RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) - An audit by the Department of Energy Office of Inspector General shows that the Hanford Nuclear Reservation missed out on at least $190,500 in payments from energy conservation incentive programs.

The Tri-City Herald reports that the audit found the number by adding up missed payments, but there were other savings opportunities auditors could not quantify.

The audit checked seven DOE sites to see if they were taking advantage of available energy incentive programs, as required for federal agencies by law.

Hanford officials said they are working with the DOE to improve the company's participation in programs as the new two-year cycle starts this fall.

Hanford has had an energy savings performance contract since 2008 that makes it eligible for about $127,500 in incentives for completed measures such as upgrades to equipment.


Information from: Tri-City Herald,