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

Iron Range air quality study triggers spat among scientists

Advisers to the study criticized sampling research borne out of the rate of Iron Range miners dying from mesothelioma.

Updated: February 23, 2015, - 09:46 PM

Three Xcel projects will boost state's solar power tenfold

Minnesota’s solar power production will skyrocket.

Updated: February 19, 2015, - 01:51 PM

More Iron Range miners stricken with rare lung cancer

A research update by the Minnesota Health Department says 101 mine workers since the 1930s contracted a rare, usually deadly cancer called mesothelioma.

Updated: February 17, 2015, - 11:41 PM

Xcel Energy says proposed giant solar gardens don't look like 'community' projects

Many plans are getting around a requirement that they stay small, and Xcel says these big projects could cost ratepayers.

Updated: February 10, 2015, - 11:09 PM

Drop in oil price squeezes ethanol producers

Low gasoline prices are easy on consumers but hard on the industry.

Updated: February 09, 2015, - 11:24 AM

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

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