Fossil Fuels:

Lessons Learned in DOE's Clean Coal Technology Program

RCED-94-174: Published: May 26, 1994. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 1994.

Additional Materials:

Contact:

Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800
youngc1@gao.gov

Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) Clean Coal Technology Program, focusing on the: (1) lessons DOE has learned in implementing the program; and (2) future direction of the clean coal program.

GAO found that: (1) the program's success will ultimately be measured by the extent to which the technologies developed under the program are commercialized in the energy marketplace; (2) the program has demonstrated that the government and private sector can work cooperatively in developing new technologies; (3) DOE experience with the clean coal program can be useful to other similar federal cost-sharing programs; (4) obtaining advanced funding increased the participants' confidence and long-term planning, using cooperative agreements increased participants' management flexibility and reduced federal oversight requirements, establishing federal cost-sharing limits helped ensure the industry's commitment to projects, and establishing a comprehensive evaluation and selection process helped ensure program integrity; (5) DOE has been able to modify the program's objectives to meet changing national needs and make program improvements and adjustments on the basis of the lessons learned; (6) although many of the program's improvements and modifications have been successful in addressing private-sector financing, repayment, and evaluation problems, DOE continues to experience project delays and cost increases resulting from environmental review requirements; and (7) although DOE is considering making design improvements on existing projects, its plans for the future direction of the clean coal program are uncertain.

Sep 14, 2016

Sep 8, 2016

Aug 11, 2016

Aug 9, 2016

Aug 4, 2016

Jul 15, 2016

Jul 14, 2016

Jun 20, 2016

Mar 3, 2016

Looking for more? Browse all our products here