GlobalData research has found the top influencers in wind power based on their performance and engagement online. Using research from GlobalData’s Influencer platform, Power Technology has named ten of the most influential people in wind power on Twitter during Q3 2020.

Biggest influencers in wind power: The top ten in Q3 2020

 1. Arik Ring (@arikring)

Arik Ring is an energy engineering consultant specialising in solar, power plants and other clean-tech technologies. He has nearly three decades of experience in energy systems engineering and has been part of major renewable power projects.

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Ring utilises his experience in working with multinational companies including Siemens, an industrial manufacturing company, to provide long-term support, engineering solutions, research and development services to clients across the globe.

Twitter followers: 86,770

GlobalData influencer score: 100

2. Saleemul Huq (@SaleemulHuq)

Saleemul Huq is the director of International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCD), an environmental research institute based in Bangladesh. He is an authority on the relationship between sustainable development and climate change and has been studying it from the viewpoint of developing nations.

Huq is currently working on engaging least developed countries (LDCs) in climate change negotiations. He has also authored many intergovernmental reports on climate change.

Twitter followers: 30,006

GlobalData influencer score: 77

3. Mike Hudema (@MikeHudema)

Mike Hudema is the director of communications at CanopyPlanet, an environmental organisation working in tandem with conglomerates to protect climate and forests. He worked with various climate change firms in the past including Greenpeace and Global Exchange, a non-profit human rights organisation.

 Hudema is also an author and has anchored news programmes on a Canadian community-based radio station.

Twitter followers: 130,294

GlobalData influencer score: 77

4. Simon Holmes (@simonahac)

Simon Holmes is a mentor at the Energy Transition Hub, a collaborative venture between Australia and Germany working on energy transition challenges. He pioneered the community power endeavour in Australia by founding the Hepburn Wind, the nation’s first community owned wind project.

Holmes also established Embark Australia, a non-profit consultancy firm endeavouring to enable communities reap the benefits of domestic renewable energy.

Twitter followers: 58,455

GlobalData influencer score: 69

 5. Jesse Jenkins (@JesseJenkins)

Jesse Jenkins is an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton University. A macro-scale energy systems engineer by profession, he specialises in the electricity industry and its transition towards zero-carbon resources, along with the role of electricity in global decarbonisation.

Jenkins is also a consultant offering analytics and policy advisory services to clients working in the domain of clean energy. He is a speaker and his research work is regularly published in top media outlets across the US.

Twitter followers: 29,399

GlobalData influencer score: 65

6. Kees Van Der Leun (@Sustainable2050)

Kees Van Der Leun is a director at Greenhouse, an international consultancy that works on environmental sustainability. He has more than three decades of extensive experience in the energy domain in various roles including a strategist, business developer and consultant.

Leun specialises in the fields of renewable energy, carbon emission reduction and energy efficiency. He is also an energy transition advisor for various governments and companies.

Twitter followers: 31,168

GlobalData influencer score: 65

7. Mike Shellenberger (@ShellenbergerMD)

Mike Shellenberger is the founder and president of Environmental Progress, an organisation formed with the purpose of saving the environment. He has been a climate advocate for more than three decades advising policy makers across the globe on the need for environmental sustainability.

Shellenberger is also a writer and has delivered several TED talks. He is also a journalist reporting on various issues including climate resilience and Amazon deforestation.

Twitter followers: 98,666

GlobalData influencer score: 60

8. John Pratt (@Jackthelad1947)

John Pratt is a climate change consultant and a writer covering environmental issues on his blog Climate Action Australia. He aims to spread awareness worldwide on burning issues such as climate change triggering a global crisis, the disastrous effects of carbon emissions, need for supporting refugees and accountability of environmental polluters.

Twitter followers: 35,114

GlobalData influencer score: 59

9. Allan Margolin (@AllanMargolin)

Allan Margolin is the editorial director of Climate Nexus, an organisation committed to changing the discourse on clean energy and climate change. He had a long and successful stint in the domain of public relations and marketing where he executed strategic communications that enhanced the standards of health, welfare and child education.

Margolin was a part of various media teams including ABC News and consultant teams, which worked on raising funds for causes related to environmental change.

Twitter followers: 28,997

GlobalData influencer score: 58

 10. Ramez Naam (@ramez)

Ramez Naam is the co-chair at the Energy and Environment programme at Singularity University in the US. He has played several roles of a public speaker, cleantech angel investor, computer scientist and author. His areas of interest are energy, innovation, and disruption.

Naam also worked with leading global firms such as Microsoft and founded Apex NanoTechnologies, the first company that works exclusively on creating software tools for accelerating molecular design.

Twitter followers: 41,003

GlobalData influencer score: 58


GlobalData’s influencer identification framework identifies influencers based on relevance; size of network, connections and followers; engagement levels with their content and analysis and input from sector experts. Influencers are then evaluated on a series of specific topic-related keywords used over the period and weighted by engagement metrics.