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Tennessee Valley Authority: Full Consideration of Energy Efficiency and Better Capital Expenditures Planning Are Needed
GAO-12-107: Published: Oct 31, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 2011.
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the nation's largest public power provider, is a self-financing, federal electric utility with annual revenues of about $11 billion. TVA has financed large capital investments mostly by issuing debt and is subject to a $30 billion debt ceiling imposed by the TVA Act. TVA is governed by a 9-member Board. Within an affirmation requirement for the TVA Board, the...
Strategic Petroleum Reserve: Issues Regarding the Inclusion of Refined Petroleum Products as Part of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve
GAO-09-695T: Published: May 12, 2009. Publicly Released: May 12, 2009.
The possibility of storing refined petroleum products as part of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) has been contemplated since the SPR was created in 1975. The SPR, which currently holds about 700 million barrels of crude oil, was created to help insulate the U.S. economy from oil supply disruptions. However, the SPR does not contain refined products such as gasoline, diesel fuel, or jet fuel...
Energy Markets: Analysis of More Past Mergers Could Enhance Federal Trade Commission's Efforts to Maintain Competition in the Petroleum Industry
GAO-08-1082: Published: Sep 25, 2008. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 2008.
During the late 1990s, many petroleum companies merged to stay profitable while crude oil prices were low, and in recent years mergers have continued. Congress and others have concerns about the impact mergers might be having on competition in U.S. petroleum markets. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has the authority to maintain competition in the petroleum industry and reviews proposed mergers...
Energy Markets: Increasing Globalization of Petroleum Products Markets, Tightening Refining Demand and Supply Balance, and Other Trends Have Implications for U.S. Energy Supply, Prices, and Price Volatility
GAO-08-14: Published: Dec 20, 2007. Publicly Released: Jan 18, 2008.
To better understand how changes in domestic and international petroleum products markets have affected prices, GAO was asked to evaluate trends in (1) the international trade of petroleum products, (2) refining capacity and intensity of refining capacity use internationally and in the United States, (3) international and domestic crude oil and petroleum product inventories, and (4) domestic petro...
National Energy Policy: Inventory of Major Federal Energy Programs and Status of Policy Recommendations
GAO-05-379: Published: Jun 10, 2005. Publicly Released: Jun 14, 2005.
The lives of most Americans are affected by energy. Increased energy demand and higher energy prices has led to concerns about dependable, affordable, and environmentally sound energy. The federal government has adopted energy policies and implemented programs over the years that have focused on the appropriate role of the federal government in energy, attempting to achieve balance between supply...
Department of Energy: A Framework for Restructuring DOE and Its Missions
RCED-95-197: Published: Aug 21, 1995. Publicly Released: Aug 21, 1995.
Based on a series of earlier reports, GAO presented its overall view of the Department of Energy (DOE) and its missions.GAO found that: (1) in response to changing national priorities, DOE is restructuring its organization and processes to meet its new responsibilities ranging from environmental cleanup to industrial competitiveness, but these reforms do not resolve fundamental issues of its core...
Naval Petroleum Reserve: Limited Opportunities Exist to Increase Revenues From Oil Sales in California
RCED-94-126: Published: May 24, 1994. Publicly Released: May 25, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on Naval Petroleum Reserve (NPR) oil sales, focusing on whether: (1) NPR oil sales to Gulf Coast and mid-continent refiners would increase government revenues and result in higher prices for the remaining NPR oil in California; (2) there are barriers that impede the shipment of NPR oil to refiners; (3) the Department of Energy (DOE) can...
Electricity Regulation: Factors Affecting the Processing of Electric Power Applications
T-RCED-93-65: Published: Aug 6, 1993. Publicly Released: Aug 6, 1993.
GAO discussed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) processing of applications for wholesale electricity transactions, focusing on: (1) factors that affect FERC application processing time; (2) how the Energy Policy Act of 1992 could affect FERC workload; and (3) potential procedural changes that could reduce application processing time. GAO noted that: (1) the processing time for elec...
Energy Policy: Other Nations' Policies to Reduce Oil and Coal Use in Transport and Industry
RCED-93-139: Published: May 28, 1993. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined energy use in Canada, France, Germany, Japan and South Korea, focusing on: (1) factors influencing the type and amount of energy the countries use; and (2) the countries' key energy policies and programs to promote energy efficiency and oil and coal conservation in their industrial and transportation sectors.GAO found that: (1) the factors influenc...
Energy Policy: Changes Needed to Make National Energy Planning More Useful
RCED-93-29: Published: Apr 27, 1993. Publicly Released: May 5, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the national energy policy plans (NEPP) between 1979 and 1991, focusing on: (1) whether the plans comply with the Department of Energy Organization Act; (2) reasons for differences among the plans; and (3) changes that may be warranted in the energy planning process.GAO found that: (1) NEPP submissions since 1979 have varied significantly in their...