Energy Management

Energy 2020 and Financial Modeling

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The Energy 2020 plenary meeting last week included plentiful discussion of standards and operational practices that can help cable achieve its five-year goals of double-digit percentage reductions in energy cost and consumption, but one of the most important sessions dealt not with technology but with the business side of the program.

Joe Jensen, CTO of Block Communications, delivered a presentation that focused on the need to build financial models that would assist operators in making energy cost savings a primary consideration when they are deciding on investments in network equipment and architectures.

Jensen’s presentation (join the ANSI-accredited SCTE Standards Program to access his and the other presentations) outlined the need to take a three-phase approach to financial modeling, namely:

  • Building a foundation for measurement by creating an Access Network Reference Model and a Cost-Avoidance Template;
  • Creating an assessment by modeling current and emerging access network architectures; and
  • Expanding modeling to include additional factors, such as electrical rate plans, as well as the activities of other Energy 2020 working groups.

More than 100 individuals representing cable operators, vendors, and related constituencies attended the plenary meeting, the third to be conducted by SCTE this year. Dan Cooper, vice president of critical infrastructure, datacenter management and datacenter strategy for Time Warner Cable, and Mark Dzuban, president and CEO of SCTE, opened the event, which was conducted in Time Warner Cable’s Herndon, Va., offices.

The Energy 2020 community will convene again at the Energy 2020 Session on Thursday, Oct. 15 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo® 2015, in New Orleans. Be sure to register for Expo and attend this session and the workshops in the B2B Solutions and Energy 2020 conference track. If you and your organization are not already engaged in Energy 2020, Expo will provide the perfect setting to launch your involvement.

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