PNM work proposal
The Phoenix project

Later, Towns finds out that Stringer's job is designing model aircraft, not real, full-scale ones. Afraid of the effect on morale, he and Moran keep their discovery secret, though they now believe Stringer's plan is doomed. However, they turn out to be wrong. The aircraft is reborn, like the mythical Phoenix. It flies the passengers, strapped to the outside of the fuselage, to an oasis and civilization.

First posted
Tuesday March 16, 2010 13:30
Wednesday June 1, 2010 09:48

Mariposa new home field trip Sunday April 18, 2010 visibility ploy.


Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:22

Email and certified return receipt requested mail

Pat Collawn
President & Chief Operating Officer
PNM Resources
414 Silver Avenue Southwest
Albuquerque, NM 87102-3239

Hello Ms Collawn,

Purposes of this email/letter are to

1 seek your help getting information about electrical performance of the Algodones solar array. We received no response since
From: "Don Brown"
Sent: Tuesday, May 12, 2009 2:53:11 PM GMT -08:00 Tijuana / Baja California
Subject: FW: Rebates

Bill, got your request for answer to the following questions. I have an inquiry into our generation folks and will be in touch. Thanks. db

2 submit a solar electric output computations proposal based on an assertion at a PNM electric integrated resources planning meeting in Santa Fe that the laws of thermodynamics are not applicable to solar and wind generation of electricity. Electric output measured in kWh of the PNM 500-kilowatt PV system will be estimated.

Here is the portion of one of the more important foils, in Payne's opinion, states the claim.

Here's the foil.

Pat O'Connell, who presented foil on Wednesday January 16, 2008 at the PNM service center in Santa Fe, informed Payne by email that N/A stood for Not Applicable.

Danger of not carefully investigating whether the laws of thermodynamics apply do or do not apply to solar and wind generation of electricity is that it gives opportunity for altenergy system vendors to exaggerate kWh OUT claims possibly not supported by heat IN estimates.

Heatrate Btu/kWhr column marked by red star values are all, except those denoted N/A, greater than 3413 for the apparent second law of thermodynamics reason — In all energy exchanges, if no energy enters or leaves the system, the potential energy of the state will always be less than that of the initial state.

Numbers in the Heatrate column column identified by red star range from minimum of 7174 to 29,050 BTU/kWh. This is more than twice 3414. This tells tells us that in transforming heat into electricity then back to heat again more than 50% of the thermal energy is lost.

But we also see that for Wind, Solar Parabolic Trough (solar only), and Solar Photovoltaic (two axis tracking) that the second law of thermodynamics apparently doesn't apply.

1 kWh = 3412.14163 or about 3413 BTU and if the second law of thermodynamics hold for solar and wind, then more heat has to go in than comes out.

We learned how this value is computed from definition of the Joule.

We read
The maximum possible insolation is therefore about 70 to 71 percent of the solar constant, or about 320 BTU per hour per square foot. No solar collector, regardless of shape or design can deliver more than this maximum possible value, without energy input from some other source.

Importance of initial rough computations to verify performance is that purchasers of altenergy systems may find out only after the system has been purchased that the advertised electricity produced is not met.

If that purchaser is PNM, then the cost of a non-performing altenergy electric generation facility will be passed on to its customers.

Efforts to obtain information about PNM's solar electric generation projects from Greg Nelson have, so far, failed.

Nelson apparently is a member of the PNM group that planned and executed the electric integrated resource planning report.

Some in this group issued a 229 page 1 7/8 pound V.03 report.

Failure to include PNM load forecaster Steve Martin's foil

in the report, its size and weight compelled Payne to write an alternate report.

Payne was not paid to attend the 17 sessions or write his alternate report.

We believe that we have the expertise. information gathering experience even using the FOIA, when required, solar electric hardware test platform, and technical writing experience to determine whether proposed solar generation projects can from computations produce the advertised power, measured in kWh, out.

This knowledge, we feel, would benefit PNM and other other electric utilities which may be forced into solar electrical generations projects which may be shown not to be able to meet advertised power output.

Investors and legislators, many who do not have technical backgrounds, would find our information valuable to avoid physically impossible projects and, instead, fund those solar/electric projects which show promise. LED solar powered illumination is an example which comes to mind.

How close can we come to estimating the the actual output, measured in kWh - not peak kW, of a solar electricity generating facility?

We propose comparing our results to output from the PNM 500-kilowatt PV system.


