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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. Yamamoto, K. Nagasaki, Y. Suzuki, T. Mizuuchi, H. Okada, S. Kobayashi, B. Blackwell, K. Kondo, G. Motojima, N. Nakajima, Y. Nakamura, C. Nührenberg, Y. Torii, S. Watanabe, F. Sano
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 51 | Number 1 | January 2007 | Pages 92-96
Technical Paper | Stellarators | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST07-A1290
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Two kinds of magnetohydrodynamics instability are observed in electron cyclotron heating and neutral beam injection-heated Heliotron J plasmas. One is the pressure-driven interchange modes with m = 2/n = 1 and m = 5/n = 3 and low frequency (fexp < 20 kHz), which are observed in the plasma with a rational surface of /2 = 0.5 or 0.65. The other is the energetic ion-driven global Alfvén eigenmodes (GAEs) in the Alfvén frequency range. To identify the observed GAEs, the frequency of the observed mode with shear Alfvén spectra calculated by CAS3D3 is compared. The interchange mode with m = 5/n = 3 and bursting GAE with intense magnetic fluctuations may affect the bulk plasma confinement and energetic ion transport, respectively.