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2014 Energy Forecasting Workshops and Meetings


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 over 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
      • The growing penetration of wind and solar generation resources present new modeling challenges for analysts responsible for delivering operational forecasts. This workshop provides hands-on experience developing near-term generation forecasts for a wind farm and a solar generation plant. Attendees will develop solar generation forecasting models, and then use their new knowledge and lessons learned to incorporate the impact of embedded solar generation into a load forecasting model. Itron is always at the forefront of the energy forecasting field. We are helping our customers understand the new complexities of forecasting wind and solar generation resources, which are essential for the optimal dispatch of generation resources and scheduling of natural gas and electricity deliveries. This workshop demonstrates the use of regression and neural networks for near-term load forecasting within the context of the complex issues faced by energy forecasters around the world. Take advantage of Itron’s expertise and experience to help you improve your forecasts. For over 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.
      • April 29-30, 2014
      • Prerequisites: For this advanced workshop, Itron recommends that attendees have previous hands-on experience with developing short-term load forecasting models.
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      • Itron's two-day workshop covers the development of regression and neural network models as they apply to daily and hourly electric forecasts. By blending industry-leading instruction on forecasting theory with hands-on application, the workshop provides energy forecasters with a solid understanding of regression and neural network modelling and the skills necessary to create accurate forecasts. By the end of the workshop, attendees will understand basic regression and neural network theory, gain insights into modelling variables and constructs, and have applied these theories and constructs to real world situations.
      • 2014 Dates TBD
      • Prerequisites:
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      • 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.
      • May 13-15, 2014 - Chicago, IL
      • Prerequisites: No background in statistics is required, although it will be useful, as mathematical concepts will be covered.
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      • Itron’s two-day workshop covers the development of regression and neural network models as they apply to short-term electricity and gas forecasting. By blending industry-leading instruction on forecasting theory with hands-on application, the workshop provides energy forecasters with a solid understanding of regression and neural network modelling and the skills necessary to create accurate forecasts. By the end of the workshop, attendees will understand basic regression and neural network theory, gain insights into modelling variables and constructs, and have applied these theories and constructs to real world situations.

        If this workshop seems too general or you are ready for a more advanced workshop, you may want to attend the Advanced Energy Forecasting Workshop that will be held 23-24 May at the same location.
      • 2014 Dates TBD
      • Prerequisites: None.
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      • Itron’s workshop is designed for experienced forecast model developers who want hands-on experience implementing the latest thinking on system load, point of delivery, wind generation, and solar generation forecast model development. The workshop format is designed for participants to work interactively with the instructor and fellow participants to develop forecast models. The cooperative nature of this workshop allows participants to explore alternative modelling approaches that will lead to a deeper understanding of modelling issues and alternative solutions.

