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Concerns Over Plans To Construct an Experiment Test Area and Laboratory Building for the Solar Energy Research Institute
EMD-82-57: Published: Mar 11, 1982. Publicly Released: Mar 11, 1982.
GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) efforts to establish a permanent facility for the Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI). Of particular concern is whether the SERI test area and laboratory construction will be fully utilized in the years following construction, particularly in light of the uncertainties regarding the future of Federal solar energy programs brought on by recent declin...
Implementation of the Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act by DOE's Bonneville Power Administration
116852: Nov 10, 1981
GAO reported on the manner in which the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) is implementing the Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act, which made BPA responsible for meeting the power needs of its customers in the least costly manner, establishing programs to conserve electricity, developing renewable energies, protecting fish and wildlife, and encouraging public partici...
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...
Concern Over Efforts To Put in Place a Permanent Facility for Solar Energy Research Institute
EMD-81-68: Published: Apr 27, 1981. Publicly Released: Apr 27, 1981.
GAO reviewed Department of Energy (DOE) efforts to put in place a planned permanent facility for the Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI) in Golden, Colorado.GAO found that about $3 million has been spent over a 2-year period on designing the facility without the benefit of a clearly defined role for SERI in the national solar program or long-range requirements for the use of the SERI facility....
Bonneville Power Administration's Efforts in Implementing Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act
EMD-81-67: Published: Apr 8, 1981. Publicly Released: Apr 8, 1981.
Passage of the Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act culminated over 3 years of legislative effort, which significantly expanded the authority and responsibility of the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). During this period, GAO issued several reports on Northwest power issues and on legislative proposals to restructure BPA.Forecasts by regional utilities indicate that...
Solar Energy Research Institute and Regional Solar Energy Centers: Impediments to Their Effective Use
EMD-80-106: Published: Aug 18, 1980. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 1980.
The Department of Energy (DOE) has designated its Solar Energy Research Institute and Regional Solar Energy Centers as lead institutions for solar development and commercialization. Confusion and conflicts have existed over the roles of the Institute and the Regional Centers in the solar program.DOE has failed to assign to the Institute and the Regional Centers the responsibilities necessary to ac...
Concerns Over the Department of Energy's Program and Organization for Developing and Promoting the Use of Alcohol Fuels
EMD-80-88: Published: Jul 22, 1980. Publicly Released: Jul 22, 1980.
A recent review of the potential of alcohol for use as fuel for motor vehicles resulted in concern over the Federal efforts at exploiting this potential.The Department of Energy (DOE) has yet to develop a comprehensive program for alcohol fuels, including appropriate plans, goals, and strategies. The effectiveness of the recently created DOE Office of Alcohol Fuels may be impaired due to limitatio...
Federal Power Marketing Agencies Could Do More in Conservation and Renewable Resource Areas
EMD-80-85: Published: Jul 8, 1980. Publicly Released: Jul 8, 1980.
During the past 2 years, GAO has looked at the future role of contributions of the federal power marketing agencies for assisting in carrying out national energy initiatives. It envisioned the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) becoming major contributors to demonstrating national energy priorities and paving the way for new areas in electricity...
Survey of the Bonneville Power Administration's Procurement Process
506186: Jul 19, 1979
A survey was made of the procurement process of the Bonneville Power Administration, including the determination of need, purchase actions, and the receipt and control of supplies and services acquired.Procurement practices were found to be generally adequate, but it was noted that internal controls could be strengthened by: (1) providing additional internal checks in the procurement process; (2)...
Weatherization Procurement Proposals Need To Be Reevaluated
EMD-79-81: Published: Jun 26, 1979. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 1979.
A review of the organization and management of the Office of Conservation and Solar Applications, Department of Energy (DOE), was begun by GAO in January 1979, with special focus on the Office of Weatherization Assistance (OWA) within the Office of State and Local Assistance. In November 1978, Syracuse Research Corporation submitted an unsolicited proposal to OWA for the development of a weatheriz...