SCTE Lights Up Energy Standards Initiatives

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) has kicked off three new standards and recommended practices initiatives aimed at key areas focused on energy and operations: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery; DC Powering; and Carbon Data Management.

The SCTE said the launch starts a formal process that will seek input for developing the standards and practices. The new set of projects is comprised of:

• Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery for Network Operators, which will study best practices to prepare for and respond to natural and manmade disasters that may result in widespread network outages. The project is to be chaired by Joseph Viens, director of enterprise business continuity and crisis management for Time Warner Cable.

•380 VDC Power Distribution for Cable Facilities, which will address the opportunity to simplify and optimize network electrical systems through the application of DC power distribution. It’s co-chaired by Andy Clancy of Universal Electric Corp./StarLine DC Solutions and Tyson Morris of Alpha Technologies.

•Recommended Practices for Carbon Data Collection and Management, which is intended to help cable system operators map their carbon footprints to identify opportunities to increase energy efficiency and cost savings. It’s led by Adrian Shulock, senior sustainability strategist of Coppervale Enterprises.

“The continued interest of our industry in improved energy management and business continuity practices is driving increased levels of activity at the intersection of the SCTE Energy Program and the SCTE Standards Program,” said Derek DiGiacomo, senior director, information systems and energy management programs for SCTE, in a statement.  “These projects are important steps toward enabling the industry to monitor and reduce energy usage, and to improve the ability of our networks to function in the face of adverse circumstances.”