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 firm fined for power market manipulation

Twin Cities Power of Lakeville agreed to pay $4.3 million to settle manipulation charges.

Updated: January 09, 2015, - 09:27 PM

Owners of two Minnesota wind farms file for bankruptcy court protection

The filing raises questions about whether small-scale projects can survive in the industry.

Updated: January 07, 2015, - 09:21 PM

BNSF must provide emergency coal delivery plans

BNSF fought order sought by power companies and politicians to address low stockpiles in Minnesota and surrounding states.

Updated: January 07, 2015, - 12:20 AM

Pipeline hearing draws near-even mix of support, opposition

The project across northern Minnesota would deliver oil from North Dakota to Wisconsin.

Updated: January 05, 2015, - 11:37 PM

Xcel to double down on renewable energy in Minnesota

Lower prices for solar and wind farms make them better investments

Updated: January 02, 2015, - 09:44 PM

Officials put price tag at $280M to upgrade safety of oil train routes

The report, ordered by the Minnesota Legislature, identified the 100 highest-risk intersections when oil trains pose a risk because tracks cross roads and highways.

Updated: December 31, 2014, - 11:36 PM

Judge recommends trimming Xcel's latest rate increase request

The judge rejected the utility’s request for a higher basic charge for electricity.

Updated: December 27, 2014, - 07:23 AM

Alternatives to northern Minnesota crude oil pipeline also carry risks, study finds

When state researchers compared the risks to waterways, wildlife and other natural resources, every pipeline route proposed across Minnesota had some faults.

Updated: December 19, 2014, - 11:26 PM

Xcel gets 427 solar garden applications in Minnesota

The projects in Minnesota, if all built, would have the combined output of a major power plant.

Updated: December 19, 2014, - 09:10 PM

Xcel opens door for community solar gardens

The utility will begin accepting applications from developers to construct solar parks, and many are expected to show interest.

Updated: December 19, 2014, - 01:26 PM

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