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Biofuels: DOE Lacks a Strategic Approach to Coordinate Increasing Production with Infrastructure Development and Vehicle Needs
GAO-07-713: Published: Jun 8, 2007. Publicly Released: Jun 8, 2007.
The U.S. transportation sector is almost entirely dependent on oil, a condition that poses significant economic and environmental risks. Biofuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel, have the potential to displace oil use in transportation fuel. GAO was asked to describe the status of and impediments to expanding biofuel production, distribution infrastructure, and compatible vehicles as well as federa...
Advanced Energy Technologies: Key Challenges to Their Development and Deployment
GAO-07-550T: Published: Feb 28, 2007. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 2007.
For decades, the nation has benefited from relatively inexpensive energy, but it has also grown reliant on fossil fuels--oil, natural gas, and coal. Periodic imported oil supply disruptions have led to price shocks, yet the nation's dependence on imported energy is greater than ever. Fossil fuel emissions of carbon dioxide--linked to global warming--have also raised environmental concerns. The Dep...
Department of Energy: Key Challenges Remain for Developing and Deploying Advanced Energy Technologies to Meet Future Needs
GAO-07-106: Published: Dec 20, 2006. Publicly Released: Jan 19, 2007.
Despite periodic price shocks and related energy crises, the United States is even more dependent on crude oil and natural gas than it was almost 30 years ago. And, without dramatic change, the nation will become ever more reliant on imported oil and natural gas with attendant threats to national security. The nation has also become concerned about global warming, which has been linked to carbon d...
Energy Markets: Understanding Current Gasoline Prices and Potential Future Trends
GAO-05-675T: Published: May 9, 2005. Publicly Released: May 9, 2005.
Gasoline prices have increased dramatically in recent weeks and currently, California has the highest gasoline prices in the nation. Consequently, consumers are expected to spend significantly more on gasoline this year than last. Specifically, EIA recently projected that, because of higher expected gasoline prices, the average American household will spend about $350 more on gasoline in 2005 than...
Capital Financing: Partnerships and Energy Savings Performance Contracts Raise Budgeting and Monitoring Concerns
GAO-05-55: Published: Dec 16, 2004. Publicly Released: Jan 18, 2005.
ESPCs finance energy-saving capital improvements, such as lighting retrofits for federal facilities, without the government incurring the full cost up front. Partnerships tap the capital and expertise of the private sector to develop real property. This report describes (1) what specific attributes of ESPCs and partnerships contributed to budget scoring decisions, (2) the costs of financing throug...
Bonneville Power Administration: Better Management of BPA's Obligation to Provide Power Is Needed to Control Future Costs
GAO-04-694: Published: Jul 9, 2004. Publicly Released: Aug 9, 2004.
The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) has experienced significant financial problems in recent years. BPA's cash reserves at the end of fiscal year 2002 had fallen to $188 million, and BPA estimated in February 2003 that it had a 74 percent chance of missing its Treasury debt payment that year. While BPA's finances have recently improved, and the agency made its Treasury payment in 2003, BPA's...
Tennessee Valley Authority: Assessment of the 10-Year Business Plan
AIMD-99-142: Published: Apr 30, 1999. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA) 10-year business plan, focusing on whether the 10-year plan: (1) addresses key issues facing TVA; (2) takes into consideration all applicable costs and revenue sources; (3) contains goals and assumptions that are achievable or reasonable and in line with industry estimates and expectations; and...
Federal Power: PMA Rate Impacts, by Service Area
RCED-99-55: Published: Jan 28, 1999. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the future role of the power market administrations (PMA) by providing a PMA-by-PMA analysis of the potential rate changes that would likely be experienced by preference customers who buy power from the Southeastern Power Administration, the Southwestern Power Administration, and Western Area Power Administration if the power is sold at market rate...
Oil Reserves: An Analysis of Costs--Past, Present, and Future
RCED-87-204FS: Published: Sep 29, 1987. Publicly Released: Oct 13, 1987.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO investigated the cost of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR).GAO found that: (1) the total estimated cost of developing and filling SPR through fiscal year 1987 was $18 billion, with an average per-barrel cost of $33.74; (2) the estimated cumulative incremental cost per barrel for oil-fill activities was $23.00 for 1988 through 1992, $25.85 for 1988 throu...
Energy Conservation: Federal Home Energy Audit Program Has Not Achieved Expectations
RCED-87-38: Published: Dec 30, 1986. Publicly Released: Dec 30, 1986.
GAO provided information on the Department of Energy's (DOE) Residential Conservation Service Program (RCS), specifically: (1) its potential for achieving energy savings; (2) its costs and benefits, including measured energy savings; and (3) utilities' implementation efforts and adoption of other residential conservation programs.GAO found that: (1) in 1984, 86 percent of single-family homes were...