Monticello uprate

Xcel Energy’s Monticello nuclear power plant has shut down while an uprate and refueling are performed at the plant. Xcel hired Bechtel to perform the work at the Monticello and Prairie Island nuclear power plants.

Improvements are expected to cost $133 million and will boost generating capacity from 600 MW to 671 MW. Xcel also plans to build a $12.5 million security access facility to meet U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission regulations and spend nearly $8 million to install wiring and equipment to meet federal fire-protection regulations.

Xcel is also planning on increasing generation at Prairie Island to 1,260 MW.

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