focuses on topics of interest throughout the electric industry. The compendium illustrates benefit-cost analyses (BCAs) for distributed energy resource (DER) technologies and use cases.

See case studies.

Developed by Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) with technical and modeling support from ICF, the set of three adds to two prior case studies (grid-interactive efficient buildings and non-wires solutions) published within the NSPM.

It includes:
• Residential EV Managed Charging in the Midwest
• Commercial Solar + Storage Controlled Dispatch in the West
• Residential Grid-interactive Efficient Building Retrofit in the Mid-Atlantic

Each new case study is informed by real-world BCAs and data for similar use cases, generalized into hypothetical examples based on cost-effectiveness tests that align with jurisdictional policy goals and objectives. Each illustrates key BCA considerations for single or multi-DERs, and demonstrates approaches to account for data analysis gaps. The new case studies address key cross-cutting issues (e.g., locational and temporal values and demand flexibility, interactive effects, and behind-the-meter considerations.