New Mexico Gas Company
2011 Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) Public Advisory

First posted
Tuesday March 8, 2011 14:23
Monday February 4, 2013 07:34

Land Battles Rise as U.S. Eyes 450,000 Miles of New Pipe.

U.S. Natural Gas Exports by Country

Natural Gas Prices (Dollars per Thousand Cubic Feet, except where noted.

Estimated January 2010 average home gas use: 112 therms.
The estimated average August 2010 home gas use is 16 therms.
New Mexico’s Primary Energy Consumption.

Drilling Down series, Gasland, Quaneco, Quaneco phone message, Ms Martinez Quaneco phone call coupled with low prices natural gas prices since about 2008 point to a possible hydraulic fracturing natural gas scam involving investor money. And an environmental mess too.

Paragon Natural Resources sales pitch, Friday November 11, 2011.

David Groener of TAP Management phoned just after 14:00 Friday December 2, 2011. TAP is into oil and natural gas ventures. Listen to the sales pitch.

I'm visiting one of the Britain's first shale gas exploration sites near the seaside city of Blackpool, in northwest England. While shale gas extraction has turned the U.S. into the world's biggest natural gas producer, over-taking Russia in 2009, it's still early days in Europe.

Cramer may be wrong about natural gas?

Cramer espoused natural gas to replace coal and petroleum on Mad Money, Monday October 17, 2011.

Vast stores of natural gas in the Marcellus and Utica shales running under Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and West Virginia have set off a rush to grab leases and secure permits to drill using the extraction technique called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

Price of natural gas. Note that prices were converted from $ per Mcf to $ per MMBTU using an average heat content of 1,028 Btu per cubic foot.

CCF definition. Why .869400?

100000, Btu, per, Therm. 19.996 * 100000 = 1,999,600 BTU.

23 * 100 * 1,000 = 2,300,000 BTU @1,000 BTU/ft3. 2,300,000/100,000 = 23 therms. Nmgco is supplying gas with only 869.4 BTU/ft3?

Volume of email emanating from natural gas energy efficiency related to hearing officer Ms Elizabeth Hurst requires an additional nmgco page.

Monday May 21, 2012 06:20

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and may be a scam with wrong loads.

The stolen $22,036 is in focus.

Recovery is not easy. But we are working at it.

Clean Energy Standard hearing questions costs

Friday May 18, 2012 08:52

A meeting to get our stolen $22,036 back?

This probably won't work.

Better ideas sought.

From: "Ana Kippenbrock, PRC"
Cc: "Richard Blumenfeld, PRC"
Sent: Thursday, May 17, 2012 10:18:10 AM
Subject: 12-00145-UT - NNSA PROTEST

Dear Mr. Payne,

Attached is NNSA’s protest filed in case 12-00145-UT. Note that the caption of the case was changed with our Initial Order. I am also sending you the certificate of service and labels for this case.

I understand that you wish to file as a Public Comment the second part of your message to me.

The Commission has an online docket section named “Case Lookup E-Docket” where members of the public and interested parties can access and download case information at any time. The docket section is listed on the Commission’s website at The key for the Case Lookup is located in the “Contact Us” section in the main page. You will be required to register to log in. Feel free to call me if you need more information about accessing the e-docket.

Ana C. Kippenbrock, Paralegal
New Mexico Public Regulation Commission
Office of the General Counsel
(505) 827-6947

Management In Real Life: The Power of Positive Meeting

Certificate of service? .doc

Certificate of service May 16, 2012

Thursday May 17, 2012 09:30

Hello Ms Kippenbrock, received.

However, National Nuclear Security Administration Agency's Protest was NOT received.

Only NMGCO's response was received.

I ask that you forward a copy of the NNSA protest filing and certificate of service to me in accordance with NMAC rule C (1).

Reason is that these energy matters are not only of New Mexico but of international interest too.

New Mexico tech gas geologists Broadhead and Price show that natural gas production is declining in New Mexico with half the gas produced from wells less than five years old. New Mexico’s Natural Gas Resources.

Five new generators are on track for completion this decade, including two reactors approved just a few weeks ago (the first new reactor approvals in the US in over 30 years). Those will add to the 104 reactors that are already in operation around the country and already produce 20% of the nation’s power.

Those reactors will eat up 19,724 tonnes of U3O8 this year, which represents 29% of global uranium demand. If that seems like a large amount, it is! The US produces more nuclear power than any other country on earth, which means it consumes more uranium that any other nation. However, decades of declining domestic production have left the US producing only 4% of the world’s uranium.

With so little homegrown uranium, the United States has to import more than 80% of the uranium it needs to fuel its reactors. Thankfully, for 18 years a deal with Russia has filled that gap. The “Megatons to Megawatts” agreement, whereby Russia downblends highly enriched uranium from nuclear warheads to create reactor fuel, has provided the US with a steady, inexpensive source of uranium since 1993. The problem is that the program is coming to an end next year.

The Upside to a Natural Gas Downturn
Marin Katusa, for The Daily Reckoning
Monday April 2, 2012

Please ack if you receive this email.


Vt. becomes 1st state to ban hydraulic fracturing



A. Filing: A pleading or document is considered filed on the date stamped by the commission. Any pleading or document received after regular business hours will be stamped and considered filed on the next regular business day.

B. Rejection:

(1) Pleadings and documents which are not in substantial compliance with these or other commission rules, orders of the commission or presiding officer, or applicable statutes may be rejected within thirty (30) days after filing.

(2) If rejected, such papers will be returned with an indication of the deficiencies therein. Acceptance of a pleading or document for filing is not a determination that the pleading or document complies with all requirements of the commission or presiding officer and is not a waiver of such requirements.

(3) The chief of staff of the commission is authorized to reject pleadings and documents under this rule and to sub-delegate such authority.

(4) Pleadings or documents that have been rejected shall not be entered on the commission's docket for decision.

