House Clears Important Committee Legislation to Ensure Fire and Security Alarms Remain On


WASHINGTON, DC – The House of Representatives today passed S. 190, Power and Security Systems (PASS) Act by voice vote. Committee members Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) and Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN) introduced identical legislation in the House, H.R. 511, which unanimously passed earlier this year. The PASS Act would provide an exemption from energy use restrictions for equipment that needs to be on at all times, such as security or fire alarms.

“External Power Supplies are used for all sorts of devices. We have learned from experience that federal energy efficiency standards don’t work with all the ways we want to use them,” said #SubEnergy Vice Chairman Pete Olson (R-TX) in his floor remarks. “Devices like home security alarms or fire detection need to be on 24/7. But, the 2007 energy law on energy efficiency standards for external power supplies did not allow for this. Since then, Congress has created an exemption for these ‘always on’ devices, but this exemption ended on July 1, 2017.  S. 190 extends this exemption out to 2023.”


Energy (115th Congress)