SCTE sets network power consumption standards for Energy 2020 program

The SCTE has established the first standard sets for its year-old Energy 2020 electrical-power consumption initiative.

Launched in June of 2014, Energy 2020 is a collaborative effort involving Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC), Cox Communications, Bright House, Bend Broadband, Rogers Communications, Suddenlink Communications and Buckeye CableSystems.

Goals of the program are to reduce power consumption by 20 percent on a unit basis; to cut energy cost by 25 percent (also on a unit basis); to reduce grid dependency by 10 percent; to optimize technical facilities and datacenter footprint by 20 percent and to establish vendor partnerships that will impact hardware development by the end of the decade.

The program's Energy Metrics, Data Collection & Reporting Working Group has published four standards. "In terms of overall effort, it is a big step in the program," said Dan Cooper, VP, critical infrastructure for TWC and chair of the SCTE Standards Energy Management Subcommittee, to FierceCable. "It was one of the foundational pieces we wanted to get established." 

The standards read as follows:

> SCTE 210 2015—"Performance Metrics for Energy Efficiency & Functional Density of Cable Data Generation, Storage, Routing and Transport Equipment": Sets energy efficiency guidelines for rack or shelf equipment, focusing on digital data transport-critical facility devices.

> SCTE 211 2015—"Energy Metrics for Cable Operator Access Networks": Enables cable operators to measure how effective changes in the access network service impact energy consumption from both a high-level and functional operations perspective.

> SCTE 212 2015—"Cable Operator Energy Audit Framework and Establishment of Energy Baseline": Delivers guidelines for cable system operators to establish energy baselines for their facilities and networks.

> SCTE 213 2015—"Edge and Core Facilities Energy Metrics": Provides procedures to help operators measure how effective changes in the service impact energy consumption from both high-level and functional work perspectives.

According to Cooper, the four standards build off the earlier-published SCTE 186 2012, which was created prior to the formation of the 2020 initiative. This standard defines environmental and sustainability requirements for cable modem termination systems, receivers, modulators, video encoders, multimedia gateways, servers, routers, and switches.

"We established some goals and defined what exactly we are measuring," Cooper said. "The standards being announced here are critical to say, 'This is where we are today, and this is how we are measuring where we are.'"

For more:
- read this SCTE press release

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