The Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant is a two-unit pressurized water reactor (PWR) of Westinghouse design. The plant is located on the Mississippi River about 40 miles southeast of the Twin Cities and about 5 miles north of Red Wing, Minn. The Unit 1 reactor began operating in December 1973 and the Unit 2 reactor in December 1974. About 800 people are employed full time at Prairie Island. Xcel Energy also owns the Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant in Monticello, Minn.
Welch, Minnesota (28 miles southeast of Twin Cities)
Two units - 1,100 Mw (Megawatts) total
Date of commercial operation
Unit 1-Dec. 4, 1973 to the present; Unit 2-Dec. 21, 1974 to the present
Operated by Xcel Energy, Inc