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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.)
A. Ying, M. Narula, M. Abdou, R. Munipalli, M. Ulrickson, P. Wilson
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 56 | Number 2 | August 2009 | Pages 918-924
Power Plants, Demo, and Next Steps | Eighteenth Topical Meeting on the Technology of Fusion Energy (Part 2) | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST09-A9027
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The fusion environment is inherently complex, in which an adequate understanding of response from a plasma chamber system requires integrated (and in some areas coupled) analysis across multiple disciplines (neutronics, thermo-fluids, structural mechanics, electromagnetism etc). An integrated simulation predictive capability, which utilizes a computer based single CAD geometric model where a detailed simulation of the multi-physics phenomena occurring in a fusion plasma chamber system is performed, is under development and is described in this paper.