Load Research in an AMI World: Why? How? And Results.

Our final brown bag seminar of the year is entitled Load Research in an AMI World: Why? How? And Results. With market penetration of a range of new…


There’s More Than One Way to Round a Number

When we were in school, we all learned the general rule for rounding – if a significant digit is followed by a number that is greater than or equal…


The CEC Releases “Improving Short-term Load Forecasts by Incorporating Solar PV Generation” Interim Report

The California Energy Commission’s (CEC) Energy Research and Development Division supports energy research and development programs to spur…


Real-time Load Disaggregation

Our final blog of #IUW17 features a session with Robert Sonderegger and Luke Scheidler from Itron discussing how Itron’s OpenWay® Riva distributed…


Developing the Next Generation Utility Workforce and Inspiring Leadership

Today marked the second day of the #IUW17 Knowledge Conference and we started the morning with another great general session. We heard from Sharelynn…


Transforming the Customer Experience

We’re well underway at #IUW17 and our second blog features a session led by Joe Thomas from Duke Energy discussing how the company utilizes data to…


Launching Itron Utility Week 2017

Welcome to Itron Utility Week 2017! We launched our annual customer-focused event yesterday and welcomed more than 1,000 attendees to Houston. We’re…


Delivering Smart, Sustainable Energy Solutions

There’s no question that the Internet of Things (IoT) will transform the energy and utilities industry —that’s already happening. IoT is playing a…


How Your Advanced Utilities Monitoring System Can Benefit from Real-time Data and Over-the-Air Updates

If you work in the energy sector, integrating smart grid technology is among the most positive and disruptive changes that your company can make. A…


Powering Women in Utilities

The work-life balance can be a challenge to manage, but as with any difficult situation, Samantha Ettus has proven it is better with pie. Ettus…


SAP and Itron Delivering Digital Transformation in Utilities

SAP is a Gold Sponsor of Itron’s Utility Week in Houston, Oct. 15-17.  Below is a brief overview of what we will be showcasing. Please visit the SAP…


5 Ways to Help Houston on Your Trip to IUW

Technology advancements have forever changed the way we communicate, and through social media, we’re more connected than ever. In times of crisis,…


Disruption Ahead

Thomas Edison would have no trouble recognizing most of the component parts in any electrical generation and distribution network today. The…


Interoperable Communication Networks Fuel IIoT for Utilities

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) puts the capability of communication networks to the test. Industrial things come from a variety of…


WEI’s Women in Energy Symposium and Celebrating American Business Women’s Day

Today is American Business Women’s Day. This day is about networking, celebrating broken barriers and looking ahead to further progression of working…


Calculating an Average Annual Growth Rate in MetrixND

After finishing my forecast, I like to present forecast average annual growth rates.  These results are calculated by converting the monthly forecast…


The Latest Energy Trends

Our third seminar of the year reveals the results of our annual benchmark survey. Survey participants receive a copy of the report with the findings.…


Breaking New Ground with Demand Response

Itron and Comverge, now Itron Distributed Energy Management, have a tradition of technological innovation. By joining forces, we have the opportunity…


Using the Simulation Object Backward

I’m using the Simulation Object in MetrixND to weather normalize historic sales. When configured, the object allows me to simulate the model…


2018 Important Meeting Dates – Mark Your Calendars!

The Annual Energy Forecasting/EFG Meeting and Training will be in Austin, Texas on April 24-27 in 2018! The ISO/RTO/TSO Forecasting Summit will be…


Beyond the Hype of Smart Cities

Communities organizations, cities and companies must work every day to truly achieve the big picture of creating smart cities. Our goal of…


It’s in the Water! – Improving Energy Savings Calculations from California Water Conservation

When I hear the term “water-energy nexus,” I imagine something complex and fantastical, when in actuality it is an intimately familiar and essential…


Computing a Weighted Average Wind Speed and Wind Direction Across Multiple Weather Stations

Often when we are developing weather variables to support day-ahead power and gas forecasting, we introduce wind speed as a standalone explanatory…


Looking Backward to Move Forward

For most things in life, I look forward to go forward. I keep my eyes on the road ahead. I look before I leap. I aim at my target. But this summer…


Seasonal Sales? Not a Problem.

