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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.)
S. W. Haan, P. A. Amendt, D. A. Callahan, T. R. Dittrich, M. J. Edwards, B. A. Hammel, D. D. Ho, O. S. Jones, J. D. Lindl, M. M. Marinak, D. H. Munro, S. M. Pollaine, J. D. Salmonson, B. K. Spears, L. J. Suter
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 51 | Number 4 | May 2007 | Pages 509-513
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST51-509
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Targets intended to produce ignition on NIF are being simulated and the simulations used to set specifications for target fabrication. Recent design work has focused on refining the designs that use 1.0 MJ of laser energy, with ablators of Be(Cu), CH(Ge), and diamond-like C. The main-line hohlraum design now has a He gas fill, a wall of U-Au layers, and no shields as were formerly used between the capsule and the laser entrance holes. The emphasis in this presentation will be on changes in the requirements over the last year, and on the characteristics of the diamond-ablator design. Complete tables of specifications have been prepared for all of the targets. All the specifications are rolled together into an error budget indicating adequate margin for ignition with all of the designs.