GAO’s reports and testimonies give Congress, federal agencies, and the public timely, fact-based, non-partisan information that can improve government operations and save taxpayers billions of dollars.
The nation's grid delivers electricity that is essential for our modern life.
However, risks such as extreme weather, cyberattacks, and electromagnetic events like solar storms can damage our electrical infrastructure (like power lines) and communications systems.
The National Nuclear Security Administration relies on the commercial uranium industry to produce uranium for nuclear weapons and other national security missions. Under international agreements such uranium must be mined in the U.S. and enriched using U.S. technology. However, the U.S.
The interstate pipeline system that transports natural gas has generally been reliable, but interruptions can be serious. For example, 7,000 homes and businesses in Rhode Island didn't have heat during a weeklong service outage in January 2019.
In 2019, about 39% of U.S. natural gas exports went through export facilities—in which the gas is liquefied and loaded onto ships for transport. Multiple federal agencies regulate export facility design.
Under some circumstances, a severe solar storm could create disturbances in Earth's magnetic field that lead to extensive power outages.
We looked at some technologies intended to protect the U.S. electrical grid from possible effects of these disturbances.
Federal agencies play a critical role in ensuring that energy infrastructure projects comply with federal statutes and regulations. We testified about the role of federal agencies in reviewing and permitting various types of energy infrastructure, such as offshore oil and gas projects.