There is a client who has a reporting issue problem. Let’s call him Ray. His annual sales are to be split into summer and winter sales, but on a…


Remember the 2017 ISO Forecasting Summit

This year’s 11th Annual ISO/RTO/TSO Forecasting Summit was held in San Antonio, Texas from May 16-18. Just like the defenders of the Alamo banded…


Cotati, CA – Transitioning to AMI: Removing the Guesswork

Cotati, California is a bedroom community of 7,500 residents located in Sonoma County about 45 miles north of San Francisco. As a progressive,…


What Itron Idea Labs Brings to Itron and the Industry

Nine out of 10 Fortune 500 companies in 1955 disappeared from the list by 2016. The average tenure of a Fortune 500 company went from 33 years in…


Common Challenges at the Energy Forecasters Meeting

Turning to her left, then right, Grace finds herself surrounded by strangers – men and women from across the United States; there’s even one from…


Free Forecasting Brown Bag Webinar

Now in our 11th year of hosting Itron’s popular, free hour-long internet seminars on a range of forecasting topics, we take great pride in helping…


Itron Riva Streetlights: Sunglasses On!

You might want to wear your sunglasses while reading the following... It all started in January 2017, at the Itron Sales Conference, held in Palm…


A Grand View

The view from the 96th floor of the John Hancock Center is amazing. From here, cars are merely dots between the straight rows of lights and people…


Itron + Scholarship America = Dream

In the next five to 10 years, more than 500,000 employees in the energy industry are expected to retire , according to the Committee on Energy and…


An Exciting Time for the Gas Industry

Next week, the natural gas industry will convene in Orlando for the American Gas Association Operations Conference to share knowledge, ideas and…


Behind-The-Meter Solar Generation and Real-Time Load Forecasting – Part 3

In my blog posting “Behind-The-Meter Solar Generation and Real-Time Load Forecasting,” I presented four load forecasting challenges that have arisen…


Grid Energy Storage: Will It Live Up to the Hype?

Every morning I wake up and take part in what I believe to be the greatest achievement in recent history. No, I’m not talking about my coffee maker,…


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Behind-The-Meter Solar Generation and Real-Time Load Forecasting – Part 2

In part on of this series, I presented four load forecasting challenges that have arisen as the result of deep penetration of behind-the-meter (BTM)…


Removing the Guesswork with AMI

For water providers of all shapes and sizes, collecting data from assets in the field is a critical component of your operations—but it can be a…


A Million Solar Rooftops and Counting… California Researches Grid Integration

At social events and dinner parties I no longer find myself having to explain at length to polite inquiries on what I do, as long as I utter the…


The Importance of the Culture of Innovation

A few weeks ago, I was on a panel with Microsoft Ventures and Providence Fund in Seattle, discussing corporate innovation and the key ingredients…


The 2017 Annual Energy Forecasting/EFG Meeting and ISO/RTO/TSO Summit

The 15th Annual Energy Forecasting/EFG Meeting and Training will be in Chicago on April 26-28 with optional one-day training workshops on April 25.…


Behind-The-Meter Solar Generation and Real-Time Load Forecasting

Recently, I was invited to speak at a California Energy Commission (CEC) sponsored workshop on Research Needs for Renewable Energy Forecasting.  The…


Figuring Out 5G

One of the main topics I heard talked about at Mobile World Congress is 5G— the next generation cellular. I tried to forget everything I know about…


Annual Energy Survey

Itron’s forecasting group recently launched their Annual Energy Survey. As we have done in previous years, Itron is collecting information to assess…


Connected Cars Everywhere!

Cars everywhere. Some, are a very similar to the ones I saw at CES (see my previous blog, The Connected World and Autonomous Cars @CES 2017) while…


Itron Idea Labs Takes Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress

Among the more than 100,000 attendees at the Mobile World Congress 2017 is the Itron Idea Labs team. And alongside the mobile giants we are…


Demand Response and IoT: Using Data to Maximize Customer Benefit

This blog was originally posted on Comverge.com. Itron acquired Comverge on June 1, 2017, and  all future demand response blogs will be posted here.…


The Program Comprehensiveness Index

I recently played laser tag at an amusement park with my two sons. While I would have been happy to report that I beat all the competition, alas, the…


What Does Itron Idea Labs Do?

Imagine you are planning a trip from point A to point B to get there as quickly as possible in your car where you must arrive at a specific time for…


Lots of Firsts at DistribuTECH 2017!

