Lee College of Engineering Students Take Top Places at Energy Forecasting Competition

Date Published: 
May 14, 2015

Doctoral students from several UNC Charlotte programs took top honors at an energy forecasting competition this spring.

At the NPower Forecasting Challenge, more than 40 teams competed throughout a one-month, three-round challenge. Team BigDEAL from UNC Charlotte secured third in the competition. The team was made up of INES Ph.D. students Bidong Liu, Jingrui Xie and Lili Zhang, and Electrical Engineering Ph.D. student Xiaoqian Lyu. Dr. Tao Hong of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management supervised the team. 

"The excellent performance of our students in international competitions like the NPower Challenge reflects the effectiveness of the world-class education system we have been developing in the energy space," said Dr. Johan Enslin, director of Energy Production and Infrastructure Center at UNC Charlotte.  "We are producing the world-class workforce for the industry."

Accurate electricity demand forecast is essential to the efficiency, sustainability and reliability of the electric power systems. Having an accurate view of how much energy a customer will use is essential to ensure that the power companies buy the right amount and minimize the costs. The utility industry is facing the workforce crisis in the area of energy analytics.