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Electricity: Status of Residential Deployment of Solar and Other Technologies and Potential Benefits and Challenges
GAO-17-142: Published: Feb 13, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 2017.
Federal and state policymakers have used a range of policies to encourage the deployment of solar systems and other technologies that allow residential customers to generate, store, and manage their electricity consumption. For example, federal tax incentives—such as the investment tax credit—have reduced customers' up-front costs of installing solar systems. In addition, a Department of Energ...
Yucca Mountain: Information on Alternative Uses of the Site and Related Challenges
GAO-11-847: Published: Sep 16, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 17, 2011.
The future of the Yucca Mountain project in Nevada--originally designated for permanent storage of nuclear waste--is uncertain. Since 1983, the Department of Energy (DOE) has spent billions of dollars to evaluate the Yucca Mountain site for potential use as a nuclear waste repository. In February 2010, the President proposed eliminating funding for the project, and in March 2010, DOE filed a motio...
Energy Security: Issues Related to Potential Reductions in Venezuelan Oil Production
GAO-06-668: Published: Jun 27, 2006. Publicly Released: Jun 27, 2006.
Venezuela is the world's eighth-largest oil exporter and among the top 10 countries in total proven oil reserves. Venezuela also supplies about 11 percent of current U.S. imports of crude oil and petroleum products and wholly owns five refineries in the U.S. Consequently, Venezuela is a key player in the future energy security of the United States and the world. The current global oil market is ti...
Department of Energy: Funding and Workforce Reduced, but Spending Remains Stable
RCED-97-96: Published: Apr 24, 1997. Publicly Released: May 5, 1997.
GAO provided information on changes in the Department of Energy's (DOE) funding, spending (costs), federal workforce, and contractor workforce between fiscal years (FY) 1994 and 1996. GAO did not verify the accuracy of the financial data or data on the workforces; however, GAO shared its results with DOE officials to obtain their agreement that the data accurately reflected DOE's actual spending a...
Tax Policy: Effects of the Alcohol Fuels Tax Incentives
GGD-97-41: Published: Mar 6, 1997. Publicly Released: Mar 13, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information relating to tax incentives for alcohol fuels, focusing on: (1) whom the incentives benefit and disadvantage economically; (2) what environmental benefits, if any, the incentives have produced; (3) whether the incentives increased the nation's energy independence; and (4) the extent to which the partial exemption from the excise tax for...
Department of Energy: Value of Benefits Paid to Separated Contractor Workforce Varied Widely
RCED-97-33: Published: Jan 23, 1997. Publicly Released: Jan 30, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) workforce restructuring plans, focusing on the: (1) types and amounts of benefits provided to separated employees; (2) distinctions DOE made in determining who should receive these benefits; (3) extent to which the contractors at DOE's facilities have to rehire workers or replace them with others having similar skil...
Federal Research: Changes in Electricity-Related R&D Funding
RCED-96-203: Published: Aug 16, 1996. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) changes in the amount of funding for electricity-related research and development (R&D); and (2) the impact of these changes on the types of R&D being funded.GAO found that: (1) Department of Energy (DOE) funding for electricity-related R&D increased between fiscal years (FY) 1993 and 1995, but began to decrease by FY 1996 due t...
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...
Oil Reserve: Status of Strategic Petroleum Reserve Activities as of September 30, 1988
RCED-89-63FS: Published: Jan 25, 1989. Publicly Released: Feb 2, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) progress in developing, operating, and filling the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) during the 6 months ended September 30, 1988.GAO found that, during that period, DOE: (1) added 9.7 million barrels of crude oil to SPR, increasing the inventory to 554.7 million barrels; (2) disbursed $130 million to the Mexican na...