House bill drops 'no-load' energy requirement for security devices

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill that exempts security and life safety devices from meeting an energy efficiency requirement established in the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007.

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.

HR 5470, which passed Wednesday, was introduced by Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and includes language drafted by the Security Industry Association and a coalition of other industry and environmental groups that provides an exemption from the "no-load" requirements of EISA. The "active" mode standards would still apply.

"This is an important vote for the security industry," SIA Research Director Mark Visbal said in a statement. "Members of Congress – like the environmental groups that support this bill – clearly recognize the need to correct this legislative glitch. We thank Congressman Pallone for his efforts to enact this important correction."