C. Service Generally:

(1) Except as otherwise provided by rule or order, all pleadings, orders, notices, and documents filed in a proceeding shall be promptly served upon those persons described in Paragraph (4) of Subsection C of NMAC by the person filing the orders, notices, pleadings, or documents. Service shall be made by depositing the pleading, order, notice, or document in the U.S. mail, postage prepaid, using first class or express mail, by delivering the pleading, order, notice, or document to a commercial courier service for delivery, by hand delivery, or by electronic transmission in accordance with other rules governing electronic service promulgated by the commission. The date of service shall be the date of deposit in the mail, delivery to a commercial courier service, hand delivery, or electronic transmission.

(2) A certificate of service listing, by name, each person served and describing the manner and date of service shall be filed with or attached to the pleading, order, notice, or document being filed and all copies served or filed, unless otherwise directed by the commission or presiding officer.

(3) Service of pleadings, orders, notices, and documents on the staff’s or a party’s named attorney is valid service upon staff or the party for all purposes in the proceeding unless the commission or presiding officer directs otherwise.

(4) Service of pleadings, orders, notices, and documents shall be made upon all persons included on the official service list. The official service list is the most recent service list issued by the commission or presiding officer in the proceeding.

(a) A service list shall include parties and staff or their counsel of record and shall be issued by the commission or presiding officer in all proceedings after the deadline for intervention has passed in the proceeding, and may be revised from time to time.

(b) The commission or presiding officer shall serve all service lists upon staff and the parties to the proceeding promptly upon issuance of the list.

(c) Prior to the issuance of an official service list, all pleadings, orders, notices, and documents filed in a proceeding shall be served by the person filing the orders, notices, pleadings, or documents upon all other parties in the proceeding, persons who have pending motions to intervene, staff, and as otherwise required by commission rule or order.

D. Electronic service: Electronic service shall be effectuated in accordance with other rules of the commission governing electronic filing and service.

E. Amendments and withdrawal of pleadings and supporting documents:

(1) Except in the case of formal complaints, pleadings may be amended or withdrawn only with leave of the commission or presiding officer and upon such conditions as the commission or presiding officer

may deem appropriate.

(2) Formal complaints may be amended without leave at any time prior to the issuance of the probable cause determination required by this rule.

(3) Amendments to any pleading shall not broaden the scope of the issues originally filed unless the commission or presiding officer exercises the discretion to allow such an amendment.

(4) Upon any amendment or withdrawal of a pleading allowed, the commission or presiding officer may require a supplementary public notice.

(5) Direct testimony and exhibits filed may be amended or withdrawn only with leave of the commission or presiding officer, who may take into consideration, among other things, any delay or prejudice to the commission, its staff, or the parties which would result from the granting of the motion. The commission or presiding officer may grant or deny the motion or grant the motion only upon such conditions as are deemed appropriate. Upon any amendment or withdrawal allowed, the commission or presiding officer may require a supplementary public notice.

[ NMAC - Rp, 17 NMAC 1.2.28, 9-1-08]

'failure to comply with the rules of the commission, or for other good cause shown.' B.

Iran Will Get Nukes and “We’re Not Going to Do Anything”: Ian Bremmer


Initial Order pdf.

Tuesday May 15, 2012 13:04

Google 'quaneco payne'

Quaneco folder, of which bill was sent two, was sent to

Protest pdf

Monday March 7, 2012 12:56


Tuesday May 15, 2012 07:52

Protest pdf

Monday April 2, 2012 19:14

Let's analyze pdf report.

Report pdf
Certificate of service doc. 

Sunday April 8, 2012 07:19

The glut has benefited businesses and homeowners that use natural gas. But with natural gas prices at a 10-year low — and falling — companies that produce the fuel are becoming victims of their drilling successes. Their stock prices are falling in anticipation of declining profits and scaled-back growth plans.

The researchers found the rate of quakes has jumped six-fold from the late 20th century through last year, with a particularly sharp rise from 2009 to 2011. That includes mild quakes.

The researchers said the timing and geography suggest some kind of link to oil and gas production, but it's not clear why the two might be related

Friday April 6, 2012 11:55

Despite those objections, the Las Vegas, N.M., City Council passed an ordinance targeting “fracking” that bans drilling for oil or gas within the city limits or the Las Vegas watershed. Google 'las vegas mew mexico fracking'.

NAT GAS PRICES FUELING SLOWDOWN — Low prices for natural gas are rippling through the San Juan Basin, causing some drillers to reconsider their plans. Prices have been on a sharp decline as shales in Pennsylvania, North Dakota and elsewhere boomed, flooding the markets with natural gas. Insiders say natural gas is now so cheap that it’s hardly worth drilling for it.

From: "ABQjournal Business Insider"
Sent: Thursday, March 8, 2012 4:00:08 PM
Subject: ABQJournal Business Insider

The decline in the San Juan Basin can be seen in New Mexico Oil Conservation Division data for northwest New Mexico.

Production in 2011 fell below 815 billion cubic feet to the lowest level since 1992. Natural gas production has fallen for five straight years, down 19 percent from the 2006 total of more than 1 trillion cubic feet.

Google 'natural gas pains low price alter plans in san juan'


We paid about $102 in January 2012.

Natural gas prices by year plot.

While natural gas prices are now low because of fracking, they could rise several fold if fracking is found harmfold to the eviroment?

Can the shale gas boom save Ohio?

Electricity demand is expected to grow slightly per year, while power consumption per capita declines slightly per year from 2010 to 2035. Total U.S. primary energy consumption grows from 98.2 quadrillion Btu in 2010 to 108 quadrillion Btu in 2035. The fossil fuel share of energy consumption falls from 83 percent of total U.S. energy demand in 2010 to 77 percent in 2035.

The U.S. is projected to become a net exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in 2016, a net pipeline exporter in 2025, and an overall net exporter of natural gas in 2021.

With electricity prices also down, utilities are trumpeting that bills will drop this season for customers using gas and electric heat. Con Edison announced this week that residential gas heating bills in New York were expected to drop 11.5 percent this winter, and in New Jersey, PSE&G said that it would cut February bills for residential gas customers by an average of $30.

