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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 415-417
Technical Paper | Open Magnetic Systems for Plasma Confinement | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST07-A1420
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Wave propagation around the ECR layer in the GAMMA 10 plug region is analyzed by calculating the dispersion relation of an electron cyclotron wave in a hot plasma. Then, the spatial distribution of microwave power deposition and the absorption rate along each microwave ray are calculated. The absorption rate is experimentally evaluated by using an array of waveguide antennas. The calculated value well agrees with the experimental one on reasonable assumption that the extraordinary mode shares about 90% of the injected microwave power. This analysis is used to obtain an axisymmetric power deposition distribution. It is shown that the heating wave should be directed somewhat upward than the direction to the on-axis point on the resonance layer. This is because a larger power is deposited in the injection side lower side to the machine axis. For the plug in GAMMA 10, an injection beam with an elliptic cross section is suitable to obtain a circular distribution of power deposition.