Environmental groups are concerned a bill temporarily shelved at the Minnesota Legislature could give Xcel Energy more latitude to keep its nuclear plants in service longer.

Michael Noble with the group Fresh Energy approves of Xcel retiring its remaining coal-fired plants, “But that process gets discussed at the Public Utilities Commission. You don’t go to the legislature and ask for a blank check to keep your nuclear power plant running.”

Xcel regional President Chris Clark responded the bill would actually enable regulators to do “very focused” oversight of nuclear plants, and added, “It’s really part of our overall effort to deliver 85 percent carbon-free energy to our customers by 2030.”