Sunday, December 1, 2013

Tao's Energy Forecasting Webinar Series

It's been one whole year since I started this webinar series on energy forecasting. This blog post is a summary of the past webinars and the plan for next year.

During the past few years, I've been working with and talking to thousands of utility professionals on the subject of forecasting. As a result of building trusted relationships, I got numerous forecasting related questions from different people all over the world. Many questions were similar. While I still managed to reply to most email inquiries, I started to think about a more effective way of helping this industry improve the forecasting practices.

In Dec 2012, I started Tao's Energy Forecasting Webinar Series. Roughly half of the topics are compiled from the questions I got from the colleagues in this field over the years. Since its inception, this webinar series has been a natural supplement to my load forecasting course. Although I try to customize the course contents as much as possible in every class, there are still some valuable pieces that cannot be covered in two or three days. These left-over pieces make up the other half of the topic pool of this webinar series.

I develop the materials so that each topic can fit in a one-hour window. Some of the webinars are plain talks on methodologies, while some are demos on how to implement the methodologies. There is no fee, no formal support (i.e., recording), and no commercial flavor. I spend my personal time developing the materials. Depending upon my business schedule, I deliver these webinars every month or two. The first webinar was offered to the past attendees of my course. I then gradually expanded the audience to my distribution list. Many thanks to those audience who offered me constructive comments, I was able to improve the series and to make it more and more worthwhile to energy forecasters.

Over the previous 12 months, I delivered 8 webinars through this channel to people from 100+ organizations worldwide. The topics and organizations are listed in the webinar page. Next year, I'm going to schedule 4 to 6 webinars. The next two topics will be
  1. More about weather normalization, and
  2. Load forecasting in MS Excel: Limitations and Tricks.
These webinars will be delivered through Anymeeting. To ensure the sound quality, I will limit the number of registration to 80. If a group of people from your organization are interested, please try to work with your co-workers and join the webinar from one port. If you see the registration full but are interested in the topic, you can email me to get on the waiting list. Please try to register in your early convenience. The last registration was in FULL status within one day.

If you are interested in this webinar series, please
  1. Get on my distribution list by sending me an email or filling in the subscription form;
  2. Check the webinar page periodically and sign up when then the registration is open.
If you have some interesting topic that you would like to present through this channel, please let me know as well. I welcome any contribution on both describing a problem and sharing a solution.


  1. Generally , it sounds good to switch from a career to another . But ,It is just 9-month contract , you can assume as a vacation from SAS career . But it is not sufficient period to judge , and prove your capabilities as a professor who came from industry and makes a difference .

    1. It's a standard tenure-track contract in the US. The university covers my 9-month salary every academic year, leaving 3 summer months for me to support myself through research grants or other funding sources. I did not plan to leave the job after the first 9 months.


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