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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.)
J. Kohagura et al. (21R03)
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 51 | Number 2 | February 2007 | Pages 204-207
Technical Paper | Open Magnetic Systems for Plasma Confinement | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST07-A1351
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Generalized scaling laws for the formation of plasma confining potentials are investigated to find the physics essentials common to representative tandem-mirror operational modes in GAMMA 10. These modes are characterized in terms of (i) a high-potential mode and (ii) a hot-ion mode. The potential-formation scalings in these modes are consolidated and generalized on the basis of the consistency with finding of the wider validity of Cohen's strong electron-cyclotron heating (ECH) theory covering over both modes. A plateau-shaped electron distribution function is observed when a plug electron-confining potential is formed in the hot ion mode of GAMMA 10, as predicted in terms of the strong ECH theory.