Training and Certification

NESPTM partners with the Association of Energy Service Professionals (AESP) to provide trainings on conducting benefit-cost analyses (using the NSPM) and on distributional equity analyses (using the US DEA guide).

July 22-23, 2024:
Conducting Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) for Distributed Energy Resources using the NSPM.

(In-person training certification program)

Description: Earn the NSPM CertifiedTM credential, to:

1) be well-positioned to apply NSPM guidance to your work;

2) differentiate from other practitioners, as jurisdictions increasingly reference and use the NSPM to guide DER evaluations.

Will be held in Toronto, Ontario.

See details and REGISTER FOR THIS TRAINING.

July 30-31 and Aug. 1-2, 2024 (1-3 pm ET daily):
How to Conduct a Distributional Equity Analysis to Inform DER Investment Decisions

Description: Many states and utilities seek to account for energy equity when deciding whether and how utilities should support DERs. This course will describe how distributional equity analysis can be used in conjunction with benefit-cost analyses to assess equity impacts of DERs. Attendees can earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Professional Development Hours (PDHs).

Format: Live Virtual Training.

  • Day 1 (7/30) is an overview of energy equity dimensions, definitions, and equity in program design.
  • Days 2-4 will focus on how to conduct a distributional equity analysis using the 7-stage process provided in US DOE guidance Distributional Equity Analysis for Energy Efficiency and Other Distributed Energy Resources: A Practical Guide (May 2024). Attendees will learn how DEAs can be used to inform decisions to advance energy equity goals, including investing in a new DER program, supporting an existing program, or redesigning programs. Instructors include Jasmine McAdams (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory); Alice Napolean (Synapse Energy Economics) and Quinn Parker (Encolor Consulting).

See details and register. 

Aug. 13, 2024 (1-3 pm ET):
Accounting for Federal Tax Incentives and Other Transfers in Benefit-Cost Analysis of DERs.

Description: Learn how “transfers” – i.e., when an impact on one party is exactly offset by an inverse impact on another party – can be identified and accounted for in benefit-cost analysis (BCA) for distributed energy resources (DERs).

Format/Presenter: Live Virtual Training, concludes with a test of knowledge. Instructor: Tim Woolf, Synapse Energy Economics.

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Sept. 23-26, 2024 (2-4 pm daily): Benefit-Cost Analysis of Distributed Energy Resource Investments

Description: For evaluation practitioners. This training is on the purpose, process and key considerations in benefit-cost analysis (BCA) – also referred to as “cost-effectiveness” testing – of single and multiple distributed energy resource (DER) investments. Attendees will delve into practical application of key concepts in BCA using the NSPM.

Format: The live online training comprises 3-4 modules, each 2 hours, starting with an optional primer on 9/23 recommended for attendees with little or no cost-effectiveness background.

Sessions on 9/24, 25, and 26 will review key economic principles and framework for conducting BCAs, discuss how to develop a primary cost-effectiveness test and approaches to quantifying DER impacts. Attendees will learn options for presenting BCA results that are clear and help to inform a jurisdiction’s priority goals and objectives, and differentiating between BCA and other analyses that help to inform DER investment decisions.

Attendees can earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Professional Development Hours (PDHs).

See details and register.


Past Trainings

March 25-28, 2024 (2-4 pm daily): Benefit-Cost Analysis of Distributed Energy Resource Investments

Description: For evaluation practitioners. This training is on the purpose, process and key considerations in benefit-cost analysis (BCA) – also referred to as “cost-effectiveness” testing – of single and multiple distributed energy resource (DER) investments.

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Format: The live online training comprises 3-4 modules, each 2 hours, starting with an optional primer on 3/25. Sessions on 3/26, 27, and 28 will review key economic principles and framework for conducting BCAs, discuss how to develop a primary cost-effectiveness test and approaches to quantifying DER impacts. Attendees can earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Professional Development Hours (PDHs).


NESP has also provided training via the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) via its Regulatory Training Initiative (RTI) primarily for regulatory staff. Event recordings available on-demand cover 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: NARUC Store

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: NARUC Store