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

Minnesota PUC approves an upgrade to Enbridge pipeline

Enbridge intends to spend $40 million to upgrade three Minnesota pumping stations, at Viking, Clearbrook and Deer River, allowing them to push 27 percent more oil through the 36-inch Alberta Clipper pipeline, which runs 1,000 miles from Hardisty, Alberta, to Superior, Wis.

Updated: July 18, 2013, - 01:07 PM

July 17, 2013: Monticello nuke plant cost estimates doubled

Xcel is about to restart the Monticello plant after a four-month shutdown that allowed workers to replace aging pumps and other equipment. The upgrades are intended to extend the life of the 43-year-old reactor another two decades and boost its output.

Updated: July 17, 2013, - 10:03 PM

Regulators reject Great River Energy's business plan

Regulators also ordered the Minnesota power company to supply more information on costs.

Updated: July 17, 2013, - 09:10 PM

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

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