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2015 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
      • 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.
      • April 14-15, 2015 - Sydney, Australia
      • 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.
      • February 1-3, 2016 - Dallas, TX
      • Prerequisites: No background in statistics is required, although it will be useful, as mathematical concepts will be covered.
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      • 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.
      • October 21-23, 2014 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
      • Prerequisites: None.
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      • Do you develop 1 to 5 year sales and customer forecasts to support budgeting and financial planning? This course focuses on the use of regression models and simulations for sales forecasting and tracking forecast performance. By the end of this two-day course, participants will develop a stronger understanding on using linear regression models for forecasting, evaluating sales trends, calculating unbilled sales, and tracking forecast performance. Itron is always at the forefront of the energy forecasting field. We help our customers understand the complexities of forecasting. 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. This course builds on the forecasting foundation taught in the Forecasting 101 workshop. Participants must have a solid understanding of regression model statistics. The hands-on exercises in this workshop use MetrixND, Itron's statistical modeling software. Knowledge of this software is helpful, but not a requirement for this course. The techniques taught can be applied to any software product that you use.
      • November 4-5, 2015 - San Diego, CA
      • Prerequisites: This course builds on the forecasting foundation taught in the Forecasting 101 Workshop. Participants must have a solid understanding of regression model statistics.
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      • Long-term financial and resource planning requires sales, energy, and demand forecasts from 5 to 20 years out. This course is designed for forecasters who are responsible for developing long-term load forecasts. In this hands-on workshop, participants will develop a long-term forecast for energy, peak and hourly shape and discuss the key issues in the development process. By the end of the two-day course, participants will have a solid understanding of the key issues in developing energy, peak, and hourly load forecasts for planning applications, and have a better understanding on how to integrate DSM programs, distributed generation (e.g. photovoltaics) and new technologies (e.g. electric vehicles) into the forecast. Itron is always at the forefront of the energy forecasting field. We help our customers understand the complexities of forecasting. 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. Participants must have experience working with regression models. Exercises will requires working knowledge of Excel. Although Itron's MetrixND and MetrixLT products will be used during the workshop exercises, prior knowledge of them is not necessary. The focus of the workshop is on the issues and techniques, which may be applied to whatever software product you use.
      • September 29-30, 2015 - Chicago, IL
      • Prerequisites: Participants must have experience working with regression models. Exercises will requires working knowledge of Excel.
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      • 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.
      • September 29-30, 2015 - San Diego, CA
      • 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 May 6-7 but meeting attendance is not a requirement for workshop participation.
      • May 5, 2015 – Baltimore, MD
      • Prerequisites: Familiarity with MetrixND software.
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      • In this one day hands-on weather normalization workshop. Participants will using MetrixLT to build actual and normal weather data series and MetrixND for estimating weather normalization models and calculating weather impacts. Learn how to fit a non-linear weather/sales relationship with a linear regression model, evaluate model statistics, define daily and monthly normal degree-days weather for weather normalizing sales and estimating hourly load profiles, calculate calendar-month and unbilled sales estimates, and estimate weather normal load profiles and normalize peak demand. Maximize your trip and sharpen your skills! This one-day workshop is prior to the Annual Energy Forecasting Meeting (EFG) on May 6-7 but meeting attendance is not a requirement for workshop participation.
      • May 5, 2015 – Baltimore, MD
      • Prerequisites: None
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Brown Bag Webinars
      • A variety of approaches are used in the industry to model and forecast system peak loads. This brown bag session provides a summary of industry practice based on a recent utility survey. It also provides a comparison of results from the frequently used methods. In addition, methods using regression are compared with a variety of robust estimation methods. Finally methods for developing normal peak producing weather are discussed.
      • March 24, 2015 - Online
      • Prerequisites: None.
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      • The regression is our weapon of choice for forecasting electric sales, peaks, and hourly loads. But it often doesn’t capture the load impacts of new technologies that are not embedded in the historical data or potentially have significant load impacts as a result of utility and state efficiency programs. This was the case in recent Vermont long-term energy and demand forecast. This presentation shows how forecasts for several new technologies that had a significant load impact were incorporated into the Vermont forecast. These technologies include an aggressive residential LED lighting program, rooftop and group photovoltaic systems, high efficiency heat pumps and electric vehicles. During this brown bag, you’ll learn what we did and we would like to hear what you have done.
      • June 9, 2015 - Online
      • Prerequisites: None.
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      • Often overlooked in the race to market the “Latest and Greatest Forecasting Technique” are the fundamental building blocks of powerful Short-term Operational Forecasting Models, namely the explanatory variables that predict future operating conditions. This Brown Bag steps off the race track to focus on the 25 Best Explanatory Variables that every Short-term Forecast Modeler needs in their modeling kit.
      • July 28, 2015 - Online
      • Prerequisites: None.
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      • The specification of accurate peak forecasting models can be challenging. The key is to represent the dynamic driving factors of peak demand appropriately through the modeling framework. During this Brown Bag, Itron will explore the integration of daily information to extract incremental improvements in peak forecast accuracy.
      • December 8, 2015 - Online
      • Prerequisites: None
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Other Forecasting Meetings
      • The 13th 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 May 5.
      • May 6-7, 2015 - Baltimore, MD
      • Prerequisites: None.
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      • The 9th 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 Summit discussions will range from sub-hourly forecasting models and techniques that support generation scheduling and dispatching, to long-term forecasting supporting capacity planning. Don’t miss this opportunity to network with your peers; discuss real world issues and practical solutions.

        The Summit begins with an optional one-day workshop that will include the annual model building competition which prompts great model dissection discussions. For part of this day, Itron's experts will lead your through a deep dive into the MetrixIDR modeling framework. If you are a MetrixIDR user, you won't want to miss this!

        The New York ISO will host the 2015 Forecasting Summit. The New York ISO is responsible for the reliable operation of New York's nearly 11,000 miles of high-voltage transmission and the dispatch of over 500 electric power generators. In addition, the New York ISO administers bulk power markets that trade an average of $7.5 billion in electricity and related products annually.

      • May 12-14, 2015 - Castleton, NY
      • 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 16-18, 2015 - Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands
      • Prerequisites: None.
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      • 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.
      • October 11-13, 2015 - Los Angeles, CA
      • Prerequisites: None.
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