SANTA FE — Next year’s state budget could lose as much as $187 million if record low natural gas prices continue, potentially wiping out most of the new revenues Gov. Susana Martinez has leaned on to propose small-business tax cuts and new education investments.

The Haynesville Shale gas field in northwest Louisiana, which was recognized last year as the highest-producing shale play in the country, has driven down electricity costs for some commercial users, particularly in the chemical industry. Stephen Moret, the state's economic development secretary, has predicted "tens of billions of dollars" of investment in heavy industrial operations will spring up in Louisiana in the coming years
A so-called shale-driven glut of natural gas has cut wholesale electricity prices by 50 percent in the U.S. and reduced investments in other types of generating sources.

Bloomberg reports that prices in the west hub of PJM Interconnection LLC decreased to $39/MWh by December 2011, down from $87 in the first quarter of 2008. [$39 = 3900 cents so 3900/1000 - $.039/kWh. New Mexicans currently pay a bit over $.10/kWh. But what does the future hold?]

The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports gas power plants accounted for nearly 24 percent of all electricity generation in 2010, up from only around 15 percent in 1999.  

New York's emerging plan to regulate natural gas drilling in the gas-rich Marcellus Shale needs to go further to safeguard drinking water, environmentally sensitive areas and gas industry workers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has informed state officials.

NATURAL GAS OUTLOOK — A Houston-based energy investment expert predicts that today’s low natural gas prices will rise slightly from $4 to $5 per million British thermal units this year and next, then rise to about $7.50 in 2014 through 2016. New Mexico produced 1,047,302,189 thousand cubic feet of natural gas last year, according to the state Oil Conservation Division.

From: "ABQjournal Business Insider"
Sent: Monday, January 16, 2012 4:00:07 PM

A 35% collapse in the futures price the past year has been a boon to homeowners who use natural gas for heat and appliances and to manufacturers who power their factories and make chemicals and materials with it. ...

For companies that make plastics, fertilizer and other chemicals derived from natural gas, falling prices are a windfall. The same goes for makers of products from steel to bricks to beer. All use a lot of natural gas to heat their furnaces. U.S. manufacturers are becoming more competitive globally as a result of the country's cheap natural gas, industry officials say.

Some industries aren't cheering, though. With electricity prices falling, the profits of all electric power producers — whether they rely on coal, nuclear or wind — are shrinking.

Thursday January 12, 2012

Natural gas bubble?

Surging prices for oil and natural gas shales, in at least one case rising tenfold in five weeks, are raising concerns of a bubble as valuations of drilling acreage approach the peak that was set before the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.

Chinese, French and Japanese energy explorers committed more than $8 billion in the past two weeks to shale-rock formations from Pennsylvania to Texas after 2011 set records for international average crude prices and U.S. demand for natural gas.

A boom in gas production using hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" of natural gas has played a role in decreasing U.S. dependence on foreign oil and coal and helped cut energy prices, but evidence is mounting that the process may come at a price.

"To the extent that our nation wants to become independent of meeting its energy needs in the coming years, the increased earthquakes are going to go along with that," said Art McGarr, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, Calif. "The problems are only going to grow in the future."

Largely overlooked in the national debate over fracking is the emerging fight in the U.S. heartland over mining "frac sand," which has grains of ideal size, shape, strength and purity. Mining companies say the work provides good jobs in rural areas, but some residents fear the increase in mining could harm human health and the environment.  

Natural-gas inventories are falling less than expected this winter, and analysts said a capacity crunch could send already-beaten-down natural-gas prices even lower. The situation also is raising concerns that the U.S. could run out of places to store the fuel later this year. ...

But the question remains whether demand will drain inventories enough in the face of new natural-gas production brought on by the shale-gas boom.

However, the Utica Shale, a rock formation thousands of feet below the eastern half of the state, is home to not only trillions of cubic feet of natural gas, but billions of barrels of oil and natural gas liquids. The latter is what attracted investment and will keep money flowing into Ohio, said Tim Rezvan, vice president of senior energy analyst at Sterne Agee.

The majority of new generating capacity projected in the next 10 years will rely on natural gas as its primary fuel, according to a recent assessment by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC).

2011 Special Reliability Assessment: A Primer of the Natural Gas and Electric Power Interdependency in the United States

Ample Gas Supply Expected In terms of supply, almost all of the future growth in natural gas demand will come from the electric sector. The unprecedented growth in shale production over just the last few years, due to a combination of the prolific nature of the shale plays and the rapid increase in industry drilling activity, is expected to contribute greatly to the future gas portfolio. The shales will likely make a significant contribution to the U.S. supply portfolio for an extended period of time—potentially doubling over the next 20 years. 

Oh, Canada’s Become a Home for Record Fracking

McDONALD, Ohio (AP) — Officials said Saturday they believe the latest earthquake activity in northeast Ohio is related to the injection of wastewater into the ground near a fault line, creating enough pressure to cause seismic activity.

The brine wastewater comes from drilling operations that use the so-called fracking process to extract gas from underground shale. But Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director Jim Zehringer said during a news teleconference that fracking is not causing the quakes.  

A boom in gas production using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has led to a patchwork of local drilling standards. Now, several states are revising or formulating rules, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is studying the effects of fracking on drinking water and weighing nationwide regulations.  

Hackers are bombarding the world's computer controlled energy sector, conducting industrial espionage and threatening potential global havoc through oil supply disruption.

Oil company executives warned that attacks were becoming more frequent and more carefully planned.

"If anybody gets into the area where you can control opening and closing of valves, or release valves, you can imagine what happens," said Ludolf Luehmann, an IT manager at Shell Europe's biggest company .

Monday December 5, 2011 17:11

Phone call with Loretta S Martinez.

Motion to Intervene may be complete? Certificate of service complete.

Learning experience! Previous motion to intervene.

Wednesday November 9, 2011 email from Ms Mary Homan of New Mexico Gas Company seen but not read.

