MINNESOTA NEWS ROUND-UP: Xcel Energy to sue GE over turbine accident
ST. PAUL - Xcel Energy and insurers of its Sherco plant are suing General Electric over a 2011 turbine accident that wrecked one of the units in Becker.
The suit alleges that GE knew about a defect in its turbine blades for years but never told Xcel about it. The company claims that repair costs from the turbine failure have exceeded $200-million. Xcel's electric customers were passed along $65-million in costs for replacement power during the 22-month repair.