Energy efficiency (1 - 10 of 40 items)
Energy Efficiency: Better Coordination among Federal Programs Needed to Allocate Testing Resources
GAO-13-135: Published: Mar 28, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 2013.
The three key federal energy efficiency programs--minimum energy efficiency standards led by the Department of Energy (DOE), EnergyGuide led by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and Energy Star led by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with support from DOE--take different approaches to the shared goal of improving the energy efficiency of selected categories of household appliances and c...
Energy Conservation and Climate Change: Factors to Consider in the Design of the Nonbusiness Energy Property Credit
GAO-12-318: Published: Apr 2, 2012. Publicly Released: May 2, 2012.
Under criteria for evaluating a tax credit design, both the performance-based and cost-based credits have advantages and disadvantages with neither design being unambiguously the better option based on current information. Both a cost-based and a performance-based credit are designed to reduce energy use and CO2 emissions by providing incentives for energy conservation investment. However, they di...
Recovery Act: Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Recipients Face Challenges Meeting Legislative and Program Goals and Requirements
GAO-11-379: Published: Apr 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Apr 7, 2011.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) provided $3.2 billion for the Department of Energy's (DOE) Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG) to develop and manage projects to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy use and fossil fuel emissions. The Recovery Act requires GAO to review funds made available under the act and to comment on recipients...
Federal Energy Management: Agencies Are Taking Steps to Meet High-Performance Federal Building Requirements, but Face Challenges
GAO-10-22: Published: Oct 30, 2009. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 2009.
The federal government is the nation's largest energy consumer. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) establishes high-performance federal building requirements that include reducing energy use and managing storm water runoff. The Department of Energy (DOE), General Services Administration (GSA), Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are...
Federal Energy Management: Addressing Challenges through Better Plans and Clarifying the Greenhouse Gas Emission Measure Will Help Meet Long-term Goals for Buildings
GAO-08-977: Published: Sep 30, 2008. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2008.
The federal government is the nation's single largest energy consumer, spending approximately $17 billion in fiscal year 2007. A number of statutes and executive orders have established and revised goals directing agencies to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions--such as carbon dioxide, which results from combustion of fossil fuels and natural processes, among other things--and i...
National Energy Policy: Inventory of Major Federal Energy Programs and Status of Policy Recommendations
GAO-05-379: Published: Jun 10, 2005. Publicly Released: Jun 14, 2005.
The lives of most Americans are affected by energy. Increased energy demand and higher energy prices has led to concerns about dependable, affordable, and environmentally sound energy. The federal government has adopted energy policies and implemented programs over the years that have focused on the appropriate role of the federal government in energy, attempting to achieve balance between supply...
DOE: Fiscal Year 1999 Budget Request for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and Financial Management Issues
RCED-98-186R: Published: Jun 10, 1998. Publicly Released: Jun 10, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the fiscal year (FY) 1999 budget request and financial management issues of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EE) within the Department of Energy (DOE), focusing on: (1) programs and activities in EE's FY 1999 budget request that raise questions because justifications for significant increases were unclear or inad...
Department of Energy: Status of Fiscal Year 1999 Carryover Balances for Selected DOE Programs
RCED-98-162R: Published: May 8, 1998. Publicly Released: May 8, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on its review of the Department of Energy's (DOE) fiscal year (FY) 1999 budget request, focusing on operating funds for four major DOE program areas: (1) Energy Efficiency; (2) Energy Research; (3) Fossil Energy; and (4) Nuclear Energy.GAO noted that: (1) these four program areas may have from $575 million to $682 million in potentially...
Energy Policy: DOE's Policy, Programs, and Issues Related to Electricity Conservation
RCED-97-107R: Published: Apr 9, 1997. Publicly Released: Apr 9, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Energy's (DOE) energy policy and programs as they relate to electricity conservation.GAO noted that: (1) as a component of the administration's overall sustainable energy strategy, DOE integrates electricity efficiency into its energy-efficiency and renewable energy policy and programs; (2) however, neither the admi...
Energy Conservation: Contractors' Efforts at Federally Owned Sites
RCED-94-96: Published: Apr 29, 1994. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed energy use and conservation measures used at federally-owned, contractor-operated facilities, focusing on contractor incentives to reduce energy consumption.GAO found that: (1) the Air Force, Army, Navy, Department of Energy (DOE), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) used over 4 percent of the federal government's total ann...