Energy Management

SCTE 212: Show Me the Money

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One goal of SCTE’s Energy 2020 Program specifically calls out cost: Energy Cost Reduction by 25 Percent on a Unit Basis. As noted in my last post, SCTE standards 211 and 213 address the collection of data; however, financial data is not covered. SCTE 212 steps up to that challenge. This standard, aptly named Cable Operator Energy Audit Framework and Establishment of Energy Baseline, provides a common approach to the auditing of power consumption and the accurate establishment of baseline energy measurements for cable system operators’ inside and outside plants.

The standard contains five key steps for accurately identifying power and energy costs:

  • Comprehensive inventory of ALL power supplies
  • Working with utility providers and obtaining their inventory of record of accounts
  • Identification of deltas between the cable operator inventory and utility record
  • Reconciliation of differences based on the list comparison
  • Definition of power strategy to renegotiate billing rates and optimize power consumed in the network

Does a regular network energy audit process and baseline take dedication, time, and staff resources? You bet! However, the demonstrated return on investment is in the neighborhood of 25 percent utility cost avoidance!

Adopting energy standards and conducting this relatively simple energy audit can dramatically improve your network’s energy efficiency—and help the industry achieve the goal of Energy Cost Reduction by 25 Percent on a Unit Basis by the year 2020.

Are you up to the challenge? Tell SCTE what you think about implementing SCTE 212. Better still, share your findings and expertise with peers on a higher level by joining the ANSI-accredited SCTE Standards Program.


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