Security devices receive energy efficiency exemption

Security and life safety devices will now be exempt from meeting an energy efficiency requirement established in the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007 as President Obama on Tuesday signed into law legislation backed by the Security Industry Association and a coalition of other industry and environmental groups.

EISA requires electronic devices to meet certain energy efficiency standards while in "no-load" mode, including security devices even though they are always in "active" mode.

The new legislation, which passed both houses of Congress in December, provides security and life safety equipment with an exemption from the "no-load" requirements of EISA. The law’s "active" mode standards still apply. The bill was sponsored by Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) and Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) in House and by Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) in the Senate.

"This is a very important fix for the security industry," SIA Director of Government Relations Don Erickson said in a statement. "It’s a common sense measure that is good for both business and the environment, as is demonstrated by our coalition partners. We thank President Obama for signing the bill and Senator Bingaman, Congressman Pallone and Congressman Blunt for working so hard to get the legislation to the president’s desk."