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

If whooping crane is sighted, it's time for a coffee break

Enbridge Energy told regulators that workers would watch for whooping cranes while building a new pipeline from North Dakota to Wisconsin.

Updated: November 01, 2013, - 08:14 PM

Nov. 1: Xcel's solar rebates won’t be as generous

With a new law taking effect, the utility will be reconfiguring the program that reimburses customers who install the panels.

Updated: November 01, 2013, - 08:59 AM

Xcel must retain solar subsidy

State regulators order the electric utility to continue supporting Minnesota's small-but-growing solar industry.

Updated: October 31, 2013, - 05:46 PM

Minnesota ag commissioner endorses E15 ethanol blend

Leaders celebrated at a Minneapolis gas station that’s the first in the state to offer the 15 percent ethanol blend.

Updated: October 30, 2013, - 08:56 PM

Oct. 29, 2013: E15 fuel arrives in Twin Cities

Minnesota corn growers, who stand to benefit from increased ethanol sales, are helping to clear a barrier to E15 by subsidizing the expensive upgrades to gas pumps so they can dispense higher-ethanol fuel.

Updated: October 29, 2013, - 07:57 AM

Oct. 25: More rate hikes on the way

Despite rate hikes in each of the past three years, the utility serving 1.2 Minnesota electric customers says it needs to collect more revenue to cover $1 billion a year of investments in Xcel’s system.

Updated: October 25, 2013, - 09:31 AM

Grand jury adds new charge against former Bixby CEO Walker

A grand jury added witness tampering to 16 other counts against Robert Walker in a clean-coal tech fraud.

Updated: October 24, 2013, - 09:34 PM

Obituary: Ann Hersey Zellen cookbook author, arts patron

Ann Hersey Zelle, a patron of the arts, author of cookbooks and former co-owner of a kitchen store in Minneapolis,...

Updated: October 24, 2013, - 08:19 PM

Oct. 21, 2013: Sherco Unit 3 back in service

Xcel Energy's coal-fired Sherco Unit 3 in Becker, Minn., had been offline since 2011 after a catastrophic accident and a 22-month repair effort costing more than $200 million.

Updated: October 21, 2013, - 08:51 PM

Scientists in Minneapolis test turbines that get power from water

Scientists at the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory are helping a New York company test its submerged turbines that generate power...

Updated: October 19, 2013, - 02:00 PM

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