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

Xcel wants more Minnesota rate hikes, partly for nuclear costs

The Minneapolis-based utility wants to bill ratepayers for its investments in its nuclear power plants and other infrastructure.

Updated: August 01, 2013, - 09:57 PM

Minnesota Power investing in more wind power

With the addition of another wind farm in North Dakota, the Duluth-based utility expects to meet its mandate 10 years...

Updated: August 01, 2013, - 09:10 PM

Xcel CEO doubts Minneapolis will set up city power company

Speaking to investment analysts, CEO Ben Fowke says he expects Xcel to be the city’s electric utility for another 100...

Updated: August 01, 2013, - 05:26 PM

Enbridge pays fine over pipeline testing problems

Enbridge Energy didn’t admit federal violations, but said it decided to settle and pay $425,000 to avoid litigation.

Updated: July 26, 2013, - 09:12 PM

Xcel Energy weighs exit from Minneapolis under municipal utility

CEO Ben Fowke links the headquarters’ departure from downtown to a possible city takeover of utility services.

Updated: July 26, 2013, - 06:28 AM

Obituary: Veteran naval aviator 'Bill' Banks

Alexander McQuary “Bill” Banks, a U.S. Navy aviator during World War II, was the last surviving pilot of the original...

Updated: July 24, 2013, - 01:04 PM

Biomass burner Koda Energy invests in safer technology

After an explosion and fire damaged two silos, the Shakopee operation decided to build a safer alternative.

Updated: July 19, 2013, - 08:47 PM

First community solar projects are being launched in Minnesota

If you don’t have a sunny rooftop, solar energy developers offer an alternative — a share of a community solar garden.

Updated: July 19, 2013, - 02:27 PM

Communities buying into solar

A new solar project allows individuals who are unable to install panels of their own to share in the benefits.

Updated: July 18, 2013, - 08:37 PM

Minnesota PUC approves an upgrade to Enbridge pipeline

Enbridge intends to spend $40 million to upgrade three Minnesota pumping stations, at Viking, Clearbrook and Deer River, allowing them to push 27 percent more oil through the 36-inch Alberta Clipper pipeline, which runs 1,000 miles from Hardisty, Alberta, to Superior, Wis.

Updated: July 18, 2013, - 01:07 PM

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