Twitter round-up: Bill McKibben’s tweet on US top power trends tweet in Q4 2019

14 February 2020 (Last Updated June 25th, 2020 13:08)

Power Technology lists ten of the most popular tweets on power trends in Q4 2019, based on data from GlobalData’s Influencer Platform. 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.

Twitter round-up: Bill McKibben’s tweet on US top power trends tweet in Q4 2019

Top tweets on power trends in Q4 2019

1. Bill McKibben’s power trends tweet on US’ replacement of coal with gas

Bill McKibben, an environmentalist, shared an article on US’ resistance to act on climate crisis as coal plant replaced with gas plant. The influencer noted that usage of natural gases emits low quantity of CO2 than coal plants along with CH4.

The article further added that CH4 is the second contributor for climate change.


Username: Bill McKibben

Twitter handle: @billmckibben

Retweets: 2,584

Likes: 7,014

2. Mike Hudema’s tweet on ocean waves as the clean source for power generation

Mike Hudema, a climate crisis activist, shared a video on the Coppe subsea plant, located on the port of Pecem in Brazil.

The influencer noted that the plant produces power when pressurised water rotates turbine blades. The device at full capacity produces 87GW power where each GW has the capacity to light 3, 00,000 homes.

Username: Mike Hudema

Twitter handle: @MikeHudema

Retweets: 1,831

Likes: 3,377

3. Assaad Razzouk’s tweet on evolution of solar costs

Assaad Razzouk, a speaker on climate and clean energy, tweeted on the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park, supporting to make Dubai a global hub for clean energy and green economy.

The influencer noted that the operating cost almost dropped by 71% from 5.85c/kWh to 1.69c/kWh within 5 years since 2015.

Username: Assaad Razzouk

Twitter handle: @AssaadRazzouk

Retweets: 572

Likes: 1,022

4. Peter Gleick’s tweet on US subsidising fossil fuels

Peter Gleick, a climate scientist, shared an article on an IMF report on the US subsidising sectors such as fossil fuels, defence, education, and health care. The IMF reported that the US’ expenditure on fossil fuels in 2015 was $649bn, making it the second biggest subsidiser of fossil fuels. The US spent a lesser $599bn on the Pentagon in 2015, the report added.

The article also noted that fossil fuel subsidies by the US were ten times higher than what the Congress spent on education.

Username: Peter Gleick

Twitter handle: @PeterGleick

Retweets: 472

Likes: 766

5. Mark Z. Jacobson’s tweet on bridge fuel ‘Leads to Hell’

Mark Z. Jacobson, an environment engineer, tweeted on article by common dreams on the Ohio gas plant accident. The methane emission rate was 120 ± 32 metric tons per hour.

The influencer noted that methane will be 84-87 times more effective than carbon dioxide over 20 years period and there is need of rapid transition to renewable energy

Username: Mark Z. Jacobson

Twitter handle: @mzjacobson

Retweets: 467

Likes: 509

6. Mary Anne Hitt’s tweet on biggest coal plants retirements

Mary Anne Hitt, a co-host climate podcast, shared an article on the biggest retirements of coal fired plants. Arizona’s 2.25-GW Navajo and Pennsylvania’s 2.7-GW Bruce Mansfield unit equal to the total CO2 emission reduction by shutting down smaller and old coal plants in 2015.

The influencer noted that 2015 is the record year as highest amount of coal plants capacity shuttered down.

Username: Mary Anne Hitt

Twitter handle: @maryannehitt

Retweets: 283

Likes: 1,081

7. Arik Ring’s tweet on Denmark’s success on economic and green growth

Arik Ring, a consultant expert, shared a video of World Economic Forum on Denmark becoming renewable energy champion. After Denmark facing 1979 oil crisis, decided to buck power trends of the day and use its windy climate for offshore wind farms.

The influencer noted that 40% of the Denmark’s electricity from wind and two-thirds of renewable energy from biofuels, resulting carbon emission drop by 36% and more than doubled GDP in 2015.

Username: Arik Ring

Twitter handle: @arikring

Retweets: 279

Likes: 317

8. Simon Evan’s tweet on global coal power drop

Simon Evans, a deputy editor for Carbon Brief, tweeted on power trends analysis on reduction in global coal power generation considering first seven to ten months. The analysis states that coal fired electricity production is reduced by 3% from last year that is 303TWh.

The influencer noted that the countries contributed for change are US -173TWh, EU 151TWh, Japan -28TWh, South Korea -26TWh, India -24TWh, Turkey and Mexico -7TWh but Vietnam and china are trying to add new capacity and there is increase in the running hours compared to 2018 that is 26TWh and 24TWh respectively.

Username: Simon Evans

Twitter handle: @DrSimEvans

Retweets: 249

Likes: 328

9. Fatih Birol’s tweet on increasing preference for SUVs challenges CO2 emission reductions

Fatih Birol, an executive director of IEA, shared an IEA analysis on the growing preferences towards SUVs, making it stand second in the energy sector category contributing for CO2 emissions.

If the preferences towards SUVs increase at same pace, then SUVs add nearly 2 million barrels a day offsetting the savings of smaller 150 million electric cars by 2040, the analysis added.

Username: Fatih Birol

Twitter handle: @IEABirol

Retweets: 204

Likes: 180

10. Thomas Hillig’s tweet on China’s floating solar farm

Thomas Hillig, the founder of THEnergy, tweeted on video shared by Mike Hudema on solar floating farm of 40MW capacity located in Huainan city, China. The farm covering 86 hectares of lake consisting of 1, 65,000 solar panels without using land and contributing for reduction in CO2 emissions by 49000 tonnes and SO2 emissions by 1,230 tonnes.

Username: Thomas Hillig

Twitter handle: @THEnergyNet

Retweets: 175

Likes: 338