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Clean Coal: DOE's Decision to Restructure FutureGen Should Be Based on a Comprehensive Analysis of Costs, Benefits, and Risks
GAO-09-248: Published: Feb 13, 2009. Publicly Released: Mar 11, 2009.
Coal-fired power plants generate about one-half of the nation's electricity and about one-third of its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, which contribute to climate change. In 2003, the Department of Energy (DOE) initiated FutureGen--a commercial-scale, coal-fired power plant to incorporate integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC), an advanced generating technology, with carbon capture and stor...
Clean Coal: DOE Should Prepare a Comprehensive Analysis of the Relative Costs, Benefits, and Risks of a Range of Options for FutureGen
GAO-09-465T: Published: Mar 11, 2009. Publicly Released: Mar 11, 2009.
This testimony discusses our recent report on the Department of Energy's (DOE) decision to restructure the FutureGen program. The original FutureGen plant was to capture and store underground about 90 percent of its CO2 emissions. DOE's cost share was to be 74 percent, and industry partners agreed to fund the rest. Concerned about escalating costs, DOE announced in January 2008 that it had decided...
Fossil Fuel R&D: Lessons Learned in the Clean Coal Technology Program
GAO-01-854T: Published: Jun 12, 2001. Publicly Released: Jun 12, 2001.
The Department of Energy's (DOE) Clean Coal Technology program provides cost-sharing assistance or partnerships with industry in demonstrating the commercial applications of emerging technologies, referred to as "clean coal." This testimony discusses the successes DOE has reported, some weaknesses GAO identified, and lessons learned in cost-sharing. GAO found that DOE has many examples of successe...
Clean Coal Technology: Status of Projects and Sales of Demonstrated Technology
RCED-00-86R: Published: Mar 9, 2000. Publicly Released: Apr 10, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) Clean Coal Technology Demonstration Program, focusing on the: (1) status of 13 Clean Coal Technology projects that preliminary information indicated could have over $1 million in unspent funds; and (2) extent to which DOE's participants in completed projects have sold demonstrated Clean Coal technologies to coal use...
Department of Energy: Fiscal Year 1998 Obligations for Fossil Energy Programs
RCED-99-284R: Published: Sep 14, 1999. Publicly Released: Oct 14, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO compared the actual fiscal year (FY) 1998 obligations for the Department of Energy's (DOE) Fossil Energy Research and Development (R&D) Program and the Clean Coal Technology Demonstration Program with the estimated obligations that were previously reported.GAO noted that: (1) DOE's FY 1998 appropriations provided about $362 million for the Fossil Energy R&D...
Energy Research: Recovery of Federal Investment in Technology Development Projects
T-RCED-96-225: Published: Aug 1, 1996. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 1996.
GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE) investment in technology development projects, focusing on the: (1) extent to which DOE requires repayment for its investment in such projects; and (2) advantages and disadvantages of the DOE repayment policy. GAO noted that: (1) DOE rarely requires repayment for its investment in cost-shared technology projects; (2) four projects require repayment fo...
Fossil Fuels: The Department of Energy's Magnetohydrodynamics Development Program
RCED-93-174: Published: Jul 29, 1993. Publicly Released: Aug 5, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed on the Department of Energy's (DOE) progress in completing its magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) proof-of-concept (POC) program, focusing on: (1) the program's financial history; (2) DOE progress in meeting the program schedule; (3) potential problem areas; (4) DOE program management; and (5) future program plans.GAO found that: (1) by September 1993, the...
Utilities' Potential Use of Clean Coal Technologies
T-RCED-90-56: Published: Mar 28, 1990. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 1990.
GAO discussed the results of its nationwide survey on utilities' plans to use clean coal technologies. GAO found that: (1) utilities planned to use clean coal technologies for only 5 percent of their coal-fired generating units; (2) consideration of specific technologies depended on the severity of emission reduction requirements, target dates for compliance, and present and future electricity dem...
Status of DOE-Funded Clean Coal Technology Projects
T-RCED-89-25: Published: Apr 13, 1989. Publicly Released: Apr 13, 1989.
GAO discussed the status of nine demonstration projects that the Department of Energy (DOE) has funded under its Clean Coal Technology Program. GAO found that: (1) seven of the projects were experiencing coordination, equipment, and financing problems that caused cost overruns, proposed project modifications, and delays in completing project phases; (2) two other projects, funded in late 1988 to r...
Performance Evaluation: Energy Information Administration
PART-88-1: Published: Jul 1, 1988. Publicly Released: Jul 1, 1988.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, the Professional Audit Review Team (PART) evaluated the Energy Information Administration's (EIA) activities from October 1985 through June 1987.PART found that EIA: (1) significantly reduced its budget for quality maintenance investments from fiscal years (FY) 1983 through 1987; (2) reduced its quality control contract budget by 25 percent; (3) shifted from...