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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...
Electricity Supply: Efforts Under Way to Develop Solar and Wind Energy
RCED-93-118: Published: Apr 16, 1993. Publicly Released: May 18, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on governmental and private industry's efforts to develop renewable energy technologies, focusing on: (1) barriers that discourage electric utilities from using wind and solar technologies; (2) public and private efforts to foster wind and solar energy use; and (3) ways the Department of Energy's (DOE) programs could assist in further d...
Energy Conservation: Efforts Promoting More Efficient Electricity Use
T-RCED-92-74: Published: Jun 23, 1992. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 1992.
GAO discussed efforts to increase the efficiency of electric energy use. GAO noted that: (1) utility-sponsored demand management programs are expected to avoid more than half of the growth in electricity demand that would otherwise occur by 2000; (2) levels of demand management activity vary widely among the states; (3) inhibitions to demand management programs include consumer reluctance to purch...
Full Disclosure of National Energy Strategy Analyses Needed to Enhance Strategy's Credibility
T-RCED-91-76: Published: Jul 8, 1991. Publicly Released: Jul 8, 1991.
GAO discussed the development of the Department of Energy's (DOE) National Energy Strategy (NES), focusing on the: (1) analytical support the policy proposals set forth; and (2) factors that will influence its potential success. GAO noted that: (1) in the latter stages of the NES development process, there was less public participation than DOE originally intended; (2) energy and environmental ben...
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...
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...
Nuclear Science: Information on DOE Accelerators Should Be Better Disclosed in the Budget
RCED-86-79: Published: Apr 9, 1986. Publicly Released: May 8, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reported on issues concerning: (1) the size and nature of the Department of Energy's (DOE) investment, prior to congressional approval, in new high-energy and nuclear physics accelerator facilities or major upgrades; and (2) the events and procedures leading to DOE review and approval for building a continuous electron beam accelerator facility.GAO found...
Procedures Need Strengthening in the U.S. Synthetic Fuels Corporation's Conflict of Interest Program
RCED-84-98: Published: Sep 20, 1984. Publicly Released: Oct 22, 1984.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) the appropriateness of the U.S. Synthetic Fuels Corporation's criteria for identifying confidential information and the consistency with which these criteria have been applied; (2) whether First Colony Project (FCP) information initially withheld from the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House Committee on Energy and Comm...
The Synthetic Fuels Corporation's Progress in Aiding Synthetic Fuels Development
RCED-84-46: Published: Jul 11, 1984. Publicly Released: Aug 10, 1984.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) the Synthetic Fuels Corporation's progress in meeting the objectives of the Energy Security Act; (2) the Corporation's success in encouraging private sponsor participation; (3) the reasons project sponsors have dropped specific projects; (4) whether other available financing options under the act would have been more effective than those us...
Plans To Award Additional Financial Assistance to the Union Oil Company Oil Shale Program
RCED-84-187: Published: Jul 23, 1984. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 1984.
In response to a congressional request, GAO commented on whether the U.S. Synthetic Fuels Corporation's plans to award up to $2.7 billion in assistance to Union Oil Company for phase II of an oil shale program were consistent with the Corporation's programmatic goals. GAO also reviewed whether the Corporation's awarding of financial assistance to the company for phase II was proper, since: (1) pha...