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house Bill H.R. 511

Power And Security Systems (PASS) Act

    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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