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Prairie Island Nuclear Plant Maintenance


Workers at Xcel Energy’s Prairie Island Nuclear Plant began a two-month refueling and maintenance effort on October 6, allowing the facility to continue providing reliable, carbon-free energy for more than one million customers throughout the Upper Midwest.



The effort, which happens every two years for each of the two units at Prairie Island, helps set up the plant for a future extension of its operations, which will play an important part in achieving Minnesota’s goal of 100% carbon-free energy by 2040.


While Prairie Island’s Unit 2 is out of service, refueling and plant maintenance will improve equipment and plant reliability and help ensure that the plant continues to provide safe, clean and reliable power to the region. During this outage, Unit 1 will continue operations to provide electricity to customers.



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