Xcel Energy

Nuclear Operations

Our Prairie Island and Monticello nuclear generating plants in Minnesota produce safe, reliable, low-cost, carbon-free power, delivering enough electricity to serve the needs of approximately 1.5 million homes in the Upper Midwest. We are committed to operating our nuclear plants safely and to being a good neighbor to our host communities: the cities of Monticello and Red Wing, Minn., and the Prairie Island Indian Community.

As an integral part of the U.S. energy mix, nuclear power is a secure energy source that the nation can depend on. Nuclear power plants generate electricity uninterrupted for extended periods—as long as 24 months. They help supply the necessary level of base-load power for the electricity transmission network to operate. Nuclear power plants are a key element in the stability of our country’s electricity grid.

Still, nuclear technology is unique. It requires us to understand and appreciate the serious responsibility of working in the nuclear industry, to commit to placing safety first and to doing the safe and conservative thing in all situations, all the time. Events such as the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States and the Fukushima Daiichi accident in Japan have served to heighten awareness and regulation among all nuclear generating operators.

Learn more about our Prairie Island plant.

Learn more about our Monticello plant.

About the Report

We published our first corporate responsibility report (formerly known as the Triple Bottom Line report) in April 2005, with the contents covering the 2004 calendar year, and we have published a similar report in each following year. Our report is based on Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G3 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines, the most widely used sustainability reporting framework in the world. Additionally, we incorporate the GRI’s Electric Utilities Sector Supplement indicators wherever possible.

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About the Report