By Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal

Xcel Energy Inc.'s nuclear power plant about 40 miles northwest of the Twin Cities was operating at full power again Monday after automatically shutting down 10 days ago.

Minneapolis-based Xcel (NYSE: XEL) said in a news release that the company replaced a cable that failed Oct. 21 at the Monticello plant.

"The cable failure caused a transformer to lock out, which briefly interrupted non-safety-related power from the grid to part of the site and prompted the plant to automatically shut down as designed," Xcel said in a news release.

Xcel said the situation posed no danger to the public or plant employees.

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