The RTF is a technical advisory committee to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council established in 1999 to develop standards to verify and evaluate energy efficiency savings
RTF Quarterly Newsletter: Quarter No. 51 January-March 2023
The RTF had a busy start to 2023 updating three UES measures and one standard protocol, deactivating one UES measure, and adding two new measures to the portfolio. In addition, the RTF reviewed the results of a number of studies and projects completed last year, including explorations on the impacts of low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants on energy efficiency, methodology to value building resilience, and a framework for assessing energy efficiency and demand response wholistically....
2021 Conservation Achievements
The Council collects information each year about energy efficiency achievements from Northwest utilities, the Bonneville Power Administration, and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and reports on the region’s progress toward the Council’s energy efficiency targets. In 2021 the region achieved 216 aMW.
2023 RTF Meetings
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How does the RTF help the region achieve its goals?
With the passage of the Northwest Power Act in 1980, Congress defined energy efficiency as a key resource for meeting the region's load growth. The Regional Technical Forum was established as a body that would provide the region with consistent and reliable quantification of energy savings estimates for specific efficient technologies or actions. The energy savings estimates generated through the public processes of the RTF enable accurate estimates of the region's efficiency potential vital to power system planning, as well as a better understanding of the region's efficiency accomplishments. Since 1978, energy efficiency has provided significant benefits to the Northwest:
dollars saved from avoided energy consumption
metric tons of carbon dioxide avoided
saved making efficiency the NW’s second largest energy resource