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.

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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 which research, development, and demonstration funds were used for management support services among the three subprograms varied. The amounts used for planning and managing were: $1.8 million (5.3 percent) for solar photovoltaic energy; $5.4 million (9 percent) for coal direct combustion; and $0.2 million (1.1 percent) for hydrothermal technology applications. The management support services included: planning subprogram activities, reviewing and evaluating research proposals, and contract and administrative support. Amounts of research, development, and demonstration funds used for planning and management services were not disclosed in the agency's budget justification documents or accounting records.

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