Energy research (21 - 30 of 35 items)
Analysis of the Department of Energy's Clinch River Breeder Reactor Cost Estimate
RCED-83-74: Published: Dec 10, 1982. Publicly Released: Dec 10, 1982.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the accuracy of the Department of Energy's (DOE) most recent cost estimate for the Clinch River Breeder Reactor (CRBR) project.In reviewing the CRBR project cost estimate, which has escalated from the authorized $699 million to a present estimate of $3.6 billion, GAO found no basis to question the appropriateness of the most recent cost estimate...
The Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor: Options for Deciding Future Pace and Direction
EMD-82-79: Published: Jul 12, 1982. Publicly Released: Jul 12, 1982.
GAO was requested to assess its past positions regarding the Clinch River Breeder Reactor (CRBR).The Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor (LMFBR) is a potential means of providing this country with a long-term energy source. Both the LMFBR program and the CRBR continue to be controversial. There has been a continual erosion in the Government's estimates of anticipated growth of nuclear power. This si...
Developing Alaska's Energy Resources: Actions Needed To Stimulate Research and Improve Wetlands Permit Processing
EMD-82-44: Published: Jun 17, 1982. Publicly Released: Jun 17, 1982.
To determine if federal agencies are advancing environmentally sound approaches to energy exploration and development, GAO evaluated: (1) the results of oil- and gas-related experience on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, the only federal land in Alaska where significant production has occurred; (2) the measures used in Alaska to prohibit exploratory drilling during certain months of the year an...
Revising the Clinch River Breeder Reactor Steam Generator Testing Program Can Reduce Risk
EMD-82-75: Published: May 25, 1982. Publicly Released: May 25, 1982.
GAO was requested to review the technical outlook for several components of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Clinch River Breeder Reactor (CRBR). The objective of the review was to evaluate the current DOE program for testing the CRBR steam generators.Steam generators for liquid metal fast breeder reactors have had a history of serious technical problems. Small breeder reactors in this country and...
The Costs and Benefits of Alternative Funding Levels for the Department of Energy's Light Water Reactor Improvement Program
EMD-82-16: Published: Nov 18, 1981. Publicly Released: Dec 2, 1981.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO offered comments on: (1) information provided by the Department of Energy (DOE) on the benefits and costs of continuing the funding for DOE's Light Water Reactor Improvement Program; and (2) the testimony of government and nuclear industry representatives at a hearing conducted jointly by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Energy Conservation and P...
Termination Cost of the Clinch Breeder Reactor Plant Project
117082: May 11, 1981
In May 1979, GAO concluded that, if Congress chose to terminate the Clinch River Breeder Plant Project at the end of fiscal year 1979, the remaining Federal commitment would have been between $152 and $350 million. The Department of Energy now estimates that, if the Project is terminated as of September 30, 1981, the cost may be between $248 million and $422 million, depending on how the terminati...
Concern Over Efforts To Put in Place a Permanent Facility for Solar Energy Research Institute
EMD-81-68: Published: Apr 27, 1981. Publicly Released: Apr 27, 1981.
GAO reviewed Department of Energy (DOE) efforts to put in place a planned permanent facility for the Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI) in Golden, Colorado.GAO found that about $3 million has been spent over a 2-year period on designing the facility without the benefit of a clearly defined role for SERI in the national solar program or long-range requirements for the use of the SERI facility....
Management Problems Impede Success of DOE's Solar Energy Projects
EMD-81-10: Published: Dec 22, 1980. Publicly Released: Dec 22, 1980.
GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) management of its solar energy research and development (R&D) projects.GAO found that: (1) DOE has taken important steps, such as instituting decentralized management, establishing a formalized management system, and initiating an automated contractor reporting system, to improve its R&D project management; (2) solar energy projects are continuing to e...
Conduct of DOE's Gasohol Study Group: Issues and Observations
EMD-80-128: Published: Sep 30, 1980. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 1980.
GAO evaluated 12 allegations concerning the establishment and conduct of the Energy Research Advisory Board's Gasohol Study Group. The allegations concerned nonadherence to requirements governing federal advisory committees, questions regarding the selection and qualifications of the Study Group members, and problems with the technical quality of the Study Group's report. Regulations require that...
Dispute Regarding the Operation of DOE's OTEC-1: Brief Background and Status
EMD-80-107: Published: Aug 8, 1980. Publicly Released: Aug 8, 1980.
GAO was requested to make a preliminary inquiry concerning a Department of Energy (DOE) sponsored Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion Project to determine whether alleged contracting improprieties surrounding the project warrant a full investigation. The alleged improprieties relate to DOE failure to conduct a cost comparison in accordance with OMB regulations before making its decision to undertake t...