Prairie Island Nuclear Unit 2 Down for Planned Outage

 Prairie Island Nuclear Unit 2 Down for Planned Outage

Xcel Energy (NYSE: XCL) shut down Unit 2 of the 1,076-MW Prairie Island nuclear power plant in Minnesota for a planned $68 million refueling and replacement outage.
 
The project is part of a $1 billion investment Xcel is making in its two Minnesota nuclear plants to extend their operating lifecycles. The utility completed an uprate at the Monticello nuclear plant in July. Xcel said it plans to replace the unit’s main electrical generator at a cost of $55 million and a transformer at a cost of $13 million, according to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune. Unit 1 will run at full power through the outage.
 
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