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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.)
Sergei V. Ryzhkov (20R13)
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 51 | Number 2 | February 2007 | Pages 190-192
Technical Paper | Open Magnetic Systems for Plasma Confinement | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST07-A1347
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Field reversed configurations (FRC), as mirror machines have been developed as simple plasma confinement systems. FRC formed by reversing of magnetic field and reconnection and sustained by plasma current. Several mirrors may be linked together with solenoids - tandem mirrors (TM), end losses in the axisymmetric tandem mirror are reduced by ambipolar trapping - ambipolar trap (AT). Power balance of deuterium - helium-3 (D-3He) plasma in a prolate FRC power plant is compared with the power balance for a central cell of D-3He tandem mirror reactor (ambipolar trap). Deuterium - tritium (D-T) ITER, kinetically stabilized tandem mirror (KSTM) and D-3He FRC parameters are demonstrated.