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Energy 2020: Powering Cable's Success

Developed as a multi-year campaign through the SCTE Energy Management Program, Energy 2020 aims to provide cable system operators with energy management standards, technology innovation, organizational solutions and training that look to help the cable industry meet Energy 2020’s goals.

Join the Industry Effort to Improve Energy Management by the Year 2020

Program Mission:

SCTE Energy 2020 Program is dedicated to applying cable’s success in developing and implementing energy management standards and best practices to the next generation of communications connectivity. Energy 2020 leads the industry’s work with current and future partners to ensure power reliability, availability and performance for new services in a sustainable way.

Program Goals

Reduce power consumption 20% on a unit basis

Reduce energy costs by 25% on a unit basis

Reduce grid dependency by 5%

Energy 2020 Initiatives:

Leveraging the input of U.S. and international operators, SCTE has identified initiatives across five categories: Facilities, Plant, Operations, Technology, and Marketing/Regulatory. Join the SCTE Standards Program where members work together to take each initiative from concept through completion. 

Energy 2020 Focus Areas



Cable Operator Power Consumption Pyramid



Edge Facilities and HFC Networks Represent the Greatest Opportunity for Energy Cost Avoidance

According to SCTE energy usage analysis of a cross section from major operators, between 73% and 83% of cable’s overall energy consumption is by hubs and headends, as well as the access network power supplies powering the active equipment on the HFC network. Industry collaboration and innovation are needed to drive efficiency in these areas.

Download Energy-Specific Standards and Best Practices

The SCTE Standards Program is responsible for standards and operational practices to improve the application of environmentally friendly and sustainable procedures and products, to create solutions that lower overall costs and increase overall performance. These documents are consensus-developed and the SCTE Engineering Committee approves SCTE standards. Many of these standards have also been approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and are so designated.

Join the Program and Support Energy 2020

Join the SCTE Standards Program. For more information on how you can participate or partner with SCTE Energy Management, please contact Derek DiGiacomo, Senior Director, Energy Management Programs and Business Continuity at ddigiacomo@scte.org.

Join the Energy 2020 Linkedin Group 

Connect with cable professionals and keep up with the latest information on the cable industry's energy initiative.