Monticello nuclear plant safely shuts down Tuesday morning
The Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant automatically shut down safely at 11:07 a.m. Tuesday morning, according to a news release issued by Xcel Energy late Tuesday afternoon. All plant safety systems functioned as designed, and the situation posed no danger to the public or plant workers.
Plant operators are investigating the cause of the shutdown, which is not expected to be lengthy.
Whenever a generating unit is in an outage, Xcel Energy purchases electricity from the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator or other utilities or increases production at its other generating plants to ensure an adequate power supply for customers.
The 600-megawatt plant, which is about 40 miles northwest of Minneapolis, generates enough electricity to power nearly 500,000 homes. It is owned and operated by Xcel Energy.