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 Energy opens way for solar gardens

Xcel will offer an opportunity to invest in a community solar project, but two energy developers say the utility isn’t...

Updated: October 01, 2013, - 05:13 AM

Minnesota Energy Resources requests rate increase

A Minnesota natural gas utility that serves some Twin Cities suburbs, Duluth, Rochester and many small cities across the state...

Updated: September 30, 2013, - 08:27 PM

State regulators approve $430M upgrade to coal plant in Cohasset

The Boswell Unit 4 will get a retrofit to reduce mercury emissions. Customers of Duluth-based Minnesota Power face higher rates as a result.

Updated: September 25, 2013, - 08:26 PM

Sept. 12: CenterPoint's 4.9% rate hike OK’d, more coming

Minnesota utility regulators approved a 4.9 percent interim increase for delivering natural gas to customers of the state’s largest natural gas utility.

Updated: September 12, 2013, - 11:03 PM

N.D. blames Minnesota for holding back coal burners

The two states are battling over the constitutionality of a Minnesota law that bans power from new coal generators.

Updated: September 06, 2013, - 08:54 PM

Minnesota PUC to review Enbridge oil pipeline expansion

The PUC will conduct a "contested case" review -- similar to a trial -- of a plan by Enbridge Energy to increase the capacity of its Alberta Clipper pipeline through Minnesota.

Updated: September 05, 2013, - 07:53 AM

Sept. 4: Xcel’s Sherco generator is repaired, ready soon

The electric utility told state regulators the generator in Becker, Minn., which broke apart in November 2011, will be operational...

Updated: September 04, 2013, - 09:31 PM

Alliant sells southern Minnesota utility business

Electric customers will become members of one of 12 cooperatives. Natural-gas customers will be served by another Minnesota gas firm.

Updated: September 03, 2013, - 09:37 PM

Enbridge crude oil pipeline across Minnesota faces fresh opposition

Enbridge, the Calgary-based operator of the 1,000-mile “Alberta Clipper” pipeline from Hardisty, Alberta, to Superior, Wis., plans to boost its capacity another 40 percent to 800,000 barrels per day.

Updated: September 03, 2013, - 03:19 PM

Buffalo Lake’s ethanol plant is sold in bankruptcy

West Ventures acquires the Purified Renewable Energy plant.

Updated: August 26, 2013, - 09:50 PM

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