RED WING, Minn. (AP) — Unit Two of the Prairie Island nuclear plant near Red Wing is up and running again after a storm on Monday triggered its shutdown.

Xcel Energy says the storm created a disturbance on the transmission grid, which resulted in the generator going offline and the reactor shutting down to prevent the power systems from being damaged.

The company says the shutdown went as planned, and didn’t result in any injuries or release of radioactive material.

Prairie Island’s Unit One had already been shut down for a planned refueling outage that began April 29.

Operators are gradually increasing power until Unit Two is back to normal.

Each of the reactor units provides about 550 megawatts of power.

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Comments (8)
  1. Joe Hanson says:

    Just think, it would take about 220 towering windmills to replace one of these reactors – at least when the wind is blowing…

    1. paige83 says:

      Yes and just think if all of the 220 towering windmills fail the consequence will be limited. No living things are likely to be affected for gazillions of years.

      1. NIMBY says:

        anyone here want 220 windmills in their backyard? Paige83?

      2. Thomas the Train says:

        Can we put those windmills in your back yard?

        1. Jon Lindquist says:

          why not just install them on some buildings? Imagine 1 or 2 on the IDS center

  2. Denise says:

    And the electricity generated by the windmills would help create new jobs and be cheaper in the long run. Nuclear is expensive.

    1. Jimmie Dean says:

      What happens when there is no wind? oh yea… it’s a huge immoble paper weight…

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