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Ohio Senate votes to repeal nuclear plant subsidies
After months of unsuccessful efforts by Ohio lawmakers to contend with the fallout from H.B. 6—the now-infamous nuclear subsidies bill signed into law in 2019—the state’s senate on March 3 passed a measure, S.B. 44, to repeal those subsidies. The vote was 32–0.
For those who may need reminding, federal prosecutors on July 21, 2020, arrested Larry Householder, then speaker of the Ohio House, and four lobbyists and political consultants for their involvement in an alleged $61 million corruption and racketeering scheme aimed at guaranteeing passage of H.B. 6, whose subsidies had kept Ohio’s Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear power plants from premature closure.
H.B. 6 established a seven-year program to charge the state’s electricity consumers fees to support payments of about $150 million annually to the plants’ operator, Energy Harbor Corporation, then known as FirstEnergy Solutions (FES). FES had announced in March 2018 that it would be forced to close Davis-Besse and Perry without some form of support from the state. (The payments to Energy Harbor were blocked last December by an Ohio Supreme Court injunction, which complemented an earlier lower court ruling.)
S. Okamura, T. Akiyama, A. Fujisawa, K. Ida, H. Iguchi, M. Isobe, S. Kado, T. Minami, K. Nagaoka, K. Nakamura, S. Nishimura, K. Matsuoka, H. Matsushita, H. Nakano, S. Ohshima, T. Oishi, A. Shimizu, C. Suzuki, C. Takahashi, K. Toi, Y. Yoshimura, M. Yoshinuma, CHS Group
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 51 | Number 1 | January 2007 | Pages 46-53
Technical Paper | Stellarators | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST07-A1286
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Various types of transport barriers have been studied in the Compact Helical System. In addition to the neoclassical transport barrier, the edge transport barrier (H-mode) was studied using the high-power heating of two coinjection neutral beam injections. A density pedestal is formed after the transition that is indicated by the drop of H emission signal. The heating power threshold for the transition was investigated by varying the heating power. Its dependence on the density and the magnetic field is close to the H-mode scaling obtained in tokamaks. The dependence of the power threshold on the magnetic field configuration was also found. Local density fluctuation was measured with beam emission spectroscopy, which observed harmonic oscillations appearing after the density pedestal was formed. For L-mode plasma, long-distance coherence of the potential fluctuations were measured with two sets of heavy ion beam probes (HIBPs). Those coherent modes are supposed to be the geodesic acoustic mode part of zonal flow. Turbulent particle flux was also measured with HIBP, and its change with internal transport barrier formation is demonstrated.