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Saving Energy for Consumers
In participating in a major new Set-Top Box Energy Conservation Agreement, NCTA member companies today re-affirmed the industry’s strong commitment to continued improvement in the energy efficiency of the set-top boxes we provide to our customers. Signatories of the agreement include several NCTA member companies: cable operators Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox, Charter, Cablevision, Bright House Networks and manufacturers Cisco, Motorola, and ARRIS. They have joined satellite and telco TV providers in an organized voluntary approach to achieve dramatic energy savings without sacrificing the ability to innovate and compete. Our industry has for several years worked on improving the energy efficiency of set-top boxes. Low power usage is good for business and good for our customers. It lowers the cost of leasing set-top boxes, results in fewer trouble calls, and delivers better performance in a competitive marketplace. Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) praised the agreement saying, "I would like to congratulate the 15 companies that joined today’s agreement, which will save consumers billions of dollars in reduced electricity bills." Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) also lauded the industry noting, "I commend the industry for proactively developing a consensus agreement that will save their customers money, and not waiting for a federal mandate that forces them to act." In the landmark agreement that NCTA and CEA announced today – which takes effect on January 1, 2013 – the six largest cable companies commit that:
- They will ensure that 90 percent of all new set-top boxes they purchase and deploy after 2013 will meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR 3.0 efficiency levels.
- For immediate residential electricity savings, they will enable “light sleep” capabilities in more than 10 million digital video recorders that are already in homes.
- They will field test “deep sleep” functionality in next generation cable set-top boxes and will deploy that next generation functionality if successful.
- They will work through a new organization, in collaboration with other energy stakeholders, to keep updating energy efficiency measures as the technology advances.