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

Restart of Koda Energy power plant uncertain

A still-smoldering fire at the Koda Energy biomass burner was under investigation Friday and should be out by Saturday.

Updated: May 03, 2013, - 09:03 PM

Xcel Energy has big jump in profits in first quarter

Rate increases and a colder winter helped boost earnings; CEO Ben Fowke is ‘cautiously optimistic’ on Minnesota rate increase.

Updated: May 02, 2013, - 08:01 PM

April 22: Buffalo Lake ethanol plant closes

Allegations of wrongdoing fly as the recently reopened Buffalo Lake plant files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization.

Updated: April 22, 2013, - 09:58 PM

April 17: Boulder, Colo., pushes to split with Xcel

After years of study, Boulder is making final preparations to break away and launch its own greener municipal power utility.

Updated: April 17, 2013, - 09:22 PM

Flint Hills refinery signs expansion deal with environmental groups

The owner of the state’s largest oil refinery reached out to environmental groups and modified a planned upgrade to win...

Updated: April 17, 2013, - 12:18 AM

April 16: Sale of Heron Lake ethanol plant falls through

The southern Minnesota plant was to be sold to a group of ethanol producers.

Updated: April 16, 2013, - 09:03 PM

Xcel proposes three new natural gas power plants in Minn., N.D.

One unit in Burnsville and two near Hankinson, N.D., 70 miles south of Fargo, would supply power when customer demand is at its peak, and would not operate most of the time, the utility said.

Updated: April 15, 2013, - 09:39 PM

Turbine blades caused Xcel mishap at Becker power plant

The catastrophic 2011 failure at the Sherco power plant was caused by corrosion and stress, a new report says.

Updated: April 15, 2013, - 08:15 PM

April 5: Judge sides with Xcel, throws out wind-farm suit

The case involved risks to two species of protected birds.

Updated: April 15, 2013, - 06:41 PM

U finds cancer risk grows with years on taconite job

But the five-year, $5 million study doesn’t fully answer question of whether the needle-shaped fibers in taconite dust are linked...

Updated: April 13, 2013, - 04:06 PM

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