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Energy Markets: Refinery Outages Can Impact Petroleum Product Prices, but No Federal Requirements to Report Outages Exist
GAO-09-87: Published: Oct 7, 2008. Publicly Released: Nov 6, 2008.
In recent years, global demand for petroleum products such as gasoline and diesel fuel has grown more quickly than the capacity to produce them, creating a tight market. U.S. refiners have been running near capacity, particularly during peak summer demand. In such conditions, unexpected refinery outages can result in price increases that adversely affect consumers. GAO was asked to evaluate (1) th...
Strategic Petroleum Reserve: Improving the Cost-Effectiveness of Filling the Reserve
GAO-08-726T: Published: Apr 24, 2008. Publicly Released: Apr 24, 2008.
The Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) was created in 1975 to help protect the U.S. economy from oil supply disruptions and currently holds about 700 million barrels of crude oil. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 directed the Department of Energy (DOE) to increase the SPR storage capacity from 727 million barrels to 1 billion barrels, which it plans to accomplish by 2018. Since 1999, oil for the SPR h...
Evaluation of Cost Estimates Related to the Relicensing of Hydroelectric Projects
RCED-85-169: Published: Sep 16, 1985. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 1985.
In response to a congressional request, GAO evaluated widely varying cost estimates associated with relicensing three hydroelectric projects in California and transferring the projects' licenses from a private utility to municipalities and transferring all investor-owned hydroelectric projects nationwide.A study prepared by the public utility involved estimated a cost of $147.5 million per year in...
Council of Energy Resource Tribes Federally Supported Activities
B-201885: Published: Jan 26, 1981. Publicly Released: Jun 4, 1985.
No summary is currently available...
Further Actions Needed To Improve Emergency Preparedness Around Nuclear Powerplants
RCED-84-43: Published: Aug 1, 1984. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 1984.
GAO reported on the adequacy of federal, state, and local offsite emergency planning and preparedness for mitigating the consequences of a nuclear power plant accident.GAO concluded that, although progress has been made since the Three Mile Island accident in 1979, more can and should be done. GAO found that state and local emergency preparedness plans were developed and tested for all 54 operatin...
Reasons for the Termination of, and DOE Losses in, a Geothermal Demonstration Powerplant Project
RCED-83-192: Published: Sep 29, 1983. Publicly Released: Oct 14, 1983.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) Baca Geothermal Demonstration Powerplant Project, a joint effort by DOE and industry to demonstrate the feasibility of operating an electric powerplant with steam obtained from a geothermal reservoir. The project was terminated when sufficient steam to operate the powerplant could not be obtained. Although the cost...
Bonneville Power Administration's Capability and Preparations To Implement the Regional Power Plan
121651: Jun 13, 1983
GAO discussed the Bonneville Power Administration's (BPA) capability and preparations to implement the Regional Power Plan adopted by the Northwest Power Planning Council. The Pacific Northwest Power Planning and Conservation Act made BPA responsible for developing a conservation and electric power plan while effectively meeting the needs of its customers. GAO stated that the council's first actio...
Information on the Operation of the International Energy Agency's Coal Industry Advisory Board
ID-83-44: Published: Apr 21, 1983. Publicly Released: Apr 27, 1983.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the composition and role of the Coal Industry Advisory Board (CIAB) of the International Energy Agency (IEA).In 1979, CIAB was established for a 3-year period to provide a forum for leaders of coal-related enterprises to discuss and participate in planning and actions for enhancing the production, trade, and use of coal. In establ...
The Strategic Petroleum Reserve
120617: Feb 17, 1983
GAO examined issues concerning the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR), which plays a vital role in protecting the Nation's security and economic health during oil supply disruptions. GAO noted that two problem areas which plagued the early development of SPR were delays in construction and in oil acquisition. The administration's proposed fill rates for fiscal years (FY) 1984 through 1986 delay by...
Priority Support for Energy Programs Under the Defense Production Act
ID-82-60: Published: Sep 14, 1982. Publicly Released: Oct 14, 1982.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Commerce procedures which pertain to priorities for acquiring steel to meet future energy requirements. The Defense Production Act of 1950 authorizes the President to give priority support to certain energy programs to maximize domestic energy supplies.The President is empowered by the Act to delegate authority f...