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…