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.

Forecasting 101 Workshop

This two- and half-day, hands-on workshop introduces the use of regression for forecasting applications. Designed for analysts and managers who are new to the forecasting area and do not have a background in statistical analysis. Participants will build sales and load forecasting models using linear regression and exponential smoothing models.

2024 dates and locations TBD

Fundamentals of Sales and Demand Forecasting Workshop

This two- and half-day, hands-on workshop expands on the use of linear regression models in developing sales, energy, and demand forecasts to support the financial and long-term planning processes. Participants will build weather-normalized sales models, develop customer class sales forecast models and estimate peak demand forecasts and address new emerging technologies.

2024 dates and locations TBD

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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.

March 12, 2024
New Orleans, LA

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Advanced Long-term Forecasting Workshop

The Advanced Long-term Forecasting workshop builds on the Statistically Adjusted End-Use (SAE) Introduction to Forecasting and SAE workshop. In the advanced workshop, attendees will build SAE peak, energy and hourly profile models. Attendees will work with MetrixLT to combine peak, energy and profiles into a consistent 8,760 load forecast. The class will explore developing peak-producing weather for expected and more extreme weather conditions and developing daily normal weather profiles for generating long-term load profiles. This workshop will also examine how MetrixLT can be used to model the load impacts of technologies reshaping loads including solar, electric vehicles, and cold climate heat pumps.

March 12, 2024
New Orleans, LA

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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The Ins & Outs of Net Load Forecasting at the Edge

The widespread adoption of distributed solar PV, EV charging, and Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) is raising concerns that the Low-Voltage Network isn’t equipped to handle the impact these technologies have on individual premise net loads. This is driving interest in implementing market programs aimed at direct control of solar inverters, BESS charging/discharging, and EV charging controls. Efficient management of individual devices requires premise-level Net Load Forecasts. This Brown Bag introduces a framework for producing Premise-Level Active and Reactive Power Forecasts.

February 13, 2024; noon Pacific - online

Neural Networks

Retrospective on Neural Networks

Neural Network models gained popularity in energy forecasting in the 1990’s. Unlike regression methods, neural networks are capable of estimating the shape of nonlinear relationships and the strength of interactions among variables. In this Brown Bag, we dig into this capability, compare the predictive power of neural networks to a list of regression methods and decision tree methods, and show how neural network derivatives can be used as a feature engineering tool for structured regression models.

June 4, 2024; noon Pacific - online

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Integrating Building Electrification Impacts into Long-term Load Forecasts

As building electrification initiatives gain momentum, winter peaks will exceed the once-dominant summer peaks in certain regions. This Brown Bag will navigate the essential steps necessary to extend the statistically adjusted end-use modeling framework so that it ensures thorough integration of building electrification trends into the long-term load forecast. In addition, we’ll explore hourly load shape impacts influenced by alternative space heating strategies, encompassing a variety of primary and backup space heating equipment combinations.

September 24, 2024; noon Pacific - online


2024 Forecast Accuracy Benchmarking Survey & Energy Trends (Survey Participants Only)

Itron is conducting its 12th Forecasting Accuracy Benchmark Survey, collecting information about the industry’s electric and natural gas forecasting practices and examining current issues. Only survey participants can attend this Brown Bag to review the survey results and implications. Click here to review the 2022 report. Contact Paige Schaefer for more details or go to the survey now to be included in the 2024 results. The survey will close on Friday, June 28.

October 22, 2024, noon Pacific - online

Forecasting and Load Research YouTube Library

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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.

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.

March 13-14, 2024
New Orleans

ISO Forecasting Summit

The ISO Forecasting Summit is a blend of peer presentations, modeling discussions and roundtable dialogues over the course of two and a half days. Network with peers and discuss real-world issues, practical solutions and the unique forecasting challenges faced by independent system operators around the world. Attendance is limited to ISO/RTO/TSO representatives.

2024 dates and locations TBD

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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 4-11, 2024
Palm Desert, CA