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GAO Products on Bonneville Power Administration
RCED-93-133R: Published: Mar 31, 1993. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided a summary of its work on the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and other related agencies involved in BPA system operations since the enactment of the Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act. GAO noted that its work: (1) included recommendations for agency actions and how the agency responded to the recommendations; and (...
Endangered Species: Potential Economic Costs of Further Protection for Columbia River Salmon
RCED-93-41: Published: Feb 23, 1993. Publicly Released: Mar 5, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the likely economic impacts and the potential effectiveness of measures to protect certain stocks of wild salmon.GAO found that: (1) the potential direct net economic costs of undertaking selected salmon-protection measures could range from $2 million to $211 million annually; (2) measures to improve the survival rate of juvenile salmon included dr...
Nuclear Nonproliferation: Controls Over the Commercial Sale and Export of Tritium Can Be Improved
RCED-91-90: Published: Mar 25, 1991. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the adequacy of the Department of Energy's (DOE) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) existing controls on the commercial sales and exports of tritium.GAO found that: (1) DOE and its contractor-operated Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) were slow to investigate the major shipper-receiver and internal tritium discrepancies that allegedly...
Meeting the Energy Challenges of the 1990s: Experts Define the Key Policy Issues
RCED-91-66: Published: Mar 1, 1991. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 1991.
GAO reported on a conference it sponsored to examine emerging energy policy issues, focusing on: (1) energy supply and demand; (2) energy and the environment; (3) management challenges at the Department of Energy (DOE); (4) the DOE nuclear weapons complex; and (5) energy research and development.GAO noted that: (1) a panel on the balancing energy supply and demand discussed securing sufficient and...
Federal Electric Power: Bonneville's Residential Exchange Program
RCED-90-34: Published: Feb 6, 1990. Publicly Released: Mar 9, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Bonneville Power Administration's (BPA) implementation of the Residential Exchange Program, which would reduce the disparity in power rates charged to residential consumers, focusing on: (1) the significance of the program to the participating utilities, the utilities' residential and small-farm customers, and BPA and its customers; and (2) BPA...
Nuclear Science: Effect of Conversion of Washington Nuclear Plant No. 1 on Debt and Electric Rates
RCED-89-88FS: Published: Mar 9, 1989. Publicly Released: Apr 12, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) acquisition and conversion of a commercial nuclear power plant to a nuclear materials production facility.GAO noted that the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) agreed as part of a net billing agreement to pay the total annual maintenance costs of the power plant, including principal and interest on bonded debt, i...
Federal Electric Power: Controversy Relating to Construction of Transmission Lines
RCED-89-43: Published: Dec 6, 1988. Publicly Released: Jan 5, 1989.
GAO reviewed the Western Area Power Administration's (WAPA) justifications for conducting a joint transmission line construction project with other utility companies, particularly its proposed Craig/Bonanza line project, to determine: (1) the extent of WAPA participation in the project's costs and the resulting line capacity; and (2) whether WAPA construction activities comply with its legislative...
Electric Power: Issues Concerning Expansion of the Pacific Northwest-Southwest Intertie
RCED-88-199: Published: Sep 14, 1988. Publicly Released: Oct 12, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Bonneville Power Administration's (BPA) plans to expand the Pacific Northwest-Southwest Intertie, focusing on the: (1) BPA justification for the expansion; (2) relationship of Canadian power imports to the intertie expansion; and (3) potential impacts on salmon and steelhead trout.GAO found that: (1) BPA estimated that its costs for the 1600-m...
Federal Electric Power: Development of Bonneville Electricity Rates for the 1988-89 Period
RCED-88-126: Published: Jun 7, 1988. Publicly Released: Jun 7, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Bonneville Power Administration's (BPA) proposed utility rate increases for 1988 through 1989 to determine: (1) why BPA needed the increases; and (2) how BPA was able to limit the amount of the increase to 7.7 percent.GAO found that BPA: (1) first proposed a 35-percent rate increase to meet operating costs, to offset declining sales revenues...
Federal Electric Power: Western Area Power Administration's Tracy/Livermore Transmission Project
RCED-88-19: Published: Oct 27, 1987. Publicly Released: Oct 27, 1987.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Western Area Power Administration's (WAPA) construction of an independent electric power transmission line to the Department of Energy's (DOE) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and addressed an electric utility's concerns over the project's propriety.GAO found that: (1) DOE and WAPA believe that the project will improve the reliability and...