I’ve been attending DistribuTECH for the last 10 years, and the only constant thing has been change. Maybe not rapid and fast-paced change like we…


FREE Forecasting Brown Bag Webinar

Itron continues to host its popular hour-long Internet seminars on a range of forecasting topics. We’re now in our 11th year!  Itron is always at the…


Itron at #DTECH2017 in San Diego

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Itron’s OpenWay Riva Pushes Intelligence to the Edge at DistribuTECH 2017

Propelled by technology selection announcements this week at Public Service Company of New Mexico and AVANGRID in New York, Itron’s OpenWay Riva™…


Why Itron Idea Labs?

I just got a Google Home – you know, the speaker you can talk to and it will play music. It tells me what the outside temperature is or what a cup of…


Forecast Tests in MetrixND

Out-of-sample tests are a useful tool for seeing how well a model performs with data it hasn’t seen before (i.e., data that weren’t used to estimate…


HIRING: ERCOT Load Forecasting Senior Planning Analyst

One of our forecasting clients, ERCOT, is looking for a Senior Planning Analyst preferably with at least 5 years of experience. They're searching for…


Energy Forecasting Meeting – Call for Presentations

Forecasters tell Itron that there is no greater value than meeting with their peers. Itron understands the importance of these interactions and is…


Leaving Las Vegas @CES 2017

It is day four at CES and almost time to leave. It’s the King’s birthday, my twentieth time at CES, during CES’s 50th anniversary, and a great day to…


In Search of Machine Intelligence @CES 2017

Day three at CES. I was on a mission to find machine intelligence, not a product but an ingredient technology. I was expecting to see it embedded in…


The Connected World and Autonomous Cars @CES 2017

Day two at CES was all about the cars—self-driving cars—a.k.a. Autonomous Vehicles (AV). AVs will change transportation as we know it by creating a…


Virtual Reality, Tech, Tools and Smart Energy and Water @CES 2017

CES day one. It’s been a crazy day of taking in the latest and greatest gadgets and technology in Las Vegas. As usual, I’ve geeked out as much as…


IoT at CES – More Than Just Buzz in the Energy Sector

CES 2017 marks the 21st year since the term Internet of Things (IoT) was introduced. Since it first appeared in 1985, we have seen a growing number…


The Economy and Electric Sales

Traditionally, the end of the year is a time to reflect and remember. So when the Federal Reserve raised interest rates in December as a vote of…


Welcome to Our Blog

Welcome to Itron’s blog! Whether this is the first time you’ve visited our blog or if you are a regular follower, I hope you find the stories we are…


Welcome to the Active Grid

The Active Grid is where the smart grid meets the Internet of Things.


The BX Tab

MetrixND provides several options for determining whether a variable is useful. Typically, a model builder reviews the variable coefficients,…


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Solar Energy: Can Technology Create a Win-Win for Utilities and Customers?

This afternoon we wrapped up the Itron Utility Week Knowledge Conference by attending a final breakout session titled, “Solar Energy: Can Technology…


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Edge Intelligence via Collaboration: The Itron Riva Developers Community

This afternoon we spent time with Roberto Aiello, managing director of Itron Idea Labs, as he discussed the Itron Riva Developers Community. We…


Big Picture Session: Protecting Utilities from the Risk of New Technologies with Outcome-Based Solutions

It’s day two of our Knowledge Conference at IUW, and this morning, we heard from two great speakers during our general session. Robert Swan, Order of…


Transforming Energy Networks and Enabling Applications with OpenWay Riva

The second session we attended today was “Transforming Energy Networks and Enabling Applications with OpenWay Riva,” which was hosted by Curt Kirkeby…


Introducing Itron Mobile

Itron Mobile is a tool kit for collecting data and performing other field activities. It takes advantage of the latest mobile technologies used by…


Resourceful Network Solutions Enable the Active Grid

Emma Ritch, ABB The industrial sector is becoming one of the first proving grounds for the many benefits promised by the Internet of Things, Services…


Resourcefulness For Today and Tomorrow

Peter Jansen, Capgemini Today’s world needs a sustainable energy future. Capgemini, like Itron, understands that being more resourceful means making…


What’s Happening with EV Sales?

With gas prices hovering just above $2 a gallon, there is less excitement and curiosity about electric vehicles (EV) as there has been in the past.…


Itron Among Founding Partners of Spokane’s Smart City Living Lab

Itron is among the six founding partners of Urbanova, the newly-named smart city living lab in Spokane, Washington, which announced today the…


Declining Residential Sales?

