Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (41 - 50 of 145 items)
Nuclear Waste: Uncertainties About Opening Waste Isolation Pilot Plant
RCED-96-146: Published: Jul 16, 1996. Publicly Released: Jul 22, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the proposed opening of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in 1998, focusing on how well DOE is positioned to begin filling the repository in its first few years of operation as well as over the long term.GAO found that: (1) it is uncertain whether DOE can accomplish all of the work needed to comply with the Environ...
Motor Fuels: Issues Related to Reformulated Gasoline, Oxygenated Fuels, and Biofuels
RCED-96-121: Published: Jun 27, 1996. Publicly Released: Jul 12, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the cost-effectiveness of reformulated gasoline (RFG), focusing on: (1) the potential for oxygenates to reduce petroleum use; and (2) ongoing federal biofuel research.GAO found that: (1) RFG is more cost-effective than some automotive emission control measures; (2) the extent and nature of air pollution in any specific area determine...
Federal Power: Recovery of Federal Investment in Hydropower Facilities in the Pick-Sloan Program
T-RCED-96-142: Published: May 2, 1996. Publicly Released: May 2, 1996.
GAO discussed Western Area Power Administration's (WAPA) repayment of the federal investment in hydropower facilities and water storage reservoirs in the Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program, focusing on the: (1) portion of the investment that may not be recoverable; and (2) actions that could be implemented to recover a larger portion of the investment. GAO noted that: (1) about $454 million of the...
Energy and Science: Five-Year Bibliography 1990-1994
RCED-96-7W: Published: Dec 1, 1995. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 1995.
GAO published a list and abstracts of its energy- and science-related products issued from January 1990 through December 1994. The products focus on: (1) the Department of Energy's property management and contract costs; (2) energy research and supplies; (3) uranium enrichment; (4) procurement; (5) nuclear safety and waste disposal; (6) nuclear nonproliferation; (7) environmental cleanups; (8) nuc...
Federal Electric Power: Operating and Financial Status of DOE's Power Marketing Administrations
RCED/AIMD-96-9FS: Published: Oct 13, 1995. Publicly Released: Oct 20, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Energy's five power marketing administrations (PMA), focusing on operating, financial, and competitive issues facing PMA.GAO found that: (1) five PMA were established between 1937 and 1977 to sell and transmit electricity generated mostly from federal hydropower facilities; (2) PMA power accounted for about 3 percen...
Bonneville Power Administration's Power Sales and Exchanges
RCED-95-257R: Published: Sep 19, 1995. Publicly Released: Oct 19, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Bonneville Power Administration's (BPA) potential to increase its power sales and exchanges outside the Pacific Northwest, focusing on: (1) BPA current use of exchanges or sales of surplus power outside the region; and (2) major constraints to increasing such exchanges or sales. GAO noted that: (1) in 1994, out-of-region sales represented 3.6 p...
Government Corporations: Profiles of Recent Proposals
GGD-95-57FS: Published: Mar 30, 1995. Publicly Released: May 1, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the proposed Bonneville Power Corporation (BPC), the National Petroleum Reserves Corporation (NPRC), the U.S. Air Traffic Services Corporation (USATS), the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), the Presidio Trust, the National Infrastructure Development Corporation (NIDC), the National Infrastructure Insurance Corporation (NIIC), and...
National Laboratories: Are Their R&D Activities Related to Commercial Product Development?
PEMD-95-2: Published: Nov 25, 1994. Publicly Released: Dec 22, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the extent that the Department of Energy's national laboratories are engaged in basic and applied research or in research related to commercial product development.GAO found that: (1) the laboratories devoted more than half of their research and development (R&D) funds to commercial product development during fiscal year (FY) 1992; (2) most of the...
Federal Lands: Land Acquisitions Involving Nonprofit Conservation Organizations
RCED-94-149: Published: Jun 15, 1994. Publicly Released: Jul 15, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed federal land acquisitions from nonprofit conservation organizations, focusing on the: (1) extent that federal land management agencies purchase land from or with the assistance of nonprofit organizations; (2) adequacy of controls for protecting the government's interest in such acquisitions; and (3) extent that nonprofit organizations realize finan...
Bonneville Power Administration: Borrowing Practices and Financial Condition
AIMD-94-67BR: Published: Apr 19, 1994. Publicly Released: May 10, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the borrowing practices and overall financial condition of the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA).GAO found that: (1) BPA currently finances all of its capital programs using debt financing; (2) all BPA new borrowing is projected to come from the Treasury Department; (3) based on current BPA projections, the bond borrowing caps wi...