The top tweets were chosen from influencers as tracked by GlobalData’s Influencer Platform, which is based on a scientific process that works on pre-defined parameters. Influencers are selected after a deep analysis of the influencer’s relevance, network strength, engagement, and leading discussions on new and emerging trends.

Top tweets on power in February 2021

1. Mike Hudema’s tweet on impact of climate change on the world

Mike Hudema, a climate campaigner, tweeted a video on how the world would look like in 100 years if climate change is not addressed. The video shows that if climate change measures are not taken ice caps and critical ice sheets will begin to melt by 2030 swelling the sea levels by 20cm. Further, 90% of coral reefs will be at risk of human activities and 60% will be highly endangered. Crop yields will decline pushing 100 million people into extreme poverty and climate change associated diseases will kill an additional 250,00 people per year.

By 2040, the global temperatures will soar past the 1.5°C temperature increase limit set by the Paris Agreement. Bangladesh, Vietnam and Thailand will be threatened by annual flooding, while 140 million people will be displaced due to food and water insecurity. By 2050, two billion people will experience temperatures of 60°C more than a tenth of a year. Finally, by 2100, the global surface temperature will rise by more than 4°C and coral reefs will largely disappeared along with a quarter of the world’s fish habitats.

The video highlights that the world needs to make a transition towards an economy that protects nature, which in turn can help in creating 395 million jobs or one fifth of the expected growth in labour force.

Username: Mike Hudema

Twitter handle: @MikeHudema

Retweets: 224

Likes: 253

2. Mark Tebbutt’ tweet on zero carbon emissions from North Scotland’s regional power grid

Mark Tebutt, an IT professional, shared an infographic of the daily average carbon intensity of electricity consumed in each region of Great Britain. The carbon intensity is tracked by National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) in partnership with the Environment Defense Fund Europe, University of Oxford and World Wide Fund for Nature.

The carbon intensity forecast considers carbon emissions related to electricity generation in 14 geographical regions of Great Britain. The infographic showed that North Scotland’s regional power grid had 0gm of CO2 per kWh for 14 consecutive days. Tebutt noted that the carbon savings would be higher if homes are heated using heat pumps and internal combustion cars are replaced with electric vehicles.

Username: Mark W Tebbutt

Twitter handle: @mwt2008

Retweets: 60

Likes: 203

3. Mark Z. Jacobson’s tweet on feasibility of achieving 100% renewable energy by 2035

Mark Jacobson, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University, tweeted an article on how achieving 100% renewable energy is possible by 2035. The article detailed a ten-point declaration presented by a global coalition of energy experts from across the world. The solutions proposed by the experts aim to significantly reduce air emissions and energy-related climate damage, while generating employment and providing global energy security.

The coalition of energy experts noted that political action, international cooperation and concrete actions will help in achieving this goal. They added that 2035 would be the deadline for climate action, after which the world might cross a point of no return. The transition to 100% renewables is feasible across the globe by 2035 and will be much quicker than expected, the article added.

Username: Mark Z. Jacobson

Twitter handle: @mzjacobson

Retweets: 60

Likes: 107

4. Assaad Razzouk’s tweet on China’s energy watchdog under fire over failure to check pollution

Assaad Razzouk, Group CEO at Sindicatum Renewable Energy, tweeted an article on National Energy Administration (NEA), China’s energy regulator, being accused by a central environment inspection committee for failing to prioritise environmental security. The committee comprising of officials from the Ministry of Ecology and Environment noted that the NEA failed to reduce coal-fired energy capacity in main areas where it was to be strictly regulated under pollution policies.

The NEA enabled some eastern provinces to boost their coal power capacity far beyond their local plans from 2017 to 2020. Through excess capacity, the proposals for coal power continued to grow in China last year after the NEA eased the constraints on new coal power plants in 2019. The NEA has been given a month’s time to come up with plans to rectify the situation, which will be made public.

Username: Assaad Razzouk

Twitter handle: @AssaadRazzouk

Retweets: 27

Likes: 62

5. Jesse Jenkins’ tweet on Texas’ power disaster

Jesse Jenkins, an assistant professor at Princeton University, tweeted on power outages in Texas, which led to the death of several people and left millions without power and water for days. Government officials were quick to blame the unreliability of wind energy for the disaster, since it contributes 25% of electricity for the state.

The article noted that uninsulated natural-gas power plants were to blame for the disaster rather than wind energy. The boilers and turbines of these power plants are exposed to the elements, which led them to freeze during the cold temperatures. The energy systems in the US need to be made more robust to withstand the challenges posed by climate change, the article added.

Username: JesseJenkins

Twitter handle: @JesseJenkins

Retweets: 16

Likes: 48