Top tweets: 98% of Costa Rica’s electricity comes from renewables

Power Technology lists five of the top power tweets in Q2 2022 based on data from GlobalData’s Power Influencer Platform.

Top Tweets are based on the total number of engagements (likes and retweets) received on tweets from over 170 power experts tracked by GlobalData’s Power Influencer Platform during the second quarter (Q2) of 2022.

1. Tweet by Mike Hudema on 98% of Costa Rica’s electricity coming from renewables

Mike Hudema, a climate activist, shared a video about Costa Rica having one of the most ambitious plans in the world to fight climate change. About half the country is covered in forest, and it aims to transform the whole economy to have a zero carbon footprint by reducing net carbon emissions to zero by 2050, starting with the electrification of all taxis and buses. Distributed state-owned petroleum has been tasked with exploring alternatives to dirty fuels, such as hydrogen and biofuels, helping all fossil fuel workers transition to new jobs in renewable energy.

The video further demonstrated that the country plans to expand its forests, and if the plan works, Costa Ricans will have the same carbon footprint in 2035 as in 1940, and no carbon footprint by 2050. However, critics are of the opinion that it will be both difficult and costly to achieve this goal due to the growing demand for oil in the country resulting from the excessive use of cars.

Username: Mike Hudema

Twitter username: @MikeHudema

Likes: 907

Retweets: 326

2. Jesse Jenkins’ tweet on the need for nuclear power to decarbonize the global economy

Jesse Jenkins, assistant professor at Princeton University, tweeted about the need for nuclear power to decarbonize the global economy. Jenkins tweeted that countries like Canada, the United States, Australia and China had no land constraints to achieve net zero goals with renewables. However, the global trade in green hydrogen or ammonia could supply land-limited countries like India, Japan, Indonesia and South Korea. He further shared an article about even EU officials admitting that Europe would need to import large amounts of hydrogen from abroad due to a lack of sufficient wind and solar power on the continent.

EU climate chief Frans Timmermans said Europe’s clean energy infrastructure will have to rely on imported green hydrogen because it will never be able to produce its own hydrogen in large quantities. He therefore stressed the need for partnerships with countries such as Egypt and Turkey which are likely to produce renewable energy in quantities greater than their own needs, the article notes.

Username: Jesse Jenkins

Twitter username: @JesseJenkins

Likes: 882

Retweets: 179

3. Tweet by Mark Z Jacobson on Austrian ban on gas boilers from 2023

Mark Z Jacobson, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University and director of its Atmosphere/Energy program, shared an article on the Austrian government which is about to ban the installation of natural gas boilers for heating air and water in new buildings from 2023. In addition, any failed oil or coal heating systems can only be replaced with renewable heating systems, the article details. According to the Renewable Heat Act (EWG), fossil fuel heating, including coal, oil and gas heating, should be phased out by 2040. The 2023 ban has now moved the deadline forward of 2025 initially planned by the government. Since oil and coal heating has been prohibited in new buildings since 2020, the new regulations provide for the mandatory exchange of particularly old coal and oil heating systems from 2025.

Accordingly, all gas heating systems in Austria should be replaced by a renewable heating system or run on biogenic gas by 2040, the article points out. The government has said it will support people switching to renewable heating systems, such as pellet heating systems or heat pumps. In addition, low-income households were likely to receive up to 100% of the cost in the form of federal state subsidies, the article details.

Username: Mark Z. Jacobson

Twitter username: @mzjacobson

Likes: 771

Retweets: 239

4. Assaad Razzouk’s tweet about India’s plans to cut power generation

Assaad Razzouk, CEO of Gurin Energy, a renewable energy company, shared an article about India’s plans to cut power from at least 81 of its coal-fired power plants over the next four years to replace expensive thermal generation with cheaper green energy sources. The plan aims to reduce costs and promote green energy, according to a letter from the federal Department of Energy, the article notes. However, the plan did not involve the closure of old and expensive power plants. The country has 173 coal-fired power plants, the article said.

The Energy Ministry’s plan to reduce coal-fired power when renewable sources are available could also reduce pressure on logistics as India’s energy crisis has worsened with a shortage of trains to transport coal . India expects the new plan to cut power generation by 58 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) from 81 utilities will help save 34.7 million tonnes of coal and also reduce carbon emissions. 60.2 million tonnes of carbon, the letter states.

Pseudonym: Assaad Razzouk

Twitter username: @AssaadRazzouk

Likes: 376

Retweets: 113

5. Tweet from Christine Milne AO ​​about burning forests for energy undermining climate goals

Christine Milne AO, ambassador for the non-governmental organization Global Greens, shared an article about the biomass industry’s sustainability claims and how Australia shouldn’t burn forests for energy , as this would undermine both climate and nature restoration goals. A new report from the Forest Defenders Alliance, an international coalition of environmental NGOs, has found that several wood-fired power plants and wood pellet factories in the EU were using trees felled directly from forests, despite allegations of use of sawdust and other factory waste for fuel and raw materials, the article points out.

The report further compared the evidence to find that a quarter of companies had made misleading claims without mentioning stemwood. The report also assessed the companies’ claims about the impact of burning forest wood on the climate. Despite clear statements from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and scientists that forest biomass should not be considered carbon-neutral or climate-beneficial, 25 of the companies made misleading claims, details the report. ‘article.

Username: Christine Milne AO

Twitter username: @ChristineMilne

Likes: 60

Retweets: 28

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