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Due to the ever-growing network capacity demand, energy-efficient and scalable networking solutions are needed in all networking segments. This paper focuses on the metro segment and compares the power consumption for four different technologies: Ethernet, Reconfigurable Optical Add-Drop Multiplexers (ROADM), Optical Transport Networks (OTN), and an optical packet switching (OPS) solution called Packet Optical Add-Drop Multiplexers (“POADM”), which was recently proposed. A novel resource allocation strategy for POADM-based OPS multi-rate rings is proposed for the first time. The multi-rate POADM ring network resource allocation problem is shown to be NP-hard and solved using both an MILP formulation and a heuristic. The MILP formulation and the heuristic are compared, along with dimensioning results for Ethernet and ROADM/OTN ring networks. Results show that multi-rate POADM rings achieve savings up to 10% with respect to single-rate design and can be enabled by assigning a different rate to each wavelength. Furthermore, POADM rings can be up to 5 times more energy-efficient than Ethernet rings and 30% than ROADM rings, assuming similar network efficiencies.