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You can stay up to date all on RTF decisions and news as it happens on the RTF website which is updated throughout the quarter.Wed, Jan 8, 2020 RTF December 2019 Meeting Recap The RTF ended its year with a bang, dedicating most December’s meeting to understanding and improving Air Source Heat Pump measures. The group spent the remaining meeting time getting an update on Commissioning, Controls and Sizing, a measure that will be discussed early this year, and considering the second batch of potential measures to develop in 2020. If you weren’t able to make the final meeting of the year, here’s what you missed.  Tue, Nov 26, 2019 RTF November 2019 Meeting Recap November’s RTF Meeting was an exciting one as always. As the year winds down the RTF tackled updates based on the recent SEEM Calibration, made its annual update to a non-res lighting measure, and considered proposed measures for the year ahead.  If you couldn’t make the meeting, here’s what you missed.  Wed, Nov 20, 2019 RTF Quarterly Newsletter: Quarter No. 37 July-September 2019 The RTF crossed the mid-way point of the year with a bang. The third quarter of 2019 saw the conclusion of a number of important projects carrying through from earlier quarters and set the RTF up to finish out the year strong. Starting with the conclusion of SEEM calibration, the completion of the annual Regional Conservation Progress Report and the approval of the 2020 Work Plan and Charter. The RTF also made some updates to some regionally important UES measures, chief among them Residential Lighting and Single-Family Weatherization. Decisions, news and updates are posted on the RTF website as they happen, so you can stay up to date on all things RTF throughout the quarter.Fri, Oct 25, 2019 RTF October 2019 Meeting Recap October’s RTF Meeting was jam-packed with content, excitement, and a lot of amendments. Members were presented with the first measure to incorporate the recently completed SEEM Calibration updates, Single Family Weatherization, and also tackled DHPs in electrically heated zonal homes.  Discussions on these complex measures that are facing a lot of change were nuanced and productive.  If you couldn’t make the meeting, here’s what you missed.Sat, Aug 31, 2019 RTF July and August 2019 Meeting Recap The summer’s coming to a close with July and August’s RTF Meetings quickly passing us by. The last two months have been packed with the SEEM calibration effort, and a few other work items squeezed in as well.  Members took time away from their summer fun to dig in to the many phases of SEEM calibration, Air Source Heat Pumps, Long Term Measure Interaction and more. On top of that, in July the RTF turned 20, which was celebrated with stories of the good old days, promise for the future, and lots of cake. If you missed July or August’s meetings, here’s what was covered.Fri, Aug 2, 2019 RTF Quarterly Newsletter: Quarter No. 36 April-June 2019 Review highlights from the second quarter of 2019. This includes updates on the RTF's exploration into demand response and its efforts to updates the calibration of SEEM.Mon, Jul 8, 2019 2018 Annual Report Every year the RTF publishes an annual report which chronicles the changes and developments that have occurred at the Forum over the previous year. RTF staff are pleased to release the 2018 Annual Report, detailing this year's main themes, and a forward look to work already underway in 2019. Thu, Jun 27, 2019 RTF June 2019 Meeting Recap June’s RTF Meeting was another productive one. With lots to cover, the RTF, as always, stayed engaged, asked the important questions, and made meaningful decisions on a number of complex topics. If you missed this month, here’s what was covered. Thu, May 30, 2019 RTF May 2019 Meeting Recap Another month another RTF meeting.  The new class of RTF members is starting to hit their stride and May’s meeting was packed with content and particularly productive.  If you couldn’t make it this month, here’s what you missed. Fri, May 17, 2019 RTF April 2019 Meeting Recap The RTF’s April meeting continued the streak of well attended, engaging meetings where a lot of topics were covered and big decisions were made. If you couldn't attend the meeting, here's what you missed. Wed, Apr 24, 2019 RTF Quarterly Newsletter: Quarter No. 35 January-March The first quarter of the year has come and gone and the RTF has been super busy.  