In the past three months, I’ve received three questions, all the same, “Why are my residential sales down?” There are several reasons why a company…


Free Itron Forecasting Brown Bag Seminars

Join us for our third brown bag of 2016 on Tuesday, Sept. 13 titled “2016 Forecast Accuracy Benchmarking Survey and Energy Trends,” where we’ll…


The Power of Perfect Partnerships

Resourcefulness isn’t just our mission – it’s in our DNA. It is more than a mantra, it’s a passion, and we aim to inspire and educate others to join…


Who is Forecasting Long-Term Solar Generation?

In this last forecasting brown bag presentation on solar load forecasting, we asked participants who had developed a long-term solar load forecast…


Free Itron Forecasting Brown Bag Seminars

Since 2005, Itron has conducted its popular hour-long Internet brown bag seminars on a range of forecasting topics. Itron is always at the forefront…


2016 Energy Forecasters Meeting

From May 18 to 20, 62 energy forecasters representing 42 companies from across North America gathered in Scottsdale, Arizona to discuss the latest…


TVA Forecasting Specialist Positions Available

One of our forecasting clients, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), located in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is hiring for two forecasting specialist…


Cybersecurity Threat Reduction Through Vulnerability Research

This blog was originally posted on Comverge.com. Itron acquired Comverge on June 1, 2017, and  all future demand response blogs will be posted here.……


Developing the Peak Day Dataset Using MetrixLT

I think of MetrixLT as a fancy load shape manipulator and calculator. While the software was originally designed to calibrate load shapes to monthly…


Utilities Have an Opportunity to Lead Industry Transformation and Pave the Way to a More Resourceful World

Utility companies have long been the pillars of our communities, linked with the prosperity of nations, serving as an engine of commerce and…


Creating a Nonlinear Growth Variable

I love straight lines. After all, the fastest route between any two points is a straight line. But in forecasting, going from point A to point B…


How Comverge is Using Machine Learning to Improve Demand Response Forecasts

This blog was originally posted on Comverge.com. Itron acquired Comverge on June 1, 2017, and  all future demand response blogs will be posted here.……


Energy Forecasting Accuracy Trends Free Brown Bag Seminar

Interested in learning about the latest energy forecasting accuracy trends? Itron has been collecting information on industry growth expectations and…


The Difference Between AR(1) and Lagged Dependent Terms

Recently, a utilities regulator tried replicating a client’s regression model used for forecasting customer growth. The regulator wished to build the…


Itron Plays Key Role in Envision America Workshop

Itron, a world-leading technology and services company dedicated to the resourceful use of energy and water, is pleased to be among the partner…


The Internet of Things Generating a Buzz at CES in Las Vegas

It’s day three of the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas, and as always it’s living up to the hype. From cool innovations in drones and car concepts…


Finding the Right Tool

My desire to make popcorn for the evening of binge watching came to a sudden halt when the microwave door latch stuck.  Undeterred by this setback, I…


CPS Energy Data Scientist Job Openings

One of our forecasting clients, CPS Energy located in San Antonio, Texas is looking for two Data Scientist positions as Market Analytics Program…


Not only Smart but Active – Distributed Intelligence for IoT

In the developing age of the Internet of Things (IoT), we must stay attune to emerging technologies and industry transformations. What if real IoT…


Save the Date – 14th Annual Energy Forecasting Meeting & Training

Mark your calendars for 14th Annual Energy Forecasting Meeting & Training.  We’ll be in Scottsdale, Arizona at the W Hotel on May 17-20.  There…


Connecting Today’s Cities for Greater Resourcefulness Tomorrow

The need to apply technology to solve real challenges in our communities is growing. Cities and utilities across the country are facing a broad range…


Are SAE Models Accurate?

If you follow Itron’s forecasting work, you know that we’ve employed Statistically Adjusted End Use (SAE) models since the early 2000’s.  To date,…


IUW15 Knowledge Center – Spotlight on Itron Total Services and Solar Monitoring Solution

This afternoon we spoke with Itron’s Bryan Seal and Jeff Simmelink in the Knowledge Center to learn more about Itron® Total Services and our solar…


Don’t Show Me Big Data, Show Me the Right Data

The second Big Picture Session we attended today was “Don’t Show Me Big Data, Show Me the Right Data.” The session was moderated by Jill Feblowitz,…


What Will the Utility Business Model Look Like in 2025?

