E4TheFuture coordinates and supports development of the National Standard Practice Manual.
The National Standard Practice Manual is a product of the National Energy Screening Project (NESP), a multi-year project guided by an Advisory Committee and coordinated and funded by E4TheFuture with additional support from the U.S. DOE in 2020.
The NSPM provides a comprehensive framework for cost-effectiveness assessment of DERs. The manual provides a set of policy-neutral, non-biased, and economically-sound principles, concepts, and methodologies to support single- and multi-DER benefit-cost analysis (BCA) for: energy efficiency (EE), demand response (DR), distributed generation (DG), distributed storage (DS), and (building and vehicle) electrification. The manual is intended for use by jurisdictions to help inform which resources to acquire to meet the jurisdiction’s specific policy goals and objectives.
The National Standard Practice Manual for Benefit-Cost Analysis of Distributed Energy Resources (NSPM for DERs) (August, 2020) was preceded by the National Standard Practice Manual for Assessing Cost-Effectiveness of Energy Efficiency Resources (NSPM for EE) in 2017.
The NESP also develops a range of supporting materials on the NSPM, including case studies and template tools as well as the Database of Screening Practices (DSP) which provides a comparison of current cost-effectiveness practices across the United States.