But we are preparing.

Electric power outages in Texas contibuted to loss of natural gas service in New Mexico in February 2010.

Texas could face power shortages as soon as next year as aging plants are mothballed in response to new environmental standards, according to the state's grid operator and the organization that monitors the U.S. power grids for the federal government.

In separate reports released days apart, both organizations determined that Texas will soon have an inadequate supply of backup power during periods of peak demand. The shrinking power reserves increase the chances of rolling blackouts if a major power plant goes offline on a very hot or cold day, when power use is greatest. 



From: "Loretta Martinez"
To: "mary homan",, "john reynolds", "timothy martinez",,,, "steven porter",,,,, "je arrowsmith",,, "carol rising",,,,,,, "Ken hughes", "Clifford richarson ctr",, "Sharon james", "Erick seelinger"
Sent: Friday, December 2, 2011 9:10:29 AM
Subject: AG filing in 11-00369-UT

Loretta S. Martinez
NM Attorney General's Office
Post Office Drawer 1508
Santa Fe, NM 87504-1508

physical address: 408 Galisteo
Santa Fe, NM 87501

(505) 827-6011
Fax: (505) 827-4440

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: The information in this e-mail and in any attachment may contain information that is legally privileged. It is intended only for the attention and use of the named recipient. If you are not the intended recipient, you are not authorized to retain, disclose, copy or distribute the message and/or any of its attachments. If you received this e-mail in error, please notify sender at the New Mexico Attorney General's Office and delete this message. Thank-you.

NMGCO should have some technical experts qualified to comment on whether Ms Hammelman's and Mr Barker's below statements are correct or not.

Just one of these new regulations, the Utility MACT (“Maximum Achievable Control Technology”), is the most expensive rule EPA has ever written for coal-fueled power plants. Along with three other new regulations, the Utility MACT rule will destroy 183,000 jobs per year and cost $52 billion in higher natural gas prices. It will have a devastating impact on our economy with little benefit. Many independent experts are worried that the Utility MACT rule could threaten electric reliability.

NERA email attachment link.

William --

Suzanne Hammelman asked that I respond to your question.

Natural gas prices will increase because coal-powered generation plants would be retired prematurely and companies would move to natural gas (so demand would increase). The four regulations that we refer to -- and that are used in the attached analysis by National Economic Research Associates (NERA) -- are predicted to increase natural gas-fired generation by 19.7 percent on average over the period of 2012 to 2020. The increases in natural gas prices would lead to an estimated average increase in costs of about $8 billion per year for residential, commercial and industrial natural gas consumers, which translates into an increase of $52 billion over the 2012-2020 period (present value in 2010$ as of 2011 discounted at 7 percent).

It is important to note that NERA used natural gas price information from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Thank you for your interest.



Saturday November 5, 2011 13:40

Bloomberg 8 page article.

Could Shale Gas Reignite the U.S. Economy?

Boomberg article doe not address
"But the gas may not be as easy and cheap to extract from shale formations deep underground as the companies are saying, according to hundreds of industry e-mails and internal documents and an analysis of data from thousands of wells. ..." appeared in a New York Times Sunday front page article by Ian Urbina.

In late 1998, Chesapeake Energy (CHK), an independent natural gas producer based in Oklahoma City, exemplified an industry in decline. The company’s stock price had fallen over two years from above $34 a share to 75¢. Its market value tumbled 93 percent, to $72 million. ...

A titanic political fight during the Carter Administration ended in a bizarre compromise: price deregulation combined with restrictions on burning gas to generate electricity. [This learned in the 2008 PNM natural gas irp ... PNM sold its gas operation to NMGCO] ...

At the turn of the 21st century, some natural gas basins were nearly tapped out, and once again many utilities, homeowners, and energy-intensive manufacturers dismissed domestic gas as a sucker’s bet. ...

Some electric utilities are overcoming their deep-seated uneasiness over natural gas to shift parts of their operations from coal to gas. The switch is inviting because many coal-burning facilities are antiquated, and the country already has large amounts of more modern, underused natural gas utility capacity (a holdover from overbuilding in the late 1990s). ...

“We need to find a way to take advantage of this historic opportunity to cut back on burning coal, which is the worst energy option,” says the EDF’s Krupp. And he says that as an advocate of more wind- and solar-generated electricity.

SolarWorld on Trade Complaint: 'This Was Our Time To Step Up'


Sunday November 13, 2011 15:41

States Weighing Pros, Cons of Utility Smart Meters.

No Coal, No Nukes, No Problem? appeared Tuesday November 1, 2011


Tuesday November 1, 2011 09:17

Hello Ms Homan,

PNM October 2011 electric bill contains

Line 'Add new natural gas-fired generation in 2015' prompts me to ask why you have not acknowledged receipt of my Monday October 10, 2011 08:58 email.

Second paragraph

Energy Efficiency & Technology, SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 11
Getting smarter about smart meters Jul 1, 2011 12:00 PM

suggests that adding new customers may increase natural gas consumption too?

PNM load forecaster Steve Martin identified 'Growing number of customers - Increased construction as the primary cause of Peak Demand for electricity

This topic should be on the agenda for the 2011 Integrated Resources Planning report if it is to be competent.

Failure to include relevant data on which to base the natural gas integrated resource planning report conclusions might mean that the 2012 natural gas irp report could be headed the way of the unfortunate 2008 official PNM electric irp report?

SWEEP pie chart identifies where natural gas was used in 2007, Chart needs to be updated and forecasts added for inclusion in the irp report, imo.

Please ack if you receive this mail and received my Monday October 10, 2011 08:58 email.


william h payne  

Programmable furnace thermostat started furnace at 05:30 on Sunday. Program checked on Monday. Start at 07:00 on Saturday and Sunday; 05:30 on Monday through Friday. Monday furnace did not come on. Tuesday it stated at 07:00.

Programmable furnace thermostat has failed before. Factory technician advised cleaning the LCD with alcohol. This worked.

