Energy consumption (81 - 90 of 117 items)
Hypothetical Transfer of Construction Funds From Nuclear Powerplants to Electricity Conservation and Renewable Energies
EMD-80-71: Published: Apr 4, 1980. Publicly Released: Apr 4, 1980.
GAO was requested to determine how much electric energy might be saved or produced if the construction funds presently budgeted to complete nuclear power plants WNP-4 and WNP-5 in Washington State were used instead for investments in electricity conservation and renewable energy sources. The study was based on data developed in an earlier GAO report which were adjusted to recognize changed conditi...
The Federal Government Needs a Comprehensive Program To Curb Its Energy Use
EMD-80-11: Published: Dec 12, 1979. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 1979.
In the face of the Nation's growing dependency on foreign oil imports and the undesirable economic consequences, and despite legislative and executive directives, a comprehensive energy conservation program has not yet been developed. The Federal Government has not made a sufficient commitment to curb Federal energy consumption and needs a new perspective for reducing its energy use. In assessing...
Views on Legislation To Continue State and Local Government Involvement in Promoting National Energy Objectives
EMD-80-15: Published: Nov 27, 1979. Publicly Released: Dec 3, 1979.
Legislation has been proposed which would continue State and local government involvement in promoting national energy objectives. Overall, GAO agreed with the thrust of the bill and believed that legislation of this type is necessary to develop the Federal/State partnership needed to address national energy problems. The proposed legislation would authorize $110 million annually to assist State a...
Alternatives for Reducing Oil Imports by 1990; and Current Status of Recommendations in 1976 GAO Report
EMD-80-18: Published: Oct 26, 1979. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 1979.
The United States should move to develop energy alternatives since it is both politically and economically vulnerable to imported oil disruptions. An analysis was requested of alternatives for reducing oil importing by 1990. These alternatives should constitute a balanced energy program including conservation, renewable energy sources, conventional oil and gas, coal, and synthetic fuels.Conservati...
Energy Conservation in Federal Buildings: The Department of Energy's Role
110482: Sep 27, 1979
To date, most Federal Government energy savings have been achieved through relatively simple measures such as reducing equipment operating hours, adjusting thermostats, turning off lights, and some actions to retrofit existing buildings to make them more energy efficient. The Department of Energy (DOE) has reported that Federal energy use between 1973 and 1975 was reduced by over 26 percent. Since...
A Framework for Developing a National Energy Conservation Program
EMD-79-76: Published: Jul 31, 1979. Publicly Released: Sep 21, 1979.
The report analyzes energy conservation opportunities and evaluates how the administration might develop an overall national energy conservation program. For the Government to lead the Nation effectively toward a more efficient use of energy, the administration should establish an overall national energy conservation goal which includes an acceptable level of crude oil imports and, at the same tim...
Oversight of the Department of Energy
109968: Jul 24, 1979
The Nation has experienced difficulties in coming to grips with the energy problem, and the Department of Energy (DOE) and its top officials have been much criticized. There are several factors which have contributed to the difficulty which DOE faces in the energy policy decisionmaking process. These include managerial problems inherent in trying to create a major new cabinet department and the la...
Opportunities for Improving Program Planning for Photovoltaic Research and Development
EMD-79-40: Published: Apr 19, 1979. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 1979.
In a survey of the solar photovoltaic program of the Department of Energy (DOE), GAO attempted to identify ways to improve the development of photovoltaic devices. These devices, which convert sunlight directly to electricity, are at present too expensive to be of much help in solving the Nation's energy problems. Congress added new impetus to the program in 1978 by passing an act in support of a...
Energy Measures To Reduce U.S. Dependence on Foreign Oil
109116: Apr 8, 1979
GAO has done work in three areas regarding energy measures calculated to reduce United States dependence on oil imported from member nations of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC): conservation of existing oil supplies, development of non-OPEC sources, and transition to alternative energy sources. The United States has been relying heavily on foreign oil sources, leaving itsel...
Lighting and Thermal Efficiency Standards
EMD-79-32: Published: Mar 8, 1979. Publicly Released: Mar 8, 1979.
The progress made by the Department of Energy (DOE) in the development of mandatory lighting and thermal efficiency standards for Federal buildings was evaluated.Technical problems are hampering the development of a lighting efficiency standard which would take into account the following factors: nonuniform lighting levels for various building areas; lamp efficiency; lighting controls; and natural...