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Continued: Xcel defends handling of Monticello nuclear plant upgrade

  • Article by: DAVID SHAFFER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 27, 2014 - 12:55 PM

 

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  • The Monticello Nuclear Power facility.

  • MONTICELLO NUCLEAR POWER PLANT

    Located: Monticello, Minn., 45 miles northwest of the Twin Cities, on the Mississippi River.

    Owner: Xcel Energy.

    In the news: Upgrade costs more than doubled during five-year project to $665 million. Xcel must prove costs were prudent in order to charge ratepayers.

    Type: General Electric boiling-water reactor.

    Output: 600 megawatts, enough to serve 500,000 homes; now capable of 671 megawatts.

    Upgrade: Replaced and upsized major components to extend plant’s life and boost output by 12 percent; completed in July 2013.

    License: First issued in 1970 for 40 years; later extended 20 years to 2030.

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