On the new schedule, adopted at the end of last year, there have been three RTF meetings this quarter and many more subcommittee meetings.  The new class of RTF members, who started at the beginning of the quarter, have been learning the ropes and really delving into appraising measures, asking important questions and making difficult decisions.  RTF meetings have been lively with almost all members in attendance and fully engaged.  Since January, the group has dug into a new technology, approved a new lighting protocol, started the process of calibrating the residential building model SEEM and much more. Wed, Apr 3, 2019 RTF February and March 2019 Meetings Recap Two more RTF meetings have come and gone and the new class of RTF-ers are quickly learning the ropes and proving thoughtful and engaged on all things energy efficiency. If you missed February or March’s meetings, here’s a quick recap of what was discussed. Wed, Feb 13, 2019 Request for Proposals: Contractor for Regional Conservation Progress Survey The RTF is issuing a request for proposal to support the Regional Conservation Progress (RCP) report. Every year, the RTF conducts a survey of the region’s utilities, NEEA, and the Energy Trust of Oregon to gather information on energy savings and expenditures. This year, the RTF is seeking data for 2018 program savings and expenditures. The findings of this data collection will be reported to the Council as part of the annual RCP report. Wed, Feb 13, 2019 RTF January 2019 Meeting Recap The first RTF meeting of the year has come and gone with great turn out, lively discussions, and important decisions made. We were excited to welcome the new cohort of 2019-2021 members. All the new faces and fresh energy really made for an exciting kick off to the year. If you couldn’t make the meeting, here’s what you missed.Fri, Jan 11, 2019 RTF Quarterly Newsletter: Quarter No. 34, October – December 2018 The final quarter of the year was a busy one for the RTF. This quarter hosted a productive November RTF meeting, approving updates to lighting and other measures to the region and convened a number of important subcommittee meetings to support those updates.  Between October and December the RTF prepared for the new year, implementing a new meeting schedule, selecting new membership, hiring new staff and approving a new workplan for 2019.Mon, Oct 15, 2018 Request for Proposals: 2019 Contract Analyst Team The RTF is seeking one contract analyst (up to 1.0 FTE) for 2019 to work with the existing team of contract analysts on behalf of the RTF. This work includes reviewing and developing unit energy savings measures and standard protocols, defining research needs and developing related research strategies, and connecting individual RTF projects to regional programs and research.Fri, Oct 12, 2018 Council Approves 2019 Work Plan and Business Plan On October 10th, 2018 the Northwest Power and Conservation Council voted unanimously to approve a new Work Plan and Business Plan for the coming year. Every year the RTF develops its Work Plan through a stakeholder involved process that draws on public comment and input from organizations involved regularly in the work of the RTF, as well as the RTF's voting membership and Policy Advisory Committee (PAC).Wed, Oct 10, 2018 RTF Quarterly Newsletter: Quarter No. 33, July - September 2018 The third quarter of 2018 passed as a productive one for the RTF. This quarter the RTF made progress on a number of marquee items, as well as continuation of core RTF competencies. Between July and September of 2018, the RTF convened a number of subcommittees, approved new measure analyses, released the results of the annual Regional Conservation Progress Report, and recommended a new Work Plan for 2019 for Council approval. Thu, Sep 6, 2018 2017 RCP Results Released Fri, Aug 31, 2018 Request for Proposals: Development of Hourly Profiles for Energy Efficiency Measures The RTF is currently soliciting proposals for the development of hourly load profiles for select energy efficiency measures. The RTF has identified several priority hourly profiles