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A steam generator sits in a storage shed in the summer of 2013. Xcel Energy recently brought Prairie Island nuclear plant's Unit 2 back to full power after replacing two 40-year-old generators. (Republican Eagle file photo)

Prairie Island nuclear plant at full power

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Prairie Island nuclear plant returned to full power at 2 a.m. today, producing electricity with two new steam generators installed during a refueling and maintenance outage, owner Xcel Energy announced.

The outage began Sept. 21 and involved replacing Unit 2's 40-year-old steam generators as well as one-third of the fuel rods. Xcel brought in approximately 1,500 contractors to assist with the work.

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