Energy research (31 - 40 of 61 items)
Analysis of Alternative Approaches to Completing the DOE Water-Cooled Breeder Program
RCED-83-87: Published: Mar 25, 1983. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 1983.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided: (1) an evaluation of the advisability of delaying, reducing, or discontinuing the fuel evaluation phase of the water-cooled breeder program; (2) an examination of the reasonableness of staffing levels planned for the removal of nuclear fuel from the Shippingport Atomic Power Station; and (3) an evaluation of the extent of industry interest in t...
[GAO and Energy]
120855: Mar 23, 1983
In an address to an international energy conference, the work of GAO in the energy area was described. There are six strategic target areas of GAO energy work: (1) the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR); (2) emergency preparedness; (3) electricity supply and demand; (4) nuclear power regulation; (5) the Synthetic Fuels Corporation; and (6) the Pacific Northwest Power Act. In addition, GAO is expect...
The Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor: Options for Deciding Future Pace and Direction
EMD-82-79: Published: Jul 12, 1982. Publicly Released: Jul 12, 1982.
GAO was requested to assess its past positions regarding the Clinch River Breeder Reactor (CRBR).The Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor (LMFBR) is a potential means of providing this country with a long-term energy source. Both the LMFBR program and the CRBR continue to be controversial. There has been a continual erosion in the Government's estimates of anticipated growth of nuclear power. This si...
The Costs and Benefits of Alternative Funding Levels for the Department of Energy's Light Water Reactor Improvement Program
EMD-82-16: Published: Nov 18, 1981. Publicly Released: Dec 2, 1981.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO offered comments on: (1) information provided by the Department of Energy (DOE) on the benefits and costs of continuing the funding for DOE's Light Water Reactor Improvement Program; and (2) the testimony of government and nuclear industry representatives at a hearing conducted jointly by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Energy Conservation and P...
Termination Cost of the Clinch Breeder Reactor Plant Project
117082: May 11, 1981
In May 1979, GAO concluded that, if Congress chose to terminate the Clinch River Breeder Plant Project at the end of fiscal year 1979, the remaining Federal commitment would have been between $152 and $350 million. The Department of Energy now estimates that, if the Project is terminated as of September 30, 1981, the cost may be between $248 million and $422 million, depending on how the terminati...
The Department of Energy's Water-Cooled Breeder Program--Should It Continue?
EMD-81-46: Published: Mar 25, 1981. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 1981.
The water-cooled breeder program of the Department of Energy (DOE) is trying to prove that existing types of nuclear powerplants, called water-cooled reactors, can produce more fuel than they consume. DOE needs to consider certain factors when deciding whether the water-cooled breeder concept should be developed further. GAO addressed: (1) whether the water-cooled breeder program should continue;...
U.S.-Japan Cooperative Efforts in Energy Research and Development
ID-80-36: Published: Mar 28, 1980. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 1980.
Information was requested on the nature and status of United States-Japan cooperative efforts in energy research and development. In May 1979, the United States and Japan signed an agreement to cooperate on energy-related matters. This is an umbrella agreement for cooperation in several areas and is to run for 10 years. The initial areas to be emphasized are nuclear fusion and coal conversion. The...
Electrical Energy Development in the Pacific Southwest
EMD-79-73: Published: Oct 16, 1979. Publicly Released: Oct 16, 1979.
As part of an effort to assess past and potential roles for Federal power agencies within their respective geographic regions, GAO examined the role of the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) in the Pacific Southwest (Arizona, California, and Nevada). The 10 energy principles cited in the April 1977 National Energy Plan provided the assessment criteria.Because of the unreliability of oil impo...
Cost To Retire Uranium Enrichment Facilities Should Be Included in Current Uranium Enrichment Charges
EMD-79-94: Published: Sep 6, 1979. Publicly Released: Sep 6, 1979.
GAO has maintained an interest in the Department of Energy (DOE) uranium enrichment pricing policies and procedures. DOE, the sole supplier of enriched uranium in the United States, has three enrichment plants in operation with a fourth scheduled to begin operation in the late 1980's. Eventually these plants will be retired. According to the former Energy Research and Development Administration, t...
Nuclear Reactor Options To Reduce the Risk of Proliferation and To Succeed Current Light Water Reactor Technology
EMD-79-15: Published: May 23, 1979. Publicly Released: May 23, 1979.
Nearly all commercial nuclear reactors in the United States are light water reactors. Until recently, the "heir apparent" to the light water reactor was the liquid metal fast breeder reactor. Primarily because of proliferation concerns, the liquid metal fast breeder reactor program has been deemphasized.None of the technical alterations to current nuclear power systems proposed is proliferation-pr...