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NRC: Monticello power plant can increase output

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Xcel Energy Inc. has won federal regulators' approval to boost output at its Monticello nuclear power plant.

The Minneapolis-based utility said Tuesday the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved its application to increase the plant's output, from 600 megawatts to 671 megawatts.

Xcel Energy says in the next month, operators will begin slowly increasing power at the plant, located about 40 miles northwest of Minneapolis.

The St. Cloud Times report the company also is waiting for an NRC decision next spring that would allow it more flexibility before the plant starts producing a full 671 megawatts.

The Monticello plant currently generates about 10 percent of the electricity Xcel Energy provides customers in its Upper Midwest service territory.

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