David Shaffer

Reporter | Energy and business
Phone: 612-673-7090
David Shaffer is a veteran reporter and editor for the Star Tribune, with more than three decades of experience on daily newspapers.

Recent content from David Shaffer

Xcel board under scrutiny in Monticello cost overrun

Company denied claim that board’s role in “dysfunctional” process led to overruns on Monticello project.

Updated: July 12, 2014, - 06:06 AM

Xcel management blamed for cost overruns at Monticello nuke plant

A key question is whether Xcel’s customers or investors will pick up the $345 million in cost overruns. Xcel is pushing regulators to make ratepayers pay the entire cost of the Monticello upgrade.

Updated: July 09, 2014, - 05:49 AM

June 29: Higher blend of biodiesel -- 10% -- on its way

In a boost for the biofuels industry, Minnesota on Tuesday becomes the first state in the nation to mandate a 10 percent minimum blend of biodiesel in diesel fuel sold at the pump.

Updated: June 29, 2014, - 07:20 PM

EPA to reassess Sherco coal power plant's effect on two national parks

Xcel’s coal-fired generators at Becker may require expensive retrofits or early retirement.

Updated: June 25, 2014, - 08:59 PM

Commerce Department: Reject 60% of Xcel's electric rate hike

The state Commerce Department, which analyzes utility rates on behalf of consumers, wants regulators to throw out more than half of Xcel’s requested rate hike of $291 million over two years.

Updated: June 24, 2014, - 05:42 AM

June 6: Xcel plan raises rate for energy hogs

Advocates say the proposal, which must be OK’d by the Public Utilities Commission, will promote conservation.

Updated: June 23, 2014, - 10:05 AM

Minnesota could face bigger carbon-reduction hurdle

Regulators and utilities are still parsing a complex greenhouse gas rule proposed by federal regulators.

Updated: June 21, 2014, - 04:40 PM

N.D. oil production tops 1 million-barrels-a-day milestone

Oil production in North Dakota has boomed over the past six years, and finally passed the 1 million barrel per day mark in April.

Updated: June 17, 2014, - 11:08 PM

In Bemidji, a research site reveals secrets of an oil spill

The site of a pipeline rupture has become a research center unlike any other in the world.

Updated: June 15, 2014, - 07:12 PM

Some Silicon Energy panels made in Minnesota are cracking, discolored

Silicon Energy halted production as it analyzes why some panels have cracked or are discolored.

Updated: June 13, 2014, - 10:35 PM

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