In the Council's Seventh Regional Conservation and Power Plan, the Council estimated that efficiency savings in the Northwest can result in 9,700 MW of capacity benefits during the region's winter peak (6:00 p.m. on a weekday in December, January, and February) and 6,600 MW of capacity benefits during the summer peak (6:00 p.m. on weekday in July and August) by 2035. Contained in the 7th Plan was also a directive to the RTF to develop guidelines on a standard methodology for calculating these capacity benefits from energy efficiency measures and informing on the quality (or reliability) of those estimates. 

We are currently in Phase 2 of the project. More information, including materials for review are below:

The 7th Plan estimates 9,700 MW of capacity benefits from efficiency during the regional peak winter hour, mostly from Residential HVAC measures and Lighting.

Capacity Benefits Meetings

Overview of Project Timeline

This project is being conducting in two Phases. Phase 1 wrapped up in January 2017. Phase 2 is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017. This timeline below provides a general overview of the planned work.

Phase I

Project Scope and Overview

The RTF has contracted with Cadmus to develop these new Guidelines through a two part process. The first phase of this project included the following items:

  • Conduct a survey of current practices and quality standards for determining the demand impacts of efficiency
  • Review the RTF's hourly load profiles and their sources
  • Describe source of uncertainty affecting these hourly profiles
  • Deliver a presentation to the RTF on these findings

Phase 1 Materials

Cadmus presented their Phase 1 findings to the full RTF at the January 18, 2017 RTF meeting. This included a draft white paper with analysis of existing practices and factors of uncertainty. 


Draft White Paper

Phase II

At present, Cadmus is in Phase 2 of this project. The main objectives for this phase of the work are:

  • Develop a consistent set of terms
  • Define the scope, specifically the hours of interest, to the RTF for rating the quality of the associated capacity benefits of energy efficiency
  • Develop a tool that will allow systematic review of RTF measures and related load shapes
  • Provide final recommendations as to the quality of RTF capacity benefits estimates and research needs to improve the quality of those estimates
  • Create Guidelines language in support of future decision making on developing capacity estimates and the related quality standards
Have questions?

Have questions? Please get in touch.

Jennifer Light
RTF Manager/Chair