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.
When you substitute gas for coal, you reduce carbon and increase methane. You get nowhere.
It's literal gaslightinghttps://t.co/WgnDjQBRmb
— Bill McKibben (@billmckibben) October 9, 2019
Username: Bill McKibben
Twitter handle: @billmckibben
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.
Ocean Waves can be a source of unlimited #cleanenergy. This Wave Power Plant, at full capacity, will produce 87 GW of power. A single GW can power 300,000 homes.
— Mike Hudema (@MikeHudema) October 3, 2019
Username: Mike Hudema
Twitter handle: @MikeHudema
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.
Dubai MBR Solar Park: Evolution of solar costs
2015: Phase 1, 200MW, 5.85 c/kWh
2015: Phase 2, 200MW, 5.6 c/kWh
2016: Phase 3, 800MW, 2.99 c/kWh
2018: Phase 4, 250MW, 2.4 c/kWh
2019: Phase 5, 900MW, 1.69 c/ kWh
That’s down 71% in 5 years
Fossil fuel power is so 20th century pic.twitter.com/6loxzW7HNy
— Assaad Razzouk (@AssaadRazzouk) October 19, 2019
Username: Assaad Razzouk
Twitter handle: @AssaadRazzouk
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.
The US taxpayer pays billions of dollars to subsidize planet-destroying fossil fuels, then billions more to have the military defend fossil-fuel resources in countries thousands of miles away.
But we can't afford decent schools, health care, mass transit?https://t.co/fWvfIpOa7h
— Peter Gleick (@PeterGleick) November 13, 2019
Username: Peter Gleick
Twitter handle: @PeterGleick
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
"Next time some paid liar in the fossil fuel industry insists fracked gas is helping solve the climate crisis, remind them a single @exxonmobil fracking site 'leaked more methane in 20 days than all but 3 European nations over an entire year"https://t.co/mgCvn7eQay @commondreams
— Mark Z. Jacobson (@mzjacobson) December 18, 2019
Username: Mark Z. Jacobson
Twitter handle: @mzjacobson
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.
"First the dirtiest ones began shutting down. Then it was the old ones. Now it’s some of the biggest…Together, the two retirements [Bruce Mansfield and Navajo] equal all the emission reductions from coal plant shut-downs in 2015, a record year." https://t.co/6q54PDeaAz
— Mary Anne Hitt (@maryannehitt) November 19, 2019
Username: Mary Anne Hitt
Twitter handle: @maryannehitt
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.
#Demark's Succes = Blowing in the #Wind!
👍#RenewableEnergy #Energy #Future #EndCoal #ClimateAction #ClimateCrisis #ClimateEmergency #FridayForFuture #ExtinctionRebellion #Carbon #GHG #Pollution @JohnRMoffitt @dannyksfun @Hazloe3 @NJdoc @a_fly_guy @suekhi pic.twitter.com/GysHrEDVIb
— Arik Ring – Energy Engineering Expert (@arikring) October 12, 2019
Username: Arik Ring
Twitter handle: @arikring
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.
So @CarbonBrief has just published some eye-popping stats showing global coal power's set for a record drop in 2019.
-303TWh globally (3%)
-24 India (yes, India)
+24 China (range -24 to +71)
— Simon Evans (@DrSimEvans) November 25, 2019
Username: Simon Evans
Twitter handle: @DrSimEvans
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.
Read our eye-opening analysis from the forthcoming #WEO: SUVs were the No 2 contributor to the increase in global CO2 emissions since 2010 after the power sector — but ahead of heavy industry, trucks and aviation. https://t.co/fjZQimNdRt
— Fatih Birol (@IEABirol) October 15, 2019
Username: Fatih Birol
Twitter handle: @IEABirol
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.
— Dr Thomas Hillig #️⃣#Sustainability #Energy #Solar (@THEnergyNet) November 6, 2019
Username: Thomas Hillig
Twitter handle: @THEnergyNet