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

Buffalo Lake’s ethanol plant is sold in bankruptcy

West Ventures acquires the Purified Renewable Energy plant.

Updated: August 26, 2013, - 09:50 PM

Minnesota effort targets weeds as energy crops

Researchers at SarTec of Anoka are experimenting with weed crops to determine whether farmers can profit by growing oil-rich seeds and processing them into biofuel.

Updated: August 25, 2013, - 10:22 PM

Biodiesel refinery — in a box

Shipping container with a portable unit is on display at the fair.

Updated: August 25, 2013, - 01:18 PM

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

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