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: 2019 date and location TBD.
Prerequisites: None.
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Fundamentals of Electric and Gas Demand Forecasting
This fundamentals class builds on what is covered in Itron’s Forecasting 101 workshop. In this class, participants will expand their use of load analysis and forecasting applications, ability to analyze sales and customer trends, and develop more robust forecast models.

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 customer class sales forecast models - residential, commercial, and industrial
  • Transitioning from sales forecasts to energy and peak forecasts
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 programs, distributed generation (e.g. photovoltaics) and new technologies (e.g. cold climate heat pumps, electric vehicles).
Date/Location: October 24-26, 2018 — Chicago, IL
Prerequisites: Participants must have experience working with regression models. Exercises will requires working knowledge of Excel.
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One-Day Modeling Workshop — Advanced Forecast Topics
This advanced workshop explores advanced areas of forecasting. Topics TBD. Maximize your trip and sharpen your skills!

This one-day workshop is prior to the Annual Energy Forecasting Meeting (EFG) on April 3-5, 2019 but meeting attendance is not a requirement for workshop participation.
Date/Location: April 2, 2019 — Boston, MA
Prerequisites: None
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One-Day Modeling 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 3-5, 2019 but meeting attendance is not a requirement for workshop participation.
Date/Location: April 2, 2019 — Boston, MA
Prerequisites: Familiarity with MetrixND software.
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Brown Bag Webinars

Using Neural Networks to Build Robust Hourly Models
Neural networks are flexible functional forms that learn about nonlinear relationships from the data. These models can be used to identify nonlinearities and variable interactions and to construct X variables that embody these relationships. Learn more about these variables and how they can be used in regression models that have “rich” relationships but that are also simple and robust.
Date/Location: February 20, 2018 — Online
Prerequisites: None.
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Budget Forecasting – A Practitioner’s Handbook
This Brown Bag distills twenty-plus years of forecasting experience into practical steps for building and evaluating forecasts for the financial planning horizon. The presentation will include how to:
  • Evaluate historical usage trends and setting the stage for the near term sales forecast.
  • Finding the right economic drivers, and integrating efficiency trends with economic forecasts.
  • Developing strong monthly weather variables.
  • Evaluating model performance and addressing sales data issues.
  • Generating booked sales forecasts for financial planning.
Date/Location: May 22, 2018 — Online
Prerequisites: None.
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2018 Forecast Accuracy Benchmarking Survey and Energy Trends
In early 2018, 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 11, 2018 — Online
Prerequisites: None.
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Short-term Load Forecasting – A Practitioner’s Handbook
Ever wonder how to build a day-ahead load forecasting model? This Brown Bag provides a high-level walk through of the process. This presentation includes:
  • Data analysis and cleaning.
  • Weather stations and concepts selection.
  • Construction of key explanatory variables.
  • Technique selection.
  • Final model specification
Along the way we will introduce a Handbook Itron is writing that describes the practical steps involved in developing day-ahead load forecasting models.
Date/Location: December 4, 2018 — Online
Prerequisites: None.
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Other Forecasting Meetings

17th Annual Energy Forecasting Meeting (EFG)
The 17th 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 2, 2019.
Date/Location: April 3-5, 2019 — Boston, MA
Prerequisites: None.
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12th Annual ISO/RTO/TSO Forecasting Summit
For the 12th Annual Summit, we will were in San Diego, California! 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 February conference.
Date/Location: 2019 dates and location TBD
Prerequisites: Attendance is limited to ISO/RTO/TSO representatives.
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Itron Utility Week
The Analytics and Applications 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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