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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 379-381
Technical Paper | Open Magnetic Systems for Plasma Confinement | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST07-A1408
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The magnetic configuration of a field-reversed configuration (FRC) has a center closed region and open field region. Because of this geometrical property, an FRC can be translated from a formation theta-pinch region into a confinement region while it keeps the closed magnetic field. In this work, the "equivalent" neutral beam injection (NBI) in the translation process has been proposed as a heating and particle injection method for an FRC. Translating an FRC plasma through neutral gas background is equivalent to an end-on NBI into the FRC. For the neutral particle density of 1 × 1020m-3, translation velocity of 100km/s and translation length of 1m, the number of particles ~3 × 1018 and the kinetic energy of ~40J are supplied due to the equivalent NBI.