that require updates to improve the reliability of RTF work.The work is anticipated to be completed over two different RTF Work Plan years, with some portion of the tasks occurring in the remainder of 2018, and the rest in 2019. All submissions are due to jlight@nwcouncil.org by COB September 28th, 2018.Mon, Aug 20, 2018 White Paper “Methodology for Estimating Energy Efficiency Savings in the Northwest” for Public Comment At the August 14th meeting of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, the Council voted unanimously to release a white paper for public comment, which details how the Regional Technical Form (rtf.nwcouncil.org) generates estimates of energy savings from efficiency measures. This paper also provides information on how those estimates support the work performed by organizations throughout the region, including the Council itself, the region’s public and investor owned utilities, and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance.Fri, Jul 20, 2018 RTF Quarterly Newsletter: Quarter No. 32, April - June 2018 With the year half way over, there is a good amount to report from the Regional Technical Forum. The second quarter of 2018 included a number of important measure updates, regional coordination efforts, and exploration of new territory, all of which depended on a wealth of vital stakeholder involvement. Below is a review of the happenings of the second quarter of 2018.Fri, Jul 20, 2018 RTF Releases Draft 2019 Work Plan for Public Comment Every year, the RTF develops a draft Work Plan and Business Plan for stakeholder review and comment before finalizing for formal consideration by the RTF, the RTF Policy Advisory Committee, and the Council. On July 17th the Work Plan and Business Plan were released to the public, beginning a 30-day open comment period. Stakeholders should submit their comment to RTF Manager Jennifer Light by COB August 17th. Wed, Jun 20, 2018 The Need for Research across Water Saving Measures As the RTF adopts a new measure for Residential Aerators, data concerns are raised driving a need for research in the region.Tue, Jun 19, 2018 2017 Annual Report RTF staff are pleased to release the 2017 Annual Report, which details the main themes of 2017, and provides a glimpse into work already underway in 2018. Wed, May 23, 2018 RTF Seeking Comment on Capacity Benefits of Efficiency Load Shape Recommendation Memos The RTF is seeking public comment on the proposed framework for assessing the load shapes associated with the development of capacity contribution esitmates, as well as the review and recommendations for each RTF measure, as completed by Cadmus. The RTF will use the feedback gathered during this period to improve the process and support the identification of next steps. All comments should be provided to Jennifer Light (jlight@nwcouncil.org) by Friday, June 6, 2018.Wed, Apr 18, 2018 RTF March 2018 Meeting Recap The first four months of 2018 have passed in a blur. If you’re anything like me, you’re probably wondering “How is it April already?” Don’t worry folks, the RTF has still been diligently working. Let’s go over what you might have missed at the March RTF meeting.Wed, Apr 18, 2018 RTF Quarterly Newsletter: Quarter No. 31, January - March 2018 2018 is well underway for the Regional Technical Forum. The start of the new year was met with a hum of activity, four days of full RTF meetings, and a number of analytically intense dialogues. Already the RTF had covered a lot of ground by the end of the first quarter. Below is a review of some of what occurred in the first three months of 2018. Wed, Apr 11, 2018 2018 Update to Residential Lighting Measure Analysis With the most recent update of the Residential Lighting UES measure workbook, several changes were incorporated through the QA/QC process that shifted the cost-effectiveness and savings for a handful of measure applications.Wed, Feb 14, 2018 January 2018 RTF Meeting Recap The first of six two-day meetings this year, the January convening of the RTF was an energy efficiency extravaganza, jam packed with lively debate, after-hours extracurricular activities, and ultimately, a wealth of important RTF presentations and decisions. Let's take a look at what occurred at the RTF in January. Wed, Jan 31, 2018 