Xcel requests extensions on nuclear plant licensesXcel Energy says it wants to extend licenses to operate the Prairie Island nuclear plant.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Xcel Energy says it wants to extend licenses to operate the Prairie Island nuclear plant.
Xcel submitted applications today for 20-year license extensions for the two reactors at Prairie Island. The plant’s current licenses expire in 2013 and 2014.
Xcel also wants to increase Prairie Island’s power generation capacity. The company says it will ask the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission later this spring to increase the generating capacity of each reactor by about 80 megawatts. Right now each reactor generates up to 538 megawatts.
Xcel also says it will ask state regulators to increase the number of used fuel storage containers at the site.
Xcel officials say the Prairie Island plant generates about 20 percent of the electricity used by Upper Midwest customers.