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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.)
N. Vetcha, S. Smolentsev, M. Abdou
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 56 | Number 2 | August 2009 | Pages 851-855
Tritium Breeding | Eighteenth Topical Meeting on the Technology of Fusion Energy (Part 2) | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST56-851
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An approach is developed to study the stability of mixed convection in the poloidal flows of the DCLL blanket. Modified Orr-Sommerfeld equations are derived and then solved using a numerical code based on a pseudo-spectral method. The stability analysis has been performed for the flows in the front blanket ducts, where the forced flow is upwards; showing that in the DCLL blanket conditions, all disturbances associated with the buoyant flows in the front ducts will likely be damped by a strong toroidal magnetic field.