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Department of Energy: Interagency Review Needed to Update U.S. Position on Enriched Uranium That Can Be Used for Tritium Production
GAO-15-123: Published: Oct 14, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 14, 2014.
The Department of Energy (DOE) has adhered to its practice of using only unobligated low-enriched uranium (LEU) to meet national security needs for tritium—a radioactive isotope of hydrogen used to enhance the power of U.S. nuclear weapons. LEU is considered unobligated when neither the uranium nor the technology used to enrich it carries an “obligation” from a foreign country requiring that...
Federal Power: The Evolution of Preference in Marketing Federal Power
RCED-00-127: Published: Apr 21, 2000. Publicly Released: Jun 1, 2004.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the role of the Department of Energy's power marketing administrations (PMA), focusing on: (1) how federal legislation and major relevant court cases have, over time, directed the PMAs to give preference to particular customers in purchasing electricity; and (2) the role of preference in the PMAs' electricity sales in light of the restructuring of...
Nuclear Weapons: Challenges Remain for Successful Implementation of DOE's Tritium Supply Decision
RCED-00-24: Published: Jan 28, 2000. Publicly Released: Feb 7, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Energy's (DOE) decision to select a commercial reactor for the production of tritium and to designate an accelerator to function as a backup, focusing on: (1) whether the cost estimates used by the Secretary of Energy during the process of selecting between the tritium production technology options were comparable a...
Electricity Supply: Utility Demand-Side Management Programs Can Reduce Electricity Use
RCED-92-13: Published: Oct 31, 1991. Publicly Released: Dec 5, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined: (1) the potential electricity savings that could result from demand-side management (DSM) utility programs designed to reduce future electricity use; and (2) efforts by utilities, states, and federal power agencies to encourage efficient electricity use.GAO found that: (1) by 2000, regulators and utilities in nine selected states estimated reducti...
Procurement Personnel: Information on the Procurement Workforce
GGD-88-7: Published: Nov 5, 1987. Publicly Released: Nov 5, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the characteristics of the federal procurement work force in seven civilian agencies to determine whether the employees had the necessary skill and training to effectively manage and administer federal acquisition programs.GAO found that: (1) published data on the federal procurement work force was inadequate because of a lack of formal definiti...
The Future of DOE's Uranium Enrichment Program
T-RCED-87-15A: Published: Apr 8, 1987. Publicly Released: Apr 8, 1987.
GAO discussed the future of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Uranium Enrichment Program, specifically: (1) its financial difficulties arising from growing foreign competition; (2) increases in the Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA) charges for unused electricity; and (3) the large debt it owes to the Treasury. Although DOE sent Congress a proposal to restructure the program as a federally chartere...
Estimated Effect of Eliminating TVA Electricity Demand Charges on the Price of Enriched Uranium
RCED-84-18: Published: Oct 11, 1983. Publicly Released: Oct 11, 1983.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the estimated effect of eliminating the Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA) demand charges for power not taken on the price of the Department of Energy's (DOE) uranium enrichment services. Under the terms of its contract with TVA, DOE can take less power than in the agreement, but it must pay a demand charge for power under contract but not taken.GA...
Data on DOE Uranium Enrichment Power Contracts and the Cost of Power
RCED-83-196: Published: Jul 15, 1983. Publicly Released: Jul 15, 1983.
In response to a congressional request, GAO answered questions concerning the Department of Energy's (DOE) uranium enrichment program and its effect on the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and its customers. Specifically, GAO discussed: (1) the amount and cost of TVA power for which DOE contracted but does not intend to use; (2) differences in DOE power contract terms; (3) the cost of TVA power in...
How To Burn Coal Efficiently and Economically, and Meet Air Pollution Requirements--The Fluidized-Bed Combustion Process
EMD-80-12: Published: Nov 9, 1979. Publicly Released: Nov 9, 1979.
The nation has the potential to reduce its dependence on imported oil through a process known as fluidized-bed combustion. This is the process of burning coal in a mixture of air and limestone generating heat and electricity more efficiently and economically than conventional coal-fired boilers with pollution control equipment. The concept is sound, but its reliability under industrial and utility...
Department of Energy's Uranium Enrichment Activities
EMD-78-64: Published: May 22, 1978. Publicly Released: May 22, 1978.
The Department of Energy (DOE) negotiated a 354-megawatt year reduction in fiscal year (FY) 1978 electrical power purchases for uranium enrichment purposes from the Tenessee Valley Authority (TVA). DOE took this action to give it more operating flexibility in the 1980's in the event that enrichment demand is less than expected. Because TVA cannot supply enough electrical power, DOE has operated it...