BCA Training

NESP provides training via the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Regulatory Training Initiative (RTI). Event recordings available on-demand cover benefit-cost analysis (BCA), and how to conduct a distributional equity analysis (DEA) alongside a BCA to help address equitable allocation of benefits and costs across customers when making DER investment decisions.

On-Demand: Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) for Distribution Energy Resources

NESP prepared this three-part training session (May 30-June 1, 2023; each module is two hours). Instructors: Karl Rábago, Rábago Energy LLC and Tim Woolf, Synapse Energy Economics use the NSPM and the Methods, Tools, and Resources Handbook as the basis for instruction. Key topics include:

  • BCA definition, categories and inputs; foundational BCA principles and framework;
  • Developing a primary BCA test, BCAs for different DERs, presenting BCA results; and
  • BCAs vs. rate and bill impact analysis; energy equity and BCA; quantifying BCA impacts.

Available at: Regulatory Training Initiative

On-Demand: Conducting Distributional Equity Analysis (DEA)

NESP prepared this three-part training session (Sept 12-14, 2023; each module is two hours). Instructors: Tim Woolf and Alice Napoleon of Synapse Energy Economics and Nichole Hanus from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) use guidance being developed by LBNL on conducting DEA for energy efficiency and other DERs. Key topics include:

  • Difference between BCA and DEA;
  • Conducting DEA in conjunction with BCA to help inform regulatory decision-making in utility DER investments using a broad decision framework; and
  • Examples of conducting a DEA using selected distributional equity metrics and example target populations (e.g., disadvantaged communities).

Available at: Regulatory Training Initiative