Energy Forecasting

Education and Networking

Itron is always at the forefront of the energy forecasting field. We help customers around the world understand the complexities of energy forecasting by talking about the latest forecasting issues and solutions.

Take advantage of Itron’s expertise and experience to gain insightful knowledge and let us help you to improve your forecasts. For more than 30 years, Itron has trained hundreds of energy forecasters. Select from hand-on workshops, live webinars, attend an annual meeting to network with your peers or keep current by following our blog.



Lectures on real-world examples, demonstration of modeling techniques and hands-on exercises

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Brown Bag Webinars

Free hour-long internet seminars on a range of forecasting topics

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Forecasting Meetings


Itron hosts several forecasting devoted meetings. Select the one best for you

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Forecasting Workshops

Rely on Itron's forecasting training to provide your organization with increased knowledge, skills and confidence. We also provide on-site training and we can customize courses to meet the specific needs of your group.

Energy Forecasting

Introduction to Forecasting and SAE Modeling Workshop

This one-day workshop is conducted the day prior to the Annual Energy Forecasting Meeting. 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 workshop covers a general overview of modeling and statistics concepts but focuses on details on the SAE modeling approach and how the framework can be used for evaluating alternative efficiency paths.

April 18, 2023
Albuquerque, NM

Energy Forecasting

Advanced Forecast Topics Workshop

The Advanced Workshop is a one-day workshop conducted the day prior to the Annual Energy Forecasting Meeting. The workshop explores various areas of forecasting and the topics vary by year. The following topics will be covered in this year's workshop:

  • Utilizing DOE/NREL commercial and residential stock data for customizing your SAE spreadsheets
  • Accounting for the Inflation Reduction Impact in your long-term forecast (Integrating EE program savings)
  • Modeling new technologies reshaping system loads

April 18, 2023
Albuquerque, NM

Virtual Workshop

Forecasting 101 Virtual training workshops include a combination of lecture, discussion and hands-on exercises during four 3-hour sessions. Limited to 12 participants per class and to MetrixND users.

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Forecasting Brown Bag Webinars

Itron continues to host its popular webinars on a range of forecasting topics. Itron is always at the forefront of the energy forecasting field. We help our customers around the world understand the complexities of energy forecasting and share our perspective on 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.

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Electric Vehicle (EV) Load Shapes

The EV market continues to grow exponentially and is impacting your distribution and system planning. This Brown Bag will review the different types of EV load shapes for residential, workplace, fleet, and public charging and how to include them in your forecasts.

March 21, 2023; noon Pacific - online

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Regression Methods from A to Z

In addition to Ordinary Least Squares, there are a variety of linear regression estimation methods. These include Ridge, Lasso, LAD, Elastic Net, Support Vector, Quantile, and RegARMA. This Brown Bag provides an overview of the methods and provides comparisons of out-of-sample accuracy when applied to daily energy modeling.

May 2, 2023; noon Pacific - online

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Distributed Solar PV Generation

The issues surrounding Solar PV is a growing concern across the globe. This brown bag will focus on the latest thinking on real-time load forecasting in the presence of distributed solar PV generation. This topic will be presented on three different days and times to allow for live interactions. Please join the one that is most convenient for you.

August 8, 2023; 11:00 am AEST (August 7, 2023; 6:00 pm Pacific) - online
August 8, 2023; noon Pacific - online
August 9, 2023; 4:00 pm CEST (7:00 am Pacific) - online

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Statistically Adjusted End-use Methodology and Trends

The Statistically Adjusted End-Use Model (SAE) is an end-use modeling approach that leverages The Energy Information Administration (EIA) Annual Energy Outlook. The SAE framework has been adopted by numerous utilities and is supported by Itron through the Energy Forecasting Group (EFG). The recent passage of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) will provide significant funding for increased efficiency, electrification, and PV and EV adoption further complicating the forecasting process. This Brown Bag will provide an overview of the SAE model and discuss how IRA impacts can be accounted for within the SAE modeling framework with a focus on the residential sector.

October 10, 2023, noon Pacific - online

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2023 Forecast Accuracy Benchmarking Survey & Energy Trends – Survey Participants Only

In January 2023, Itron will launch its annual forecasting accuracy benchmark survey. This is Itron’s 11th year of collecting information about the industry’s electric and natural gas forecasting practices and examining current issues. This year, only survey participants will be able to attend this Brown Bag to review the results and implications of the survey. To participate in the survey, please email Paige at

December 5, 2023, noon Pacific - online

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Forecasting Meetings

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.

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Annual Energy Forecasting Meeting (EFG)

The Annual Energy Forecasting Meeting brings you two and half days of topical peer and industry expert presentations along with roundtable discussions. 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.

April 19-21, 2023
Albuquerque, NM

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ISO Forecasting Virtual Meetings

The ISO/RTO/TSO collective group will address forecasting topics during virtual meetings in the May and September timeframe. Each meeting will bring this special subset of energy forecasters together to address one of the unique forecasting challenges faced by independent system operators around the world. Attendance is limited to ISO/RTO/TSO representatives.

September 12-14, 2023
San Diego, CA

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Itron Inspire (formerly known as Itron Utility Week)

At Itron Inspire, we’ll explore the possibilities for a better connected, sustainable and resourceful future. By gathering leaders from across energy, water, IIoT and smart communities, we’ll explore technology and services to drive business transformation, reimagine customer engagement and ignite innovation. The Applications, Outcomes & Services track includes topics geared to the interests of energy forecasters.

October 22-29, 2023
San Antonio, TX