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In-person Training on Conducting Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) for DERs using NSPM

July 22 - July 23


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Awards 1.0 CEUs / 10 PDHs (Click for more info)

AESP is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). AESP complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, AESP is authorized to issue the IACET CEU. AESP instructors disclose in advance that they have no interest in any product, service, or material discussed during the course. This information is stated orally and in the training course handbook.

This in-person course is for utilities, consultants, regulators, consumer advocates and others involved in planning, assessing or evaluating investments in DERs. The training will cover a full range of topics on benefit-cost analysis (BCA) – also referred to as “cost-effectiveness testing” – of both single and multiple distributed energy resource (DER) investments, where DERs include energy efficiency, demand response, distributed storage and solar, and building and transportation electrification. Attendees will delve into the practical application of key BCA concepts following guidance from the National Standard Practice Manual (NSPM) and supporting NSPM resources developed by the National Energy Screening Project, and will learn about real world applications of the NSPM.

Course Objectives: Attendees who complete this course will leave with a solid foundation of BCA core principles, an understanding of how BCA fits within a broader regulatory decision-making framework, and hands-on experience delving into hypothetical BCA exercises for example DER use cases. By earning the NSPM CertifiedTM certification, attendees will be well positioned to apply NSPM guidance to their work, and to differentiate themselves from other practitioners as jurisdictions increasingly reference and use the NSPM to guide DER evaluations.

Training Topics – The training will involve presentation materials and hands-on interactive exercises and examples on the full range of the above topics:

  1. Overview of BCA:
    • BCA principles and framework
    • Consistency application of the same test for all DERs and use cases.
    • Cost-effectiveness testing perspectives
    • BCA vs rate impact, distributional equity and other analyses
    • Applicability of BCA across different regulatory contexts
  2. BCA impacts and value streams for different DER types:
    • Cost and benefit impacts – differences in impacts across DER types and use cases including applicability and materiality
    • Distinguishing between reliability vs resilience vs risk impacts
  3. Developing or designing a primary BCA test:
    • NSPM 5-step process to develop a primary test
    • Aligning BCA with policy goals/objectives
    • Use of secondary tests
  4. Key input and application parameters
    • Selecting a discount rate
    • BCA assessment level options
    • Treatment of transfer payments
    • Addressing geographic boundaries
  5. Steps to quantifying BCA utility and non-utility system impacts
  6. Presenting and interpreting BCA results

Certification: The training will be followed by an IACET accredited exam, which if passed by a 70% grade, will provide an NSPM CertifiedTM certification to student to help advance their skill set in evaluating distributed energy resources. This course provides 1.0 CEUs and/or 10 PDHs.  

Instructors: The course will be taught by instructor Chris Neme (Energy Futures Group) and Steve Schiller (Schiller Consulting, LLC), both co-authors of the NSPM and experts who provide technical assistance to jurisdictions on benefit-cost analysis and a range of topics related to distributed energy resources planning. Instructor biographies are provided below.

Training schedule: July 22, 8:30am-4:30pm (with lunch served) to July 23, 8:30am-12:30pm. Breakfast will be served both days.


    Chris Neme

    Chris Neme

    Principal, at Energy Futures Group (EFG)

    Chris Neme is a Principal at Energy Futures Group (EFG). During his 30+ years in the industry, Chris has helped clients in 35 states, 7 Canadian provinces and several European countries with a variety of energy efficiency, demand response, strategic electrification and other distributed energy resource programs and policies. He has also critically reviewed state and utility decarbonization studies and plans, supported the development of Clean Heat Standards in several states, developed recommendations for consideration of non-wires and non-pipe alternatives to electric and gas utility distribution system investments, and co-authored and provided technical support on application of the National Standard Practice Manual for Benefit-Cost Analysis of Distributed Energy Resources (NSPM). Chris has filed expert witness testimony on a range of issues in more than 75 cases before thirteen different state and provincial public utility commissions.

    Steve Schiller

    Steve Schiller

    President, Steven Schiller Consulting

    Steve is a professional engineer with senior management, engineering, construction, evaluation, research, training, and project management experience. He is a consultant to public agencies, advisor to private companies, Senior Advisor for LBL’s Electricity Markets and Policy Group, Founder and Board Chair Emeritus of the California Efficiency + Demand Management Council, and advisor and former political appointee on domestic and international efforts associated with incorporating clean energy into GHG mitigation. As the prior owner or senior executive of three engineering, project development and project management firms, he has authored or co-authored many guidance documents for evaluating, measuring, and verifying demand-side energy resources. Steve is also a co-author of the National Standard Practice Manual for Benefit-Cost Analysis of Distributed Energy Resources and an IEPEC Lifetime Achievement awardee. 


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