Energy research (11 - 20 of 39 items)
Performance Evaluation: Energy Information Administration
PART-86-1: Published: Apr 16, 1986. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 1986.
The Professional Audit Review Team (PART) presented the results of its evaluation of whether the Energy Information Administration (EIA) performed its activities independently, objectively, and professionally during fiscal years 1984 and 1985.PART found that: (1) although EIA has improved the management of its data and analyses, it has not established any standards detailing the scope and frequenc...
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...
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...
Analysis of the Energy Research and Development Budget Proposal Process
RCED-83-6: Published: Nov 5, 1982. Publicly Released: Nov 5, 1982.
GAO reported on the energy research and development (R&D) budget proposal process and reviewed the process underlying the administration's fiscal year 1983 energy R&D budget proposal.GAO found that the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) do not set priorities among program areas by systematically applying planning and decisionmaking criteria. The basis for the...
AID Renewable Energy Projects
ID-82-57: Published: Aug 13, 1982. Publicly Released: Aug 13, 1982.
GAO reviewed the Agency for International Development's (AID) efforts to promote renewable energy and fuelwood projects in developing countries.GAO believes that it is premature to evaluate the field projects, because the AID renewable energy and fuelwood projects are in early implementation stages. However, if AID is to meet its goals of easing energy constraints to development and assisting deve...
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...
Revising the Clinch River Breeder Reactor Steam Generator Testing Program Can Reduce Risk
EMD-82-75: Published: May 25, 1982. Publicly Released: May 25, 1982.
GAO was requested to review the technical outlook for several components of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Clinch River Breeder Reactor (CRBR). The objective of the review was to evaluate the current DOE program for testing the CRBR steam generators.Steam generators for liquid metal fast breeder reactors have had a history of serious technical problems. Small breeder reactors in this country and...
Full Development of OTEC's Potential May Be Impeded
EMD-81-62: Published: Apr 10, 1981. Publicly Released: Apr 10, 1981.
GAO reviewed selected aspects of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) Program to ascertain the OTEC potential, the reasonableness of the DOE program approach, and related funding.DOE altered its program approach from researching and developing various possible OTEC options to emphasizing development of the most technically advanced systems. A comprehensive plan,...
Management Problems Impede Success of DOE's Solar Energy Projects
EMD-81-10: Published: Dec 22, 1980. Publicly Released: Dec 22, 1980.
GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) management of its solar energy research and development (R&D) projects.GAO found that: (1) DOE has taken important steps, such as instituting decentralized management, establishing a formalized management system, and initiating an automated contractor reporting system, to improve its R&D project management; (2) solar energy projects are continuing to e...
Tennessee Valley Authority Needs a Written Policy on the Use of Power System Revenues for Research, Development, and Demonstration
EMD-81-16: Published: Nov 25, 1980. Publicly Released: Nov 25, 1980.
GAO evaluated the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Office of Power's research, development, and demonstration programs. One objective was to compare the overall TVA level of research and development expenditures with that of investor-owned utilities.TVA has an informal policy that limits expenditures of power funds for research and development to no more than 2 percent of annual gross power system...