E4TheFuture coordinates and supports development of the National Standard Practice Manual.
The National Standard Practice Manual is a product of the National Efficiency Screening Project (NESP), a multi-year project guided by an Advisory Committee and coordinated and funded by E4TheFuture.
The NSPM provides a comprehensive framework for cost-effectiveness assessment of energy resources. It supports a balanced benefit-cost assessment (BCA) of resources by providing a set of policy-neutral, non-biased, and economically-sound principles, concepts, and methodologies. The NSPM is intended for use by parties involved in identifying the full range of distributed energy resources whose benefits exceed their costs, to inform which resources to acquire to meet a jurisdiction’s specific goals, standards, and/or targets.
The National Standard Practice Manual for Assessing Cost-Effectiveness of Energy Efficiency Resources (NSPM for EE) was published in 2017. A forthcoming NSPM (Summer, 2020) will be expanded to include other distributed energy resources (DERs).
The NESP also develops a range of supporting materials on the NSPM, including case studies and template tools as well as the Database of State Efficiency Screening Practices (DSESP) which provides a comparison of current cost-effectiveness practices across the United States.