BigDEAL Webinar Series


This webinar series has been established since December 2012 under the name "Tao's Energy Forecasting Webinar Series". In October 2014, the series was renamed as "BigDEAL Webinar Series" to reflect the broaden scope in modern energy analytics. The new name "BigDEAL" refers to Big Data Energy Analytics Laboratory, the lab founded and directed by Tao at UNC Charlotte.

These webinars serve as a supplement of Tao's 2-day load forecasting course, "Electric Load Forecasting: Fundamentals and Best Practices". The topics to be covered can be categorized into two tracks: a plain talk track to address the topics from methodological aspect, and a demonstration track to address the topics from the aspect of hands-on implementation. Each webinar will take no more than one hour. Please notice that:
  • Each webinar requires a separate registration. Your registration to the previous webinar will not be rolled over to the next one.
  • If your firewall blocks the registration or evaluation pages (in Google Doc), you can send me an email to register.
  • Only the registrations on my email distribution list will be invited. If you are not on, please subscribe HERE.
  • The webinars will not be recorded except the ones with external support.
  • Each webinar will start on time.
  • Since I'm using a free webinar services, the seats are limited to ensure the quality of the presentation. If you see the registration full and are very interested in the topic, you can email me directly to get on the waiting list.
  • Please try to work with your colleagues and join the webinar from one port to save seats for other organizations.

Next Webinars

  1. Relative Humidity for Load Forecasting Models, 1pm ET, Nov 23, 2015. (Presented by Ying Chen; Audience log-in URL; Evaluation form)

Past Webinars

Plain Talks
  1. The Hidden Outliers: How to Find and Handle Them, 1pm ET, Mar 4th, 2013. (Introduction)
  2. The KISS Principle in Load Forecasting, 1pm ET, May 6th, 2013. (Introduction)
  3. Electric Load Forecasting with a Geographic Hierarchy, 2pm ET, July 15th, 2013. (Paper)
  4. Global Energy Forecasting Competition 2012: Lessons Learned and Beyond, 1pm ET, Oct 15th, 2013. (Introduction; Recording)
  5. Weather Normalization of Electricity Demand and Energy, 1pm ET, Nov 18th, 2013. (Introduction)
  6. Long Term Probabilistic Load Forecasting and Normalization with Hourly Information, 1pm ET, Mar 31st, 2014. (Paper)
  7. Weather Station Selection for Electric Load Forecasting, 1pm ET, Nov 17, 2014. (Paper)
  8. EISPC/NARUC Long Term Load Forecasting Case Study, 1pm ET, April 6, 2015. (IntroductionNARUC Report)
  1. SAS Enterprise Guide for Long Term Load Forecasting, 1pm ET, Dec 10th, 2012.
  2. Getting Started with Data Processing, 1pm ET, Feb 4th, 2013.  
  3. Exploratory Analysis, Regression Analysis, and Outlier Detection, 1pm ET, Mar 25th, 2013. 
  4. Load Forecasting in MS Excel: Limitations and Tricks, 1pm ET, Jan 27th, 2014. (Introduction; data)
  5. Point-and-click ARIMA for energy forecasting, 1pm ET, Oct 13, 2014.
Since Dec 2012, 100+ organizations have registered this webinar series:
Aalto University; AES / Indianapolis Power & Light Company; AFS; Alliant Energy; Ameren Corporation; American Electric Power; American Transmission Company; Anusha Associates; Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation; Austin Energy; BC Hydro; California ISO; Case Western University; Centerpoint Energy; Central Electric Power Cooperative Inc; CITGO Petroleum Corporation; City of Boulder; City of Mesa; Clearview Electric; Cleveland Public Power; Cliff's Nature Resources; Connexus Energy; CPS Energy; Deakin University; Direct Energy; DTE Energy; Duke Energy; East Kentucky Power Cooperative; Ecofys; Egyptian Electric Holding Company; El Paso Electric Company; Electric Reliability Council of Texas; Endurance Energy; Energy Future Holdings / Oncor Electric Delivery; Enmax Corporation; ENSIAS (High School of Technology) - Morocco; Entergy; Exelon / PECO; FirstEnergy Corporation; Florida Public Service Commission; Genesis Energy; Georgia Institute of Technology; Glacial Energy; Grenoble University (G2elab); Halliburton Company; Hawaiian Electric Industries / Hawaiian Electric Company; Hoosier Energy; i4c; Idaho Power Company; Idaho Public Utilities Commission; IGS Energy; InfoCepts; Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad; Integrys Energy Group; ISO New England; JEA; JSC TSA; Karachi Electric Supply Company; Karpman Consulting; Lakeland Electric; Las Vegas Valley Water District; Lee County Electric Cooperative; LG Energy Group; Liberty Power Corporation; Manitoba Hydro; Maryland Public Service Commission; Mega Energy; Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; MGE Energy / Madison Gas  & Electric; Midcontinent ISO; Midwest Energy, Inc; Monash University; Nebraska Public Power District; New Hampshire Electric Cooperative; New York State Energy Research and Development Authority; NextEra Energy / Florida Power & Light Company; NIEIR; North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation; Northeast Utilities; Northeast Utilities / NSTAR Electric & Gas; Northern California Power Agency; Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative; NRG Energy - Reliant Energy; NV Energy; OGE Energy / Oklahoma Gas & Electric; Oklahoma Corporation Commission; Oklahoma State University; Old Dominion Electric Cooperative; Omaha Public Power District; Pacific Gas and Electric Company; PacifiCorp; PCI; Pepco Holdings Inc; PGI; Piedmont Natural Gas Company; Pinnacle West Capital Corporation / Arizona Public Service Company; PJM Interconnection; PNM Resources; PPL; Primary Engineering and Construction; Prognos AG; Public Service Electric and Gas Company; Puget Sound Energy; Questar Corporation / Questar Gas Company; Salt River Project; SAS; Saudi Arabia Ministry of Water & Electricity; Saudi Electricity Company; SCANA Corporation; Seminole Electric Cooperative, Inc; Sempra Energy / San Diego Gas & Electric; Southern California Edison; Southern Company; Southern Company / Alabama Power; Southern Company / Mississippi Power; Star Energy; Tacoma Public Utilities / Tacoma Power; Taitem Engineering; Technical University of Denmark; Thomson Reuters; Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.; Tucson Electric Power; Union Bank; University of Limpopo; University of North Carolina at Charlotte; University of Texas  - Arlington; University of Texas - Arlington; University of Washington; US Environmental Protection Agency; Vectren Corporation; Venti Risk Management; Veolia Energy North America; Veregy Consulting; Westar Energy; Wisconsin Energy Corporation; Wppi Energy; XCEL Energy.