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 during the second quarter of 2018.
Implementers Group: The Implementers Group meets after each RTF meeting to discuss the outcome of the RTF meeting, upcoming RTF meeting topics, and other topics that affect program implementers in the region.
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 three times in the second quarter of 2018. In May, the subcommittee met to discuss analysis methodology regarding NEEA’s retail products portfolio. In June, the subcommittee convened twice, once to review of BPA’s non-residential lighting sales data analysis, and a second time to discuss the development of a HVAC market model.
Residential and Non-Residential Lighting: The RTF convened a special subcommittee in the second quarter of 2018 made up of members of the existing Residential and Non-Residential Lighting Subcommittees. These members were convened to discuss potential changes to the RTF’s lighting competition groups used to create the current practice baseline in lighting measures across all sectors.
Operations: The RTF Operations subcommittee meets before each RTF meeting to review and discuss the RTF meeting agendas, decisions, and contracts.
Small and Rural Utilities Subcommittee: 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 Q2 of 2018 to discuss changes to UES measures that may affect small/rural utilities differently, as well as potential roles the RTF could play to better meet the needs of small/rural utilities.
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 Q2 of 2018, the subcommittee met once discuss research needs and a draft research strategy for faucet aerators.