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

New Minnesota solar mandate law will give power companies a jolt

Large solar arrays are likely to sprout in Minnesota after lawmakers required Xcel and other big utilities to get 1.5% of their power from the sun by 2020.

Updated: May 28, 2013, - 10:14 AM

Xcel CEO favors cautious approach to solar

Xcel Energy chairman and CEO Ben Fowke discusses the company's position on adopting solar energy and other renewable resources.

Updated: May 27, 2013, - 06:30 AM

Xcel Energy changes top managers in Minnesota

In the face of regulatory challenges in Minnesota, Xcel Energy Inc. on Wednesday assigned a veteran executive to run its...

Updated: May 23, 2013, - 05:49 AM

Our sky-high gas prices expected to last until June

Heading into the Memorial Day weekend, Minnesota motorists are paying the highest prices ever for gasoline.The rapid run-up in prices...

Updated: May 21, 2013, - 09:26 AM

May 19: Ethanol makers hope to snap back in 2013

After a drought, record-high corn prices and plant shutdowns, ethanol producers say 2013 has to be better.

Updated: May 19, 2013, - 10:23 PM

Is Xcel's top spot in wind power in jeopardy?

An Iowa utility owned by Warren Buffett-led Berkshire Hathaway plans to add 656 wind turbines by the end of 2015.

Updated: May 11, 2013, - 06:57 AM

Minnesota Senate passes 1 percent solar mandate

The bill is less ambitious than a House measure passed Tuesday. Now, a conference committee must look for a compromise.

Updated: May 10, 2013, - 08:52 PM

Xcel Energy gains from ultra-low corporate bond rates

The utility’s interest rate for three-year bonds: 0.75 percent.

Updated: May 10, 2013, - 05:52 AM

Battle over Minnesota solar mandate shifts to the Senate

The Minnesota House signed off on mandates for utilities. Now the battle shifts to a Senate vote on Friday.

Updated: May 08, 2013, - 08:56 PM

Restart of Koda Energy power plant uncertain

A still-smoldering fire at the Koda Energy biomass burner was under investigation Friday and should be out by Saturday.

Updated: May 03, 2013, - 09:03 PM

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