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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.)
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Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 51 | Number 2 | February 2007 | Pages 223-225
Technical Paper | Open Magnetic Systems for Plasma Confinement | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST07-A1356
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At both end cells of GAMMA 10, two of Magneto-Plasma-Dynamic Arcjet (MPDA) are installed. MPDAs consists of two coaxial electrodes (tungsten stick and molybdic cylinder), and can produce quasi-stationary hydrogen plasmas. In GAMMA 10, the plasma generated by the MPDAs are used as the seed plasma. The main plasma is produced by ion cyclotron range of frequency (ICRF) waves in combination with the hydrogen gas injection. In the center at r=0 near the mirror throat of plug/barrier cell, the flow velocity and the mach number are measured with a mach probe in cases of several discharge voltages. The flow velocity and the mach number increase with the discharge voltage. The mach number of the seed plasma and the main plasma (from the confined region) is also measured in the radial direction. The flow velocity and the mach number of the seed plasma become small in the core region than in the peripheral region.