Cost Effectiveness Testing
Improving Efficiency Screening Practices throughout the United States
The National Efficiency Screening Project (NESP) is a group of organizations and individuals that are working together to improve the way that utility customer-funded electricity and natural gas energy efficiency resources are screened for cost-effectiveness.
The purpose of this project is to improve efficiency screening practices throughout the United States, and to help inform decision-makers regarding which efficiency resources are in the public interest and what level of investment is appropriate.
NESP's publications include:
- May 2017 – National Standard Practice Manual for Assessing Cost-Effectiveness of Energy Efficiency Resources. This document provides comprehensive guidance on developing a jurisdiction’s primary cost-effectiveness test using the Resource Value Framework and a set of universal principles, as well as other foundational guidance. Download the NSPM and supporting materials.
- August 2014 – Prior to launching the NSPM project, NESP released The Resource Value Framework, a document that outlined a set of principles and best practices for screening energy efficiency. During the past few years, recommendations from the Resource Value Framework (RVF) have been used in a number of states to significantly improve cost-effectiveness testing methods. Click here for more information.
NESP currently has more than fifty organizations as members. It is coordinated by E4TheFuture. Follow @RVFnow on twitter for updates.