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Seminar: Expanding output at the Monticello power plant

Monday, November 17, 2008

ST. CLOUD, Minn. � The St. Cloud State University Department of Physics, Astronomy and Engineering is hosting a seminar on nuclear power and the technical and environmental aspects of the Extended Power Uprate (EPU) project in Monticello, Minn.

Presented by Ray Dennis of Xcel Energy, "Extended Power Uprate at the Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant" begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, in room 116 of the Wick Science Building on campus.  The presentation, the second of the university�s physics and astronomy speaker series, is free and open to the public.

During  his presentation, Dennis will talk about Xcel Energy�s plans to increase the electrical generating capacity at the Monticello nuclear plant by approximately 70 megawatts, and how the project could cut down on customer costs and reduce carbon emissions.

Dennis is project manager at Xcel Energy�s nuclear generating plant in Monticello.  He is currently working on modifications to the condensate and feed water system as part of the EPU project, which will increase the power output of the plant by 12 percent.  Dennis also has served as senior reactor operator in the plant�s control room and, prior to his work in Monticello, served in the U.S. Navy aboard nuclear submarines.  He received a degree in civil engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and is a certified project management professional.

For questions regarding the event, call St. Cloud State Professor John Harlander at 320-308-4974.

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