The RTF itself is a body of between 20 and 30 appointed voting members that make decisions and recommendations to the Council. Approximately every three years, the Council, appoints the RTF's voting members. The Council seeks to ensure that the membership is fairly balanced in terms of technical expertise, sector experience, technology focus, policy experience and institutional experience. In addition to voting members, the RTF's work is supported by corresponding members and other interested stakeholders throughout the region and beyond. These many eyes on the RTF's work provide a deep level of peer-review, helping to ensure robust and unbiased analysis on behalf of the region.
The RTF works under an annual work plan. The RTF budget and work plan is developed in coordination with regional stakeholders, and ultimately recommended to the Council for approval. The work plan is funded by Bonneville, investor-owned utilities, the Energy Trust of Oregon, customer-owned utilities, and other organizations in the Northwest. In addition, the Council contributes staff support and other in-kind support to the RTF. The majority of the work plan supports a team of dedicated contract analysts that are selected through a competitive bid process. Other components of the work plan are bid out to contractors on an as needed basis.