Deal Struck Between Security Industry, Environmentalists

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Security Industry Association brokers agreement

We respectfully urge Congress to adopt this common-sense proposal backed by some of the most widely respected environmental groups in the country and many SIA member companies

The Security Industry Association (SIA) has brokered an agreement between industry and environmental groups concerning the energy efficiency of security devices that will maximize both security and efficiency.

The Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007 requires electronic devices to meet efficiency standards designated for "active," "off" and "standby" modes. These requirements apply to electronic security and life safety devices - such as video surveillance, intrusion detection and access control systems - even though this equipment is always in "active" mode. Meeting efficiency standards for "off" and "standby" modes that are never used can unnecessarily drive up the cost of these systems, potentially making them less affordable for families, businesses and other end-users. As a result, SIA has presented key members of Congress with proposed legislative language that would exempt security and life safety devices from the "off" and "standby" requirements. The proposed amendment has the support of both industry and environmental organizations.

"We respectfully urge Congress to adopt this common-sense proposal backed by some of the most widely respected environmental groups in the country and many SIA member companies," SIA Director of Research Mark Visbal said. "After thoughtful and productive negotiations led by SIA, this technical amendment strikes the right balance for all interested parties."

The legislative language has been presented to the staff of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in the form of a consensus amendment that could be added to energy/climate change legislation that is being considered by the Senate. The measure would retain EISA's "active" mode efficiency standards for security and life safety products and would make the "off" and "standby" exemptions reviewable by the U.S. secretary of energy in 2017.

In addition to SIA, the amendment is supported by the Alliance to Save Energy, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, the Appliance Standards Awareness Project, the Electronic Security Association (formerly known as the National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association) and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

The Security Industry Association (http://www.siaonline.org) is the leading trade group for businesses in the electronic and physical security market. SIA protects and advances its members' interests by advocating pro-industry policies and legislation on Capitol Hill and throughout the 50 states; producing cutting-edge global market research; creating open industry standards that enable integration; advancing industry professionalism through education and training; opening global market opportunities; and providing sole sponsorship of the ISC Expos, the world's largest security trade shows and conferences.

Oct. 15, 2009
CONTACT:
Ron Hawkins
Security Industry Association
(703) 647-8485

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