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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.)
X. Litaudon, Tore Supra Team
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 56 | Number 3 | October 2009 | Pages 1445-1452
Technical Papers | Tore Supra Special Issue | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST09-A9187
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A vision for a long-term scientific and technological development for Tore Supra is highlighted in this paper. The proposed Tore Supra developments aim at consolidating the physics and technology of continuous tokamak operation on the route toward the development of a fusion reactor. This ambitious programmatic vision requires a significant power upgrade of the rf heating and current drive systems to operate Tore Supra up to the 20-MW power level in the long-pulse regime, i.e., at a convected heat flux up to 10 MW/m2 on the actively cooled plasma-facing components. This would allow an ambitious exploration of physics and technology issues of continuous tokamak operation in synergy with the stellarator program.