The National Standard Practice Manual

On May 18, 2017, E4TheFuture, coordinator of the National Efficiency Screening Project, published the National Standard Practice Manual (NSPM). This first edition of the NSPM provides a comprehensive framework for cost-effectiveness assessment of energy resources, with a focus on energy efficiency. The manual describes the principles, concepts, and methodologies for sound, balanced assessment of resource cost-effectiveness. The NSPM is applicable to all types of electric and gas utilities and jurisdictions where energy efficiency resources are funded by – and implemented on behalf of – electric or gas utility customers. 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.

This NSPM is a living document that will be updated and/or expanded in the future.

• 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

Read the May 2017 Media Release. See recent news.

NSPM Development

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.