Request for Proposals: Regional Conservation Progress Survey The RTF is seeking a contractor to complete data collection and analysis for its annual Regional Conservation Progress (RCP) report. Every year, the RTF conducts a survey of the region's utilities, NEEA, and the Energy Trust of Oregon on energy savings and expenditures. The RTF is seeking data for 2017 program savings and expenditures. The findings of this data collection inform the Council on the region's progress against the Seventh Power Plan conservation goals. Mon, Jan 8, 2018 RTF Quarterly Newsletter: Quarter No. 30, October - December 2017 The fourth quarter of 2017 was full of activity here at the RTF, with important new measures being approved, thought-provoking presentations being offered, and vital subcommittee discussions taking place. Below is a review of some of what occurred in the last three months of 2017. Wed, Jan 3, 2018 Here's to 2018: Happy New Year RTF Happy 2018 RTF enthusiasts. The New Year is here and with it comes several new developments in the RTF world that you need to know about.Fri, Dec 8, 2017 November and December 2017 RTF Meeting Recap 2017 is drawing to a close and the last two RTF meetings of the year are already in the books. Here at the RTF we are working hard to continue to tee up quality analysis, insightful discussions, and useful work products for the region in 2018. Yet, though we are eager to dive into another year, let’s first take a brief look back at all that happened at the November and December RTF Meetings.Mon, Oct 30, 2017 Request for Proposals: 2018 Quality Assurance/Quality Control Contractor The RTF is issuing a request for proposals for a QA/QC contractor for 2018. Proposals are due December 1, 2017 by 5pm Pacific.Mon, Oct 23, 2017 Request for Proposals: 2018 Contract Analyst Team The Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s Regional Technical Forum (RTF) is issuing a request for proposals for up to six contract analysts (up to 6.0 FTE) for 2018. Proposals are due December 1, 2017 by 5pm Pacific. Fri, Oct 20, 2017 RTF Quarterly Newsletter: Quarter No. 29, July-September 2017 Contained in this quarterly report is a summary of 2017's occurrences from July to September. For more detailed information about these items, please consult individual meeting, measure, or subcommittee pages.Thu, Oct 19, 2017 2016 Regional Conservation Progress Report Results The results of the 2016 Regional Conservation Progress Report are now available. In 2016 the regional saved 275 aMW of electricity through utility programs, and the work of NEEA, surpassing the milestone set by the 7th Power Plan. Wed, Oct 4, 2017 2018 Meeting Schedule The RTF will be transitioning to a new day-and-a-half meeting schedule in 2018. Fri, Sep 22, 2017 RTF Moves to Rescind July Mid-Stream Residential Lighting Decision At the September 2017 RTF Meeting, the Forum took steps to sure up the reliability of a proposed measure analysis and correct what it believes to be a motion made in error with the passage of a motion to rescind a decision.Fri, Sep 1, 2017 Market Analysis Subcommittee Updates: Review of NEEA’s Retail Product Portfolio Updates on the Market Analysis Subcommittee's recent work, including review of NEEA's Retail Product Portfolio, as well as future planned work. Fri, Jul 21, 2017 RTF Quarterly Newsletter: Quarter No. 28, April-June 2017 Contained in this quarterly report is a summary of 2017's occurrences from April to June. For more detailed information about these items, please consult individual meeting, measure, or subcommittee pages.Fri, Jul 21, 2017 2018 Proposed Work Plan and Business Plan Released for Comment At the July 2017 RTF Meeting RTF staff unveiled draft versions of the 2018 Business and Operating Plan, and the 2018 Work Plan. Interested parties and stakeholders throughout the region are welcome to review the proposed 2018 Draft Business and Operating Plan, and the 2018 Draft Work Plan and offer their comments. Wed, Jul 12, 2017 2016 RTF Annual Report RTF staff are pleased to release the 2016 Annual Report, which details the main themes of 2016, and provides a glimpse into work already underway in 2017. Thu, Jun 22, 2017 The RTF Seeks New Measure Proposals The RTF is currently soliciting new measure proposals