How Utilities Can Evaluate the Cost-Effectiveness of DERs
Since its publication in 2020, the National Standard Practice Manual (NSPM) For Benefit-Cost Analysis of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) has gained traction. Nine states are now applying the NSPM and 28 are referring to the document in either utility plans, commission dockets, or similar resources. As more jurisdictions see an increasing uptake of DERs, leveraging these resources and properly analyzing their benefit is becoming a central part of utility planning.
We worked with E4TheFuture and SEPA to create a companion resource—the Benefit-Cost Analysis Case Studies, which showcases the utilization of the manual in three case studies: Residential managed EV charging in the Midwest; Commercial solar and storage-controlled dispatch in the West; Residential grid-interactive efficient buildings in the Mid-Atlantic.
In this live webinar, you’ll learn key takeaways for proper application of the NSPM including: Valuing greenhouse gas emissions from the utility and societal perspectives; Accounting for interactive impacts when modeling multiple measures; Balancing accuracy and time investment when quantifying value stream impacts.