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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 Rural Energy Initiative Program for Small Hydropower--Is It Working?
EMD-80-66: Published: Apr 1, 1980. Publicly Released: Apr 3, 1980.
The Rural Energy Initiative (REI) Program goals are to develop and commercialize small-scale hydroelectric power. In May 1979, the President announced the REI Program with overall objectives of stimulating the development of and dispersed approach to local rural energy development and use. As an integral part of the Program, the administration announced an interagency agreement to bring together t...
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...
Evaluation of the Analysis Supporting President Ford's Veto of H.R. 25, the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1975
EMD-77-37: Published: Apr 15, 1977. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 1977.
The rationale and methodology used by the Department of the Interior and the Federal Energy Administration to estimate the impact of the proposed Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1975 were evaluated. The analysis served as the basis for President Ford's veto of H.R. 25 on May 20, 1975. The reasons given for the veto were that: (1) coal production would be unnecessarily reduced by 40 t...
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,...
Reducing Nuclear Powerplant Leadtimes: Many Obstacles Remain
EMD-77-15: Published: Mar 2, 1977. Publicly Released: Mar 2, 1977.
A review of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) program for licensing the construction and operation of nuclear powerplants revealed many unsolved problems. Utilities need 10 or more years for the completion of the plants, from the planning phase, through licensing procedures, to construction. This long leadtime contributes greatly to the high costs of building nuclear powerplants.NRC has ch...
Improvements Needed in the Federal Enhanced Oil and Gas Recovery Research, Development, and Demonstration Program
EMD-77-3: Published: Jan 28, 1977. Publicly Released: Jan 28, 1977.
Improvements are needed in the Federal enhanced oil and gas recovery research, development, and demonstration program.Advanced methods to recover currently nonrecoverable oil and gas could contribute to reducing United States dependence on imported energy resources. Commercialization of many of these techniques will require more technology development. Other obstacles, primarily economic, also sta...
National Energy Policy: An Agenda for Analysis
EMD-77-16: Published: Jan 27, 1977. Publicly Released: Jan 27, 1977.
An assessment of national energy problems dealt with the urgency for new policies to avoid the heavy reliance on energy imports. The critical issues identified were the need for energy conservation, problems of nuclear fission, future reliance on fossil fuels, especially coal, and possibilities of alternate sources. Questions were posed about the role of the federal government in wise management o...