Multifamily & Affordable Housing

Cost Effectiveness Testing & Non-Energy Benefits in Program Evaluation

Wednesday, April 25
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: 411 & 412 (4th Floor)
CEUs: BPI, InterNachi, NARI, ASHI

Non-Energy Benefits (NEBs) or Non-Energy Impacts (NEIs) are the many and diverse benefits produced by energy efficiency in addition to energy and demand savings. Accounting for NEIs in state policy and utility planning allows for the full value of energy efficiency to be captured and/or accounted. In many states, NEIs are undervalued or ignored while performing cost effectiveness testing of energy efficiency programs. The May 2017 National Standard Practice Manual (NSPM) is helping many states reform and modernize their cost effectiveness testing approaches to include accounting for NEIs. While there is a vast literature on NEIs, many of the studies are outdated and most summarize previous analyses rather than providing new estimates of NEIs. Many studies also do not provide clear descriptions of how the benefits were estimated and make it difficult to understand the level of benefits that should be claimed within the various NEI categories. This presentation will discuss the new NSPM-based approaches to cost effectiveness testing of NEIs, ongoing research challenges with NEIs, and describe how new research can provide additional and more accurate estimates of NEIs.

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Jacqueline Berger

President
APPRISE

Jacqueline Berger is the President and Co-founder of APPRISE. Her areas of expertise are study design, data analysis, survey research, and performance measurement. She has conducted evaluation studies of energy efficiency and energy bill payment assistance programs for federal and state government agencies, utility companies, and nonprofit organizations around the country.

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Joseph Cullen

Director of Policy and State Outreach
Home Performance Coalition

Joe Cullen is the Director of Policy and State Outreach for HPC advancing residential energy efficiency policy issues through research, education, collaboration and advocacy. Joe focuses on the energy efficiency business opportunity in residential housing retrofits to help create private sector jobs. HPC engages state stakeholders on legislative, regulatory and utility commission reforms on residential energy efficiency policy issues. Joe has recently worked on state level cost effectiveness testing reforms through the application of the National Standard Practice Manual (NSPM). HPC has recently filed comments on the NSPM in utility commission proceedings in Wisconsin, Illinois, Nevada, Arkansas and West Virginia. HPC has drafted legislative proposals or submitted testimony on the NSPM and cost effectiveness testing in Iowa, Kansas, Maryland and South Carolina. HPC is also working with a coalition of non-profit organizations in New York on residential energy efficiency program reforms.

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