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.

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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 President named approximately 50 key elements or actions relating to the attainment of the solar goal and established the Solar Subcommittee as a permanent standing subcommittee of the Energy Coordinating Committee to monitor and direct all Federal solar programs.

While actions are underway towards several legislative initiatives, and the Solar Subcommittee has been created, none have yet been finalized. The primary concern of GAO related to the total lack of a comprehensive plan for attaining the solar goal.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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    Recommendation: The Secretary of Energy should develop a plan to attain the 20 percent solar goal and periodically review this plan to determine its effectiveness. Further, the Secretary should furnish the plan to the congressional oversight and budget committees as soon as possible so that it can be of assistance to the committees in their deliberations on solar energy policy and budget matters.

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