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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 286-288
Technical Paper | Open Magnetic Systems for Plasma Confinement | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST07-A1377
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Fraction of a neutral beam particle with the different energy has been investigated in the Large Helical Device. We adopt a low-energy (40keV-3MW) neutral beam injection system in order to improve the ion temperature. A visible-spectrometer coupled intensified charge coupled device detector has been installed in order to measure a hydrogen beam emission spectrum inside of a target plasma. The spectral resolution and the reciprocal dispersion are 0.21nm and 1.4nm/mm, respectively. We typically use the 40ms sampling times with the 20ms exposure times. We have clearly observed the beam emission spectra from a hydrogen neutral beam with the energy of full, half and 1/3. We have also estimated the fraction of the full-energy beam component from the beam emission intensity. Total injection beam power is improved by increasing of the fraction of the full-energy beam component.