        If this workshop seems too advanced or you are more interested in general model building, you may want to attend the Energy Forecasting Workshop that will be held 21-22 May at the same location.
      • 2014 Dates TBD
      • Prerequisites: None
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      • Hourly forecasts are essential in system operations, planning studies, and regulatory filings. With its vast experience and expertise in energy forecasting, Itron will guide workshop participants on how to develop hourly regression models, identify key load drivers, and construct variables applicable to both the short-term and long-term hourly forecasting problems. In this class, participants will use interval data from load research and smart grid systems as a foundation for developing hourly load models. Exercises will explore the challenge of load diversity by modeling revenue classes, individual customers, solar generation, and energy efficiency impacts. And, aggregated system forecasts will be created by calibrating the hourly model results to monthly energy and peak forecasts. This course builds on the topics from Itron’s Energy Forecasting 101 workshop with a direct application into hourly modeling issues. Participants are not required to take the Energy Forecasting 101 course first, however they must be familiar with building energy forecasting related regression models.
      • September 9-10, 2014
      • Prerequisites: None.
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      • Budget forecasts are scrutinized like never before. Take advantage of Itron's expertise and experience to help you improve your forecasts, learn to analyze them better and be prepared to explain them to you management. For over 10 years, Itron has conducted this workshop for scores of energy forecasters. See why our blend of lecture on real-world examples, demonstration of modeling techniques, and hands-on exercises by attendees is a verified recipe for successful learning. This workshop focuses on short-term budget forecasting and related analyses issues. Topics covered will include regression modeling and model statistics, using regression models for weather normalization, constructing and evaluation monthly sales forecast models, and using models to develop and evaluate short-term budget forecasts. The workshop also introduces how sales regression models can be used to capture long-term end-use saturation and efficiency trends and incorporate the impact of utility efficiency programs.
      • October 28-29, 2014 - Boston, MA
      • Prerequisites: Basic understanding of regression theory or completion of the Forecasting 101 Workshop
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      • Developing a long-term forecast that has consistent energy, peak, and hourly load shapes is applicable to a wide variety of applications including regulatory filings, planning studies, and budget development. By developing a bottom-up forecast that accounts for both energy, peaks, and shapes, users can account for class diversity, DSM impacts, and solar generation. In this class, participants will use MetrixND and MetrixLT to develop normal weather, monthly sales and hourly shape forecasts, and then calibrate the hourly forecasts to the monthly sales by revenue class. Learn how to use MetrixND and MetrixLT to develop and manage hourly load forecasts, understand the methods behind the software, and explore forecasting options in this one day hands-on workshop. Maximize your trip and sharpen your skills! This one-day workshop is prior to the Annual Energy Forecasting Meeting (EFG) on April 2-3 but meeting attendance is not a requirement for workshop participation.
      • April 1, 2014 – Las Vegas, NV
      • Prerequisites: None
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      • 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 2-3 but meeting attendance is not a requirement for workshop participation.
      • April 1, 2014 – Las Vegas, NV
      • Prerequisites: Familiarity with MetrixND software.
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Brown Bag Webinars
      • Short-term load forecasting took a dramatic leap forward in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s with the introduction of statistical-based techniques. These techniques, starting first with linear regression and then later with neural networks, replaced expert judgment augmented with similar-day look up algorithms. Today, with the growth of renewable resources and the maturity of real-time power markets, there is an ever increasing call for improved load forecast accuracy. With no “new modeling technique” on the foreseeable horizon, the challenge is how to build better model specifications. This brown bag seminar presents three areas of research designed to improve forecast accuracy: (1) treatment of weather, (2) model cascade, and (3) inclusion of embedded solar generation.
      • March 25 ,2014 - Online
      • Prerequisites: None.
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Other Forecasting Meetings
      • The 12th Annual Energy Forecasting Meeting brings you two 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 1 .
      • April 2-3, 2014 - Las Vegas, NV
      • Prerequisites: None.
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      • The 8th annual ISO/RTO/TSO Forecasting Summit is a one-of-a-kind event that brings energy forecasters together to address the unique forecasting challenges faced by independent system operators around the world. The meeting discussions will range from sub-hourly forecasting models and techniques that support generation scheduling and dispatching, to long-term forecasting supporting capacity planning. This year’s emphasis is on how to incorporate solar generation, wind generation, and demand response into the load forecast. Don’t miss this opportunity to network with your peers; discuss real world issues and practical solutions.

        New this year is the addition of an optional day of model dissection and discussion. The summit begins with this one-day workshop where you are invited to bring your own laptop and match your modeling skills against Itron's experts and your peers. A series of clever examples will test your skills while introducing modeling tips and tricks that can improve you current suite of forecast models.

        The California ISO will host the 2014 Forecasting Summit.

      • May 7-8, 2014 - Folsom, CA
      • Prerequisites: Attendance is limited to ISO/RTO/TSO representatives.
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      • The 8th 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.
      • June 4-6, 2014 - Barcelona, Spain
      • Prerequisites: None.
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