This year, we added new Big Picture sessions to the Itron Utility Week line up. The thought-provoking sessions were led by industry leaders and…


IUW15 Knowledge Center – Spotlight on Itron Riva

This afternoon, we caught up with Todd Tucker, senior director of solutions marketing at Itron, to learn more about ITRON RIVA™, the new edge…


Pressures on Smart Grid Business Cases

This afternoon we attended an Itron Utility Week breakout session with Tracy Tinsley, project manager, information management, at Duke Energy.…


Moving to a Single Multipurpose IP Network – Looking out to Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart Cities

Itron Utility Week 2015 kicked off this morning with a great general session! We hope you had a chance to watch the livestream, but if you weren’t…


Innovating for the Future of Utilities: Itron and Cisco

  It’s day two of the Knowledge Conference at one of the year’s most anticipated events – Itron Utility Week. Utility industry observers have…


Siemens Digital Grid – When It Comes to Resourceful Innovation – Agility Is Key

Utilities are facing tremendous uncertainty as the consumerization of energy drives a transformation of their business.  The key to thriving in this…


A Solution for Utilities Looking to Affordably Upgrade Their Capacitor Bank Controllers to Include Ami Features and Benefits.

  Nighthawk’s new CCU960 Cellular AMI Capacitor Bank controller plugs into any standard capacitor bank controller socket.  It provides an…


CEPCI Senior Economist Position Available

One of our forecasting clients, Central Electric Power Cooperative, Inc. (CEPCI) is seeking a Senior Economist with load forecasting duties.…


Smart City Vision Reaches the White House: Itron Joins Team of Partners to make Envision America a Reality

Cities and utilities across the country are facing a broad range of pressing problems and considering how to best navigate and utilize technology for…


EKPC Load Forecast Analyst Job Opening

One of our forecasting clients, EKPC, is looking for a load forecast analyst. East Kentucky Power has an opening for a Load Forecast Analyst in our…


New Research: Utility Customers Wanting More Communication, Smarter Thermostats

This blog was originally posted on Comverge.com. Itron acquired Comverge on June 1, 2017, and  all future demand response blogs will be posted here.……


Peak Survey

Itron’s forecasting group is currently conducting an Electric Peak Load Modeling Survey. The purpose of this survey is to gather information about…


Comverge Ranked Number One Demand Response Provider by Navigant Research

This blog was originally posted on Comverge.com. Itron acquired Comverge on June 1, 2017, and  all future demand response blogs will be posted here.……


Time to Get Your Customers Digitally Engaged

This blog was originally posted on Comverge.com. Itron acquired Comverge on June 1, 2017, and  all future demand response blogs will be posted here.……


Using In-Line Transformation in the Report Object

  I’m developing a forecast that requires base, high, and low scenarios.  After building the base scenario, the high and low scenarios are…


AWWA Anaheim: Itron Highlights from the Conference & Exposition

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) Annual Conference & Exposition recently took place in sunny California. Approximately 11,500 water…


Lessons Learned from Itron’s 13th Annual Energy Forecasting Meeting

I just returned from Itron’s 13th Annual Energy Forecasting Meeting & Training, which took place in Baltimore on May 6 and 7, 2015.  A total of…


Itron Discusses the Internet of Things in Incisor Magazine

Incisor IoT Article Incisor Magazine recently published an article by Itron’s Roberto Aiello about the Internet of Things (IoT) and moving from…


Comparison of Peak Forecasting Methods Brown Bag Seminar Recap

On Tuesday, March 24, we held our first brown bag seminar of the year, “Comparison of Peak Forecasting Methods,” which provided an overview of peak…


Free Itron Forecasting Brown Bag Seminars

For more than 10 years, Itron has conducted its popular hour-long internet brown bag seminars on a range of forecasting topics. Itron has always been…


Accelerating the Integration of Variable Generation into the Electric Grid

Recently, I was invited to speak at the Utility Variable Generation Integration Group (UVIG) Conference, which was focused on improving the…


Envision Charlotte: Building a Smart City Through Collaboration and Innovation

Itron and Envision Charlotte recently hosted a conversation about the role technology and collaboration play in driving urban modernization and…


Itron Highlights Collaboration with Microsoft on CityNext Initiative

Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona During the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona, Sharelynn Moore, Itron's vice president of…


