Peter Welch (Democrat-VT) introduced H.R. 511 to the House of Representatives on January 12, 2017. The bill pertains to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act.


The bill was passed by a verbal vote with greater than 2/3 support on January 23, 2016. The bill was received in the Senate and read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on January 24, 2016.


There are no amendments.


The bill provides an extension of an exemption from the “No-Load mode energy efficiency standards” under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act for certain security and life-safety alarm systems and surveillance, and for other purposes. Also referred to as the “Power and Security Systems (PASS) Act”, this bill allows for some or all external power supplies designed to be connected to a security or life safety alarm or surveillance system as a separate product class or may extend the exemption of certain clauses under the original Act.The bill also extends the final rule review and revision dates. 

According to Rep. Welch, these products are excluded given their importance to public safety and the nature of the power supplies required to run their emergency backup systems.


Susan Brooks (Republican-IN)

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