Opportunities to Improve Planning for Solar Energy Research and Development

EMD-77-8: Published: Nov 30, 1976. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 1976.


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The Energy Research and Development Administration's (ERDA) solar research, development, and demonstration program was surveyed to assess the adequacy of the planning process established to meet program goals.

ERDA research focuses on seven different solar technologies, for which a number of program plans have been established. However, ERDA's present plans indicate only a 10-percent solar contribution to overall energy needs by the year 2000. ERDA has not established a formal priority system for allocation to each technology or cost or performance objectives, without which program effectiveness and progress cannot be evaluated.

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  • Review Pending-GAO has not yet assessed implementation status.
  • Open-Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially satisfy the intent of the recommendation have been taken.
  • Closed-implemented-Actions that satisfy the intent of the recommendation have been taken.
  • Closed-not implemented-While the intent of the recommendation has not been satisfied, time or circumstances have rendered the recommendation invalid.
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    • Open
    • Closed - implemented
    • Closed - not implemented

    Recommendation for Executive Action

    Recommendation: ERDA should establish a formal system for setting priorities to allocate limited resources among the different technologies; develop measurable cost and performance objectives, with a companion schedule research, development, and demonstration activities; and establish a system of decision points for evaluating the success of the program in meeting established costs and performance objectives.

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    Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

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