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

Forest fire risk rises in dry parts of Minnesota

Large parts of the state are in high fire risk status. That’s still two notches below “extreme” fire risk, but officials are warning people to be careful to avoid a repeat of 2012, shown above.

Updated: August 24, 2013, - 11:39 PM

Aug. 23: Enbridge leans toward new oil pipeline route

Canadian company is evaluating a new route across northern Minnesota; project could create up to 3,000 jobs.

Updated: August 24, 2013, - 05:38 PM

Former Bixby CEO ordered to stay in jail

Judge calls former Bixby CEO an “economic danger” to society.

Updated: August 23, 2013, - 09:17 PM

Xcel, seeing a good deal, adds even more wind power

With its fourth purchase of a wind farm in a month, Xcel has obtained facilities with the combined generation of...

Updated: August 14, 2013, - 05:43 AM

Big Stone Power Plant gets a makeover

The Big Stone Power Plant in South Dakota, is undergoing one of the largest upgrades in the Midwest, but environmentalists...

Updated: August 13, 2013, - 08:38 PM

Aug. 9: Xcel Energy says rates will go up 3.8%

Public Utilities Commission slashed the utility’s request by more than half; customers will get refunds on their bills.

Updated: August 09, 2013, - 08:57 PM

Electric co-op developing new N.D. ethanol plant

A Minnesota cooperative will use steam from an adjacent coal-fired plant to produce 65 million gallons of ethanol a year...

Updated: August 09, 2013, - 08:03 PM

Aug. 8, 2013: PUC slashes Xcel rate hike in half

Utility regulators pledged to investigate massive cost overruns at Xcel Energy’s Monticello nuclear plant and approved a rate increase to $8, from $7.11, but rejected original request to $10.

Updated: August 08, 2013, - 11:32 PM

Granite Falls ethanol maker buys stake in Heron Lake plant

The plants will remain as separate companies but look to capitalize on “synergies.”

Updated: August 07, 2013, - 09:00 PM

Aug. 3: Natural gas rate hike would be Minn.'s largest

CenterPoint’s basic residential charge would rise significantly, but delivery charges would drop.

Updated: August 03, 2013, - 12:16 AM

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