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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.)
Takuya Goto, Yuichi Ogawa, Akio Sagara, Shinsaku Imagawa
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 56 | Number 2 | August 2009 | Pages 925-929
Power Plants, Demo, and Next Steps | Eighteenth Topical Meeting on the Technology of Fusion Energy (Part 2) | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST09-A9028
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A new empirical scaling of the magnetic field ratio (the maximum magnetic field on the coil to the toroidal field on the center of helical windings averaged over one field period) for heliotron/torsatron systems has been proposed. This new scaling was derived from the calculation result by using a finite-volume current element code over a wide range of coil engineering parameters. The scaling is described as a product of powers of 5 dimensionless parameters that relate to the coil geometry. This scaling can reproduce the magnetic field ratio within 3% error over the wide range of design parameters. By using this new scaling, we can estimate the magnetic field in the plasma confinement region by a fast calculation with engineering design parameters only. It will facilitate the design optimization through sensitivity analysis with parameter scan over a wide range in reactor design study of heliotron/torsatron reactors.