Xcel Energy Plans To Retire 2 Of 3 Coal-Fired Sherco UnitsXcel Energy has announced a plan to retire two of the three units at Minnesota's largest power plant, its Sherco facility in Becker.
Supreme Court Seems Divided Over EPA Mercury LimitsThe Supreme Court's conservative justices cast doubt Wednesday on the Obama administration's first-ever regulations aimed at reducing power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants.
Xcel Blamed For Cost Overruns At Monticello PlantAn investigation by Minnesota utility regulators blames Xcel Energy Inc. for major cost overruns during a project to upgrade its nuclear plant in Monticello. Xcel disagrees that it's to blame. Reports say experts hired by Minnesota utility regulators found Xcel managers didn't fully plan for the job and didn't have adequate oversight.
NRC To Hold Public Meeting On Monticello SafetyOfficials from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a public meeting Monday night to discuss its latest safety review for Xcel Energy's nuclear power plant in Monticello. Overall, the NRC found that the Monticello plant operated safely in 2013. But its annual assessment also found some problems that have led to greater oversight.
NRC Says Spill At Prairie Island Posed No Danger The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says a spill of radioactive tritium at Xcel Energy's Prairie Island Nuclear Plant was so small the utility wasn't required to report it.
Minn. GOP Leader Says Vote On Nuclear Ban UnlikelyThe top Senate Republican says the Minnesota Legislature likely won't vote this year on a bill to lift a ban on new nuclear power plants.
Meltdown Concerns At Damaged Japan Nuke PlantAn explosion Saturday at a nuclear power station damaged by Japan's powerful earthquake destroyed a building housing the reactor, amid fears that the plant located 150 north of Tokyo could melt down.
Negotiations On Minn. Nuclear Power Change Ramp UpThe push to open Minnesota up to more nuclear power is nearing its final stages at the state Capitol.
Minn. House Backs Move Toward More Nuclear PowerA notable shift in Minnesota energy policy won approval from the state House on Thursday, when lawmakers voted to dump a ban on construction of new nuclear power plants.
Saturday Night with Esme Murphy - 8/28/10