Cable Operators Unveil ‘Energy 2020’

June 30, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

SCTE energy manageThe Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) announced a multi-year campaign within its Energy Management Program – Energy 2020 – with the goals of reducing power consumption by 20 percent on a unit basis and reducing energy costs by 25 percent on a unit basis, all by 2020.

A spokesman for SCTE said that “units” is an “evolving” metric, but that units will probably be measured on a chassis basis or on a terabit-per-watt basis.

Energy 2020 is intended to create alignment on standards and best practices and to drive design and implementation of equipment with the cable industry.

Goals for the program include:

•Reduction of grid dependency by 10 percent;

•Optimization of technical facilities and datacenters footprint by 20 percent; and

•Establishment of vendor partnerships that will impact hardware development by the end of the decade.

The vendor and operator members of the SCTE Standards Program will work together with the Energy 2020 team to create standards that will be incorporated into future cable network equipment requirements.

The SCTE Standards Program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

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