Microcontroller failure! Heat went on at 3:08 Wednesday November 2, 2011.

This causes us to think about NMGCO smart meter intiative.

Let's see how NMGCO is coming with its high tech meters. :-)

New Mexico Gas Company is pleased to bring the latest meter reading technology to our customers in the Albuquerque Metro and Santa Fe areas.

Lighten Up Energy Myths Sep 1, 2009 12:00 PM
Lighten up Jan 1, 2010 12:00 PM

Ideas to develop Embedded Devices for Smart Grid

SolarWorld on Trade Complaint: 'This Was Our Time To Step Up'

New construction contributes the most to increasing electric peak demand according to PNM load forecaster Mr Steve Martin in the 2008 PNM electric irp.
ABQ STILL BLEEDING CONSTRUCTION JOBS - Albuquerque was among the hardest hit cities for continued hemorrhaging of construction jobs during September, according to a new Associated General Contractors report. The metro lost 2,700 jobs or 12 percent of its construction labor force from September 2010 to September 2011, ranking 329 out of 337 cities.

From: "ABQjournal Business Insider"
Sent: Thursday, October 27, 2011 4:00:21 PM
Subject: ABQJournal Business Insider

PNM load forecaster Steve Martin's foils on reasons for increasing electric load were not included in the 1 7/8 pound 2008 official report. But they are in the alternate report.


Also included on flier is

This is located in a gulch off I-25 acknowledged not to be optimum for solar.
The $8.7 million demonstration project, located near Mesa del Sol south of the airport, is the first of 16 smart grid projects partially funded by federal stimulus funds to become fully operational.

Solar array seen above photographed Saturday October 29, 2011.

There is a lot of money made selling solar panels, batteries, installations and maintenance.
SOLAR DEVELOPMENT SITES SCALED BACK - The Interior Department shrunk from three to one the number of sites in New Mexico it is recommending for large-scale solar development. It promises to speed up permitting for projects aimed at 17 sites in six states including one in southern New Mexico.

From: "ABQjournal Business Insider"
Sent: Friday, October 28, 2011 4:00:32 PM
Subject: ABQJournal Business Insider

Smart meters are a dumb idea

Sunday October 16, 2011 12:50

Drilling Down series, Gasland, Quaneco, Quaneco phone message, Ms Martinez Quaneco phone call coupled with low prices natural gas prices since about 2008 point to a possible hydraulic fracturing natural gas scam involving investor money. And an environmental mess too.

The New York Times and Mr Urbina may be headed for a Pulitzer prize?

Monday October 10, 2011 08:58

Hello Ms Homan,

Thank you for your October 3, 2011 email.

I do not believe that I was sent email notification of the September 20, 2011 meeting.

What date was that notification sent? I will check my email logs to see if the problem is on my side.

Concern is that non-technical liberal arts 'educated' individuals may try to hijack the 2011 natural gas irp as they did the 2008 electric irp. This prompted me to write an alternate report.

Thank you for attaching a Power Point of these foils.

Energy efficiency was again addressed in second meeting as it was in the first. And appears now to be complete.

Last foil

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you might have regarding the presentation.

prompts me to ask several questions.

1 Is an agenda available for the November meeting?

Reason I ask is that disproportionate amount of New Mexico Gas Company resources, foils, and meeting time appear to be spent on home energy efficiency while apparently accounts for only for 14.2% of New Mexico natural gas consumed

according to SWEEP chart.

If more energy efficiency is on the agenda, then perhaps the agenda should be changed?

2 Will you direct technically competent New Mexico Gas Company employees to fill out attached

spreadsheet in the spirit of the above SWEEP pie chart and PNM load forecaster Mr Steve Martins important 2008 foils?

Please have employees extrapolate for years 2012 through 2015.

Explanation of forecasting rationale by qualified technical New Mexico Gas Company employees should be an irp agenda item, I believe.

3 "Today, we’re looking at a century’s supply of domestic natural gas, and we have far more oil resources than experts had previously estimated.", writes American Petroleum Institute president Jack Gerard.

"But the gas may not be as easy and cheap to extract from shale formations deep underground as the companies are saying, according to hundreds of industry e-mails and internal documents and an analysis of data from thousands of wells. ..." appeared in a New York Times Sunday front page article by Ian Urbina.

'PNM Expects to Meet Growing Electric Demand With New Natural Gas Plants, Increased Energy Efficiency and More Renewable Energy' coupled with SWEEP chart showing Electric Utilities consuming 26.1% of natural gas may argue that it is the responsibility of 2011 natural gas IRP to investigate to determine veracity of Mr Gerard's and Mr Urbina's apparent conflicting claims?

“Money is pouring in” from investors even though shale gas is “inherently unprofitable,” an analyst from PNC Wealth Management, an investment company, wrote to a contractor in a February e-mail. “Reminds you of dot-coms.”

“The word in the world of independents is that the shale plays are just giant Ponzi schemes and the economics just do not work,” an analyst from IHS Drilling Data, an energy research company, wrote in an e-mail on Aug. 28, 2009.
suggest financial and legal problems as well.

So, will New Mexico Gas Company assemble a panel of technically-competent engineers and scientists to investigate and issue a written report on future natural gas production as it relates to New Mexico Gas Company customers which likely includes PNM?

PNM may wish to reconsider its Natural Gas Plants 2011 irp conclusion depending on the outcome of the panel's report?

Question 4 may or may not be off-topic but I include it because I recall a response you gave to a seemingly-irritated participant in the 2008 natural gas irp.

Recollection is that the participant asked you who was paying for west-side natural gas facilities. You, if I recall correctly, responded that rate payers were not paying for any new development.

Your response appeared to allay the questioner's concerns, imo.

If my recollections are incorrect, then please give me your side of what you think you said.

PNM load forecaster Steven Martin's foils on reasons for increasing electric load were not included in the 1 7/8 pound 2008 official report.

Mr Martin identified Growing number of customers, Increased construction as the primary reason for increased electrical load.

