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

Obituary: Marty Knutson flew U-2 spy planes over Russia

Martin (Marty) Knutson, who flew U-2 spy planes over the Soviet Union during the Cold War and later led NASA’s...

Updated: December 18, 2013, - 07:50 PM

Tainted peanut butter case delayed

The tri­al of form­er Geor­gia pea­nut plant own­er Stew­art Par­nell and three of his employees for sell­ing taint­ed pea­nut but­ter...

Updated: December 15, 2013, - 02:00 PM

North Dakota crude oil gurgles toward 1 million barrels per day

After a sluggish increase in September, October's daily barrel production sets another record. Only two other places in the country — Texas and the separately counted Gulf of Mexico — exceed 1 million barrels per day.

Updated: December 14, 2013, - 07:01 AM

State regulators approve another Xcel electric rate hike: 4.6%

It's the sixth increase in eight years for Xcel's electric customers in Minnesota. Some consumer advocates say it's just too many.

Updated: December 12, 2013, - 09:21 PM

Otter Tail customers will pay for pollution controls

For a typical residential customer, the increase will amount to $2.77 per month.

Updated: December 12, 2013, - 09:21 PM

Propane industry scrambles to replace supply from major pipeline

Rail tank cars, trucks and more storage are part of the plan after a major pipeline is shut off.

Updated: December 07, 2013, - 05:14 PM

Pipeline poses conflict with potential copper mine

The proposed route of a northern Minnesota crude oil pipeline would cross mineral leases being explored for copper and nickel.

Updated: December 06, 2013, - 08:25 PM

Dec. 6, 2013: Retirement of 2 Sherco units to get study

After getting 11,400 comments from the public, state regulators directed Xcel to examine shutting down 1970s-era coal burners.

Updated: December 06, 2013, - 05:57 AM

Xcel has plans to create its own transmission company

The Minneapolis-based utility joins other major power companies in seeking to create a subsidiary that could develop power line projects serving areas beyond its eight-state customer region.

Updated: December 05, 2013, - 03:41 PM

Minn. wants to slash CenterPoint's natural gas rate hike in half

The state Commerce Department, which analyzes utility rates on behalf of consumers, recommended a $21 million reduction in the $44 million rate increase requested by CenterPoint Energy.

Updated: November 26, 2013, - 09:07 PM

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