The RTF relies on its subcommittees to review and provide oversight or guidance on projects, provide feedback to the RTF on specific issues, and help develop and update sector-specific measure savings assumptions. The following subcommittees convened at some point in the fourth quarter of 2017.
Guidelines: The RTF Guidelines Subcommittee meets on a need basis to discuss updates and additions to the RTF’s Operative Guidelines, which dictate the course of RTF decision making. In the fourth quarter of 2017 the subcommittee met twice, once to discuss a suite of proposed revisions to the Guidelines, and again to discuss ongoing work on the associated capacity benefits of energy efficiency.
Advanced Rooftop Controls: This subcommittee convened once in the fourth quarter of 2017 to discuss complications around determining the measure baseline for the new Commercial Advanced Rooftop Controls UES measure analysis, as directed by the RTF at the September meeting. This measure was adopted by the RTF in November 2017.
Research and Evaluation: The Research and Evaluation Subcommittee convenes on a need basis to discuss the development of RTF Research Strategies and the framing and utility of ongoing research in the region. In Q4 of 2017 the subcommittee met twice; once in October to discuss NEEAs research plan for Residential ENERGY STAR clothes dryers, and a research strategy for Commercial Connected Thermostats; and again in December to discuss a research strategy for Residential Lighting: Pin-Based Lamps and LED Fixtures.
Implementers Group: The Implementers group meets every month after the monthly RTF meeting to discuss the outcome of the RTF meeting, upcoming RTF meeting topics, and other topics that affect program implementers in the region.
Non-Res Lighting: This subcommittee was convened once in the fourth quarter of 2017 to discuss assumptions used in the measure analysis for the mid-stream non-residential lighting measures approved at the December 2017 RTF meeting.
Market Analysis: This subcommittee was created to discuss ongoing market analysis being conducted in the region, as well as to provide review of said research. The RTF’s Market Analysis Subcommittee met once in the fourth quarter of 2017 to discuss the development of Bonneville’s Residential Hot Water Market Model.
Operations: The RTF Operations subcommittee meets monthly to review and discuss the RTF meeting agendas, decisions, and contracts.
Small and Rural: The Small/Rural Subcommittee maintains a dedicated function within the RTF to support the specific needs of small and rural utilities. This subcommittee met once in Q4 of 2017 to discuss changes to UES measures that may affect small/rural utilities differently, as well as the measure specifications for two new UES measures to be utilized by small and rural utilities.