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Varun Sivaram @vsiv Washington, DC

Visiting Senior Fellow @ColumbiaUEnergy, Formerly CTO @ReNew_Power and director of energy&climate @CFR_org. Sr fellow @ITIFdc, @AspenInstitute, @energyforgrowth

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Joined Twitter 6/18/09


@azevin i cannot unsee this mental image of throwing birds at crumbly stones...shoot. i clearly mixed up birds and stones 😂 @leahstokes Totally agree with youHow? Shutting down smaller CPPs, building much bigger ones far from cities, and transmitting power through new HVDC… https://t.co/wC4qi2OSwgLeah's right: many linkages among fossil-fueled energy systems, GHGs, pollution, & inequitable health & economic ou… https://t.co/IYLpwU5qQ9While renewables faced a set back thanks to covid, it looks like solar in particular may come back with a roar. Che… https://t.co/KhXfURKUkz
Retweeted by Varun Sivaram @alialsaffar @ahmedhabib Can't wait!Join @ahmedhabib and I as we talk about Iraq's economy, development, the role of the state, and the transformations… https://t.co/L4dHVwXiqz
Retweeted by Varun Sivaram @RSI @JimPethokoukis @AEI Did you see the Endless Frontier Act? It's awesome!! (and bipartisan) https://t.co/QCAzpsby9V
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6/3
2020
I've seen him speak. I've seen him lead. And it's changed the way I look at the world. Keep doing what you do to ra… https://t.co/6zjIWqX38u @OskaArcher Thanks for flagging. I totally agree that sitting back and waiting for this kind of cost decline from s… https://t.co/q7DzOqV8xx @sladislaw @IEABirol @IEA Look forward to listening!The UK is setting solar records. Come for the astounding numbers. Stay for the pretty charts.… https://t.co/1MVR45usdR
Retweeted by Varun Sivaram @AkshatRathi @Climeworks @Kehnscherper Congrats on the scoop!Exclusive: Swiss startup @Climeworks that captures carbon dioxide from the air raises $76 million Story w/… https://t.co/wFlJpzCiCu
Retweeted by Varun SivaramEspecially in last 4 years of a US leadership vacuum, UK has stepped up as the global role model, shutting down coa… https://t.co/6ZzeEpV40M
6/2
2020
I wrote out some thoughts on how to make this moment a real turning point to bring about real change––and pulled to… https://t.co/XALZHP1MMb
Retweeted by Varun Sivaram @AkshatRathi https://t.co/Xk1WF8yayJ @bradplumer Oof. So sorry to hear and glad you are both OK.It is an honour to be working with this incredible group of thought-leaders from across the globe to help make… https://t.co/I1metGEhfo
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6/1
2020
India just concluded two creative tenders for flexible & firm renewable energy at a lower cost than coal, but it'll… https://t.co/6XyLjODpiC
Retweeted by Varun SivaramIndia just concluded two creative tenders for flexible & firm renewable energy at lower cost than coal. How much mo… https://t.co/Sg5or8Umed
Retweeted by Varun SivaramTerrific idea to include India in a revamped G-10 of like-minded democracies. Absurd to invite Russia; listen to… https://t.co/k2i7ua5lPf
5/31
2020
@sheeltyle 👏👏MANDATORY LISTEN!!!! @KillerMike always on point! So passionate and smart(knowledgeable) as hell!! Man I love you G… https://t.co/DVexlySXk1
Retweeted by Varun SivaramBrilliant piece by @KarenAttiah, who intentionally makes several @GlobalPress Style Guide violations to show us how… https://t.co/mdz4rfMYDA
Retweeted by Varun Sivaram @samirsaran Thank you, @samirsaran!Doubly excited to see the most brilliant @vsiv on the team. A #RaisinaYoungFellow and a dear friend. Congrats!!! https://t.co/zadZiJCigs
Retweeted by Varun Sivaram @samirsaran @KarenAttiah This is great @samirsaran. I am learning a great deal from you, @KarenAttiah,… https://t.co/cZnriGXCGn @laxmisarathy @KarenAttiah @GlobalPress Great piece, @KarenAttiah! Cc @samirsaran @BBCYaldaHakim
5/30
2020
Let's be clear: the @IEA Sustainable Development Scenario (SDS) is wildly difficult to achieve. And half of the emi… https://t.co/35DWPV5qmR @CarbonWrangler Thank you, Julio! @mclott @ColumbiaUEnergy @COP26 Thanks Melissa!12. Investment probably deserves its own post, since it includes tons & tons of disparate stuff -- spending on rese… https://t.co/QOuE3xUQGK
