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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.)
G. Gervasini, M. De Angeli, P. Amedeo, R. Schiavone (19P44)
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 51 | Number 2 | February 2007 | Pages 334-336
Technical Paper | Open Magnetic Systems for Plasma Confinement | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST07-A1393
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A steady state plasma device has been built at the Institute of Plasma Physics (IFP) in Milano (Italy). The magnetic field confinement has a cusp configuration. A description of the experimental device is here presented.The plasma characteristics have been measured by Langmuir probes. The most significant results (e.g. highest values for the plasma density) have been obtained by a plasma source based on the electron cyclotron resonance (ECR). By ECR plasma source electron temperature of 5 eV and plasma density up to 1011 cm-3 have been reached for an argon gas. The applications of the experimental device cover basic plasma physics studies and technological applications (e.g. hydrogen formation by methane cracking).