MONTICELLO, Minn. (AP) — Operators of the Monticello nuclear power plant are investigating what caused a transformer to lock out, prompting the plant to automatically shut down.

Xcel Energy says the plant shut down safely Friday afternoon. The company says the shutdown was not expected to last long. Xcel Energy spokeswoman Patti Nystuen says the process of getting the plant back online had not started as of 7:15 p.m. Friday.

Xcel says the transformer lockout briefly interrupted non-safety-related power from the grid to part of the site. The company says all plant safety systems functioned as designed, and there is no danger to the public or plant workers.

The 600-megawatt plant is located about 40 miles northwest of Minneapolis.

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Comments (8)
  1. stung4ever says:

    I was wondering what was up with the (very brief) outage.

    I suppose it’s good to know the automatic shutdown is working.

  2. sam i am says:

    I wonder what caused it to shut down. That would be my concern.

  3. hn says:

    yet another reason to leave the area…..

    1. You are so smrt says:

      Because the reactor’s safety systems did exactly what they’re supposed to do and safely shut down the nuclear reaction? Yeah, I hate it when systems work properly.

      Have fun with your move. Let us know exactly how far away you manage to get from a nuclear power plant.

  4. Engineers Son says:

    I don’t see why everyone is so afraid of nuclear power. I grew up in the NSP/Xcel system. I think nuclear is the way to go. Why burn 3 trains of coal a day ( for all 3 units at sherco) when you can use nuclear power to create “cleaner” energy.

    1. Mikey says:

      Agreed. Look how well it’s worked for Japan and Russia.

      Oh wait…..

      1. ActuallyHasABrainMorans says:

        Yep, we sure do worry about those catastrophic tsunamis like Japan does, or using highly deficient reactor designs and willfully ignoring safety protocol like Russia does…

        Oh wait….

        Before you open your mouth and start spewing nonsense like an idiot, think about what you’re saying. Otherwise you contribute nothing that amounts to what should be a common sense dialogue about the use of nuclear power.

      2. stung4ever says:

        Environmentalists should welcome nuclear power.

        Even the worst nuclear accident in history (Chernobyl) has had positive environmental consequences. The area, devoid of human activity, is now teeming with endangered species.

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