Cable Challenged to Cut Energy Consumption & Costs
|出版日期||內容資訊||英文 13 Pages
|有線電視產業的降低能源消費量、成本的課題 Cable Challenged to Cut Energy Consumption & Costs|
|出版日期: 2014年12月31日||內容資訊: 英文 13 Pages||
2014年6月洛杉磯時報，刊載了「機上盒(以下STB)在家庭內是耗電力最大的裝置」報導。關於報導的內容有討論的空間，不過報導本身，帶來有線電視產業過去5年苦心致力的「綠色化」的動向，還有將來漫漫長路的介紹機會。雖然多數的有線電視企業和產品供應商為了本身還有客戶，致力於節能和減輕成本，不過，行動仍零星分散，未成為捲入產業全體的東西。儘管如此，在「Energy 2020」所發表的目標，今後5年的野心是削減STB的電力使用量為20％，相關成本為25％，來自外部的電力供給的依賴度為10％。若對未來不採取必要的措施，預計2020年有線電視產業的電力消耗量增大為280％，費用增大為300％。反過來，被期待如果「Energy 2020」成功，資訊共有制和最佳業務實踐的建立有所發展，帶給產業全體很大的優點與對環境方面的貢獻。
In June 2014, a Los Angeles Times story warned that set-top boxes (STBs) have become "power hogs" inside of homes. While the Times' assertion is debatable, the article was the type of stinging reminder that cable's efforts to "go green," which began in earnest more than five years ago, still have a long way to go. Dozens of cable companies and suppliers have taken steps to save energy and costs for themselves and their customers, but those individual efforts largely have been sporadic and uncoordinated across the industry as a whole.
Now the industry is embarking on its most ambitious effort ever to cut its energy consumption and associated costs. 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, according to SCTE's analysis. 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, SCTE said. During an Energy 2020 session at the recent SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Denver, MSO executives called upon technology suppliers to provide equipment that meets the energy-saving goals.
The goals of Energy 2020 are impressive - and challenging. By rallying around specific percentages of energy reduction, SCTE and its partners have set specific, quantifiable savings levels for the industry to strive to attain. 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.
When companies prove that "going green means saving green" (as in cash), environmentally-friendly technologies and practices can become a regular part of cable's daily routine and the industry will play a larger part in supporting this ecological imperative.
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.
Excerpt: Energy Demand Forecast for U.S. Cable Industry
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Summary Statistics for the United States, 2002-2012 and
Cisco Visual Networking Index. Forecast and Methodology, 2003-2018.
Despite efforts to curtail energy usage, the cable industry's energy consumption and costs are forecast to increase dramatically unless remedies are taken. The following excerpt, from an SCTE Energy 2020 overview presentation, illustrates the dramatic rise in energy demands facing the U.S. cable industry if it does not take energy-saving steps.
Companies profiled in this report include: Alpha Technologies Inc., a member of The Alpha Group Inc.; Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO); CommScope Inc. (Nasdaq: COMM); Coppervale Enterprises Inc., a member of The Alpha Group Inc.; Hitachi Consulting Corp.; and Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC).