There is a lot to look forward to coming up for the RTF this year. Much of the work that has been started this quarter will be continued into the subsequent quarters. 5% of the RTF’s 2019 budget is dedicated to investigating 6 demand response technologies. In this quarter the group has already examined EV chargers, commercial lighting controls, and connected thermostats leaving residential water heaters, irrigation pump controls and refrigeration controls to be brought before the RTF in the coming months. The RTF will also continue their work calibrating SEEM, a task that will be finalized in the next few meetings and then applied to relevant measures, especially those that are air source heat pump related. Once those outstanding items are wrapped up, the RTF expects to move on to weatherization and HVAC measure updates, as well as lighting and pump measures in the last quarters of the year.
The 2021 Regional Power Plan kicked off in February and a development plan and draft process has been posted on the council website. RTF analysis of energy efficiency savings potential is used in the Council’s development of energy efficiency supply curves. As the Council gets deeper into this work for the 2021 Plan, the RTF will be increasingly involved, as needed, in this supply curve development. You can learn more about the power planning process here.