National Standard Practice Manual (NSPM)
The National Standard Practice Manual for Assessing Cost-Effectiveness of Energy Efficiency Resources (NSPM for EE) was published in 2017. A project of the National Efficiency Screening Project that was coordinated by E4TheFuture, the NSPM for EE provides a comprehensive framework for cost-effectiveness assessment of energy resources, with a focus on energy efficiency. To support the balanced assessment of resource cost-effectiveness, the manual provides a set of policy-neutral, non-biased, and economically-sound principles, concepts, and methodologies for the balanced assessment of resource cost-effectiveness. The manual is intended for use by parties involved in identifying the full range of efficiency resources whose benefits exceed their costs, to inform which resources to acquire to meet a jurisdiction’s specific goals, standards, and/or targets.
See below for links to the NSPM for EE and supporting documents. For information regarding the forthcoming NSPM for DERs, see this presentation.
• Download the Executive Summary
• Download the full National Standard Practice Manual
• Download the 3-page NSPM Overview
• Download the Summary NSPM Presentation for an overview of the NSPM and supporting resources
• Questions? See Frequently Asked Questions or contact E4TheFuture
The NSPM is authored by five national experts on energy efficiency and cost-effectiveness testing:
Tim Woolf, Synapse Energy Economics
Chris Neme, Energy Futures Group
Marty Kushler, American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy
Steve Schiller, Schiller Consulting
Tom Eckman, Consultant (formerly with Northwest Power & Conservation Council)
Many thanks to the Review Committee for their input and comments on the draft NSPM.
The NSPM development was coordinated and funded by E4TheFuture a nonprofit organization that serves as current coordinator and manages NESP’s publications.