Bill Nye to CNN: US Offshore Oil and Gas Companies Should Pursue Offshore Wind

In an interview with CNN, TV and radio personality Bill Nye “The Science Guy” responded to the devastating flooding in Louisiana this August by urging offshore oil and gas companies to use their equipment and expertise to build out the U.S. offshore wind industry that is just getting started in the country.

While America is just getting started with offshore wind, by contrast Europe had 2,488 turbines installed and grid connected by January 2015 with 12 other projects under construction, according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). Once those projects are connected to the grid there will be a cumulative total of 10.9 GW in 86 wind farms in 11 European countries.

The success of the offshore wind industry in Europe could easily be replicated in the U.S. and serves as an excellent business opportunity for the offshore oil and gas industry.

Listen to the entire fascinating interview below or skip to 3.56 to hear his call for action.

For more on this topic, check out Renewable Energy World’s Special Report: How Offshore Oil and Gas Companies Can Retool to Supply the Offshore Wind Industry in the U.S.

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Jennifer Runyon has been studying and reporting about the world's transition to clean energy since 2007. As editor of the world's largest renewable energy publication, Renewable Energy World, she observed, interviewed experts about, and reported on major clean energy milestones including Germany's explosive growth of solar PV, the formation and development of the U.S. onshore wind industry, the U.K. offshore wind boom, China's solar manufacturing dominance, the rise of energy storage, the changing landscape for utilities and grid operators and much, much, more. Today, in addition to managing content on POWERGRID International, she also serves as the conference advisory committee chair for DISTRIBUTECH, a globally recognized conference for the transmission and distribution industry. You can reach her at

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