Retweeted by Varun Sivaramthis is a critical danger for renewable energy in India https://t.co/WEvDM9uKv7#India has been rapidly deploying renewable energy for over a decade, but is now grappling with ever-growing volati… https://t.co/oz3DqpFIQa
Retweeted by Varun Sivaramhttps://t.co/Tz9zfYP1wE Nadie ha dicho que sea fácil lidiar con los desafíos de integrar cantidades cada vez mayor… https://t.co/ybKX8d4Mbq
Retweeted by Varun SivaramMy statement on the death of George Floyd: https://t.co/Hg1k9JHT6R
Retweeted by Varun Sivaram @ramez Thanks for reading!"Those projects will sell renewable energy with an annual capacity factor of 80 percent or more at a price 35 perce… https://t.co/3ej3mOryiL
Retweeted by Varun SivaramIndia just concluded two creative tenders for flexible & firm renewable energy at lower cost than coal. How much mo… https://t.co/pl8TsFycOG
Retweeted by Varun Sivaram @RaviMikkelsen Thanks! https://t.co/DeO16G7cbBCongrats @vsiv for joining this illustrious crowd and thank you for representing all of us in #energyTwitter in it'… https://t.co/eyfVv239Lc
Retweeted by Varun SivaramCan't lose with a team like this. Congrats @vsiv! https://t.co/bjLznw6xwL
Retweeted by Varun Sivaram👏👏👏 Great to see @ColumbiaUEnergy's @vsiv leading in this critically important effort for #COP26 https://t.co/AyWWTwWxXq
Retweeted by Varun SivaramOur very own Dr. Varun Sivaram has been named a "Friend of COP" to advise the UK Government and inspire… https://t.co/bRAVYfYUpJ
Retweeted by Varun SivaramGreat team! https://t.co/s2E8clTYpv
Retweeted by Varun SivaramFantastic to see @ColumbiaUEnergy @vsiv on this list of advisors for @COP26! Very well deserved! https://t.co/U7zw3pFTkU
Retweeted by Varun SivaramOutstanding, and well earned! Congratulations! https://t.co/SvjwtVgQ3a
Retweeted by Varun SivaramThrilled to be one of the advisors to @COP26. It's a wonderful group of leaders I respect very much & on new dates… https://t.co/92jdTk5Luq @JigarShahDC @tylerhnorris @Stphn_Lacey It's sleights, Jigar. What you just did was a slight. Change. @vsiv @COP26 @ericgarcetti @PaulPolman @lordstern1 @CFigueres @LaurenceTubiana @AndrewSteerWRI @teriin A great honor - congrats.
Retweeted by Varun SivaramVery excited for this "We Made Solar and Wind Cheap. Now What? - An Online Convening." Thursday June 4, 10AM PT/1… https://t.co/UDcQeIM5Qm
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5/29
2020
India just concluded two creative tenders for flexible & firm renewable energy at a lower cost than coal, but it'll… https://t.co/QqNbZCUa1d
Retweeted by Varun SivaramThis is the right decision. Now is the time to focus on getting people through #COVID19 and back to work. Next year… https://t.co/EeAW6ZTC9DRead @vsiv new piece on #India's next phase of their #cleanenergytransition https://t.co/STU6JW2xr5
Retweeted by Varun SivaramA stimulus component anyone can agree on. And let's do the same thing for the information grid - so distributed edu… https://t.co/4HXozkicWa
Retweeted by Varun SivaramA big 🙏 to @GregGershuny and the @AIEnvironment team for getting this piece in shape. And 🍻🙌 to @mnreindiahttps://t.co/JcU7N7IJ5s🚨New article🚨India just concluded two creative tenders for flexible & firm renewable energy at lower cost than coal… https://t.co/G4j2QoyV1ZCannot echo @IEABirol enough. A real-time concern for India, who is treading the tight rope between energy transiti… https://t.co/y2MkZSJJpC
Retweeted by Varun SivaramInvestments in the power sector set to decrease by 10% in 2020 reaching the lowest level in the decade The sharpes… https://t.co/CeGRuarehr
Retweeted by Varun Sivaram @S_HastingsSimon @IEABirol @ColumbiaUEnergy @JasonBordoff @tgouldao @IEA @russellgold @DrChrisClack Sara, for the U… https://t.co/rorXbWsWGv @larboleya wow, India and China really retrenched in 2019. Probably OK for China, given their HVDC buildout, but no… https://t.co/PMU6N2HPMUIndeed, this is a big issue that we don't talk as much about: investment in grids was not enough before Covid, and… https://t.co/dr1GH5wkwH
Retweeted by Varun SivaramBuilding a new and improved grid is vital to the future. I became convinced of this writing my 2019 book… https://t.co/Uy1OQqo8LA
