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house Bill H.R. 511

Power And Security Systems (PASS) Act

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Title

Power And Security Systems (PASS) Act

Official Title

To provide for consideration of the extension under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of nonapplication of No-Load Mode energy efficiency standards to certain security or life safety alarms or surveillance systems, and for other purposes.

Summary

(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary of that version is repeated here.) Power And Security Systems (PASS) Act This bill amends the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to require the Department of Energy to issue a rule by July 1, 2021, that determines whether energy conservation standards for external power supplies should be amended. The rule must contain any amended standards and apply to products manufactured on or after July 1, 2023. Current law exempts external power supplies for security or life safety systems (e.g., smoke alarms) from energy conservation standards until July 1, 2017. This bill extends the exemption until July 1, 2023.

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      senate Committees
      Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • The house Passed January 23rd, 2017
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
    IntroducedJanuary 12th, 2017

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    Mr. Speaker, as my colleague has stated, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 requires electronic devices to meet certain efficiency standards while in no-load mode or standby mode, and that obviously makes a lot of sense. You don't want to be consuming unnecessary energy when, in fact, you don't need to use energy; but the whole law was written in a way that it included some devices that are always on active mode. Security and life safety systems, such as video surveillance, intrusion detection, and access control systems, have to be active all of the time. So this law is now to extend something that was an exemption, and that is going to expire unless we pass this legislation and then allow manufacturers to avoid having to go through very costly steps in order to bring it into compliance with the law that would actually make their products ineffective when it came to surveillance.https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1145330/power-and-security-systems-pass-act#.WI4DQBpHb7o
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    Need an explanation of what this is.
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    More convenient to pass it now, but better for world in future if we refuse and push for more efficient systems.
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    What's this bill about? Didn't a PASS Act pass in 2010?
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    If I understand correctly, this is to exempt 'Security', 'Life Safety', and 'Surveillance' systems from complying with some other regulation passed by Congress concerning the energy efficiency of electronic devices while under no load. i.e., in 'standby' mode. This bill would extend a previously granted exemption.
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    Saving energy just makes financial and environmental sense. Germany in WW II could not produce enough oil to fight the war they way they wanted. They had a saying still relevant today- " Petrol ( Gas ) is blood! "
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