Back in March, I posted an entry entitled, “Wind Powers My Hometown Pride,” in response to the 366-foot wind turbine erected in Portsmouth, RI, the town I grew up and continue to live in.
Being a PR guy, I was proud of the project as a whole but also the fact that CNN dedicated a solid seven-minute segment to the installation and benefits this massive wind turbine would provide. Imagine my surprise when I was channel flipping the other night and came across an hour-long National Geographic special chronicling the arduous process of lifting over 100 tons and 366 feet worth of wind turbine parts into place when the weather just doesn’t want to cooperate. It couldn’t be….
…It was. On my new favorite show, “World’s Toughest Fixes,” host Sean Riley, “… travels to Portsmouth, R.I., where residents are setting up a 115-ton wind turbine that will provide years of clean energy. The constant blowing wind will fuel the turbine, but how do you raise giant blades in the midst of these unpredictable winds?”
While it doesn’t exactly portray the workers of R.I. as the best and brightest, the “Giant Wind Turbine” episode provides an honest and mildly humorous look at the challenges of installing a mammoth piece of green machinery. Check out the link for video excerpts or notifications on when the episode will air again.
Posted by: Nick