Retweeted by Varun SivaramImportant from @IEABirol: investments in grids were already falling from 2018-2019, & COVID has accelerated that dr… https://t.co/fvrOjbKgQ8Tune in! The stats in this report were staggering. @IEA @tgouldao @JasonBordoff https://t.co/uYuc0ElRiNOooooh this is a good group! Kudos to @atrembath & @TheBTI for making it happen. https://t.co/LiZzsUwdTq
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5/28
2020
Good to see emerging consensus. Not end of world if carbon-pricing is de-prioritized. But I hope we don’t give up o… https://t.co/fnP5YHVae6
Retweeted by Varun SivaramWhat a lineup! Excited to join. https://t.co/WfwDKdQ08N
Retweeted by Varun SivaramWe're hosting a webinar with @leahstokes, @vsiv of @ColumbiaUEnergy, and @atrembath on the role of clean energy dep… https://t.co/c0f6V25Unl
Retweeted by Varun SivaramLooking forward to talking clean energy deployment policy with @vsiv and @leahstokes next Thursday. Register here… https://t.co/M66NESwVPT
Retweeted by Varun SivaramAdvanced energy is a focus area 👏🏽👏🏽 h/t: @ProfDavidHart https://t.co/Caczrw25bQ @drvox @JaneAFlegal I'd talk your ear off about why it deserves its own category as the #1 most useful way to spend… https://t.co/lqB5J8JsxY @vsiv @JaneAFlegal Fair! In my head I was kind of cramming R&D under the "investment" category, but, like many thin… https://t.co/x99tYjOlUn
Retweeted by Varun SivaramAddendum to @drvox's helpful packaging: clean energy innovation is also an integral part of the left's (and right's… https://t.co/4jh96KnvciNow the largest living adult generation in America, millennial issues are everyone’s issues. https://t.co/Xw5YHFyELt
Retweeted by Varun Sivaram @edwardalden @ForeignPolicy Congrats, Ted!I am pleased to be joining ⁦@ForeignPolicy⁩ as a regular monthly columnist. My first: why “reshoring” manufacturing… https://t.co/J6DYq9NB6M
Retweeted by Varun SivaramWe just released @IEA's new World Energy Investment report. Its findings are deeply troubling for our energy future… https://t.co/K737Y1tuFb
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5/27
2020
@henryschreib The timing on this app is 👌 @FaustoBustos @ellenhuet Oh my God. How did you write so many words?? CONGRATS FAUSTO🎉🎉🎉Yes to that point about sector switching - and I'd offer that it's not just about individuals transitioning. It's a… https://t.co/ugJhyUafrd
Retweeted by Varun Sivaram @daniel_huppmann Thanks! @vsiv calling for technology innovation, markets/regulation and architecture (aka infrastructure) to tackle… https://t.co/hwpQLdGEDQ
Retweeted by Varun Sivaram @tylerhnorris Thanks man! @MarkTercek Thanks for sharing, Mark! Hope you're wellTransitioning across silos like this is so important. Solving the world’s big problems requires more people who ca… https://t.co/8K5SaivCuI
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5/26
2020
@KatherineGeusz Thanks!A "sector-switching fellowship" would not only produce a well-rounded climate corp; it would also elevate curiosity… https://t.co/m1ITQFcHn9
Retweeted by Varun Sivaram @RahoolAtHome @mcjpod I agree. I think that we should triple public energy innovation funding over 5 years, and the… https://t.co/8vfLGo5CcH @shaylekann @CleanVC @jjacobs22 @JigarShahDC @DanielHullah Agreed on both counts. I can always use some nuance from you guys 😉Ok last one from @vsiv, check out his answer for why biotech has been so much more effective than cleantech, histor… https://t.co/8VCx5FPiTt
Retweeted by Varun SivaramOK @vsiv, snippet time! What is the role of the federal government in spurring clean energy innovation? What speci… https://t.co/FAHZR04CPI
Retweeted by Varun Sivaram2 ideas from ⁦⁦@vsiv⁩ on how US govt could change to better facilitate innovation: 1) organize offices around apps… https://t.co/eq027lZYHm
Retweeted by Varun SivaramRecommended for you: Every week we'll suggest a few resources you might enjoy. We begin with four books on renewa… https://t.co/dZ8XNDura5
Retweeted by Varun Sivaram @TimMLatimer Absolutely! @rsnuzum @vsiv @JosephMajkut @jjacobs22 @mcjpod @DavidEpstein @SeaGrant @AspenPolicyHub Sector switching fellowship… https://t.co/MIg63cuhfc
Retweeted by Varun Sivaram @NeaminZeleke @jjacobs22 Thank you! @JosephMajkut @vsiv @jjacobs22 @mcjpod @DavidEpstein Super important point, @vsiv. Thanks for highlighting it! A co… https://t.co/TXgV0O1R2h
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5/25
2020

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