Comcast’s John Schanz To Issue Energy Challenge

Exec To Keynote ‘Energy 2020’ Session At Cable-Tec Expo
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John Schanz, the chief network officer and EVP of Comcast Cable, will head up an “Energy 2020” session at next month’s SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Denver that aims to spark the next phase of an industry initiative aimed at cutting power consumption and energy grid dependency.

Schanz is set to keynote the 90-minute session, set for Wednesday, Sept. 24, and “will challenge the industry to create a new collaborative energy vision for the future,” SCTE said.

“We are looking to make a quantum leap since we recognize the incremental changes we have been making for decades will not get us where we ultimately need to be,” Schanz said, in a statement. “This session will lay out a framework that must be made now for the industry to fully reap the benefits of the Energy 2020 program by the beginning of the next decade.” 

In June, the SCTE announced the preliminary goals for Energy 2020, a multi-year campaign spawned by the SCTE Energy Management program. Among the goals, the initiative is aiming to reduce power consumption by 20% on a unit basis and energy costs by 25% on a unit basis, and to cut grid dependency to 10%. Initial MSO “stakeholders” in the initiative include Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, Bright House Networks, Bend Broadband, Rogers Communications, Suddenlink Communications and Buckeye CableSystem.

Following Schanz’s keynote, other engineering execs will cover a range of related topics during the Energy 2020 session:

-Energy Efficiency, led by Ivan Lamoureux, vice president, network engineering, Suddenlink;

-Energy Integration into Operations, led by Simpson Cumba, director, data center management, Comcast;

-Drive Density & Performance, led by Wade Holmes, vice president, technology, BendBroadband; and

-Performance and Reliability Tiering, led by Dan Cooper, vice president, critical infrastructure, Time Warner Cable.

“Meeting cable’s ambitious goals of slashing energy usage, costs and dependencies by up to 25 percent requires active participation from the operator and vendor communities,” said Mark Dzuban, president and CEO of SCTE.  “By driving new standards and performance metrics, Energy 2020 is laying the foundation for future equipment purchases that can significantly change the industry’s energy footprint and consumption patterns.”