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Federal Energy Management: Agencies Are Acquiring Alternative Fuel Vehicles but Face Challenges in Meeting Other Fleet Objectives
GAO-09-75R: Published: Oct 22, 2008. Publicly Released: Oct 22, 2008.
Congress and the administration set forth energy objectives for federal fleets with 20 or more vehicles. Agencies are to (1) acquire alternative fuel vehicles (AFV) as 75 percent of all new light-duty vehicle acquisitions; (2) use only alternative fuel in AFVs, unless granted a waiver; (3) increase overall alternative fuel use by 10 percent annually; (4) reduce petroleum consumption by 2 percent a...
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...
National Energy Policy: Inventory of Major Federal Energy Programs and Status of Policy Recommendations
GAO-05-379: Published: Jun 10, 2005. Publicly Released: Jun 14, 2005.
The lives of most Americans are affected by energy. Increased energy demand and higher energy prices has led to concerns about dependable, affordable, and environmentally sound energy. The federal government has adopted energy policies and implemented programs over the years that have focused on the appropriate role of the federal government in energy, attempting to achieve balance between supply...
Energy Policy: Evolution of DOE's Process for Developing a National Energy Strategy
RCED-91-76: Published: Feb 21, 1991. Publicly Released: Mar 20, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) process for developing the National Energy Strategy (NES), focusing on the opportunities DOE provided for public comment.GAO found that: (1) DOE began developing NES in July 1989 in response to a presidential directive and legislative requirement that the President biennially prepare and submit to Congress a Nationa...
Meeting the Energy Challenges of the 1990s: Experts Define the Key Policy Issues
RCED-91-66: Published: Mar 1, 1991. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 1991.
GAO reported on a conference it sponsored to examine emerging energy policy issues, focusing on: (1) energy supply and demand; (2) energy and the environment; (3) management challenges at the Department of Energy (DOE); (4) the DOE nuclear weapons complex; and (5) energy research and development.GAO noted that: (1) a panel on the balancing energy supply and demand discussed securing sufficient and...
Barriers To Installing Energy-Efficient Lighting in Federal Buildings
T-GGD-90-54: Published: Jul 11, 1990. Publicly Released: Jul 11, 1990.
GAO discussed the barriers to installing energy-saving fluorescent light bulbs in federal buildings. GAO found that: (1) there was a lack of funding for investment in conservation technology; (2) during the last administration, energy conservation did not receive a high priority in government operations, and the dispersion of operating authority for government buildings makes central leadership di...
The Future of DOE's Uranium Enrichment Program
T-RCED-88-59: Published: Aug 10, 1988. Publicly Released: Aug 10, 1988.
GAO discussed three legislative proposals for restructuring the Department of Energy's Uranium Enrichment Program. GAO noted that program problems included: (1) unused multibillion-dollar payments for electricity; (2) uranium market uncertainties; (3) aging facilities; and (4) billions of dollars in unrecovered costs. GAO also noted that two of the legislative proposals would: (1) restructure the...
The Future of DOE's Uranium Enrichment Program
T-RCED-88-50: Published: Jun 28, 1988. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 1988.
GAO discussed legislative and administrative proposals for restructuring the Department of Energy's Uranium Enrichment Program. GAO noted that program problems included: (1) unused multibillion dollar payments for electricity; (2) uranium market uncertainties; (3) aging facilities; and (4) billions of dollars in unrecovered costs. GAO also noted that the proposed Uranium Revitalization, Tailings R...