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.

The most popular tweets on wind in Q2 2021: Top five

1. Eric Solheim’s tweet on Sydney running fully on wind and solar power

Eric Solheim, chief mentor of Global Alliance for Sustainable Planet, an organisation focused on the leveraging private finance for green transformation and sustainability, shared a video about Sydney city operating completely on wind and solar power. Sydney is home to Australia’s central business district and 250,000 people. It is the first city in the country to become carbon neutral in 2007.

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Wind power will provide 75% of the city’s electricity and the rest will be provided by three solar farms. The shift towards renewable energy will save A$500,000 ($356,427) a year and offset 20,000 tonnes (t) of carbon emissions. The video added that more than 100 cities were 70% powered by renewable energy, including those in Nairobi, Kenya, Oslo, and Norway.

Username: Eric Solheim

Twitter handle: @EricSolheim

Retweets: 112

Likes: 444

2. Mike Hudema’s tweet on Scotland’s wind energy

Mike Hudema, director of communications at CanopyPlanet, an environmental non-profit organisation, shared a video on Scotland generating enough wind energy to power an equivalent of more than 4.4 million homes between January and June 2020. The country’s goal is to produce half of its energy from renewable sources by 2030 and to completely reduce its carbon emissions by 2050.

Scotland’s achievement is part of Europe’s plan to fight climate change. Wind energy is the second largest power generator in the region and is home to some of the biggest wind projects including the largest offshore wind farm. Asia and Europe are global leaders in developing wind power, which accounts for 7% of the world’s electricity.

Username: Mike Hudema

Twitter handle: @MikeHudema

Retweets: 219

Likes: 426

3. Mark Z. Jacobson’s tweet on 60% of power in Iowa produced from wind

Mark Z Jacobson, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University, tweeted an article on the state of Iowa producing nearly 60% of its energy from wind turbines. A total of 5,900 wind turbines supplied electricity to the state in 2020, which is an increase of 44% from 2019.

Wind power is the largest renewable energy source in the state, while it also has three hydroelectric plants. The remaining electricity is provided by biomass and solar power.

Username: Mark Z. Jacobson

Twitter handle: @mzjacobson

Retweets: 108

Likes: 232

4. Michael Shellenberger’s tweet on lack of wind power during Texas grid failure

Michael Shellenberger, founder and president of Environmental Progress, a research and policy organisation, tweeted on his testimony before the United States House of Representatives Committee on the 2021 Texas grid failure. He noted that supporters of renewable energy argued in the past that the distributed and localised production of renewable energy produced more reliable electricity than the centralised power plants.

Shellenberger added that the power outages in Texas and California during heat waves, however, have exposed the unreliability of renewables as wind power was limited during those heat waves. He stated that construction of new transmission lines to weather-dependent energy projects would be unreliable in extreme weather conditions and incorporation of variable energy sources would lead to loss of traditional power plants.

Shellenberger observed that the increased consumption of unreliable energy sources would lead to high electricity costs and interfere with grid resilience.

Username: Michael Shellenberger

Twitter handle: @ShellenbergerMD

Retweets: 58

Likes: 177

5. Assaad Razzouk’s tweet on global renewable energy capacity additions in 2020

Assaad Razzouk, co-founder of Sindicatum Sustainable Resources, a global sustainable resources company, shared an article on global renewable energy capacity additions in 2020, according to data released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). More than 260GW of renewable energy capacity was added in 2020, which is equivalent to approximately 50% of that added in 2019.

Further, 91% of the new capacity came from wind and solar energy. Wind energy capacity expansion doubled in 2020 to 111GW from 58GW in 2019. China added the highest capacity of 72GW, followed by the US at 14GW. Offshore wind accounted for 5% of the total wind capacity added during the year.

Username: Assaad Razzouk

Twitter handle: @AssaadRazzouk

Retweets: 61

Likes: 105