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.
— Mike Hudema (@MikeHudema) December 6, 2019
Username: Mike Hudema
Twitter handle: @MikeHudema
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.
"The Fukushima Prefecture’s goals now include sourcing 40% of its electricity from renewables by 2020, two-thirds by 2030, and 100% by 2040"
— Mark Z. Jacobson (@mzjacobson) December 11, 2019
Username: Mark Z. Jacobson
Twitter handle: @mzjacobson
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.
Wind turbines in Scotland 🏴 now generates almost twice the entire land’s domestic power requirements. Solutions are here – time we just do it!
— Erik Solheim (@ErikSolheim) December 23, 2019
Username: Erik Solheim
Twitter handle: @ErikSolheim
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).
On Saturday, wind produced 20% of Europe's electricity once more!
Top-5 (production, in millions of kWh)
France 94 pic.twitter.com/oe28eNMSJf
— Kees van der Leun (@Sustainable2050) December 8, 2019
Username: Kees van der Leun
Twitter handle: @Sustainable2050
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.
Why is ten million wind-powered pumps magically creating ice in the Arctic more plausible than ten million 1 MW wind turbines in developing countries displacing a terawatt of climate-changing fossil-fuel burning power plants? https://t.co/XtRpGsp6np
— Peter Gleick (@PeterGleick) December 7, 2019
Username: Peter Gleick
Twitter handle: @PeterGleick
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.
The idea that renewables will allow us to stop digging & drilling is ridiculous
Solar needs 17 times more materials than nuclear & natural gas plants as back-up
And solar & wind farms require 400 – 450 times more land than nuclear
Yet UN insists it has to be renewables. Why? pic.twitter.com/9hN2eOIWAH
— Mike Shellenberger (@ShellenbergerMD) December 2, 2019
Username: Mike Shellenberger
Twitter handle: @ShellenbergerMD
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.
I found this graph stunning. The carbon intensity of global energy is nearly the same as it was in 1990. It's maybe getting a bit cleaner in recent years as wind and solar have been surging, but right now global energy is roughly as dirty, on average, as it was 30 years ago. /6 pic.twitter.com/ggkJ410YYc
— brad plumer (@bradplumer) December 4, 2019
Username: Brad Plumer
Twitter handle: @bradplumer
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.
Is China a low carbon leader?
* Produces 2/3 of the world's solar panels
* Producers 1/3 of world's wind turbines
* Largest supplier of electric vehicles
* Producers 2/3 of world's lithium-ion batteries
China can drive down costs like no other country!https://t.co/nbLiFb6O8W
— Glen Peters (@Peters_Glen) December 7, 2019
Username: Glen Peters
Twitter handle: @Peters_Glen
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.
There will still be many mainstream #renewableenergy applications. But niche applications will become more important. For example, redeployability will be a factor. Will we see inflatable #wind turbines in the future? What do you think? #innovationpic.twitter.com/o1J3QMPkgu
— Dr Thomas Hillig #️⃣#Sustainability #Energy #Solar (@THEnergyNet) December 16, 2019
Username: Dr Thomas Hillig
Twitter handle: @THEnergyNet
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.
.@nick_w_estes: "The Red Deal says that if we’re going to imagine carbon-free economies and the end of fossil fuels, then we also have to talk about decolonization. How are we going to build wind turbines but not give the land back to Indigenous people?" https://t.co/r1ejdzdSl2
— Sammy Roth (@Sammy_Roth) December 28, 2019
Username: Sammy Roth
Twitter handle: @Sammy_Roth