Will developing countries sign on to binding carbon reduction targets? Will rich and poor countries agree to a financing package for climate adaptation? Will anyone pay attention to Republican climate deniers posturing on the global stage?

Those are the questions people are looking to answer at the ongoing U.N. climate talks in Paris. In this week's show, we'll talk with ClimateWire Deputy Editor Lisa Friedman about how the negotiations are currently playing out.

In the second half of the show, we'll look at a couple shakeups and spinoffs in the utility sector: David Crane's departure as NRG's CEO, and RWE's decision to split up its distributed energy and conventional energy businesses.

We'll end with a conversation about how the U.S. government can more effectively support offshore wind.

This podcast is sponsored by Huawei Technologies, a leading global ICT solutions provider. Huawei is proud to offer its FusionSolar PV solution -- a unique approach to integrating, optimizing and digitizing solar-power plants.

Recommended reading:

Lisa Friedman's reporting from the global climate summit

David Crane Steps Down as NRG’s CEO Amidst Investor Pressure

Utility Spinoffs Continue: RWE Follows E.ON and NRG in Separating Renewables From Conventional Power

Where the Government Is Wrong on Offshore Wind