Bill Gates preps biggest clean energy fund 'in history'
Technology giant Bill Gates will unveil the world's largest clean energy research and development partnership on Monday, joining in Paris with other billionaires and world leaders, several sources told ClimateWire.
After soggy El Niño, beware the 'Diva of Drought'
Californians hoping El Niño storms this winter will end the state's historic drought should start looking further ahead to its devilish -- and much drier -- sister, La Niña.
Next Monday: a busy and symbolic day for Paris and the world
President Obama will meet with the leaders of China and India when he arrives in Paris on Monday to spur momentum for a global warming accord that has become a top priority for the French government in the wake of deadly terrorist attacks.
Have questions about next week's climate talks? Here are 8 answers that might help
What is happening in Paris next week? Why is it important? What is Congress' role here, and can Republicans block a Paris agreement? ClimateWire answers these questions and more in the lead-up to the U.N. climate negotiations.
Initiative aims to reinvent utility industry the Minnesota way
The pressures facing Xcel Energy Inc. are not uncommon among investor-owned electric utilities. More efficient use of energy is eroding demand. Customers want more options to manage their energy use and even generate a share of their own energy with solar arrays. Massive investments are required to maintain and improve the grid, and new environmental regulations require a continued shift to cleaner energy sources. But how the utility is facing that future, one that requires billions of dollars in capital investments at a time when sales are flat or declining, is relatively unique.