from the region for 2018. Submitted new measure proposals will be reviewed at the upcoming July 18, 2017 RTF Meeting.Thu, May 25, 2017 RTF Conduit Ed Series Debut Beginning May 23rd the RTF, working with NEEA, will be publishing weekly educational materials aimed at building a broader understanding of how the Forum operates in the northwest. These materials will be available on conduitnw.orgMon, Apr 17, 2017 RTF Quarterly Newsletter: Quarter No. 27, January-March 2017 Contained in this quarterly report is a summary of 2017's occurrences from January to March. For more detailed information about these items, please consult individual meeting, measure, or subcommittee pages.Mon, Mar 27, 2017 Developing Guidelines for Determining the Reliability of Capacity Savings Estimates The RTF is currently working with The Cadmus Group to develop guidelines and a tool for determining the reliability of capacity savings estimates generated from RTF electricity savings estimates. Fri, Feb 10, 2017 Introducing the ProCost User Guide The RTF has published the first edition of a User Guide to Procost, a short document that provides useful information about operating the tool to users. Wed, Feb 1, 2017 2017 Outlook The RTF has a full docket for 2017. Here is a sneak peak!Wed, Jan 25, 2017 RTF Quarterly Newsletter: Quarter No. 25 & Quarter No. 26, July-December 2016 Contained in this "quarterly" report is a summary of 2016's occurrences from July to December. For more detailed information about these items, please consult individual meeting, measure, or subcommittee pages. Fri, Dec 9, 2016 New Contract Analysts for 2017 The RTF is excited to announce the addition of two new Contract Analysts for the coming year.Tue, Nov 22, 2016 2015 Regional Conservation Progress Results Released Every year, the Regional Technical Forum conducts a survey to track the Pacific Northwest’s progress in meeting the energy efficiency targets set in the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s power plan. The RTF just completed its review for 2015, and the results are in! The bottom line: the region continues to surpass those targets.Fri, Jul 15, 2016 RTF Quarterly Newsletter: Quarter No. 24, July 2016 Wed, Jun 1, 2016 2015 Annual Report Fri, Apr 8, 2016 RTF Quarterly Newsletter: Quarter No. 23, April 2016 Tue, Feb 2, 2016 RTF Quarterly Newsletter: Quarter No. 22, December 2015 Tue, Nov 17, 2015 RTF Quarterly Newsletter: Quarter No. 21, September 2015 Fri, Jul 17, 2015 RTF Quarterly Newsletter: Quarter No. 20, July 2015 Mon, Jun 1, 2015 2014 Annual Report Fri, Apr 10, 2015 RTF Quarterly Newsletter: Quarter No. 19, April 2015 Thu, Jan 1, 2015 RTF Quarterly Newsletter: Quarterly No. 18, December 2014 Tue, Jul 15, 2014 RTF Quarterly Newsletter: Quarterly No. 17, July 2014 Sun, Jun 1, 2014 2013 Annual Report Tue, Apr 29, 2014 RTF Quarterly Newsletter: Quarterly No. 16, April 2014 Tue, Jan 21, 2014 RTF Quarterly Newsletter: Quarterly No. 15, January 2014 Fri, Nov 1, 2013 RTF Quarterly Newsletter: Quarterly No. 14, October 2013 Thu, Jul 25, 2013 RTF Quarterly Newsletter: Quarterly No. 13, July 2013 Sat, Jun 1, 2013 2012 Annual Report Tue, Apr 16, 2013 RTF Quarterly Newsletter: Quarterly No. 12, April 2013 Wed, Jan 23, 2013 RTF Quarterly Newsletter: Quarterly No. 11, January 2013 Wed, Oct 3, 2012 RTF Quarterly Newsletter: Quarterly No. 10, October 2012 Tue, Jul 17, 2012 RTF Quarterly Newsletter: Quarterly No. 9, July 2012 Fri, Jun 1, 2012 2011 Annual Report Mon, Apr 16, 2012 RTF Quarterly Newsletter: Quarterly No. 8, April 2012 Sat, Dec 31, 2011 RTF Quarterly Newsletter: Quarterly No. 7, February 2012 Mon, Nov 7, 2011 RTF Quarterly Newsletter: Quarterly No. 6, November 2011 Wed, Jul 27, 2011 RTF Quarterly Newsletter: Quarterly No. 5, July 2011 Wed, Jun 1, 2011 2010 Annual Report Wed, Apr 13, 2011 RTF Quarterly Newsletter: Quarterly No. 4, April 2011 Wed, Nov 24, 2010 RTF Quarterly Newsletter: Quarterly No.3, 2010 Mon, Jun 28, 2010 RTF Quarterly Newsletter: Quarterly No.2, 2010 Fri, Apr 2, 2010 RTF Quarterly Newsletter: Quarterly No.1, 2010 < January 2020 March 2020 > Archives ELCAP Conservation achievements An advisory committee of: Northwest Power & Conservation Council ©2020 Regional Technical Forum. 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