Snags slow repairs to Xcel generator plant in Becker

  • Article by: David Shaffer , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 20, 2013 - 9:20 PM

Part of the repairs at devastated Sherco Unit 3 in Becker -- badly damaged in a Nov. 19, 2011 accident -- had to be done again. Xcel officials aren’t sure when the project will be finished.

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thehoffersFeb. 20, 1310:16 PM

Couldn't they use a better picture than one with the only 2 workers visible, standing there with their hands in their pockets, and the machinery is covered with a tarp?

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esandeenFeb. 20, 1310:32 PM

Good ol' reliable coal-fired electricity.

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rusty0101Feb. 20, 1310:59 PM

Remember folks, when this generator is back on line, powered by the steam generated by burning coal, the burning of that coal in this one plant will put more radioactive material in one month into the air and surrounding environment than has been released by all of the nuclear power plants in the US since we started testing nuclear power for generating electricity.

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schmuckFeb. 21, 1312:09 AM

I don't normally complain about how the Strib does their business, but this would have been a great article to have a few more photos. There is a nice shot of the generator frame but what about the generator core or the rotor? These generators are really marvels to look at.

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BVMannFeb. 21, 13 8:41 AM

It also would be nice to have some background on what caused the failure, not simply stating "it failed", as we rate-payers pay for these things. Yes, we pay for the insurance premiums too.

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