Energy efficiency (1 - 10 of 92 items)
Research and Development: DOE Activities and Costs to Oversee Investments
GAO-17-261: Published: Feb 14, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 2017.
Three Department of Energy (DOE) program offices that GAO selected for detailed review—the offices of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Nuclear Energy, and Science—use various activities to oversee civilian research and development (R&D) investments.Activities to identify research priorities. The program offices obtain input from multiple sources to help determine the areas in which DOE...
U.S.-China Cooperation: Bilateral Clean Energy Programs Show Some Results but Should Enhance Their Performance Monitoring
GAO-16-669: Published: Jul 5, 2016. Publicly Released: Jul 5, 2016.
In fiscal years 2008–2015, U.S. agencies obligated a total of about $97 million for clean energy cooperation with China. Two-thirds of this money was obligated for three key programs (projects of which are depicted from left to right below):Department of Energy (DOE) program, the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC), that has focused on research and development in clean coal, clean veh...
DOE Loan Programs: Information on Implementation of GAO Recommendations and Program Costs
GAO-16-150T: Published: Mar 3, 2016. Publicly Released: Mar 3, 2016.
The Department of Energy (DOE) has made efforts to improve the implementation and oversight of its loan programs and, to date, has taken actions to address 15 of 24 of GAO's prior related recommendations. DOE's Loan Guarantee Program (LGP), authorized by Congress in 2005, was designed to encourage certain types of energy projects (e.g., nuclear, solar, and wind generation; solar manufacturing; and...
Energy Savings Performance Contracts: Additional Actions Needed to Improve Federal Oversight
GAO-15-432: Published: Jun 17, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 17, 2015.
The seven selected agencies in GAO's review awarded approximately $12.1 billion in energy savings performance contracts (ESPC) in fiscal years 1995 through 2014 and plan to continue using them to help meet federal energy directives and initiatives. Under ESPCs, private contractors finance the up-front costs of energy improvements. Agencies then repay contractors from the savings, such as those res...
Energy Policy: Information on Federal and Other Factors Influencing U.S. Energy Production and Consumption from 2000 through 2013
GAO-14-836: Published: Sep 30, 2014. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 2014.
According to the studies and reports GAO reviewed, several major factors, including federal activities, influenced U.S. production and consumption of fossil, nuclear, and renewable energy from 2000 through 2013. Examples of these factors include the following:Fossil energy. Advances in drilling technologies enabled economic production of natural gas and crude oil from shale and similar geological...
Employment and Training: Labor's Green Jobs Efforts Highlight Challenges of Targeted Training Programs for Emerging Industries
GAO-13-555: Published: Jun 19, 2013. Publicly Released: Jul 19, 2013.
Of the $595 million identified by Labor as having been appropriated or allocated specifically for green jobs activities since 2009, approximately $501 million went toward efforts with training and support services as their primary objective, with much of that funding provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). Because the Recovery Act directed federal agencies to...
Energy Efficiency: Better Coordination among Federal Programs Needed to Allocate Testing Resources
GAO-13-135: Published: Mar 28, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 2013.
The three key federal energy efficiency programs--minimum energy efficiency standards led by the Department of Energy (DOE), EnergyGuide led by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and Energy Star led by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with support from DOE--take different approaches to the shared goal of improving the energy efficiency of selected categories of household appliances and c...
Manufactured Homes: State-Based Replacement Programs May Provide Benefits, but Energy Savings Do Not Fully Offset Costs
GAO-13-373: Published: Mar 28, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 2013.
GAO identified three statesMaine, Montana, and Washingtonthat have developed pilot programs focused on replacing older manufactured homes using a combination of state and federal funds. The three programs were relatively small, accounting for about $4.5 million in spending and responsible for replacing 81 homes, over about 2 years. The programs differed in requirements, including wheth...
Wind Energy: Additional Actions Could Help Ensure Effective Use of Federal Financial Support
GAO-13-136: Published: Mar 11, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 2013.
GAO identified 82 federal wind-related initiatives, with a variety of key characteristics, implemented by nine agencies in fiscal year 2011. Five agencies--the Departments of Energy (DOE), the Interior, Agriculture (USDA), Commerce, and the Treasury--collectively implemented 73 of the initiatives. The 82 initiatives incurred about $2.9 billion in wind-related obligations and provided estimated win...
Department of Energy: Status of Loan Programs
GAO-13-331R: Published: Mar 15, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 2013.
As of January 29, 2013, Department of Energy (DOE) was considering using $15.1 billion of the $34.8 billion in remaining loan guarantee authority for loan guarantees requested by 13 active Loan Guarantee Program (LGP) applications. According to DOE officials, the agency planned to use all of the remaining $170 million in credit subsidy appropriations to support active applications for energy effic...