Program management (21 - 30 of 36 items)
Are Hydropower Permits and Licenses Being Issued Quicker Due to FERC's Streamlined Procedures?
EMD-81-22: Published: Oct 24, 1980. Publicly Released: Nov 3, 1980.
GAO was requested to assess the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) efforts to streamline its licensing process to determine if the process has reduced license approval time. Information developed in a previous hydropower report and documentation gathered at FERC were used. Recent legislation mandated FERC to simplify its permitting and licensing processes for hydroelectric projects. The...
Status of Strategic Petroleum Reserve Activities
EMD-80-127: Published: Sep 23, 1980. Publicly Released: Oct 24, 1980.
A request was made for an assessment of the Administration's activities to implement Title VIII of the Energy Security Act, which requires the President to: (1) resume filling the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) at an average rate of at least 100,000 barrels per day for fiscal year 1981 and succeeding years; and (2) amend, within 60 days of enactment, the Department of Energy's (DOE) crude oil e...
Solar Energy Research Institute and Regional Solar Energy Centers: Impediments to Their Effective Use
EMD-80-106: Published: Aug 18, 1980. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 1980.
The Department of Energy (DOE) has designated its Solar Energy Research Institute and Regional Solar Energy Centers as lead institutions for solar development and commercialization. Confusion and conflicts have existed over the roles of the Institute and the Regional Centers in the solar program.DOE has failed to assign to the Institute and the Regional Centers the responsibilities necessary to ac...
Natural Gas Incremental Pricing: A Complex Program With Uncertain Results and Impacts
EMD-80-96: Published: Sep 4, 1980. Publicly Released: Sep 4, 1980.
Legislation requires the Federal Energy Commission (FERC) to implement an incremental pricing program under which designated industrial users of natural gas pay a surcharge for the gas they buy. The purpose of the surcharge is to transfer the higher deregulated prices of natural gas to industrial users, so they will pressure their suppliers to obtain natural gas at the lowest possible cost.FERC ha...
Department of Energy's Gasoline Allocation Program
112915: Jul 24, 1980
GAO reviewed the adequacy of the Department of Energy's (DOE) allocation information and the ability of DOE and State energy officials to act in critical supply shortage situations to allocate available supplies fairly and in accordance with priority needs. The 1979 gasoline shortage was an example of the Government's lack of preparedness to minimize the impacts of energy emergencies and a reminde...
Emergency Allocation Rules Fail To Recognize Needs of Petrochemical Industry
EMD-80-39: Published: May 21, 1980. Publicly Released: May 21, 1980.
The rapidly growing petrochemical industry plays a critical role in the Nation's economy comparable to that of the metals industry. However, future petrochemical growth could be subject to severe constraints as a result of constricted supplies of petroleum and natural gas. Because its basic feedstocks, natural gas, natural gas liquids, and petroleum liquids, also have valuable energy uses, the pet...
Gasoline Allocation: A Chaotic Program in Need of Overhaul
EMD-80-34: Published: Apr 23, 1980. Publicly Released: Apr 23, 1980.
GAO was requested to review the problems in the Department of Energy's (DOE) administration of its gasoline allocation program and to identify program weaknesses. The gasoline allocation program is the only program which can be used to manage the distribution of supplies when shortfalls are under 20 percent. Basically, gasoline allocations are determined by reference to a historical base period. S...
The Geothermal Loan Guarantee Program: Need for Improvements
EMD-80-26: Published: Jan 24, 1980. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 1980.
The purpose of the geothermal loan guarantee program is to encourage and assist commercial development of useful energy from geothermal resources. The program is also intended to develop normal borrower-lender relationships which will in time encourage the flow of credit to assist geothermal development without the need for Federal assistance. The program is managed by the Department of Energy's (...
Geothermal Energy: Obstacles and Uncertainties Impede Its Widespread Use
EMD-80-36: Published: Jan 18, 1980. Publicly Released: Jan 18, 1980.
Theoretically, geothermal resources are a virtually inexhaustible energy source. Although the government has spent nearly $500 million over the past 5 years, development and use of these resources has proceeded slowly. The Department of Energy (DOE) has the lead responsibility for the federal geothermal program and has tried to stimulate private industry and local public power authorities to comme...
Policy Needed To Guide Natural Gas Regulation on Federal Lands
EMD-78-86: Published: Jun 15, 1979. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 1979.
The management by the Department of the Interior of the exploration, development, and production of natural gas from federal lands in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) was studied. The Gulf of Mexico was chosen for the study because this region, which supplies almost all of the natural gas obtained from OCS areas, is responsible for about 18 percent of the nation's natural gas consumption.The Depa...