Energy Impacts of the Internet of Things

At the Itron Utility Week 2014 Conference, I reported on Itron’s foray into the Internet of Things (IoT) with the new Riva platform. Now that I am…


Itron Celebrates Frost & Sullivan 2014 North American Smart City Company of the Year Award at DistribuTECH 2015

This afternoon at DistribuTECH 2015, Itron celebrated our Frost & Sullivan 2014 North American Smart City Company of the Year Award with an award…


Itron Showcases New 4G LTE Smart Metering Solution at DistribuTECH 2015

As the world becomes increasingly more connected, continual communication and access to data are becoming more important. In response to this need,…


The Age of Resourcefulness. Doing More While Consuming Less.

DistribuTECH 2015 kicked off this morning and during the opening session, we heard from Itron President and CEO Philip Mezey about waste and…


Improving Net Load

Renewable Portfolio Standard requirements and decreasing costs of photovoltaics (PV) are resulting in significant amounts of solar PV systems being…


An Open Dialogue: The Benefits of Two-Way Communication in Demand Response Programs

This blog was originally posted on Comverge.com. Itron acquired Comverge on June 1, 2017, and  all future demand response blogs will be posted here.……


Heat Pumps: Gaining Ground in Colder Climates

Air source heat pumps were once predominately found in the warmer southern regions of the U.S. where temperatures infrequently drop below freezing.…


Technologies You Can Rely On: The Importance of a Pay-for-Performance Approach to Demand Response

This blog was originally posted on Comverge.com. Itron acquired Comverge on June 1, 2017, and  all future demand response blogs will be posted here.……


Holiday Savings

With Christmas rapidly approaching and neighborhoods throughout North America intricately decorated with a variety of Christmas lights, I can’t help…


The Fundamentals of Sales and Demand Forecasting Workshop, October 2014

Last month we held our Fundamentals of Sales and Demand Forecasting workshop in Boston. It was a great turn out with 15 forecasters from across the…


The Power of Prices

It’s 3 p.m. on a warm summer San Diego afternoon. My south facing windows are hot to the touch, but the building air conditioning units efficiently…


Internet of Things (IoT), the Cloud, Edge Analytics…

  As my eyes wandered through the Knowledge Center at this year’s recent Itron Utility Week (IUW), I was captivated by the future. Stretching…


European Utility Week 2014 Talks Smart Cities

Exhibitions and sessions at the upcoming European Utility Week will highlight new demands for a sustainable future and offer the biggest smart…


Seattle Business Magazine Recognizes Itron at the 2014 Community Impact Awards

Seattle Business magazine honored Itron among the region’s most influential community leaders on October 22, 2014, at the inaugural Community Impact…


The 2015 Annual Energy Forecasting Meeting is moving East!

After 12 years on the West Coast, the Annual Energy Forecasting/EFG Meeting and Training is moving east! The 13th Annual Meeting will be in…


Smart City Innovation at Envision Charlotte

Live streaming from San Antonio this afternoon, Amy Aussieker, executive director of Envision Charlotte, discussed how the Envision Charlotte smart…


Real World Experiences with Home Area Network Applications

In our ever-connected world, customers are demanding more technology and information to give them understanding and control of their energy usage. In…


IUW Knowledge Center – Gas Telemetry

In the Knowledge Center, Kevin Alishouse discussed Itron’s Gas Telemetry product portfolio. At this year’s conference we’re showing two commercially…


Technology Watch – The Latest and Greatest Smart Grid Trends

Technology innovation is occurring at an exponential rate and new technologies promise huge benefits for utilities’ business operations. This…


IUW Knowledge Center – Itron Analytics for Water and Gas

The Itron Analytics solution encompasses products and services designed to turn data into faster, more informed and increasingly automated…


How Energy, Water and the Smart Grid Lead to Smart Cities

More of the world’s population lives in urban areas than ever before. As city populations grow, the demand for services increases and officials are…


IUW Knowledge Center – Smart Cities

Becca Jones and Roberto Aiello from Itron walked us through how Itron technology is helping to shape the smart cities of the future. Itron enables…


IUW Knowledge Center – Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

As part of IUW, Itron experts and partners are exhibiting multiple technologies at the Knowledge Center. We spoke with John Knuth regarding Itron’s…


