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

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

Climate activists want 2 Sherco coal units closed by 2020

State regulators delayed a procedural decision on Xcel Energy’s long-range plans to give people a chance to weigh in — but briefly.

Updated: November 26, 2013, - 08:55 AM

Ethanol makers may be looking for new markets

As the EPA proposes to cut the ethanol mandate, market conditions are favorable for making even more of the fuel. Exports may be an answer.

Updated: November 23, 2013, - 08:07 PM

Oil industry adviser makes the case for pipelines

The former national security adviser – and current adviser to the oil industry – says pipelines that bring oil from...

Updated: November 23, 2013, - 02:00 PM

Want solar? Check the ratings

A start-up company that is expanding in Minnesota has developed data tools to help the solar industry assess which rooftops are suitable for solar panels.

Updated: November 19, 2013, - 04:50 PM

Nuclear expert to help study Monticello plant's cost overruns

Utility regulators plan to hire a nuclear engineer to review Xcel Energy’s spending on upgrades to its Monticello nuclear plant.

Updated: November 14, 2013, - 09:29 PM

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