Energy supplies (21 - 30 of 41 items)
Electric Powerplant Cancellations and Delays
EMD-81-25: Published: Dec 8, 1980. Publicly Released: Dec 8, 1980.
The reasons for and potential effects of electric powerplant cancellations and delays on the utility industry's ability to continue providing adequate and reliable supplies of electricity are examined in detail.Five primary reasons for powerplant cancellations and delays were found, including: (1) the sharp decrease in the rate of increase in the demand for electricity since 1974; (2) difficulty i...
Department of Energy's Gasoline Allocation Program
112915: Jul 24, 1980
GAO reviewed the adequacy of the Department of Energy's (DOE) allocation information and the ability of DOE and State energy officials to act in critical supply shortage situations to allocate available supplies fairly and in accordance with priority needs. The 1979 gasoline shortage was an example of the Government's lack of preparedness to minimize the impacts of energy emergencies and a reminde...
Prospects for a Stronger United States-Mexico Energy Relationship
ID-80-11: Published: May 1, 1980. Publicly Released: May 1, 1980.
Mexico currently has sufficient proven and probable reserves of oil and gas to sustain a production level high enough to make it a major world producer of these fuels within a decade. Moreover, the size of its reserves, 50 billion barrels of oil equivalents, and its potential, ultimately recoverable reserves of 200 billion barrels of oil equivalents, have important implications for a strong future...
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...
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...
Evaluation of Federal Actions in Response to the Iranian Oil Situation
EMD-79-88: Published: Aug 27, 1979. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 1979.
In early March 1979, the United States entered into a commitment with the International Energy Agency (IEA) to lower petroleum consumption by up to 5 percent. This commitment would lessen the Nation's need for imports and thus help stabilize the world oil market, reduce upward pressures on oil prices, and rebuild petroleum stocks drawn during the cutoff. To achieve the IEA commitment, the Iranian...
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...
Information on the U.S. Importation of Liquefied Natural Gas
EMD-79-48: Published: Mar 22, 1979. Publicly Released: Apr 20, 1979.
Questions were raised concerning the use of imported liquefied natural gas by the United States. Specific questions covered the following: (1) liquefied natural gas sources and consumption; (2) price of imported liquefied natural gas (LNG) as compared to Mexican and Alaskan sources; (3) ownership interests of liquefied natural gas tankers; and (4) liquefied natural gas use by utility companies.Con...
The Potential for Hydrogen as an Energy Source
EMD-79-58: Published: Apr 20, 1979. Publicly Released: Apr 20, 1979.
A survey of a portion of the literature on the status, progress, and problems surrounding the development and commercialization of hydrogen as an energy source was conducted. Hydrogen as a fuel is virtually inexhaustible, clean burning, convenient, versatile, and free from foreign control. However, several limitations are evident including the fact that it is practically nonexistent in its free st...
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...