Energy consumption (11 - 20 of 117 items)
Advanced Energy Technologies: Budget Trends and Challenges for DOE's Energy R&D Program
GAO-08-556T: Published: Mar 5, 2008. Publicly Released: Mar 5, 2008.
For decades, the nation has benefited from relatively inexpensive energy, in the process growing heavily reliant on conventional fossil fuels--oil, natural gas, and coal. However, in the current wake of higher energy costs and environmental concerns about fossil fuel emissions, renewed attention is turning to the development of advanced energy technologies as alternatives. In the United States, th...
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...
Research and Development: Lessons Learned from Previous Research Could Benefit FreedomCAR Initiative
GAO-02-810T: Published: Jun 6, 2002. Publicly Released: Jun 6, 2002.
The federal government has spent billions of dollars attempting to reduce the consumption of petroleum in the transportation sector for over 25 years. Throughout the period, the government has tried tax incentives, mandates to use vehicles that run on alternative fuels, and laws designed to enhance fuel efficiency. More recently, the federal government conducted a $1.2 billion partnership between...
California Electricity Market Options for 2001: Military Generation and Private Backup Possibilities
GAO-01-865R: Published: Jun 27, 2001. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2001.
Since May 2000, California's restructured electricity market has experienced rapidly rising prices and uncertain reliability. In response to disruptions in service, or blackouts, the state has taken steps to increase electricity supplies and to reduce demand through conservation. The California Independent System Operator, the agency in charge of balancing electricity supply with demand, expects h...
Department of Energy: Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Final Rule Regarding Energy Conservation Standards for Room Air Conditioners
OGC-98-13: Published: Nov 21, 1997. Publicly Released: Nov 21, 1997.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) new rule on the energy conservation program for consumer products. GAO noted that: (1) the rule amends existing energy conservation standards for room air conditioners and is expected to conserve a significant amount of energy, as well as be technologically feasible and economically justified; and (2) DOE complied...
Department of Energy: Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products--Energy Conservation Standards for Refrigerators, Refrigerator-Freezers and Freezers
OGC-97-61: Published: Sep 8, 1997. Publicly Released: Sep 8, 1997.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) new rule on the energy conservation program for consumer products. GAO noted that: (1) the rule revises the energy consumption standards for refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers and is expected to result in reduced energy consumption, reduced consumer costs, and reduced emissions of air pollutants as...
Energy Policy: DOE's Policy, Programs, and Issues Related to Electricity Conservation
RCED-97-107R: Published: Apr 9, 1997. Publicly Released: Apr 9, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Energy's (DOE) energy policy and programs as they relate to electricity conservation.GAO noted that: (1) as a component of the administration's overall sustainable energy strategy, DOE integrates electricity efficiency into its energy-efficiency and renewable energy policy and programs; (2) however, neither the admi...
Energy Conservation: Contractors' Efforts at Federally Owned Sites
RCED-94-96: Published: Apr 29, 1994. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed energy use and conservation measures used at federally-owned, contractor-operated facilities, focusing on contractor incentives to reduce energy consumption.GAO found that: (1) the Air Force, Army, Navy, Department of Energy (DOE), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) used over 4 percent of the federal government's total ann...
Energy Conservation: Federal Agencies' Funding Sources and Reporting Procedures
RCED-94-70: Published: Mar 30, 1994. Publicly Released: May 2, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the energy conservation activities at the six largest energy-consuming agencies--the Department of Defense, Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Transportation, Department of Veterans Affairs, General Services Administration, and the U.S. Postal Service (USPS)--focusing on: (1) energy expenditures, energy conservation-related sp...