Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant

Operator: Xcel Energy - Minnesota
Location: 40 miles southeast of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.
Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant
1717 Wakonade Drive East
Welch, MN 55089-9642
Operating License Unit 1: Issued – April 1974, Expires – August 2033
Operating License Unit 2: Issued – October 1974, Expires – 2034
Reactor Type: Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR)
Electrical Output Unit 1: 551 Megawatts Electrical (MWe)
Electrical Output Unit 2: 545 Megawatts Electrical (MWe)
Xcel Energy owns and operates two nuclear power plants: Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant near Monticello, MN, and Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant near Red Wing, MN. These plants produce nearly 30 percent of the electricity we provide to customers in the Upper Midwest.

Xcel Energy’s nuclear power plants help us avoid producing hundreds of millions of tons of greenhouse gases during their operating lives. Our nuclear resources have been the backbone of our clean energy system for decades. Nuclear is also central to meeting our ambitious proposal for a clean energy future for the Upper Midwest: a 60% carbon reduction, and 63% carbon-free generation mix by 2030.
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  • Prairie Island Control Room
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