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Nuclear Safety: Construction of the Protective Shelter for the Chernobyl Nuclear Reactor Faces Schedule Delays, Potential Cost Increases, and Technical Uncertainties
GAO-07-923: Published: Jul 19, 2007. Publicly Released: Jul 26, 2007.
In 1986, an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine destroyed the reactor building and released massive amounts of radioactive contamination. A temporary shelter was built over the damaged reactor to prevent further contamination. The United States is a major donor to an international project to build a new shelter to replace the existing one, which is badly deteriorating. GAO wa...
The Department of Energy: Key Steps Needed to Help Ensure the Success of the New Loan Guarantee Program for Innovative Technologies by Better Managing Its Financial Risk
GAO-07-339R: Published: Feb 28, 2007. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 2007.
In May 2006, the Department of Energy (DOE) proposed transferring appropriations from some DOE accounts to begin a new loan guarantee program (LGP) authorized by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 05). Title XVII of EPAct 05--Incentives for Innovative Technologies--authorized the LGP to guarantee loans for projects intended to (1) decrease air pollutants or man-made greenhouse gases by reducing...
Residential Energy: Oversight of Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Payments
GAO-05-1039T: Published: Sep 27, 2005. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 2005.
The Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a block grant program with recent annual funding of about $2 billion that provides fuel payment assistance and payments for home energy efficiency improvements for low-income households. As energy prices continue to rise, this assistance is growing more important to mitigate the impact of highe...
Nuclear Waste: Better Performance Reporting Needed to Assess DOE's Ability to Achieve the Goals of the Accelerated Cleanup Program
GAO-05-764: Published: Jul 29, 2005. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 2005.
In February 2002, following years of rising costs to its nuclear waste cleanup program, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced a new initiative--the accelerated cleanup plan--and committed to reduce costs of cleanup by $50 billion, shorten the cleanup schedule by 35 years, and reduce risks to human health and the environment. GAO reviewed (1) the progress DOE has made under its accelerated clean...
Electricity Markets: Consumers Could Benefit from Demand Programs, but Challenges Remain
GAO-04-844: Published: Aug 13, 2004. Publicly Released: Sep 13, 2004.
The efficient and reliable functioning of the more than $200 billion electric industry is vital to the lives of all Americans. As demonstrated in the 2003 black- out in the Northeast and the 2001 energy crisis in the West, changes in the cost and availability of electricity can have significant impacts on consumers and the national economy. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) supports...
Nuclear Waste: Challenges to Achieving Potential Savings in DOE's High-Level Waste Cleanup Program
GAO-03-593: Published: Jun 17, 2003. Publicly Released: Jul 17, 2003.
The Department of Energy (DOE) oversees one of the largest cleanup programs in history--the treatment and disposal of 94 million gallons of highly radioactive nuclear waste from the nation's nuclear weapons program. This waste is currently at DOE sites in Washington, Idaho, and South Carolina. In 2002, DOE began an initiative to reduce the estimated $105-billion cost and 70-year time frame of this...
Council of Energy Resource Tribes Federally Supported Activities
B-201885: Published: Jan 26, 1981. Publicly Released: Jun 4, 1985.
No summary is currently available...
Status of DOE Implementation of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 as of September 30, 1984
RCED-85-42: Published: Oct 19, 1984. Publicly Released: Oct 19, 1984.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reported on: (1) the progress which the Department of Energy (DOE) is making in meeting deadlines legislated by the Nuclear Waste Policy Act; (2) the status of the Nuclear Waste Fund; and (3) DOE management reorganization, information system development, and personnel initiatives.The act established several program requirements and set deadlines for DOE...
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...
Bonneville Power Administration's Efforts To Implement the Conservation Provisions of Public Law 96-501
EMD-81-99: Published: Jun 8, 1981. Publicly Released: Jun 8, 1981.
GAO examined the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) assessment of electricity conservation potentials in the Pacific Northwest Region, analyzed BPA criteria for determining cost-effective conservation efforts, and considered the pace of its conservation efforts to determine whether the program should be accelerated.GAO believes that BPA has made a good faith first effort to implement the conser...