Energy supplies (31 - 40 of 45 items)
The 20-Percent Solar Energy Goal--Is There a Plan To Attain It?
EMD-80-64: Published: Mar 31, 1980. Publicly Released: Apr 4, 1980.
GAO was requested to examine the efforts being taken by the Administration and the Department of Energy to attain the President's goal of meeting 20 percent of the Nation's energy needs from solar resources by the year 2000. This goal assumed a strong, concerted effort by Federal, State, and local governments, private industry, and energy consumers. In his Solar Message of June 20, 1979, the Presi...
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...
Federal Coal Leasing
110420: Sep 20, 1979
The Department of the Interior has taken various steps toward implementing the new Federal Coal Management Program, the most significant step being the issuance of final regulations on coal and land use planning. Workshops are being conducted to acquaint elected officials, the coal industry, and the public with details of the new program. Studies are also being conducted to look into problems with...
Oil in Reserve: How Much Is Enough?
090847: Jan 1, 1979
This article appeared in the GAO Review, Vol. 14, Issue 3, Summer 1979...
The Advance Payment Program: An Uncontrolled Experiment
EMD-78-47: Published: Jul 10, 1978. Publicly Released: Jul 10, 1978.
The Federal Power Commission (FPC), whose responsibilities were transferred to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), approved an experimental program in 1970 that permitted interstate pipelines to provide natural gas producers with advance payments. The expectation was that this would bring additional quantities of gas to the interstate market. These advances were interest-free loans to...
Better Planning Needed To Deal with Shifting Regional Energy Demand
EMD-78-35: Published: Feb 22, 1978. Publicly Released: Feb 22, 1978.
Since 1970 there has been a distinct movement of people and economic activity from the northeast and north-central regions to the southeast and southwest--sometimes referred to as the Sunbelt--and to the Rocky Mountain area. Such population and industry shifts alter the energy requirements of the regions affected.To be dealt with effectively, the energy implications associated with disparate regio...
The United Kingdom's Development of Its North Sea Oil and Gas Reserves
ID-77-51: Published: Sep 23, 1977. Publicly Released: Sep 23, 1977.
The United Kingdom's (UK) philosophy, approach, and control over development of its North Sea oil and gas reserves was examined in order to gain pertinent information that could be useful to the United States for managing resources of the Outer Continental Shelf.The UK decision to adopt a policy of rapid exploration and development was facilitated by the basic resolution of mineral rights ownershi...
The Federal Wind Energy Program
EMD-77-33: Published: Mar 29, 1977. Publicly Released: Mar 29, 1977.
Under the direction of the Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration is responsible for developing, testing, and evaluating large wind energy systems, and the Department of Agriculture is responsible for identifying, developing, and testing applications in rural and remote areas. Of the funds specifically designated for small, medium,...
Management and Funding Aspects of Three Nonnuclear Energy Research, Development, and Demonstration Subprograms
EMD-77-24: Published: Feb 25, 1977. Publicly Released: Feb 25, 1977.
Management and funding aspects of three nonnuclear energy research, development, and demonstration subprograms under the Energy Research and Development Administration were examined. The three subprograms were: photovoltaic energy of the solar energy program; direct combustion of the coal program; and hydrothermal technology application of the geothermal energy development program.The extent to wh...