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

Minn. agency wants natural gas rate hike slashed 80 percent

Minnesota Energy Resources seeks a $14.2 million increase.

Updated: March 04, 2014, - 09:43 PM

After first day of deliberations, no verdict from Walker jury

The jury in the trial of former Bixby Energy Systems CEO Robert Walker completed its first day of deliberations without...

Updated: March 04, 2014, - 05:18 PM

Railroads agree to slow down crude oil trains in cities

Urban speed limits for crude-by-rail traffic are part of a package of industry safety measures. But critics say the efforts...

Updated: February 21, 2014, - 10:44 PM

New solar garden industry about to bloom for Xcel customers

Regulators are setting rules for Xcel Energy customers to invest in community solar gardens to supply homes and businesses.

Updated: February 20, 2014, - 09:25 PM

BNSF cited for serious flaws in track before N.D. accident

The Federal Railroad Administration, in response to a request from a North Dakota senator, says it inspections frequently turned up defective track.

Updated: February 20, 2014, - 09:36 AM

NRC cites Xcel for security violation at Prairie Island nuclear plant

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Wednesday said it had cited Xcel Energy Inc. for a security violation at its...

Updated: February 19, 2014, - 09:04 PM

N.D. oil output drops due to cold weather in December

North Dakota oil output dropped 5.5 percent in December as severe winter weather made it hard to work at wellheads,...

Updated: February 14, 2014, - 08:51 PM

Major interest shown in planned Sandpiper crude oil pipeline

Daily use assurances make construction of the 600-mile project from North Dakota to Minnesota more likely.

Updated: February 14, 2014, - 08:50 PM

Ethanol industry is back in the black after some rough years

In a complete reversal from 2012, major producers of the corn-based fuel are reporting record returns.

Updated: February 14, 2014, - 08:44 AM

Minnesota legislators push for better oil-transport disaster response

As more crude oil passes through Minnesota on trains and pipelines, state legislators say emergency responders need more training and equipment to respond to accidents.

Updated: February 12, 2014, - 09:25 PM

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