Increased use of natural gas might be attributed to Growing number of customers, Increased construction too?

4 Who is paying for any new natural gas delivery systems on the west side?

Please ack if you receive this mail.


william h payne

Ready for a New Furnace?

With the appliances that heat homes becoming steadily more efficient—gas furnaces especially—you might assume the total energy used to heat homes is also dropping. Instead, the energy used for space heating is actually growing.

Given that most furnaces with an AFUE over 90 percent are quite expensive, they're likely to be economic only in regions where winters are especially harsh—including most of the Northeast and Midwest.

Notes and emails
Friday October 14, 2011 10:37

From: "Elizabeth Hurst, PRC"
To: "mary homan",, "John Reynolds, PRC", "Timothy Martinez, PRC",, "Craig OHare, EMNRD",,,, "steven porter",,,,, "je arrowsmith",, "Phillis Stevens, PRC",, "Carol Rising, PRC",,,,,,, "Ken Hughes, EMNRD", "Clifford richarson",, "Sharon james", "Erick seelinger" Sent: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 4:44:55 PM Subject: Case No. 11-00369-UT

Please find the attached Order Setting Pre-hearing Conference issued today for the above referenced case.

Please advise me if you plan on attending as I may need to schedule a different room to accommodate more persons.

Additionally, please e-mail me if you would like to be removed from this e-service list.

Thank you,


NEW MEXICO GAS COMPANY, Applicant. Case No. 11-00369-UT


THIS MATTER comes before Elizabeth C. Hurst, Hearing Examiner in this case, upon her own motion. The Hearing Examiner finds and concludes that a status/pre-hearing conference should be scheduled in order to discuss procedural issues and details for this case. The Hearing Examiner O R D E R S that a status/pre-hearing conference will begin at 9:30 A.M. on October 19, 2011, at the offices of the Commission, 5th Floor Conference Room, P.E.R.A. Building, 1120 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

I S S U E D at Santa Fe, New Mexico this 12th day of October, 2011.



Elizabeth C. Hurst

Hearing Examiner

Tuesday October 11, 2011 07:41

Why the Elites Are in Trouble

Sunday October 9, 2011 07:46

Recovery of our stolen $22,036 involves dealing with the liberal arts 'educated' who are also now involved in energy issues, inlcudiing a new Four Corners lawsuit.

Environmentalists may be a tool of altenergy?


NYT reporter Ian Urbina's frackiing natural gas article raises questions about generating base load electricity with natural gas.

Drilling Down series.

Jimmy Carter apparently outlawed use of natural gas for generation of electricity, we were told by a PNM gas employee at the 2008 irp, I believe?

jimmy carter outlaws natural gas for electricity generation googled

Essential non-gas-wasting field trip to Lamy, NM on Saturday October 8, 2011.

Parking lot at Tramway and Montomery in Albuqueruque.

Solar gate in Lamy looks to have failed.

Screw opener mechanism appears to have pushed gate bar out.

Note old solar panels which were replaced. But left there

Road leads to unique and many other homes.

While we were on field trip thought was given to what needs to be done to complete email to Ms Homan.

Got it. A spread sheet!

Ms Homan in the 2008 PNM natural gas IRP effectively told someone who was off-topic to shut up.

So we must be very careful.

Ms Homan also answered a question by a somewhat irate participant about who was paying for the west side natural gas installations. Let's revisit this. :-)

PNM appears reluctant who discuss who is paying for its west-side electrical facilities.

No email ack from Jack Gerard.
Gerard was born and grew up in Idaho. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Juris Doctor from George Washington University.

Inside Gerard's head

As a child, he memorized the serial numbers on tractors while pitching in at his father's business.

Below may be one of the more important energy emails because it may be BS.

Five years ago, the United States was importing more oil and natural gas than today and we were searching for ways to import liquid natural gas. Today, we’re looking at a century’s supply of domestic natural gas, and we have far more oil resources than experts had previously estimated.

What has made this possible is advancements such as hydraulic fracturing and directional drilling, which have spurred a revolution in shale oil and gas development. Hydraulic fracturing is unlocking vast reserves of shale oil and natural gas, which could put hundreds of thousands more people to work, generate billions of dollars in government revenue and strengthen our energy security.

william h payne

Five years ago, the United States was importing more oil and natural gas than today and we were searching for ways to import liquid natural gas. Today, we’re looking at a century’s supply of domestic natural gas, and we have far more oil resources than experts had previously estimated.

What has made this possible is advancements such as hydraulic fracturing and directional drilling, which have spurred a revolution in shale oil and gas development. Hydraulic fracturing is unlocking vast reserves of shale oil and natural gas, which could put hundreds of thousands more people to work, generate billions of dollars in government revenue and strengthen our energy security.  
Natural gas companies have been placing enormous bets on the wells they are drilling, saying they will deliver big profits and provide a vast new source of energy for the United States.

But the gas may not be as easy and cheap to extract from shale formations deep underground as the companies are saying, according to hundreds of industry e-mails and internal documents and an analysis of data from thousands of wells. ...

But if natural gas ultimately proves more expensive to extract from the ground than has been predicted, landowners, investors and lenders could see their investments falter, while consumers will pay a price in higher electricity and home heating bills.

Wednesday October 5, 2011 11:40

Cc: "steve casey",,, "Stella Stiver"
Sent: Monday, October 3, 2011 10:48:35 AM
Subject: RE: Meetings?

Mr. Payne,

The last Energy Efficiency Public Advisory Group Meeting was held on September 20. The same distribution list continues to be utilized as that which brought you to the prior meeting. I am very sorry you were unable to join us at the meeting and am unaware of any problem in the email invitations that were distributed for the September 20 meeting. I am attaching the slide presentation from the meeting for your convenience. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you might have regarding the presentation.

NMGC filed its 2012 Energy Efficiency Program proposal on September 29 (NMPRC Case No. 11-00369-UT). You can reference that filing and future activity in that case by access the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission’s website at: .

