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 to boost its wind power in Upper Midwest by 33 percent

The utility says three planned wind farms in Minnesota and North Dakota are so competitively priced that they will save...

Updated: July 16, 2013, - 09:26 PM

July 15: Monticello nuclear plant repairs surge

Excel Energy says the cost of the work surged 83 percent over its 2008 budget of $320 million. The Minneapolis-based electric and gas utility says the final costs will be even higher, but hasn’t publicly disclosed the amount.

Updated: July 15, 2013, - 10:49 AM

Oil companies to pay $7.4 million for wrongly tapping state fund

The Minnesota Commerce Department alleged that three major oil companies got state money to clean up underground tank contamination for which they also received insurance payments.

Updated: July 09, 2013, - 09:19 PM

Blast in Quebec exposes risks of shipping crude oil by rail

Growth in shipping North Dakota oil by train sends more of it through Minnesota.

Updated: July 09, 2013, - 04:06 PM

July 8: Law judge says Xcel rate hike should be cut

The judge recommended a 4.7% increase, far below the 10.7% jump originally sought by the Minnesota utility.

Updated: July 08, 2013, - 09:14 PM

Weak turnaround this year in Minnesota's ethanol industry

Some of the Minnesota-affiliated ethanol producers are making profits again, but plants carrying high debt loads are struggling.

Updated: June 23, 2013, - 07:22 PM

Rates cost Great River big customer: Elk River

Elk River Municipal Utilities says it can save customers money by purchasing its wholesale electricity from a municipal power agency.

Updated: June 21, 2013, - 09:09 PM

Production of new biofuel resumes at Minnesota plant

A retrofitted ethanol plant in Luverne shut down 8 months ago to fine-tune a process to ferment another corn-based alcohol,...

Updated: June 19, 2013, - 09:35 AM

Failed Minnesota clean-coal project gets help with its debts

Excelsior Energy won’t have to make further payments on $9.5 million in state loans for an Iron Range power plant...

Updated: June 17, 2013, - 09:12 PM

June 16: Xcel investing $1.8 billion in 2 nuclear plants

Three U.S. utilities are closing older nuclear reactors, but Xcel Energy is investing $1.8 billion to keep its two Minnesota plants operating for another two decades.

Updated: June 16, 2013, - 02:08 PM

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