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

Big solar parks proposed for Minnesota not so popular with neighbors

Some neighbors worry about property values while cities say solar parks could jeopardize growth plans.

Updated: March 28, 2015, - 04:19 PM

Wind energy advocate touts growth, need for continued tax credit

Wind turbines spinning over prairie cornfields are permanent fixtures of the Minnesota landscape. The state is the headquarters for Xcel...

Updated: March 28, 2015, - 12:24 PM

Obituary: Maureen Flahaven was leader on many local, state issues

Maureen Flahaven, a civic leader and activist who played important roles working for DFL candidates, promoting Minnesota and rebuilding St....

Updated: March 24, 2015, - 09:58 PM

Dayton proposes spending $330 million to upgrade rail safety

The proposal, which relies on legislative approval of a new annual assessment on the four major railroads in Minnesota, would fund major rail improvements in Coon Rapids, Moorhead, Willmar, and Prairie Island.

Updated: March 13, 2015, - 11:25 PM

Regulators put off decision on Xcel Energy's request for size limits on solar gardens

Xcel Energy had raised concern about large projects but must proceed under current rules.

Updated: March 11, 2015, - 09:15 PM

Xcel can't profit from Monticello cost overruns, regulators say

But Utilities Commission said company can’t collect profit on cost overruns.

Updated: March 06, 2015, - 11:02 PM

Xcel asks for changes in solar garden rules

The utility said many proposed community solar projects are so big that they should be competitively bid.

Updated: March 05, 2015, - 09:54 PM

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

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