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

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

Xcel wants more Minnesota rate hikes, partly for nuclear costs

The Minneapolis-based utility wants to bill ratepayers for its investments in its nuclear power plants and other infrastructure.

Updated: August 01, 2013, - 09:57 PM

Minnesota Power investing in more wind power

With the addition of another wind farm in North Dakota, the Duluth-based utility expects to meet its mandate 10 years...

Updated: August 01, 2013, - 09:10 PM

Xcel CEO doubts Minneapolis will set up city power company

Speaking to investment analysts, CEO Ben Fowke says he expects Xcel to be the city’s electric utility for another 100...

Updated: August 01, 2013, - 05:26 PM

Enbridge pays fine over pipeline testing problems

Enbridge Energy didn’t admit federal violations, but said it decided to settle and pay $425,000 to avoid litigation.

Updated: July 26, 2013, - 09:12 PM

Xcel Energy weighs exit from Minneapolis under municipal utility

CEO Ben Fowke links the headquarters’ departure from downtown to a possible city takeover of utility services.

Updated: July 26, 2013, - 06:28 AM

Obituary: Veteran naval aviator 'Bill' Banks

Alexander McQuary “Bill” Banks, a U.S. Navy aviator during World War II, was the last surviving pilot of the original...

Updated: July 24, 2013, - 01:04 PM

Biomass burner Koda Energy invests in safer technology

After an explosion and fire damaged two silos, the Shakopee operation decided to build a safer alternative.

Updated: July 19, 2013, - 08:47 PM

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