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Renewable energy industry news roundup: Nov. 8-15, 2015

In this week's renewable energy news update, focus on a low carbon economy has the potential to create millions of jobs, U.S. states fight to get carbon tax initiatives on the ballot and wind energy competes with coal in the American heartland.

Renewable energy industry news roundup: Nov. 8-15, 2015

Transitioning to a low carbon economy will create 2 million jobs by 2050

The transition, according to Think Progress and NextGen Climate America, will also increase GDP by $290 billion.

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Renewable energy composed half of the world's new power plants in 2014

According to the International Energy Agency, the increased emphasis on renewable energy represents “a clear sign that an energy transition is underway.”

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U.S. states gaining ground in the fight to tax carbon

Numerous states are working on sending carbon tax initiatives to legislature.

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Utah ranks first in clean energy job creation

A report by Environmental Entrepreneurs called Utah “a hive of clean energy activity,” ranking it No. 1 among states that created clean energy jobs in this year's third quarter.

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Greenhouse gas levels hit a new record in 2014

The World Meteorological Organization found levels of gases like carbon dioxide and methane increased to record highs last year.

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Wind energy competing with coal in the United States' most coal-rich regions

The Great Plains states are not only burning the most coal, they are also the windiest.

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