Twitter round-up: Mike Hudema’s tweet on Ikea’s renewable investments most popular tweet in December 2019

Top tweets on wind in December 2019

1. Mike Hudema’s tweet on investment in renewable power by Ikea

Mike Hudema, a climate campaigner, shared a video by the World Economic Forum on Ikea’s plans to generate more energy than to consume it by the end of the year. The influencer further tweeted that Ikea installed one million solar panels to power its stores and warehouses. Ikea also built 535 wind turbines in Europe and North America and has stakes in two solar parks in the US.

Aiming to be climate-positive by 2030, the retailer’s parent group, INGKA Holding, has spent $2.7bn in clean energy in the last decade.

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Username: Mike Hudema

Twitter handle: @MikeHudema

Retweets: 1,073

Likes: 2,846

2. Mark Jacobson’s tweet on Fukushima Prefecture turning into a wind and solar hub

Mark Jacobson, a professor at Stanford University, shared about Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture, which suffered a disastrous nuclear accident in 2011, turning into a wind and solar hub. The $2.7bn project will see the area transform its goals to include 40% of its electricity from renewables by 2020, two-thirds by 2030, and 100% by 2040.

The new project will include 11 new solar plants and ten new wind farms to create a combined generating capacity of 600 MW by 2024.

Username: Mark Z. Jacobson

Twitter handle: @mzjacobson

Retweets: 155

Likes: 256

3. Erik Solheim’s tweet on Scotland’s wind turbines working at double capacity

Erik Solheim, a diplomat and former politician, shared a video by the World Economic Forum on Scotland producing enough wind energy to sustain all its homes. Achieving new wind energy records, the country was able to power approximately 4.4 million homes between January and June.

Scotland is looking to produce roughly half of its energy from renewables by 2030 and decarbonise the economy by mid-century. Wind is the second largest generator of power in Europe, with offshore wind farms able to provide electricity to 600,000 homes in the UK, added the video.

Username: Erik Solheim

Twitter handle: @ErikSolheim

Retweets: 200

Likes: 431

4. Kees Leun’s tweet on wind energy contributing 20% to Europe’s electricity

Kees van der Leun, the director of Navigant, tweeted on wind providing for nearly 20% of Europe’s electricity. The influencer, further, added that Denmark is the highest contributor with a 92% share, followed by Germany (63%), Ireland (63%), the UK (28%), and Sweden (27%).

Kees also listed the top five European countries producing wind energy, which include Germany (842kWh), the UK (227kWh), Sweden (104kWh), Poland (102kWh), and France (94kWh).

Username: Kees van der Leun

Twitter handle: @Sustainable2050

Retweets: 141

Likes: 229

5. Peter Gleick’s tweet on how wind-powered pumps in the Arctic may help combat climate change

Peter Gleick, a water and climate scientist, tweeted on how wind-powered pumps creating Arctic ice might help combat climate change, although a fictitious thought. The influencer shared an article by the American Geophysical Union to show how measures are being taken to combat global warming and sea ice retreat.

The article discusses about how ten million wind-powered pumps across the Arctic can be distributed to promote the formation of sea ice in winter.

Username: Peter Gleick

Twitter handle: @PeterGleick

Retweets: 97

Likes: 353

6. Mike Shellenberger’s tweet on the UN insisting on renewables

Mike Shellenberger, an American author and policy writer, tweeted on why the UN is insisting on not digging and drilling and to focus on renewables. He, further, emphasised that harnessing solar energy would require 17 times more of the material and solar plants than nuclear energy. The building of wind and solar farms, as a result, would require 400-450 times the land than nuclear plants.

Username: Mike Shellenberger

Twitter handle: @ShellenbergerMD

Retweets: 117

Likes: 243

7. Brad Plumer’s tweet on renewables growing but carbon intensity being still sustaining

Brad Plumer, a New York Times climate reporter, tweeted on the stunning statistics showing carbon intensity still sustaining on the planet for 30 years. The influencer added that despite the efforts to reduce carbon emissions through wind and solar energy, the global energy still roughly appeared to be dirty.

He, however, added that renewables are growing at a sizeable pace, approximately 15% a year, along with efforts to delay nuclear.

Username: Brad Plumer

Twitter handle: @bradplumer

Retweets: 90

Likes: 144

8. Glen Peters’ tweet on China playing a key role in low-carbon energy technologies

Glen Peters, research director at the Center for International Climate Research, Oslo, shared an article on China gradually rising to the status of becoming a low carbon leader. The article further stated that the nation produced two-thirds of the world’s solar panels and one-third of the global wind turbines.

The country is also the largest supplier of electrical vehicles and produces two-thirds of the world’s lithium ion batteries.

Username: Glen Peters

Twitter handle: @Peters_Glen

Retweets: 78

Likes: 153

9. Thomas Hillig’s tweet on innovation in renewables

Dr Thomas Hillig, creator of THEnergy, tweeted on innovations in renewables. He predicts that renewable energy will have multiple applications, but niche ones will become important. He also mentions that redeployability will be an important factor in achieving greater value and profits, with inflatable wind turbines being a near possibility.

Username: Dr Thomas Hillig

Twitter handle: @THEnergyNet

Retweets: 71

Likes: 133

10. Sammy Roth’s tweet on the importance of decolonisation

Sammy Roth, an energy reporter, shared an article on how nations are focused on utilising land for growing wind and solar energy, but ignoring that the land belongs to the indigenous people. He shared an interview with Estes, a professor and organiser of the indigenous resistance organisation, to convey technological and scientific progress in the face of problems associated with land acknowledgments.

He emphasises that it is as important to talk about displaced communities, as it about carbon-free economies and the end of fossil fuels.

Username: Sammy Roth

Twitter handle: @Sammy_Roth

Retweets: 49

Likes: 147