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Interpretation and Potential Impact of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's FY 1983 Budget Request
EMD-82-94: Published: Jun 9, 1982. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 1982.
GAO was requested to address concerns about the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) fiscal year 1983 budget request.The FERC budget request has been complicated by the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) submission of an amendment to the original FERC budget submission. FERC has expressed concern that the amendment appears to reduce its request from $92.5 million to $32.5 million wit...
Contracting of Guard Services at Oak Ridge Will Spiral Costs
PLRD-82-71: Published: Apr 30, 1982. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 1982.
GAO was asked to review decisions by the Oak Ridge Operations Office and the Technical Information Center, Department of Energy, to contract for services which were or could be performed by Government employees. The GAO objectives were to determine whether the decisions comply with provisions of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-76, which prescribe the policies and procedures fo...
FERC Authority as Least Cost Regulator
118201: Apr 23, 1982
GAO discussed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) authority to affect least cost investment strategies by utilities, the degree to which it has exercised such authority, and the limitations which may hinder FERC from serving as a model least cost regulator for the Nation. FERC is responsible for regulating the transmission and wholesale sales of electricity in interstate commerce and...
Contract Award by the Federal Power Commission for Developing and Installing a Regulatory Information System
RED-76-59: Published: Apr 2, 1976. Publicly Released: Feb 19, 1982.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reported on a Federal Power Commission (FPC) contract award for the development and installation of a Regulatory Information System.GAO found that the FPC contract award was in technical conformance with Federal procurement regulations on competition. Certain FPC actions may have detracted from the competitiveness of the award. These actions included: (1...
Comments on Review of Federal Water Marketing Practices
B-198376,B-198377,B-198378: Published: Sep 25, 1981. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 1981.
The Office of the General Counsel provided legal opinions on the water marketing practices of the Federal Government. The Secretary of the Interior may charge interest on capital costs originally allocated to irrigation where the water or storage space is actually used by industrial consumers. He may include interest as part of the fixed charges covered by the water service contracts. The rate of...
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Needs To Act on the Construction-Work-In-Progress Issue
EMD-81-123: Published: Sep 23, 1981. Publicly Released: Sep 23, 1981.
GAO reviewed the overall financial environment under which the utility industry is presently operating.The financial indicators of the electric utility industry have deteriorated due to high inflation, high interest rates, accelerating construction costs, decline in demand, and a less than adequate rate of return. This has led to uncertainty about the industry's ability to attract investment capit...
Burdensome and Unnecessary Reporting Requirements of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act Need To Be Changed
EMD-81-105: Published: Sep 14, 1981. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 1981.
GAO reviewed the need to continue portions of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act which address retail rate and regulatory policies for electric utilities. The Act was established to encourage conservation of energy supplied by electric utilities, efficiency in the use of facilities and resources by these utilities, and equitable rates to electricity consumers. It requires each State regula...
FERC Should Improve the Natural Gas Well Determination Process
EMD-81-88: Published: Jul 30, 1981. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 1981.
GAO reviewed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) natural gas well determination process. The Natural Gas Policy Act (NGPA) established a series of maximum lawful prices for various categories of natural gas. These prices were intended by Congress to provide producers with an incentive to locate and develop new sources of natural gas and to continue production from marginal wells. The...
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Hydroelectric Permitting and Licensing Efforts Are Being Hampered by Hybrid Applications and Staffing
EMD-81-80: Published: May 26, 1981. Publicly Released: May 26, 1981.
Increases in the price of imported oil have brought renewed interest in developing domestic energy resources. One such resource is hydropower, the use of which has increased tremendously over the past few years. Applications for preliminary permits have increased rapidly, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) estimates that these permits will more than double by September 1981.Even t...
Millions Wasted Trying To Develop Major Energy Information System
AFMD-81-40: Published: May 15, 1981. Publicly Released: May 15, 1981.
From the early 1970's through 1977, the Federal Power Commission invested millions of dollars in an unsuccessful effort to develop a large computerized system to improve federal and state effectiveness in regulating the energy industry. After the Department of Energy (DOE) took over the system in 1977, it invested another 2 years and more money, but serious management weaknesses from the beginning...