Commerce (31 - 40 of 40 items)
Natural Gas Prices: FERC Should Improve Its Initial Review of Pipelines' Natural Gas Costs
RCED-86-12: Published: Nov 4, 1985. Publicly Released: Dec 4, 1985.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined how the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) reviews natural gas pipeline companies' requests to change their rates to reflect changes in their natural gas costs, focusing on whether: (1) the filings submitted were complete and consistent; and (2) FERC analysts appropriately reviewed the filings before they went into effect.GAO found that a...
Interior's Report on OCS Shut-In and Flaring Wells Is Unnecessary
RCED-85-10: Published: Oct 30, 1984. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 1984.
GAO evaluated the methodology that the Secretary of the Interior uses in allowing offshore oil and gas wells to be suspended from production or to burn off natural gas.GAO found that: (1) the Department of the Interior relies primarily on data submitted by well operators, which is verified by Interior's Minerals Management Service; (2) the methodology used for allowing offshore oil and gas wells t...
Clear Federal Policy Guidelines Needed for Future Canadian Power Imports
EMD-82-102: Published: Sep 20, 1982. Publicly Released: Sep 20, 1982.
GAO reported on the necessity of a clear Federal policy for future Canadian power imports which, since the Middle East oil embargo of 1973-74, have increased sharply and will continue to increase because of proposed new interconnections. As a result, Canadian power purchases have lowered electricity prices, increased dependence on Canadian power, reduced domestic oil use, and affected the environm...
Cleaning Up Nuclear Facilities: An Aggressive and Unified Federal Program Is Needed
EMD-82-40: Published: May 25, 1982. Publicly Released: May 25, 1982.
GAO conducted a review to determine the status of federal efforts and activities to correct decommissioning problems identified in a prior report. In addition to following up on the implementation of the recommendations for correcting these problems, GAO also evaluated how effectively Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Defense (DOD), and Environmental Pr...
Pitfalls in Interior's New Accelerated Offshore Leasing Program Require Attention
EMD-82-26: Published: Dec 18, 1981. Publicly Released: Dec 28, 1981.
GAO was requested to review the Department of Interior's proposed 5-year offshore oil and gas leasing and development program. In addition to accelerating leasing, the new proposal calls for changes reducing the time for environment analyses and allowing for larger acreage offerings in lease sales. The evaluation focused on the following: (1) differences between the proposed and current programs;...
Status of Strategic Petroleum Reserve Activities--February 1981
EMD-81-49: Published: Feb 24, 1981. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 1981.
The Energy Security Act requires the President to 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. As of December 11, 1980, the Administration had completed its fiscal year 1981 efforts.For the first time since the passage of the Energy Security Act, the Government acted to increase the fill rate...
Outer Continental Shelf Pipeline Permitting and Regulating
EMD-79-23: Published: Jan 12, 1979. Publicly Released: Jan 12, 1979.
A review was made of Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) pipeline permitting and regulatory functions within the Federal Government. Effective implementing regulations need to be developed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to ensure that the intent of Congress concerning nondiscriminatory access to all OCS pipelines is carried out.FERC has not aggressively carried out its responsibiliti...
Evaluation of Four Energy Conservation Programs: Fiscal Year 1977
EMD-78-81: Published: Nov 21, 1978. Publicly Released: Nov 21, 1978.
Title IV of the Energy Conservation and Production Act authorized four programs to encourage and facilitate the implementation of energy conservation measures and renewable-resource energy measures in dwelling units, nonresidential buildings, and industrial plants. The authorized programs are: (1) supplemental state energy conservation plans; (2) weatherization assistance for low-income persons; (...
Fair Value Enrichment Pricing: Is It Fair?
EMD-78-66: Published: Apr 19, 1978. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 1978.
The Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, requires the Department of Energy (DOE) to recover all costs for its enrichment activities over a reasonable period of time. Title V of the fiscal year 1979 DOE authorization bill would allow DOE to recover its costs plus a percentage of these costs representing certain other expenses which would be reflected in prices charged by private operators.Advanta...
Need To Minimize Risks of Using Salt Caverns for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve
EMD-78-25: Published: Jan 9, 1978. Publicly Released: Jan 9, 1978.
The Energy Policy and Conservation Act requires the Federal Energy Administration (FEA) to create a strategic petroleum reserve to protect against interruptions in energy and petroleum product supplies. Oil for the reserve will be stored in caverns within salt domes and in salt and limestone mines. FEA identified nine potential sites--four salt domes, three salt mines, and two limestone mines--wit...