Electric energy (1 - 10 of 39 items)
Capitol Power Plant: Architect of the Capitol Should Update Its Long-term Energy Plan before Committing to Major Energy Projects
GAO-15-436: Published: Sep 3, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 3, 2015.
The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) implemented many measures since 2008 to manage the energy-related costs of the Capitol Complex (the complex) and has opportunities to further manage these costs. AOC updated some of the Capitol Power Plant's (CPP's) production and distribution systems to reduce energy use and increase efficiency. AOC also implemented measures to reduce energy consumption in the c...
Electricity Markets: Actions Needed to Expand GSA and DOD Participation in Demand-Response Activities
GAO-14-594: Published: Jul 11, 2014. Publicly Released: Aug 11, 2014.
The General Services Administration (GSA) and the Department of Defense (DOD) facilitate participation in electricity demand-response activities by their buildings and installations, but unlike GSA, DOD does not have guidance encouraging this participation. Specifically, GSA has provided information to its building managers about periods of peak demand. GSA also issued guidance encouraging its bui...
Defense Infrastructure: DOD Needs to Take Actions to Address Challenges in Meeting Federal Renewable Energy Goals
GAO-10-104: Published: Dec 18, 2009. Publicly Released: Jan 25, 2010.
The Department of Defense (DOD) consumes about 60 percent of all energy used at federal government facilities. To encourage an increased use of energy from renewable sources, such as solar and wind power, (1) the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (the 2005 Act) directs DOD to consume at least 3 percent of its total electricity from renewable resources starting in fiscal year 2007; (2) Executive Order 1342...
Transmission Lines: Issues Associated with High-Voltage Direct-Current Transmission Lines along Transportation Rights of Way
GAO-08-347R: Published: Feb 1, 2008. Publicly Released: Feb 1, 2008.
Electricity is central to the national economy and the daily lives of many Americans, powering homes, businesses, and industries. Today, an extensive system consisting of more than 150,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines works to provide reliable electricity service and transport electricity from power plants to consumers. Federal and state entities share responsibility for regulating the...
Meeting Energy Demand in the 21st Century: Many Challenges and Key Questions
GAO-05-414T: Published: Mar 16, 2005. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 2005.
Plentiful, relatively inexpensive energy has been the backbone of much of modern America's economic prosperity and the activities that essentially define our way of life. The energy systems that have made this possible, however, are showing increasing signs of strain and instability, and the consequences of our energy choices on the natural environment are becoming more apparent. The reliable ener...
California Electricity Market Options for 2001: Military Generation and Private Backup Possibilities
GAO-01-865R: Published: Jun 27, 2001. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2001.
Since May 2000, California's restructured electricity market has experienced rapidly rising prices and uncertain reliability. In response to disruptions in service, or blackouts, the state has taken steps to increase electricity supplies and to reduce demand through conservation. The California Independent System Operator, the agency in charge of balancing electricity supply with demand, expects h...
Federal Electricity: Retail Competition Could Create Savings for the Department of Defense
RCED-98-73R: Published: Feb 25, 1998. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated whether the Department of Defense (DOD) could realize savings if, as expected, lower prices resulted from retail competition in the electricity market.GAO noted that: (1) DOD could cumulatively save from about $190 million to $3.60 billion during the 23-year period from fiscal years 1998 through 2020 if it purchased the baseline quantities of elec...
Department of Energy: Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Final Rule Regarding Energy Conservation Standards for Room Air Conditioners
OGC-98-13: Published: Nov 21, 1997. Publicly Released: Nov 21, 1997.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) new rule on the energy conservation program for consumer products. GAO noted that: (1) the rule amends existing energy conservation standards for room air conditioners and is expected to conserve a significant amount of energy, as well as be technologically feasible and economically justified; and (2) DOE complied...
Federal Electricity: Retail Competition Could Create Government Savings
RCED-97-244: Published: Sep 30, 1997. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated whether the federal government could realize savings if, as expected, lower prices result from retail competition in the electricity market, focusing on the estimated quantities of electricity the federal government would have purchased without retail competition and the prices it would have paid during 1998 through 2015.GAO noted that: (1) retail...
Department of Energy: Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products--Energy Conservation Standards for Refrigerators, Refrigerator-Freezers and Freezers
OGC-97-61: Published: Sep 8, 1997. Publicly Released: Sep 8, 1997.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) new rule on the energy conservation program for consumer products. GAO noted that: (1) the rule revises the energy consumption standards for refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers and is expected to result in reduced energy consumption, reduced consumer costs, and reduced emissions of air pollutants as...