Cable is facing extreme energy costs if it does not adhere to the new changes called for by the new initiative Energy 2020, says Heavy Reading Cable Industry Insider.

December 30, 2014

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NEW YORK -- The cable industry is in danger of spending over $4 billion in energy costs by 2020 if it does not make the many significant changes called for by a new initiative called Energy 2020, according to the latest report from Heavy Reading Cable Industry Insider (, a subscription research service from Heavy Reading (

Cable Challenged to Cut Energy Consumption & Costs discusses cable's energy initiatives and profiles six companies that are offering various energy management products and services specifically to the U.S. cable industry.

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"The cable industry is embarking on its most ambitious effort ever to cut its energy consumption and associated costs," notes Craig Leddy, research analyst with Heavy Reading Cable Industry Insider and author of the report. "Dubbed Energy 2020, the initiative sets specific energy reduction goals for the next five years, including reducing equipment power consumption by 20 percent, cutting associated energy costs by 25 percent and decreasing cable technology grid dependency by 10 percent."

Today cable is spending more than $1 billion a year on energy and those costs are forecast to approach $4 billion by the end of the decade, Leddy says. "Unless significant steps are taken, power utilization will increase by 280 percent and cable's cost of energy will grow to nearly 300 percent of current expenditures by 2020," he continues. "While various companies have made strides in saving energy for themselves, the Energy 2020 initiative is designed to promote better sharing of information and best practices so that the industry benefits as a whole."

Key findings of Cable Challenged to Cut Energy Consumption & Costs include the following:

  • The U.S. cable industry is undertaking an Energy 2020 initiative to significantly reduce its energy consumption by 2020.

    • Cable's energy costs will rise from $1 billion to nearly $4 billion by 2020 unless steps are taken, according to SCTE.

    • MSOs are challenging suppliers to meet certain energy reduction goals while maintaining the same equipment performance.

    • MSOs are heading various efforts to reduce energy across operations and establish performance metrics and best practices.

    • A Voluntary Set-top Agreement on STB power reduction so far has saved American consumers about $168 million, according to an annual progress report.

    • The energy efforts require diligence and MSO/supplier cooperation to succeed.

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