Training
Energy Forecasting Workshops

Itron is always at the forefront of the energy forecasting field. We are helping our customers around the world understand the complexities of energy forecasting and talking about the latest forecasting issues and solutions. Take advantage of Itron’s expertise and experience to gain insightful knowledge and help you to improve your forecasts.

For more than 15 years, Itron has trained hundreds of energy forecasters. See why our blend of lecture on real-world examples, demonstration of modeling techniques, and hands-on exercises executed by attendees is a verified recipe for successful learning. Rely on Itron's forecasting training to provide your organization with increased knowledge, skills and confidence.

Itron wants to share its knowledge and foster the sharing of ideas and solutions in the energy forecasting community. Itron coordinates several important meetings each year so that forecasters can come together and benefit from networking and sharing ideas. Consider attending one of the annual meetings listed below.

Select a workshop, webinar or meeting from the list below for detailed information. Itron also provides on-site training. We can also customize training courses to meet the specific needs of your group. Contact Shannon Ashburn for more information.

Workshops

Australian Energy Forecasting Workshop
This two-day forecasting workshop focuses on the development of regression and neural network models as they apply to short-term load forecasting. The workshop blends industry-leading instruction on forecast modelling theory with hands-on application. Participants will learn about useful modelling variables and constructs for capturing weather-sensitive and non-weather sensitive load variation. By the end of the course, participants will develop strong hands-on experience developing regression and neural network models that support short-term load forecasting.

The course is designed for those new to energy forecasting and forecast analysts who want to build upon their existing modelling skills. Participants with existing modelling experience will learn how to improve the accuracy of their existing forecast models, and be more comfortable explaining forecast results.
Date/Location: TBD
Prerequisites: Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and using Excel formulas for data transformation.
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Energy Forecasting 101
New to energy forecasting? This introduction to the use of regression for forecasting applications is designed for analysts and managers who are new to forecasting are and do not have a background in statistical analysis. Using hands-on examples, workshop participants will build sales/load forecasting models using linear regression and exponential smoothing models. At the end of this three-day session, attendees will have a strong understanding of basic regression theory, how to apply it to energy forecasting applications, and how to use the model statistics to develop accurate forecasting models.
Date/Location: February 25-27, 2019 — San Francisco, CA
Prerequisites: No background in statistics is required, although it will be useful, as mathematical concepts will be covered.
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European Energy Forecasting Workshop
Itron's three-day forecast modeling workshop provides forecast analysts with hands-on experience developing regression and neural network models as they apply to short-term power and gas load forecasting, and wind and solar generation forecasting. The workshop is designed for participants to work interactively with the instructor and fellow participants while developing forecast models. The cooperative nature of this workshop encourages participants to explore alternative modeling approaches that will lead to a deeper understanding of modeling issues and alternative model specifications.
Date/Location: TBD
Prerequisites: None.
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Fundamentals of Short-term Operational Forecasting
The growing penetration of behind the meter solar generation presents new modeling challenges for analysts responsible for delivering operational forecasts. This workshop provides hands-on experience developing near-term forecasts which account for the impact of behind the meter solar generation.

The first part of this two-day forecasting workshop focuses on the development of regression and neural network models as they apply to short-term load forecasting. The workshop blends industry-leading instruction on forecast modeling theory with hands-on application. Participants will learn about useful modeling variables and constructs for capturing weather-sensitive and non-weather sensitive load variation. Attendees will then develop a statistically adjusted engineering approach to forecasting behind the meter solar generation given forecasts of solar irradiance. Finally, attendees will implement three alternative frameworks for incorporating the generation forecasts into the near-term load forecast. By the end of the course, participants will develop strong hands-on experience developing regression and neural network models that support short-term load and generation forecasting.

The course is designed for those new to energy forecasting and forecast analysts who want to build upon their existing modeling skills. Participants with existing modeling experience will learn how to improve the accuracy of their existing forecast models, and be more comfortable explaining forecast results.
Date/Location: September 24-25, 2019 — San Diego, CA
Prerequisites: None.
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Fundamentals of Sales and Demand Forecasting
This fundamentals class builds on what is covered in Itron’s Forecasting 101 workshop. In this class, participants will expand their understanding of the application of regression models for weather normalization, sales analysis, and forecasting customers, sales, system energy and demand.

In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn to estimate regression-based weather normalization, sales, energy and peak demand models, evaluate model statistics and performance, and utilize models for assessing customer usage trends and developing more accurate forecasts. Exercises in this course will include:
  • Weather normalizing sales and evaluating customer usage trends
  • Developing generalized and Statistically Adjusted End-Use (SAE) customer class sales forecast models
  • Building energy and peak demand forecast models
By the end of this course, participants will have a solid understanding of the steps in developing sales, energy, and demand forecasts to support the budgeting and long-term planning processes. This includes understanding (1) key issues in weather normalization, assessing customer usage trends, and tracking forecast performance, (2) model statistics, correcting for residual patters, integrating auto-regressive terms, and evaluating model performance, (3) incorporating end-use structure into forecast models, and integrating DSM program impacts.
Date/Location: October 28-29, 2019 — Washington, DC
Prerequisites: Participants must have experience working with regression models. Exercises will requires working knowledge of Excel.
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One-Day Workshop — Advanced Forecast Topics
This advanced workshop explores advanced areas of forecasting. The Advanced Workshop explores various areas of forecasting. Based on your responses to potential topics, the workshop includes a morning session on capturing the dynamic impact of changing technologies on system load and demand improving your forecast and tracking with AMI data. The afternoon will cover how to find the right economic drivers and integrating DSM into the forecast. Maximize your trip and sharpen your skills!

