Introduction to Forecasting for Utility/Power Industry Professionals
May 9-10, 2018
Houston, TX

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Utilities and other power organizations nowadays are caught in a crossfire of patterns and trends that often run counter to what seemed incontrovertible fact just a few years ago. Other perplexing conditions are present that seem difficult to gauge: changes in the mix of supply and demand side resources, the impact of technology on the grid and access it allows to system and customer data, dramatic shifts in commodity prices, the emergence of intermittent and variable resources, flat to declining load growth, and so on.

Trend analysis and other traditional methodologies cannot properly capture these unstable conditions.  The problem is largely due to the inaccurate, unexplainable and indefensible forecasts generated from the forecasting practices in the pre-computer era.  Thankfully, though, new forecasting methods have been developed that take account of behavioral and technological changes affecting electricity use.

This course offers an introduction to forecasting principles, practices, and their applications in the utility industry, such as demand forecasting, renewable generation forecasting, and price forecasting — the essential tools for making sense of today’s power environment and delivering proper guidance for industry decision-makers.  It will be loaded with examples and illustrations that translate these methodologies into the corollary utility practices. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Examine and review the concept of predictability
  • Recognize how to describe a forecasting process using formal and rigorous terminologies
  • Identify the basic forecasting concepts, such as signal and noise
  • Recognize the practical value of forecast combination
  • Apply diffusion of innovation principle in long term forecasting
  • Discuss the do’s and don’ts in judgmental forecasting
  • Relate how to evaluate forecasts and forecasting systems
  • Distinguish the pros and cons of commonly used univariate models, multivariate models and machine learning techniques
  • Define the general methodologies for
    • Short-term and long-term electric load forecasting
    • Gas demand forecasting
    • Wind and solar power forecasting
    • Gas and electricity price forecasting



EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event.


Requirements For Successful Completion Of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for any continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint presentations, case studies, and workshop exercises will be used in this program.


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

7:45 – 8:15 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:15 – 10:15  a.m. :: Forecasting Principles

  • Predictable or not?
  • Forecasting terminologies
  • Signal, noise and tradeoff
  • Forecast combination
  • Diffusion of innovation
  • Judgmental forecasting

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. :: Forecasting Practices

  • Forecast evaluation
  • Univariate models
  • Multivariate models
  • Machine learning techniques

12:15 – 1:30 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

1:30 – 3: 15 p.m. :: Electricity Demand Forecasting

  • Driving factors
  • Short-term load forecasting
  • Long-term load forecasting

3:15 – 3:30 p.m. :: Networking Break

 3:30 – 4:15 p.m. :: Gas Demand Forecasting

  • Driving factors
  • Methodologies

4:15 – 5:00 p.m. :: Demonstration

5:00 p.m. :: Course Adjourns for the Day

Wednesday, May 10, 2018

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 10:00 a.m. :: Renewable Generation Forecasting

  • Wind power forecasting
  • Solar power forecasting

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:15 – 11:30 a.m. :: Price Forecasting

  • Gas price forecasting
  • Electricity price forecasting

11:30 – 11:45 a.m. :: Summary

11:45 a.m. :: Adjournment


Tao Hong, Director of BigDEAL (Big Data Energy Analytics Laboratory), University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Chief Data Scientist, Hong Analytics

Dr. Tao Hong is Associate Professor and Research Director of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management Department, Director of BigDEAL (Big Data Energy Analytics Laboratory), NCEMC Faculty Fellow of Energy Analytics, and associate of Energy Production and Infrastructure Center at University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is the Founding Chair of IEEE Working Group on Energy Forecasting, Director at Large of International Institute of Forecasters, General Chair of Global Energy Forecasting Competition (, and author of the blog Energy Forecasting ( Dr. Hong received his B.Eng. in Automation from Tsinghua University in Beijing and his PhD with co-majors in Operations Research and Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University.


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Room Rate:

The room rate is $189 single or double plus applicable taxes.

Room Block Dates:

A room block has been reserved for the nights of May 8 – 9, 2018.

Rate Available Until:

Make your reservations prior to April 8, 2018. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.


Please Note: Confirmed speakers do not need to register and are encouraged to participate in all sessions of the event. If you are a speaker and have any questions please contact our offices at 1.303.770.8800

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