Utilizing the Itron Cloud for Managed Services

Itron Utility Week’s Knowledge Conference is in full swing, and during one of our morning sessions, we heard from Rusty Cunningham, meter services…


Itron Expands Riva Solution with Smart Load Control

Itron Utility Week’s Knowledge Conference kicked off this morning with an exciting announcement. Today, we launched a new Itron solution – Smart Load…


Meet the Next Era of the Smart Grid: Unlocking Consumer Engagement

Today's guest blog post is from Dean Schiller, CEO CEIVA Energy We’re entering a new era of the smart grid. Itron has spent years working with…


Register to Watch Itron Utility Week Live

Not able to attend Itron Utility Week in person? Greentech Media is streaming Monday and Tuesday's general sessions as well as two key breakout…


Itron Brings Edge Intelligence to Internet of Things World Forum

    Itron Riva’s edge intelligence enables easy integration of third-party devices and real-time decision-making capabilities while…


The First MetrixND Newsletter

I stumbled across the first MetrixND newsletter today. In July 1998, Regional Economic Research (RER) was preparing users for the MetrixND 1.2…


Russ Vanos Featured in Meeting of the Minds- The Annual

Itron's Russ Vanos is a featured author in the most recent addition of The Annual, a Meeting of the Minds publication highlighting key blog posts…


Are Utility Sales Trending Up?

Just the other day, I saw a news article that raised the question of whether utilities' sales are trending up. Considering the reports from EIA and…


Ex-Im Bank drives growth in Africa and America

Today Itron President and CEO Philip Mezey provided a guest blog post to The Hill Newspaper. In his post, Mezey shares ways the Ex-Im Bank and…


Leveraging Advanced Metering Infrastructure to Improve Outage Response

Getting a handle on overall grid reliability and outage trends for the entire U.S. is challenging. Despite generally high reliability numbers, power…


Itron Selects Microsoft Azure as Preferred Cloud Platform

Itron recently announced that it intends to use Microsoft Azure as its preferred cloud platform for Itron Analytics. The cloud computing and…


ERCOT Forecasting Planning Analyst Job Opening

One of our forecasting clients, ERCOT, is looking for a forecasting planning analyst. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) manages the…


Smart Grid Technology Applied to Industrial IoT

Over the past few years there has been increased interest in using technologies currently deployed in smart grids for Internet of Things (IoT)…


Using the Right Weather Data

I recently reviewed a customer’s monthly weather normalization model. The regression model included cooling degree days (CDD), heating degree days…


Taking a Holistic Approach to Non-Revenue Water

Every day, between 10 and 30 percent of water pumped is lost or unaccounted for. Known as non-revenue water (NRW), this lost water costs utilities a…


Hybrid and Electric Cars: Implications for Electricity Usage

As of 2013, all electric vehicles are considerably more expensive than hybrid-electric vehicles, not to mention gasoline-powered cars.  However, the…


Connecting the Unconnected—Leveraging Technology to Improve the Way Cities are Designed, Built and Run

Achieving greater sustainability – in the economic, social and environmental realms– is possible when we connect people, process, data and things in…


Itron Leads Industry in Energy Forecasting

Meeting Highlights Issues and Solutions for ISOs and RTOs At the start of May, over 20 representatives from 11 different U.S. and Canadian…


Future Focus—Extending Value in the Gas Industry

Gas utilities around the world face a complex mix of new challenges. The emergence of new gas sources, rising customer expectations for information…


How could cities better connect all their residents to economic opportunity?

How do cities create greater opportunity for their residents? In two words, innovation and collaboration. With the world’s population reaching 8…


Managing Energy and Water Resources to Shape Cities of the Future

In a trend of ever-expanding urban centers, more than half of the world’s population now lives in towns and cities for the first time in history. As…


The Buzz about Solar Forecasting

Installed solar generation capacity is growing worldwide and this movement’s effect on load forecasts is significant. Energy service providers and…


12th Annual Energy Forecasting Meeting

                          It’s been a couple weeks since the 12th Annual Energy…


12th Annual Energy Forecasting Meeting Approaches

Next week Itron hosts the 12th Annual Energy Forecasting Meeting at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. On April 2-3, 2014, over 50 forecasters from…


Free Itron Forecasting Brown Bag Seminars

Itron is proud to continue hosting the popular hour-long internet seminars covering a range of forecasting topics. Itron is always at the forefront…