This one-day workshop is prior to the Annual Energy Forecasting Meeting (EFG) on April 22-24, 2020 but meeting attendance is not a requirement for workshop participation.
Date/Location: April 21, 2020 — New Orleans, LA
Prerequisites: None
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One-Day Workshop — Introduction to SAE
The Statistically Adjusted End-Use (SAE) model is designed for developing long-term energy and demand forecasts and entails integrating end-use information into an econometric modeling framework. The approach is designed to explicitly capture the impact of end-use saturation and efficiency trends as well as economic conditions on long-term residential and commercial energy demand. SAE models can also be used for developing long-term peak demand forecasts.

The workshop includes a detailed overview of the SAE modeling approach. Attendees will build MetrixND Residential SAE models and explore how the SAE modeling framework can be used for evaluating alternative efficiency paths resulting from utility-sponsored energy efficiency programs.

This one-day workshop is prior to the Annual Energy Forecasting Meeting (EFG) on April 22-24, 2020 but meeting attendance is not a requirement for workshop participation.
Date/Location: April 21, 2020 — New Orleans, LA
Prerequisites: Familiarity with MetrixND software.
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Brown Bag Webinars

Leveraging a Waterfall Approach to Explain the Load Forecast
This Brown Bag session introduces a methodology to develop the story which underlies the load forecast in a proactive manner. By isolating core driving factors and generating sequential forecasts, the forecaster can approximate the relative impact of each driver on the load forecast thereby facilitating insightful presentation of the results.
Date/Location: February 19, 2019 — Online
Prerequisites: None.
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Improving Financial Analysis with AMI Data
Smart Meter data are more granular and more timely than monthly billing data. Access to these data supports a paradigm shift in forecasting processes, allowing analysts to develop more powerful methods and to implement new approaches. This Brown Bag focuses on the shift from monthly to daily modeling and shows how this shift can improve clarity and visibility in forecasting and variance analysis processes.
Date/Location: May 21, 2019 — Online
Prerequisites: None.
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2019 Forecast Accuracy Benchmarking Survey and Energy Trends
In early 2019, Itron will conduct its 5thannual forecasting accuracy benchmark survey. During this Brown Bag session, Itron will discuss the survey results and implications. Be sure to participate when the survey goes live so you're represented!
Date/Location: September 10, 2019 — Online
Prerequisites: None.
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Rooftop Solar and Short-Term Models – Advanced Methods
Under a California Energy Commission (CEC) Study, Improving Short-term Load Forecasts by Incorporating Solar PV Generation, Itron evaluated three alternative approaches to incorporating forecasts of behind-the-meter (BTM) solar PV generation into short-term load forecast models. The purpose of this Brown Bag is to present the findings from a follow on CEC study, Advanced Statistical Model Specifications for Incorporating On-Premise Solar PV Generation into a Short-Term Load Forecast Model. In this study, the Reconstituted Load and Direct Model approaches are refined to account for systematic day-ahead forecast errors that are due to misspecification of the solar PV generation impact.
Date/Location: December 10, 2019 — Online
Prerequisites: None.
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Other Forecasting Meetings

18th Annual Energy Forecasting Meeting (EFG)
The 18th Annual Energy Forecasting Meeting brings you two and half days of topical presentations and discussions. General sessions include EIA presentations, economy and industry overviews and updates, demand-side planning, peak forecasting, long-term end-use forecasting and the SAE modeling approach. No matter where your area of forecasting interest lies, this meeting is an excellent forum to exchange ideas and hear about modeling concepts, data development, efficiency trends, and related issues from industry speakers. Peer presentations, roundtable discussions and industry expert presentations round out the agenda. Maximize your trip and sharpen skills by attending an optional one-day workshop prior to the meeting on April 21, 2020.
Date/Location: April 22-24, 2020 — New Orleans, LA
Prerequisites: None.
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13th Annual ISO/RTO/TSO Forecasting Summit
For the 13th Annual Summit, we will be in Denver, Colorado. The ISO/RTO/TSO Forecasting Summit provides a forum that brings energy forecasters together to address the unique forecasting challenges faced by independent system operators around the world. Over the past 11 years of meetings, the Summit discussions have ranged from sub-hourly forecasting models and techniques that support generation scheduling and dispatching, to long-term forecasting supporting capacity planning. Each year, there is special focus spent on emerging issues such as forecasting solar generation and constructing load forecast uncertainty. Don’t miss this opportunity to network with your peers and discuss real world issues and practical solutions. The 2019 agenda topics will be decided by ISO representatives during a January conference.
Date/Location: May 7-9, 2019 — Denver, Colorado
Prerequisites: Attendance is limited to ISO/RTO/TSO representatives.
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Itron Utility Week
The Advanced Applications and Outcomes track includes topics geared to the interests of energy forecasters. Attend the Itron Users' Conference and learn how to improve your forecasts, meet your peers, and hear what techniques and processes they are using to forecast energy.
Date/Location: October 11-18, 2019 — Marco Island, FL
Prerequisites: None.
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European Forecasting User Meeting
The 11th annual European Forecasting User Group Meeting offers an excellent opportunity to gather with other users of MetrixND and MetrixIDR, exchange work experience, network and further enlarge the horizon of knowledge in the forecasting arena. This meeting offers an excellent opportunity to gather with other users of MetrixND and MetrixIDR, exchange work experience, network and further enlarge the horizon of knowledge in the forecasting arena. Attendance is limited to licensed users of MetrixND and MetrixIDR.
Date/Location: TBD
Prerequisites: None.
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Australian Forecasting User Meeting
This Australian Forecasting User Meeting offers an excellent opportunity to gather with other users of MetrixND and MetrixIDR, exchange work experience, network and further enlarge the horizon of knowledge in the forecasting arena.
Date/Location: TBD
Prerequisites: None.
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