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SCTE cites energy management program as reducing 46% cost in electricity from the grid during Q12011


April 11, 2011
By Alyssa Dalton

April 11, 2011


The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE)
has reduced
costs of electricity from the grid by 46% during the first quarter of
2011, it said, as a result of a comprehensive energy-reduction program
instituted at its headquarters facility here.

Using comparative figures for the January-March periods from the 2009 baseline year and 2011, SCTE announced that its implementation of alternative power sources and its use of more efficient lighting and information technology systems contributed to the reduced draw from public power sources. CLICK HERE to view SCTE’s findings.

Created in conjunction with the introduction of SCTE’s industry-wide Smart Energy Management Initiative (SEMI), the program includes:

• Installation in partnership with Alpha Technologies of a solar system that has met 100% of critical IT equipment power needs and 10% of total headquarters demand;
• Pro-active replacement of high-wattage lighting fixtures with LED bulbs, resulting in a reduction in power of up to 89%; and
• The acquisition of new servers with advanced processors and more efficient power supplies as part of a server virtualization project that allows SCTE to operate critical business systems with 50% fewer servers.

"A successful energy management program requires visibility into and action on a variety of factors that contribute to energy usage," said Derek DiGiacomo, head of the SEMI program for SCTE. "Our own ability to quickly reduce grid electricity costs by 46% is indicative of how the principles of our SEMI program can lower energy expenses for operators, programmers and vendors alike."

SCTE has said it intends to continue addressing energy costs in the coming year through expansion of its LED lighting activities, installation of a hydrogen fuel cell (in partnership with CommScope) for backup power to critical IT equipment, and improvements to the building envelope that will yield additional savings.