Energy research (21 - 30 of 50 items)
Analysis of Federal Funding for Electric Utility R&D Projects
EMD-81-145: Published: Sep 28, 1981. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 1981.
GAO was asked to examine (1) existing Federal tax incentives for all types of energy production and conservation and their effectiveness in achieving their respective goals, and (2) the ability of U.S. electric utilities to undertake future energy research, development, and demonstration (R&D) activity in light of the current constrained Federal budget policy. Specifically, GAO reviewed Federal re...
Ineffective Management of the Appropriate Technology Small Grants Program
EMD-81-113: Published: Sep 15, 1981. Publicly Released: Sep 15, 1981.
GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) Appropriate Technology Small Grants (ATSG) program. GAO believes that the ATSG program can help overcome barriers to the development and use of energy-related appropriate technology.The broad ATSG program goals established by DOE appear to adequately reflect the legislative purposes of the program. However, GAO does not believe that DOE has managed the...
Preliminary Information on Appliance Energy Labeling and Appliance Efficiency Standards
EMD-81-122: Published: Jul 20, 1981. Publicly Released: Aug 20, 1981.
The Energy Policy and Conservation Act requires that selected consumer products bear labels which contain information on the product's energy efficiency and operating cost. The purpose of the program is to provide consumers with information that allows them to compare energy efficiency and operating costs of similar products when making purchase decisions. The National Energy Conservation Policy A...
New England Can Reduce Its Oil Dependence Through Conservation and Renewable Resource Development
EMD-81-58A: Published: Jun 11, 1981. Publicly Released: Jun 11, 1981.
GAO hired an energy consulting firm to analyze the potential impact that conservation and renewable energy could have on New England's energy situation. This report, Volume II of a two-volume report, contains the results of the analysis. Itis an assessment of the extent to which energy conservation measures and alternative supply options that are technically feasible and economically attractive co...
Bonneville Power Administration's Efforts in Implementing Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act
EMD-81-67: Published: Apr 8, 1981. Publicly Released: Apr 8, 1981.
Passage of the Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act culminated over 3 years of legislative effort, which significantly expanded the authority and responsibility of the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). During this period, GAO issued several reports on Northwest power issues and on legislative proposals to restructure BPA.Forecasts by regional utilities indicate that...
Is the Energy Crisis Real?
114264: Jan 1, 1981
Conservation is one component of the mixed strategy to meet future energy needs that offers immediate opportunities. GAO sought to determine public opinion on the overall energy situation since 1977 and review the research on what motivates people to conserve. Specific issues were: public awareness or perception of the energy situation, factors which persuade or motivate the public to conserve, an...
Activities of the Energy Information Administration
113743: Nov 13, 1980
An evaluation was made of the Energy Information Administration (EIA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) by the Professional Audit Review Team (PART). In providing for the creation of EIA, Congress emphasized the need for a separate organization from DOE, capable of providing unbiased energy data and independent and objective analysis.PART found no reason to question the independence of EIA from t...
U.S.-Japan Cooperative Efforts in Energy Research and Development
ID-80-36: Published: Mar 28, 1980. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 1980.
Information was requested on the nature and status of United States-Japan cooperative efforts in energy research and development. In May 1979, the United States and Japan signed an agreement to cooperate on energy-related matters. This is an umbrella agreement for cooperation in several areas and is to run for 10 years. The initial areas to be emphasized are nuclear fusion and coal conversion. The...
Hydropower--An Energy Source Whose Time Has Come Again
EMD-80-30: Published: Jan 11, 1980. Publicly Released: Jan 11, 1980.
There is an urgent need for the United States to develop its renewable energy resources and reduce its dependence on imported oil. One resource for which technology is available now is hydropower. The best prospects for the development of hydropower are at existing hydro sites where the dam structures are already built and the environmental impacts are few. Despite the administration's stated inte...
Discussion of H.R. 3508, the Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act
110660: Oct 19, 1979
Answers were given to questions relating to proposed legislation concerning the Bonneville Power Administration. The legislation could expose regional consumers to more rate increases from powerplant construction cost overruns. Bonneville's contracting practices did not provide adequate financial protection, and their oversight efforts were hindered by staffing weaknesses. These areas should be st...