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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 265-267
Technical Paper | Open Magnetic Systems for Plasma Confinement | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST07-A1370
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In the Tohoku University Heliac (TU-Heliac), hot-cathode biasing experiment has been carried out. Poloidal Mach number exceeded unity, and reached 5 (supersonic regime). Increase of the electron density and decrease of the impurity influx were observed. It is important to study the anomalous transport for evaluation of the improvement. Then potential and density fluctuation (~600 kHz) measurement system were installed to the TU-Heliac. Characteristics of the fluctuations in the hot-cathode-biased supersonic plasma were measured. The fluctuation of (i) low frequency band (<10 kHz) and (ii) high frequency band (100~300 kHz) had large power spectra. The fluctuations between these bands (10~100 kHz) were suppressed. The potential fluctuation level was larger more than one order of the density fluctuation level in the low frequency band (<10 kHz), and comparable to the density fluctuation level in the high frequency band (100~300 kHz).