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Xcel sues over turbine failure

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Feb 6, 2014 at 11:37 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Xcel Energy Inc. and other plaintiffs are suing General Electric Co., claiming it hid a known defect in a turbine that broke down at one of its plants and led to millions of dollars in losses.

The turbine outage happened at the Sherco 3 electric generator in Becker in 2011. The turbine was being tested after an outage when it began to vibrate and broke apart, starting a fire.

Xcel says the 22 months of repairs that followed cost it more than $200 million. Its lawsuit alleges that GE and its affiliates knew about a defect in its turbine blades for decades and had documented earlier failures and improved its design, but never told Xcel about the problem.

A GE representative didn't immediately respond to a call and email seeking comment.

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