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Major unit shutdown at Prairie Island nuclear plant

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RED WING - A major unit is temporarily shut down at the Prairie Island nuclear power plant.

Xcel Energy says Unit-Two is being re-fueled, and two new steam generators are being installed. The utility says the new equipment will ensure the continued safe-and-reliable generation of electricity.

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During the shutdown, Xcel Energy plans to cover the lost production by buying power from other suppliers, or stepping up the output at its other plants. Re-fueling outages at Prairie Island normally take 4-to-8 weeks. With the new equipment being installed, X-cel says this one will take a few weeks more.

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