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

Energy interests pile on to N.D.-Minn. coal lawsuit

The clash is over interstate sales of coal-fired electricity.

Updated: February 03, 2015, - 08:27 PM

Investigation: Xcel failures led to reactor cost overruns

Judge conducting inquiry cites management flaws as work at Monticello nuclear power plant ultimately cost twice what was projected.

Updated: February 03, 2015, - 10:37 AM

Aug. 27, 2014: Xcel defends handling of Monticello nuclear plant upgrade

Customers or investors will pay millions for work.

Updated: February 03, 2015, - 12:31 AM

July 9, 2014: Xcel management blamed for cost overruns at Monticello nuke plant

A key question is whether Xcel’s customers or investors will pick up the $345 million in cost overruns. Xcel is pushing regulators to make ratepayers pay the entire cost of the Monticello upgrade.

Updated: February 03, 2015, - 12:30 AM

Ethanol industry gets its own corn

Yellow kernels of a hybrid called Enogen look like other corn, but they have just one purpose — making fuel. Six Midwestern ethanol plants now use the hybrid called Enogen, the first corn genetically enhanced for ethanol production.

Updated: February 02, 2015, - 03:12 PM

Xcel proposes low-cost, off-peak rates for plug-in cars

Owners would charge them overnight and could pick wind power.

Updated: January 30, 2015, - 08:58 PM

Xcel hopes to avoid 2016 electric hike in Minnesota

Top executives said they want to take a break from the annual electric increases in Minnesota.

Updated: January 30, 2015, - 06:09 AM

Enbridge defends northern route for pipeline

At hearing, Enbridge said alternate southern route would be more expensive to ship N.D. oil to market.

Updated: January 28, 2015, - 10:08 AM

Helped by oil trains, Canadian Pacific reports record profits

Increase in traffic drove the railroad’s 2014 earnings higher.

Updated: January 22, 2015, - 09:30 PM

Biofuel maker Gevo cuts staff to save cash

Workers at Luverne production plant were not affected.

Updated: January 20, 2015, - 09:25 PM

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