Tips & Tricks: Creating an Index in MetrixND

Comparing multiple economic drivers in MetrixND can be difficult when the data series are developed in different units. Employment, reported in…


The Solar Lease Deal

Working in the energy industry puts a big target on your chest when it comes to solar leasing deals. In the span of weeks, I have had several friends…


Welcome

Welcome to Itron’s Forecasting Blog dedicated to energy forecasting related discussions and ideas. For over 30 years, Itron has worked with electric…


Save the Date for Itron Utility Week 2014

Itron Utility Week is Itron’s annual customer event where gas, water and electric utility customers meet to discuss emerging trends and share best…


IUW Closes Strong, Attendees Mix It Up, Next Year Texas-Bound

Itron Utility Week closed with great fanfare. Attendees exited the last sessions of the day and flooded into the nearby convention hall to watch a…


Cathodic Protection, Customer Portal Added to Itron Analytics Suite

Two new ways to utilize AMI networks and data to extract more value out of existing assets. To complement Itron’s new 100T-CP Cathodic Protection…


IUW Thinks Big: Building a “Green Highway”, Microgrids and Big Brother

Big Brother, Hackers and the Smart Grid Smart grid, AMI and interval data has caused, according to Tim Wolf, Itron’s director of marketing for smart…


Keynotes: Ford’s 30 Million Electric Miles; Hogshead Fascinates, Stirs Crowd

Mike Tinskey, director, global vehicle electrification and infrastructure, talked electric vehicles this morning. Here’s the gist of his keynote:…


Monday’s Moonlight Beach Bash Lights Way for Tuesday’s Events

The beach bash was a blast. The band rocked. Costumes abounded. Dance moves gave way to late-night laughs.   On Deck for Tuesday A number of…


IUW Keynote Dr. Webber on Energy-Water Nexus, Resourcefulness and You

Ahead of his keynote address, we met with the Itron Utility Week keynote speaker, Dr. Michael Evan Webber, to dive a little deeper into how the…


Break! The IUW Knowledge Center Gathers People to Connect, Converse, Collaborate

The whole Itron portfolio. The dedicated people who helped create it. The customers who use it at work to manage energy and water. All in one……


General Session Opens with Itron CEO Philip Mezey on Be Resourceful: Being Smart with What We Have

The general session opened with addresses from Philip Mezey, Itron’s president and CEO, and Sharelynn Moore, vice president, corporate marketing and…


Smart Charging as Collaborative Energy Exchange Lowers Barriers, Gives Control to Consumers

Our Nissan Leaf is an exciting addition to the Knowledge Center. One can’t help but hop in and see what the future of transportation holds. “Cool”…


IUW Hits Orlando: Newcomers Meet IUW Advisory Board, Itron

As the more than 1,000 attendees flooded into the Hyatt Regency (formerly Peabody) Orlando on Sunday, Itron Utility Week started to take shape.…


Knowledge Center Opens with Air Abuzz

The Itron Utility Week Knowledge Center opened this afternoon to the familiar sound of fun and laughter. As we write, customers are getting their…


IUW Monday Preview: Dr. Webber on Energy-Water Nexus, Exclusive Media Briefing, Utility Presentations, Beach Bash

KEYNOTE Itron Utility Week opens tomorrow with an exciting keynote from Dr. Michael Even Webber, of the Webber Energy Group. A regular contributor…


Tune in Tomorrow: Live IUW Media Briefing with Itron Executives, Customers and Partners

  Join us for an exclusive media briefing. In the streaming broadcast, Itron executives will unveil the latest company news and developments.…


Itron Utility Week, Created for and Sustained by Utility Industry Leaders, Kicks off Sunday with Focus on Being Resourceful

  Itron Utility Week brings together nearly 1,000 industry experts from some of the largest utility companies in the U.S. to talk about trends…


You Still Have Time to Register for Itron Utility Week

Registration Is Open You still have time to learn from and collaborate with Itron employees, partners and industry leaders to drive better…


Utility Industry Leaders Bob Sitkauskas and Brad Long Join Itron Utility Week Board of Directors

The Itron Utility Week board of directors recently gained two new members: Bob Sitkauskas, manager of AMI for DTE Energy’s Major Enterprise Project…


Email Delivery Tips

It has been brought to our attention that some of our customers have not been receiving Itron Utility Week emails. Itron uses Cvent to send…