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Energy Reports and Testimony: 1990
RCED-91-84: Published: Jan 2, 1991. Publicly Released: Jan 2, 1991.
Growing dependence on imported oil, the need to develop new technologies to use energy cleanly and efficiently, and the tremendous problems at the Nation's nuclear weapons complex have all served to thrust the Department of Energy, and its programs, once again into the public spotlight. Because of these challenges, energy issues will continue to play a major role in economic and environmental publ...
Electricity Supply: The Effects of Competitive Power Purchases Are Not Yet Certain
RCED-90-182: Published: Aug 23, 1990. Publicly Released: Nov 8, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) electric utilities' use of competitive bidding to purchase electricity from nonutility generating sources; and (2) how such purchases might affect the reliability and cost of electric power.GAO found that: (1) the effects of competitive power purchases on the long-term reliability of electric services are not yet certain and are difficult to a...
Alaskan Crude Oil Exports
T-RCED-90-59: Published: Apr 5, 1990. Publicly Released: Apr 5, 1990.
GAO discussed the potential consequences of lifting the existing ban on the export of Alaskan North Slope (ANS) crude oil, focusing on the changes in the Alaskan oil trade that are likely to occur and how those changes could affect the U.S. economy and energy security. GAO noted that: (1) removal of the ban would likely result in the export of ANS crude oil to Pacific Rim countries, since oil tran...
Energy Information: Status, Cost, and Need for Energy Consumption and Fuel Switching Data
RCED-89-98: Published: Apr 19, 1989. Publicly Released: May 22, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the adequacy of the Energy Information Administration's (EIA) energy information program data on industrial fuel switching, focusing on the: (1) status of information collected on industrial fuel use and fuel switching; (2) costs to government and industry to collect the information; and (3) need for the information.GAO found that: (1) EIA distr...
The Strategic Petroleum Reserve Amendments of 1989
T-RCED-89-38: Published: May 4, 1989. Publicly Released: May 4, 1989.
GAO discussed the proposed Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) Amendments of 1989 and alternative, nontraditional methods for financing SPR. GAO noted that: (1) the amendments extended the authorizing legislation for SPR and required the Department of Energy (DOE) to fill SPR at the highest practicable rate and plan for its expansion to 1 billion barrels; (2) as of April 1989, SPR contained over 565...
Electricity Supply: What Can Be Done to Revive the Nuclear Option?
RCED-89-67: Published: Mar 23, 1989. Publicly Released: Apr 27, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO studied the future of nuclear power, focusing on: (1) problems preventing new initiatives in commercial nuclear power; (2) actions which could revive nuclear power; and (3) the status of government and industry efforts to revitalize the use of nuclear power.GAO found that: (1) public and utility concerns about the feasibility of using nuclear power have ris...
Canadian Power Imports: Update on Electricity Imports in the Northeast
RCED-89-51: Published: Mar 3, 1989. Publicly Released: Apr 20, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided updated information concerning the: (1) status of long-term firm-power contracts between Canadian utilities and utilities in the northeastern United States; and (2) reliability of one of the Canadian utility power systems serving northeastern United States utilities.GAO found that: (1) since 1986, northeastern U.S. utilities had signed two long-...
Federal Electric Power: Controversy Relating to Construction of Transmission Lines
RCED-89-43: Published: Dec 6, 1988. Publicly Released: Jan 5, 1989.
GAO reviewed the Western Area Power Administration's (WAPA) justifications for conducting a joint transmission line construction project with other utility companies, particularly its proposed Craig/Bonanza line project, to determine: (1) the extent of WAPA participation in the project's costs and the resulting line capacity; and (2) whether WAPA construction activities comply with its legislative...
Performance Evaluation: Energy Information Administration
PART-88-1: Published: Jul 1, 1988. Publicly Released: Jul 1, 1988.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, the Professional Audit Review Team (PART) evaluated the Energy Information Administration's (EIA) activities from October 1985 through June 1987.PART found that EIA: (1) significantly reduced its budget for quality maintenance investments from fiscal years (FY) 1983 through 1987; (2) reduced its quality control contract budget by 25 percent; (3) shifted from...
Federal Electric Power: Development of Bonneville Electricity Rates for the 1988-89 Period
RCED-88-126: Published: Jun 7, 1988. Publicly Released: Jun 7, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Bonneville Power Administration's (BPA) proposed utility rate increases for 1988 through 1989 to determine: (1) why BPA needed the increases; and (2) how BPA was able to limit the amount of the increase to 7.7 percent.GAO found that BPA: (1) first proposed a 35-percent rate increase to meet operating costs, to offset declining sales revenues...