- Posted December 15, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Salute to troops
U.S. Veterans Being Denied to Use Alternative Energy
So you think you are entitled to use energy from the sun and wind? Think again; One town in Kansas says absolutely not and it doesn't care if you fought for the right to use it. That's right Hutchinson, Kansas is so set against the use of alternative energy that it's even denying our veterans to use it. The ordinance which was put in place in 2011 states that no one with less than half an acre of property shall be entitled to use wind energy. The problem with that is 95% of the towns residents live on less than half an acre. The ordinance became an issue when Midtech Energy Solutions opened up shop in Hutchinson and tried to sell residential turbines to the citizens. Upon putting up a small turbine on their property they were served with papers to take it down per the city ordinance. The city claims that a permit was never applied for, once a permit was applied for they were denied and made aware of the ordinance that was not going to allow wind energy in its town. The city which is home to a large electric company Westar Energy which has monopolized most of the state is dead set against any other type of energy other than that provided by westar to be allowed in town. This includes our veterans who Midtech had to deny selling systems to because of the ordinance. "I could have sold them systems but to me it would have been just taking their hard earned money because the city wont allow them to put it up." "Many of the veterans were thankful that we were able to educate them before their purchase and the others were so mad they were speechless and I can't blame them who does this city think they are telling veterans that they cant use the very air they fought for?" "If any group should be exempt from this ordinance it should be our veterans." "It has made me so angry I can't think straight I can't even begin to think how hurt and feeling let down the veterans are." "The largest complaint we receive from our veterans is that being on a fixed income and not being able to pay the extremely high cost of electric and gas bills." "I wish there was more I could do." Myers stated. The story gained some local attention from channel 12 news in wichita but the city denied to comment or be interviewed and nothing has changed the city has taken a strong hold stance against green energy in within their limits. The city also has an ordinance on solar and limits the placement of the panels which renders them almost useless.