Amend the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008 (H.R. 1424)
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Amend the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008 (H.R. 1424)

    1. Constance Hale
    2. Petition by

      Constance Hale

      Atchison, KS

Renewable Energy Companies are taking advantage of The Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008 (H.R. 1424) to get homeowners to sign contracts for renewable energy systems. There is no law to protect homeowners from dishonest and deceptive contractors. Whenever a law is passed, there should be safeguards in place to fine contractors who do not honor their contracts when they offer a Federal Tax Credit.

I, as a homeowner, not only lost my 30% Federal Tax Credit, I lost over $28000 to a renewable energy contractor. I was told that it was a contract issue.

I had to sue the contractor, at an additional cost of $2500 for a lawyer plus court fees. I won a Journal Entry of Default Judgment on 9 March 2012. The contractor has not paid me to date.

If congress is going to offer such an incentive to encourage renewable energy companies, it should offer protection to homeowners.

I took money out of an annuity and took out a home equity loan to finance this project. I chose a local company. I was looking forward to doing something good for the local economy, go green, etc.

I have filed complaints with the State Attorney General Consumer Protection and Antitrust, the IRS, the Kansas Dept. of Revenue, IC3, etc.

I am soliciting your assistance with a new bill to address this issue.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. News Article - Florida Company Banned from Doing Business in Kansas

      Constance Hale
      Petition Organizer

      Action taken against Florida Company -- no action taken against Kansas company doing business as RETNEK == Why not??

      FLORIDA COMPANY BANNED FROM DOING BUSINESS IN KANSAS
      TOPEKA – (May 18, 2012) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced that a Florida business was recently banned from doing business in Kansas.
      In a court order issued this month, Shawnee County District Court Judge Larry Hendricks barred a Florida company known as Advocate Claims LLC or Advocate Auto Consultants LLC from advertising, soliciting or selling any service, goods or property in Kansas. The company was also ordered to pay a $30,000 civil penalty. The judgment resolves a lawsuit filed by the Attorney General’s Office against the company alleging violations of the Kansas Consumer Protection Act.

      Renewable Energy Technologies of Northeast Kansas LLC was cited for violation of the Kansas Consumer Protection Act. They are still listed as a company on Facebook. Why??

    2. What happens when you contact the Better Business Bureau (BBB)

      Constance Hale
      Petition Organizer

      I checked the BBB website before signing the contract - no entries. When contractor failed to submit signed and stamped engineer drawings to the City of Atchison, local law enforcement advised that I could contact the BBB. I filed a complaint. The BBB contacted the contractor. That evening the contractor sends me an email and breached the contract.

      After I won a journal entry of default judgment and sent the BBB copies of this action plus three other lawsuit filed against the same company, the BBB gave the company an F rating.

      Too late to help me, but future homeowner will see it if they check the BBB site.

    3. What happens when the electricity goes out --

      Constance Hale
      Petition Organizer

      For most people that means you fumble around in the dark, light some candles, etc.

      For me, that means that my CPAP (Continuous Positive Air Pressure) machine does not work. I have sleep apnea and without power, I get no sleep. I have varicose veins and I elevate my legs at night. Have your ever tried to get out of motorized hospital bed with the lower end elevated.

      We wanted a back up power system. We chose to install wind turbines and solar PV units to generate our own electricity. System was to have eight 200 ampHr deep cycle MK-gel lithium-ion batteries to store electricity; plus an on-grid inverters.

    4. Update to Petition to Amend H.R. 1424

      Constance Hale
      Petition Organizer

      Got 25 of 100 signatures. Please share the link to my petition with your friends. You can post on their Facebook wall or send them an email. Every signature counts towards my initial goal. This amendment will help protect future investors in wind and solar energy. The homeowner should not be the one who loses everything when the contractor breaches the contract. The contractor should be penalized. What kind of a penalty would you suggest? As a homeowner I lost the Federal Tax Credit that the contractor used as an incentive to sign. I lost the money I gave the contractor to order our supplies. Sure I filed a lawsuit and won a journal entry of default judgment. But the contractor has not given me any money that he owes me.

    5. Reached 25 signatures
    6. Atchison Citizen Starts Petition to Amend Energy Act

      Constance Hale
      Petition Organizer

      Please sign my Petition on change.org. This not only affects citizens in Atchison, Kansas but throughout the U.S.A. Contractors offer the incentive to homeowners to invest in wind and solar energy with the 30% Federal Tax Credit. When the contractor breached the contract, I lost two ways, lost the tax credit, had to hire a lawyer, won a journal entry of default judgment but the contractor has not paid me to date.

    7. Reached 10 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Joel Silverthorn, B.A. FAIRFAX, UNITED STATES
      • almost 2 years ago

      COMMON SENSE

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    • Scott White LAWRENCE, KS
      • over 2 years ago

      I am a strong advocate for renewable energy development and have worked in the wind industry myself. It's imperative that renewable projects be done by credible installers and that consumers be protected from incompetent or fraudulent ones. Consumers need to have confidence that when they contract for these services, there are sufficient protections for them when things don't work out at the fault of the installer and that any Federal incentives that may have encouraged them to invest in this industry, are not lost to them when the contractor does not come through.

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    • Julie Mathis OCOEE, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      the economy is already in a bad place ... there should be a law against disreputable business owners like this one. There are laws against people taking advantage of others hurt in a catastrophe,..I believe the world's economy is one of our worst catastrophes.

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    • Donna Banks ATCHISON, KS
      • over 2 years ago

      Because I beleive the Hales are right. I also feel that if the government is going to offer Federal Tax Credit it should have some safe guards in place to help when disreputable contractors rip people off.

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    • Alan Haggard SAN DIEGO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      --Constance Hale

      c/o

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