NN Asks: What defines an effective plant maintenance training program?

October 30, 2023, 3:00PMNuclear News

Doug Barber

Xcel Energy was the first utility to commit to carbon-free operations by 2050, with an 80 percent reduction by 2030. To achieve this important goal, we recognized that we would have to think and act in innovative ways. This mindset is highlighted in our approach to plant maintenance. In 2019, Xcel created a unique unified learning organization. This approach has leveraged nuclear and nonnuclear expertise and training resources to improve craft skills, address long-term equipment reliability vulnerabilities, implement strategic initiatives, and improve sharing of resources—all of which has improved plant performance.

Xcel Energy’s unique approach has been proven successful in back-to-back Institute of Nuclear Power Operations Maintenance and Technical Training renewals at each of its plants with strengths directly attributed to our unified enterprise and nuclear learning approach, which ensures a focus on nuclear excellence, technician effectiveness, and business efficiency.

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