SIA brokers deal with environmentalists on legislative language

ATLANTA, October 20, 2009 - The Security Industry Association (SIA) announced this week that it has brokered a deal between the security industry and environmental groups over the energy efficiency of security devices.

According to a statement issued by the SIA, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 requires electronic devices, including surveillance cameras, intrusion detection and access control systems, to meet efficiency standards designated for “active,” “off” and “standby” models. Because efficiency standards for “off” and “standby” modes could raise costs for consumers, the SIA has reached an agreement with environmental groups that would exempt security and life safety equipment in these modes from meeting those standards and the organization said that it will present legislative language to members of Congress reflecting the agreed upon change.

“We respectfully urge Congress to adopt this common-sense proposal backed by some of the most widely respected environmental groups in the country and many SIA member companies,” SIA Director of Research Mark Visbal said in a prepared statement. “After thoughtful and productive negotiations led by SIA, this technical amendment strikes the right balance for all interested parties.”

In addition to the SIA, the amendment is also supported by the Alliance to Save Energy, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, the Appliance Standards Awareness Project, the Electronic Security Association, and the Natural Resources Defense Council.