Energy efficiency (21 - 30 of 36 items)
Energy Conservation: Appliance Standards and Labeling Programs Can Be Improved
RCED-93-102: Published: Mar 24, 1993. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the federal energy efficiency standards program for household appliances.GAO found that: (1) the Department of Energy (DOE) upgraded efficiency standards for five types of appliances more than 16 months past its required deadline, and will be over 2 years behind schedule in upgrading standards for another nine appliances; (2) the appliance program'...
Energy Conservation: Efforts Promoting More Efficient Electricity Use
T-RCED-92-74: Published: Jun 23, 1992. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 1992.
GAO discussed efforts to increase the efficiency of electric energy use. GAO noted that: (1) utility-sponsored demand management programs are expected to avoid more than half of the growth in electricity demand that would otherwise occur by 2000; (2) levels of demand management activity vary widely among the states; (3) inhibitions to demand management programs include consumer reluctance to purch...
GSA's Energy Conservation Efforts
T-GGD-92-32: Published: Apr 8, 1992. Publicly Released: Apr 8, 1992.
GAO discussed the General Services Administration's (GSA) efforts to meet the Federal Energy Management Improvement Act's requirement that all federal agencies reduce by 1995 their energy usage by 10 percent from 1985 levels. GAO noted that: (1) in response to the legislation, GSA began taking a more proactive approach to energy conservation and, in 1990, developed a comprehensive energy reduction...
General Services Administration: A Status Report on Energy Conservation Efforts
GGD-92-22: Published: Jan 13, 1992. Publicly Released: Jan 13, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the General Services Administration's (GSA) efforts to achieve the building energy reductions required by the Federal Energy Management Improvement Act of 1988, focusing on GSA efforts to: (1) reduce energy usage; and (2) meet the 10-percent energy reduction requirement in the buildings it owns and leases.GAO found that: (1) in 1990, GSA developed...
Electricity Supply: Utility Demand-Side Management Programs Can Reduce Electricity Use
RCED-92-13: Published: Oct 31, 1991. Publicly Released: Dec 5, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined: (1) the potential electricity savings that could result from demand-side management (DSM) utility programs designed to reduce future electricity use; and (2) efforts by utilities, states, and federal power agencies to encourage efficient electricity use.GAO found that: (1) by 2000, regulators and utilities in nine selected states estimated reducti...
Long-Term Policies Needed to Address Energy Use and Price Volatility
T-RCED-90-105: Published: Sep 5, 1990. Publicly Released: Sep 5, 1990.
GAO discussed the oil price increases that have taken place since Iraq's invasion of Kuwait. GAO noted that: (1) between August 1 and August 23, 1990, the price for oil futures increased from $21 per barrel to almost $32 per barrel before falling to about $27 on August 27; (2) retail gasoline prices increased about 10 cents a gallon after a major oil spill in March 1989; (3) retail home heating oi...
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...
Energy Conservation: Federal Shared Energy Savings Contracting
RCED-89-99: Published: Apr 17, 1989. Publicly Released: May 17, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed federal agencies' use of shared energy savings contracts.GAO found that: (1) as of November 30, 1988, only the U.S. Postal Service and the Army had awarded shared energy savings contracts; and (2) the Postal Service will achieve about $593,000 in cost savings over the life of its 7-year contract, and the Army will achieve about $3.5 million in savi...
The Energy Security Dilemma
136528: Jan 1, 1988
This article, which appeared in the GAO Journal, No. 2, Summer 1988, discusses the current energy situation, future trends, and the dilemma the situation presents to the United States and other industrial nations. Since the 1970 oil shortages, many nations have made major changes in the world oil market to ensure their energy security through energy efficiency, development of additional resources,...
DOE Funds New Energy Technologies Without Estimating Potential Net Energy Yields
IPE-82-1: Published: Jul 26, 1982. Publicly Released: Jul 26, 1982.
The Department of Energy (DOE) has questioned the feasibility and utility of using the net energy analysis method of determining the energy yield and efficiency produced by newly introduced technology as required by Public Laws 93-577 and 96-294. GAO examined the net energy concept to determine its methodological feasibility and cost effectiveness in DOE evaluations of programs which are eligible...