Energy conservation (31 - 40 of 65 items)
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...
Prospects for Cooperation and Trade of Energy Resources Between the United States and Canada
ID-80-2: Published: Nov 8, 1979. Publicly Released: Nov 8, 1979.
Because Canada and the United States are each other's largest trading partner, occupy the same continent, and share a stake in the future of Western democracies, the interdependencies have expanded into the area of energy. In March 1979, the two countries agreed to deal cooperatively with mutual energy problems. The Canadian Government, in cooperation with private industry, began to be concerned w...
Nuclear Power in the Coming Decades
110421: Sep 20, 1979
Nuclear growth rates were examined to provide a perspective on the degree of flexibility that the Nation has to substitute other fuels for the generation of electricity. Currently, nuclear power generates only about 13 percent of total U.S. electricity, although it has accounted for the largest single increase in domestic energy supply since 1973. While the desirability of maintaining this trend i...
Alternative Mechanisms To Reduce Oil Imports by 1990
EMD-79-107: Published: Aug 30, 1979. Publicly Released: Sep 5, 1979.
Comments are presented regarding the options to be considered in the development of a balanced energy program designed to reduce oil imports by 1990. Conservation measures should rank as high in priority as synthetic fuel development. The most serious problem in the national approach to achieving greater levels of energy conservation is the lack of an overall plan which clearly establishes energy...
Electricity Management in the Pacific Northwest
110099: Jul 30, 1979
Two bills have been proposed to assure efficient and adequate power supplies for the Pacific Northwest by authorizing Bonneville to purchase power or generating capacity from conventional powerplants if conservation and renewable energy sources are insufficient to meet regional demand growth. GAO believes it is appropriate for Bonneville to help finance and provide technical and administrative sup...
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...
Energy Conservation Within the Federal Government: The Department of Energy's Role
109170: Apr 24, 1979
Despite the multitude of energy conservation efforts initiated in recent years, there is no consistent, unified national energy conservation program. Three vital measures are lacking for the accomplishment of such a plan: specific Government direction, congressional enactment of emergency energy conservation and gasoline rationing plans, and aggressive and concerted Government efforts to conserve...
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...
Need To Consider a Regional Petroleum Reserve for All Petroleum Products
EMD-79-14: Published: Mar 20, 1979. Publicly Released: Mar 20, 1979.
A review of efforts by the Department of Energy (DOE) to create a strategic petroleum reserve has brought to light the fact that legislation which authorized the development of regional reserves has not been fully implemented. Specifically, DOE has failed to obtain sufficient data concerning demand and imports of refined petroleum products.The Energy Policy and Conservation Act requires DOE to ann...
The Strategic Petroleum Reserve
108670: Feb 26, 1979
A progress report on an analysis of the optimum size for a U.S strategic petroleum reserve was presented. The following observations and conclusions were discussed: (1) research did not show that one billion barrels of oil was the optimum size reserve; (2) a recent analysis by the Department of Energy indicated that the largest potential supply shortfalls, 6.6 and 6.8 million barrels per day, wer...