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CREST User Manual

April 6, 2011

Jason Gifford and Robert Grace of Sustainable Energy Advantage, LLC, under NREL technical monitor Karlynn Cory, recently published the subcontract report "CREST: Cost of Renewable Energy Spreadsheet Tool: A Model for Developing Cost-Based Incentives in the United States; User Manual, Version 1." The objective of this document is to help CREST model users understand how to use the model to support renewable energy incentives, FITs, and other renewable energy rate-setting processes. This user manual will walk the reader through the spreadsheet tool, including its layout and conventions, offering context on how and why it was created. This user manual will also provide instructions on how to populate the model with inputs that are appropriate for a specific jurisdiction's policymaking objectives and context. Finally, the user manual will describe the results and outline how these results may inform decisions about long-term renewable energy support programs.