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

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

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

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