Department of Energy, Executive (21 - 30 of 33 items)
Policies Governing the Bonneville Power Administration's Repayment of Federal Investments Need Revision
EMD-81-94: Published: Jun 16, 1981. Publicly Released: Jun 16, 1981.
The Bonneville Power Administration increased its wholesale electric power rate by about 90 percent in 1979 and has proposed another rate increase of about 50 percent effective July 1, 1981. It expects to follow these increases with annual rate hikes over the next several years. Because of widespread concern over the power rates, GAO conducted a survey of Bonneville's policies for repaying federal...
A Shortfall in Leasing Coal From Federal Lands: What Effect on National Energy Goals?
EMD-80-87: Published: Aug 22, 1980. Publicly Released: Aug 22, 1980.
Serious problems which involve not leasing enough coal, not selecting the best coal areas for lease, and not having needed coal data are indicated in the Department of the Interior's lease sale in the Green River-Hams Fork region of Colorado and Wyoming. Unless these problems are corrected early, Federal lands may not contribute significantly to meeting the Nation's need for more coal. Because muc...
Federal Coal Leasing
110420: Sep 20, 1979
The Department of the Interior has taken various steps toward implementing the new Federal Coal Management Program, the most significant step being the issuance of final regulations on coal and land use planning. Workshops are being conducted to acquaint elected officials, the coal industry, and the public with details of the new program. Studies are also being conducted to look into problems with...
Federal Leasing Policy
109825: Jul 9, 1979
The initial coordination efforts between the Departments of the Interior and Energy in leasing Federal lands were discussed. GAO addressed the following areas of coordination: (1) Energy's development of production goals for energy resources and Interior's use of these goals in the development of lease schedules; (2) Energy's attempts to issue regulations in the areas of production rates, competit...
Issues Facing the Future of Federal Coal Leasing
EMD-79-47: Published: Jun 25, 1979. Publicly Released: Jun 25, 1979.
As the new federal coal leasing program is implemented, the following complex issues must be considered: (1) how should a tradeoff analysis be performed when coal leasing goals conflict with environmental, socioeconomic, and economic goals; (2) who should pay the cost of achieving a balance among goals; and (3) can a less regulated private sector achieve timely, orderly, and efficient coal develop...
Policy Needed To Guide Natural Gas Regulation on Federal Lands
EMD-78-86: Published: Jun 15, 1979. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 1979.
The management by the Department of the Interior of the exploration, development, and production of natural gas from federal lands in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) was studied. The Gulf of Mexico was chosen for the study because this region, which supplies almost all of the natural gas obtained from OCS areas, is responsible for about 18 percent of the nation's natural gas consumption.The Depa...
Federal Leasing Policy--Is the Split Responsibility Working?
EMD-79-60: Published: Jun 4, 1979. Publicly Released: Jun 4, 1979.
The Leasing Liaison Committee established to coordinate efforts between the Departments of Energy (DOE) and the Department of the Interior is leasing federal lands. When DOE was established, responsibilities related to the leasing of federal lands for energy resources were transferred from Interior to DOE. All authorities not specifically transferred were retained by Interior, which had sole respo...
Georgia Embayment--Illustrating Again the Need for More Data Before Selecting and Leasing Outer Continental Shelf Lands
EMD-79-22: Published: Mar 19, 1979. Publicly Released: Mar 19, 1979.
In response to a request, GAO reviewed the Department of the Interior's Southeast Georgia Embayment Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Lease Sale 43. The lease program's primary objectives are to promote the timely and orderly exploration and development of OCS lands, to help assure that the public receives fair market value for those lands, and (in doing this) to protect the environment.The review of...
Consideration of a Bill To Provide Helium Conservation Initiatives
108772: Mar 8, 1979
Although helium demands are expected to rise steadily, the federal helium conservation program is at a standstill. Natural gas, the best source of helium, is rapidly depleting. Before alternatives for additional helium conservation can be considered, there is a need for Congress to legislate a new helium policy which would establish within the federal government the responsibility for conserving h...
Lower Cook Inlet: Another Example of More Data Needed for Appraising Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Resources
EMD-78-48: Published: Jun 8, 1978. Publicly Released: Jun 8, 1978.
The nation greatly relies on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) leasing program for meeting near-term domestic energy needs, particularly while new energy technologies and conservation actions are being developed. Decisions regarding where to lease and at what rate have a significant impact on the future production of OCS resources. The Department of the Interior's October 1977 sale of 135 oil and...