Operators ramp up power at Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant

Operators today were ramping up power at Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant, following an automatic shut down earlier this week , Xcel Energy announced in a news release issued this afternoon.

The plant shut down safely at 11:07 a.m. Tuesday as workers were performing maintenance on electrical equipment, which momentarily interrupted power supplies to select plant systems.

Plant protective features detected the condition and shut down the reactor, as designed. The plant was restarted earlier today. All plant safety systems functioned as designed, and the situation posed no danger to the public or plant workers.

The 600-megawatt plant, which is about 40 miles northwest of Minneapolis, generates enough electricity to power nearly 450,000 homes.

According to a U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission power reactor status report issued this morning, the Monticello plant was operating at 23 percent of rated power.