Research and development (31 - 40 of 62 items)
Private Financing for the Clinch River Breeder Reactor
122381: Sep 15, 1983
GAO discussed the proposed private financing for the Clinch River Breeder Reactor (CRBR). The Department of Energy (DOE) has provided financing information on project organization, debt financing, equity financing, and tax benefits. The latest DOE plan calls for the project to be a joint venture comprised of the Federal Government and a partnership of private investors. Project ownership would cor...
Analysis of Studies on Alternative Financing for the Clinch River Breeder Reactor
RCED-83-151: Published: May 12, 1983. Publicly Released: May 17, 1983.
GAO was asked to review the anticipated Department of Energy (DOE) report on the Clinch River Breeder Reactor (CRBR) project and to assess the alternatives presented by the Department of Energy for securing additional private financing.In the report, DOE stated that its approach was to develop Government technical input which the Breeder Reactor Corporation task force could use to develop private...
Usefulness of Federally Funded Activities at the Barnwell Nuclear Fuel Plant
RCED-83-128: Published: May 9, 1983. Publicly Released: May 16, 1983.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reported on the usefulness of federally funded activities at the Barnwell Nuclear Fuel Plant in South Carolina, a privately owned, partially completed, commercial fuel reprocessing plant. Since 1978, it has received Federal funding for research and development, facility maintenance, and personnel retention.Government officials and industry representative...
Analysis of the Energy Research and Development Budget Proposal Process
RCED-83-6: Published: Nov 5, 1982. Publicly Released: Nov 5, 1982.
GAO reported on the energy research and development (R&D) budget proposal process and reviewed the process underlying the administration's fiscal year 1983 energy R&D budget proposal.GAO found that the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) do not set priorities among program areas by systematically applying planning and decisionmaking criteria. The basis for the...
The Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor: Options for Deciding Future Pace and Direction
EMD-82-79: Published: Jul 12, 1982. Publicly Released: Jul 12, 1982.
GAO was requested to assess its past positions regarding the Clinch River Breeder Reactor (CRBR).The Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor (LMFBR) is a potential means of providing this country with a long-term energy source. Both the LMFBR program and the CRBR continue to be controversial. There has been a continual erosion in the Government's estimates of anticipated growth of nuclear power. This si...
Accelerated Onshore Oil and Gas Leasing May Not Occur as Quickly as Anticipated
EMD-82-34: Published: Feb 8, 1982. Publicly Released: Feb 15, 1982.
One of the goals of the current Administration is to encourage the development of energy resources on federal lands by providing greater access to those lands and by streamlining the leasing process. In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the key initiatives either taken or planned by the Administration and progress to date with respect to onshore oil and gas leasing.GAO found that t...
The Costs and Benefits of Alternative Funding Levels for the Department of Energy's Light Water Reactor Improvement Program
EMD-82-16: Published: Nov 18, 1981. Publicly Released: Dec 2, 1981.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO offered comments on: (1) information provided by the Department of Energy (DOE) on the benefits and costs of continuing the funding for DOE's Light Water Reactor Improvement Program; and (2) the testimony of government and nuclear industry representatives at a hearing conducted jointly by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Energy Conservation and P...
Tennessee Valley Authority Needs a Written Policy on the Use of Power System Revenues for Research, Development, and Demonstration
EMD-81-16: Published: Nov 25, 1980. Publicly Released: Nov 25, 1980.
GAO evaluated the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Office of Power's research, development, and demonstration programs. One objective was to compare the overall TVA level of research and development expenditures with that of investor-owned utilities.TVA has an informal policy that limits expenditures of power funds for research and development to no more than 2 percent of annual gross power system...
Liquefying Coal for Future Energy Needs
EMD-80-84: Published: Aug 12, 1980. Publicly Released: Aug 12, 1980.
Coal liquefaction, the conversion of coal to a clean-burning, low-sulfur-content fuel, is a technology that can augment petroleum-derived products such as gasoline and boiler fuels and help meet the requirement for large supplies of liquid fuel. Direct liquefaction produces liquids through the interaction of coal and hydrogen at high temperature and pressure. Indirect liquefaction involves the gas...
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...