NMGC will resume its integrated resource plan (IRP) meetings in November. The exact date has not been set but I will double check my distribution for that meeting and make sure you are on the email list.

Thank you for your interest and input.

Mary E. Homan
Manager, Regulatory Affairs
New Mexico Gas Company
office 505-697-3833
cell 505-269-5952

Tuesday October 4, 2011 09:10

Monday October 3, 2011 08:40

Silence until.


Alternate Report, Electric Integrated Resource Plan for the Period 2008-2027 PNM load forecaster Steve Martin showed that growiing number of customers [increased construction], increased size of dwellings, increased use of electronic devices and increased air conditioning penetration were the main causes of peak demand.

Energy efficency appears to be an attempt to mask the glaring west-side new construction electricity demand problem.

Same for natural gas.


Low Flow showerhead?

GAS OUTAGE REPORT IS IN - An independent investigation into February's natural gas outage corroborates much of New Mexico Gas Company's explanation of events that led it to shut off service to more than 28,000 customers.

From: "ABQjournal Business Insider"
Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 4:00:05 PM
Subject: ABQJournal Business Insider

The move comes as companies seek to tap into newfound natural-gas reserves lodged in shale rock, triggering concern about the impact of the drilling process on air and water quality. The government is taking a broader look at hydraulic fracturing, including studies on whether harmful substances leach into drinking water.

50 MW of Solar? Make that 400 MW


Testimonies are fun to read.

PNM Expects to Meet Growing Electric Demand With New Natural Gas Plants, Increased Energy Efficiency and More Renewable Energy
The company expects that of the 1,153 megawatts of new resources it will need to serve customers by 2030, 611 megawatts, or 53 percent, will come from new natural gas-fired power plants; 152 megawatts, or 13 percent, will come from energy efficiency and load management programs; and 390 megawatts, or 34 percent, will come from new renewable energy resources.

“While electric use by PNM customers is expected to continue to grow, we are in the fortunate position of not needing large, new baseload resources any time in the foreseeable future,” said Cindy Bothwell, PNM director of Resource Planning.

Don Brown

PNM deserves accolades for the Integrated Resource Planning process. Marita Noon Albuquerque CARE

PNM UPDATES PLAN - PNM said Monday it expects to meet growing electric demand in the next 20 years with a combination of new natural gas-fired plants,
Natural gas companies have been placing enormous bets on the wells they are drilling, saying they will deliver big profits and provide a vast new source of energy for the United States.

But the gas may not be as easy and cheap to extract from shale formations deep underground as the companies are saying, according to hundreds of industry e-mails and internal documents and an analysis of data from thousands of wells. ...

But if natural gas ultimately proves more expensive to extract from the ground than has been predicted, landowners, investors and lenders could see their investments falter, while consumers will pay a price in higher electricity and home heating bills.

increased energy efficiency and more renewable energy but no new baseload power plants.
Albuquerque Journal Business Insider Monday July 18, 2011

Monday May 30, 2011 17:09

Listen to Ms Robin Harder on old and new refrigerator liability.

The Sky Really Is Falling.

Friday May 27, 2011 20:34
Friday May 27, 2011 07:46

Tom Singer, Craig O'Hare, and lawyer Steve Michel were some of the more vocal participants at the PNM 2008 electric IRP.

No mp3 recorder was available to catch their comments.

We corrected this.

Sunday May 30, 2011 06:40

Hello Mr Singer,

Comment you made about the bond market and it relation to reliability and longevity of energy-efficient gas and electric appliances piques my, and hopefully other NM gas 2011 RP participants, interests and impressed me.

Listen to your comment at last part of this audio segment.


We are on to this.


PNM load forecaster Steve Martin pointed that the problem is new construction and pumping water.

Martin's results were not published in the 'official' 1 7/8 pound report.

We a formulating ideas for filing with PRC.

Your published statement
“Investments in energy efficiency save rate payers money,” Tom Singer of Natural Resources Defense Council said. “It is well known in the utility industry that investments in energy efficiency are at least 50% cheaper than building new energy sources, such as power plants and transmission lines. We encourage PNM and the Public Regulation Commission to adopt more aggressive energy-efficiency measures to stop this upward spiral of rate increases.”

may unquestionably be true.

But there may be an economic problem?

Economic prosperity of a country is apparently related to the number of BTUs a country consumes, I read.

Mr Bonner recently observes
Cheap Energy: Vital Fuel for the Economic Growth Engine
But what about the rest of the economy? What about the economies of the mature, energy-satiated nations? Are the days of real, rapid growth over? Are we just trying to become more efficient…and hope for small increments of growth? Are we merely hoping to hold onto our standards of living, while reducing the inputs of energy and raw materials?
Your impressive educational credentials
THOMAS SINGER is a senior policy analyst responsible for NRDC's clean energy program in New Mexico. He is based in Santa Fe. Prior to joining NRDC, Tom was a policy advisor to state governors, a researcher and a university professor. He holds a bachelor's degree from Harvard University, a master's from Stanford University and a doctorate in international business and finance from George Washington University. Press contact:, 415-875-6100
and your published statement reveals you are the ideal person to address these issues.

1 Is Dr Davidson correct?
2 Is Mr Bonner correct?

In you and NRDC's opinions?
Written response would be valuable to everyone, we believe.

Please ack if you get this email.


Impressive folder distributed at Wednesday May 25 meeting.

Why energy efficiency? Think new construction industry.

Are Rare Earth Metals at Risk?

Energy-efficient refrigerator repiiarman lecture by Fernando of Dalton Service Center on Tuesday May 17, 2011.

New Mexico Gas Co uses contractors as oppposed to hiring ... then firing ... employees Mr Casey explains audio.

Here are two contractors.



has interesting report on CFL longevity from California. Listen.

That Mr Primm talking about lights and Ms Harder comparing reliability and longevity of refrigerators.

Topic was reliability of energy-efficient natural gas devices.

