The purpose of the 2015 Commercial HVAC Technical Advisory Group (HVAC TAG) is to help scan, screen, and score the most promising energy efficient technologies (ETs), which are then further assessed by the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). The TAG process provides significant value to BPA and guides the organization in finding the most promising technologies that may eventually become an incentivized measure BPA customers – publicly-owned utilities throughout the Pacific Northwest region.
The HVAC TAG focuses on technologies that reduce electric resistance heat in the commercial sector, with an emphasis on existing technologies that currently have limited market share. We are only considering retrofit technologies, not those applicable to only new construction. We will exclude any technologies already in BPA utility programs and most technologies already in assessment by BPA. The list will be pared down to the highest-ranked ETs through a rating process using E3T BPA criteria. For more information on the technologies we are considering, see the overview.
Members of the HVAC TAG participate voluntarily. The 25-35 members are experts in various aspects of HVAC energy efficiency, such as variable refrigerant flow, rooftop units, heat pumps, and web-enabled equipment.
Meetings are held via online webinars, and include two presentations of top-rated technologies. These presentations offer educational opportunities to TAG members, as well as the public who are interested or involved in the topic (see the calendar tab or visit the Webinars page for more information).
The HVAC TAG runs from March through May 2015, with recommendations made to BPA at that time. Information and lists of technologies and strategies are updated throughout the process and may be viewed on other tabs of this portal.
- Announcements: Links to videos and other important information.
- Documents: All documents that TAG members need to help them participate. This includes lists of ETs that are rated and scored.
- Calendar: All meetings that TAG members are expected to attend as well as important due dates are listed. Includes any links for meetings that members can use to register.
- Participants: Logos, if available, of the TAG members' organizations.