Issue: Regulatory Relief
External power supplies (EPS) used in security and/or life safety systems are currently exempt from federal energy efficiency standards for standby mode (such as when a phone charger is plugged into a wall receptacle but disconnected from the phone). Such systems are always powered in active mode to detect signals from sensors and initiate alarm communications, and by design do not have a standby mode.
On November 2, 2017, President Trump signed into law the Power and Security Systems (PASS) Act (P.L. 115-78), culminating a year-long effort by SIA to preserve this important provision in federal energy efficiency requirements critical to the operation of security and fire alarm systems. The new law makes the exemption essentially permanent by removing a July 1, 2017 expiration date facing manufacturers and providing the U.S. Department of Energy with authority to retain the common-sense policy in any future updates to energy efficiency standards governing external power supplies. SIA had led a coalition of industry groups to initially secure the exemption, which was signed into law in 2011, policies set forth in legislation can be reviewed by Congress before becoming more permanent. Power supply manufacturers claimed this exemption though the process of certifying qualifying products with the U.S. Department of Energy.