The California Technical Forum (Cal TF) is a collaborative of experts who use independent professional judgment and a transparent, technically robust process to review and issue technical information related to California’s integrated demand side management portfolio. The Cal TF was created in 2014 by a broad group of stakeholders and is funded by participating program administrators.


  • Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) consisting of statewide energy efficiency stakeholders who determine the Cal TF vision, mission, guiding principles and annual Work Plan.  The PAC also reviews Cal TF progress towards goals.

  • Technical Forum (TF) of independent subject matter experts that peer review methodologies, data, assumptions, and values.

  • Cal TF staff who facilitate an open, transparent technical review process and maintain a website of Cal TF materials and TF recommendations.

The Cal TF PAC approves moving forward with the tasks described in the Business Plan each year. However, the PAC's approval does not constitute "endorsement" of the plan by individual members or organizations.

2019 Business Plan

2018 Business Plan

2017 Business Plan

2016 Business Plan

2015 Business Plan

2014 Cal TF Overview