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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.)
Zoran Dragojlovic, Charles Kessel, Rene Raffray, Farrokh Najmabadi, Lester Waganer, Laila El-Guebaly, Leslie Bromberg
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 56 | Number 2 | August 2009 | Pages 913-917
Power Plants, Demo, and Next Steps | Eighteenth Topical Meeting on the Technology of Fusion Energy (Part 2) | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST09-A9026
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A new computational model for fusion power plant system studies is being developed for the ARIES program. An operational design space has been created to explore the most influential parameters in the physical, technological and economic trade space related to the developmental transition from experimental facilities to viable commercial power plants. This allows examination of a multi-dimensional trade space as opposed to traditional sensitivity analyses about a baseline design point. The influence of multifunctional, highly dependent parameters can easily be visualized, which may highlight one or a few difficult-to-achieve parameters that would yield a highly acceptable design solution. The new ARIES systems code consists of adaptable physics, engineering and costing modules which capture the current tokamak knowledge database and reflect both near-term as well as advanced technology solutions that are higher risk but have higher performance potential. To fully assess the impact of the range of physics and engineering implementations, the plant cost accounts have been revised to reflect a more functional cost structure. All of these features have been validated against the highly respected ARIES-AT baseline. The present results demonstrate novel visualization techniques for trade space assessment of attractive tokamaks for commercial use.