Economics Bureau

Theme is saving Therms
Commercial unit of heat. One therm equals 100000 Btu or about 97 cubic feet of natural gas, or about 29.3 kilowatt hours (kWh) of ...

100,000/3412.14163 = 29.307107 ... using Calculator.
... so new construction can continue, of course.

Ms Mary Homan left meeting early.

We saw Ms Homan issuing 'shut up' order to non-contributor in 2008.

Al's Tips For Saving Natural Gas


Ms Homan explains below distribution list.

Wednesday April 27, 2011

Should NNGCO have alternate compressor stations power sources? 
BP's refinery has on-site power generation capacity and generates more electricity than it uses. The other three facilities rely on power from the local grid, which is owned and operated by Texas New Mexico Power Co.

Do Schott solar panels generate more electricity than Schott uses at mesa del sol?

Tuesday April 19, 2011 07:50

Note energy efficiency.

Kramer spoke about investing in companies which support energy efficiency on Mad Money, Monday April 189, 2011

Wednesday March 30, 2011 10:57

Questions and answers to hopefully be discussed in June 2011 natural gas IRP.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

The gas company had received 1,600 "relief fund requests" as of March 19, according to spokeswoman Monica Hussey. Of those, 860 are in progress — meaning the company has "started conversations and is getting information." Another 435 have been paid in part or in full, 180 are just beginning the process, and 125 have been denied or withdrawn, or were duplicate requests, Hussey said. ...

During the six-day outage in which the state recorded its coldest temperatures in 40 years, gas was shut off to 28,707 customers in Española, Taos, Alamogordo, Bernalillo and other communities. The company said the shut-off prevented a system failure. The company said freezing weather in Texas, frozen wellheads and electrical blackouts disrupted the gas supply in interstate pipelines.

Monday March 28, 2011

By some measures, as much as 20 percent of the total generating capacity of the region’s dominant utility, the Tokyo Electric Power Company — or an estimated 11 percent of Japan’s total power — is out of service.

Tuesday March 22, 2011, 7:36 am EDT SINGAPORE (AP)

Japan's nuclear crisis could reverberate through global energy markets for years to come, pushing up prices as suppliers look to take advantage of a surge in demand for non-nuclear fuels from the world's third-largest economy.

New Mexico Gas Company 2011 IRP.

Tuesday March 22, 2011 13:11

Hello Mary,

The 2008 IRP report stated

QUESTION 1: What source of fuels [oil, natural gas, electricity, ... ] powers each of the 10 compressor stations by station?

QUESTION 2: What are the total amounts of each fuel used by year from 2008 to 2010 used by each station? In kWh, if electric powered compressors are used.

QUESTION 3: How many MMBtus of each fuel were consumed?

For electricity perhaps we can use twice 3412.15163 BTU/ 1 kWh which takes into consideration typical Heat Rates presented in the 2008 PNM electric IRP?

QUESTION 4: What was the total cost and cost per MMBtu of natural gas compressed for each fuel?

QUESTION 4: Can we get updated foils similar to the two foils below which reflects what actually happened?

Unit of measurement in below foils too is always in terms of heat expressed in MMBtu.

Reporting MMBtu or Therms appears reasonable.

MSM reported
A Ranchos de Taos resident has filed a lawsuit against New Mexico Gas Company, alleging that the company's negligence contributed to a gas outage that affected tens of thousands of its customers for several days.
Natural gas compressor stations were apparently effected by
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has instructed utilities to begin rotating outages to compensate for a generation shortage due to numerous plant trips that occurred because of the extreme weather.

President and CEO Annette Gardiner said that "while not yet fully developed, there is consensus," the extreme weather and resulting frozen pipes and freeze-offs in the Permian and San Juan natural gas basins, frozen wellheads and blackouts in the Texas electric grid, hampered producers and processing plants from pushing gas into the interstate pipelines. It is the "company's understanding," she said, electric grid failure in Texas disrupted production, processing and deliveries to the pipelines, curtailing deliveries.

MSM reported
As part of New Mexico's renewable energy portfolio standard, 10 percent of the electricity generated by utilities that serve customers around the state must come from renewable resources such as wind, solar and biomass. That requirement is up from 6 percent last year, and it will increase to 20 percent by 2020.

Large scale solar generation of electricity is a fraud I was told by a vice president of a large wall street investment bank several years ago.

That investment bank was reported to have lost $24.1 million of the well over $1 billion lost by investors in the Eclipse Aviation bankruptcy.

If, in fact, large scale solar generation of electricity turns out to be a fraud, then perhaps NM Gas Company might wish to consider plans to power its compressors directly with natural gas or oil in the future?

Thank you for inviting me to again participate in the natural gas IRP. I have learn much about energy production from engineers.


William H Payne participated in the 2008 natural gas IRP.

2008 31 page report distributed Tuesday March 8, 2011

was reasonable in size and content, we felt. Above report posted.

This is in contrast to the 1 7/8 pound electric IRP report which appeared to leave out important facts brought out in the about 18 sessions. Alternate report response required.


New Mexico 2011 Legislative Session

There are three basic principles that govern the limits and utility of energy. The first two laws of thermodynamics tell us that when it comes to energy production, we cannot win, and we cannot break even.

Maxim/Dallas DS89C430/DS80C323 Forth51 project

Governmental task force to investigate natural gas outages ...

Albuquerque Journal Sunday March 20, 2011 page B1

No Nukes Is Good Nukes

No Such Thing as Risk-Free Nuclear Power

No Nukes Is Good Nukes

Card distributed at 2011 Integrated Resource Planning Public Advisory held Tuesday March 8, 2011.

Mary Homan addressing audience.

Cynthia Bothwell of PNM Resources [241-4944,] seen to right of man with grey shirt in next row.

Ms Bothwell responded positively to a question by Ms Homan if PNM was holding a IRP too
PNM Electric IRP Information: Planning Your Energy Future - Together

What has been left out? The kitchen sink?

We were not invited to attend the PNM electric IRP. There may be a reason.

Looking to the left.

Foils to be posted Ms Homan reported.

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