1 Web search for relevant information.

Skepticism of truth of any information found on Internet demands investigation to determine veracity of claims.

2 Solar generation of electricity apparently depends on size of area insolated and efficiency of solar panels or troughs.

3 We will verify formula and computations made by others.

4 Our solar electricity output computations, measured in kWh, will be checked by retired physics professor Melvin Davidson.

5 We will ask questions via email and phone to clarify issues.

6 We will visit when necessary.

7 Subcontractors will be used when appropriate.

8 Progress will be posted to project-dedicated website.

We propose to do this project on a consulting basis.

Duration of the project is from March 20, 2010 to March 20, 2011.


1 Project website with credit card payment capability.

2 Results pages.

3 Project personnel task and time logs.

4 Executive summary.


Payne will spend half time on the project.

McCoy will spend quarter time on the project.

Time is billed at $30/hr.

We speculate on the basic of

that PNM has previously gathered data on solar electric power output plotted again hour of the day.

Student contract labor would be used to verify similar observations.

Students would be paid $15/hr.

Expert reports would be paid as single item charge. Example is SEDAC response on how 1 kWh = 3413 BTU is computed.

Wages will be billed by basis of task/time logs.

No funds can be transferred between categories 1, 2, and 3.

Funds can be transferred between categories 4, 5, and 6 with PNM written approval.

Invoices will be paid by PNM with 15 days of submittal.

Kevin Landis of Firsthand Technology Value Fund is reported to have "latched on to what could be the 2010 equivalent of the Internet, in terms of investment and business potential: Alternative energy."

We believe that our proposal work will benefit PNM, other utilities, governments, and investment firms by helping to identify which solar electric generation projects and applications are reasonable in terms of energy OUT compared to energy IN.

Our job is to formulate numerical questions based on our empirical work, Google searches, and answers to numerical questions about BTUs IN and vendor advertised BTUs OUT [ 1 kWh = 3413 BTU] concerning physical feasibility of proposed solar/electric project.

PNM, other utilities, governments, and investment firms should require answers from prospective vendors in writing before making investment decisions to possibly avoid high tech solar generation of electricity incompetence or fraud.

We ask that you and PNM respond either positively to negatively to this proposal by Friday April 16, 2010 unless you request additional time.

Reason is that we need to immediately seek other sources of funding if this project is not funded by PNM.

If PNM rejects this proposal, then we ask to know reasons for rejection.

Algodones solar electric power output data requested in 1 is needed especially if we are forced to seek funding from other sources because we do not wish to redo work that has already possibly been done by PNM.

Thank you,

William H. Payne
Retired from Sandia National Laboratories and Washington State University.
13015 Calle de Sandias NE
Albuquerque, NM 87111

McCoy is added as a subcontractor since he is unavailable to sign.
Listen to resolution. Tuesday April 13, 2010.

David B. McCoy,
Executive Director Citizen Action New Mexico
POB 4276 Albuquerque, NM 87196-4276
505 262-1862

Thursday April 15, 2010 07:28

One of the more interesting signatures.

Pages 1 and 9 only sent certified return receipt for reason proposal is to be read and evaluated online.


Tuesday April 13, 2010 07:46

Craig O’Hare
Special Assistant for Renewable Energy

O'Hare made a comment at the PNM electric irp that electric rates would rise to $.10-.15/kWh ,
if memory serves correct.

PNM plot below confirms the $.10/kWh guess. Apparently an additional $.01/kWh is requested to fund PNM's energy efficiency program, reporter Michael Hartranft reported in the Friday April 9, 2010 Albuquerque Journal.

1. PRC OKs New Utility Charge For Loss From Energy Savings ...act would be on PNM customer bills. Estimating by a draft rule to recover for 2009 and 2010, PNM said the average customer would pay ... 04-09-10

PNM reduction in energy campaign is working so well that PNM apparently is to requesting an additional rate increase to compensate it for lack of revenue due to reduced usage, Hartranft also reported.

Water use reduction programs in Santa Fe and Seattle were so successful that both water providers had to increase charges so a not to go broke.

Monday April 11, 2010 10:00

Lines 2 and 3 are very interesting. advertised no new energy taxes in Channel 13 09:30 in Albuquerque.

These taxes may be used to fund some incompetent or fraudulent alt energy projects. We believe that we can verify by experimentation and extrapolation computations which solar electrical generation are reasonable and which are not.

We're down to final budgeting editing. And starting PR work too.

Saturday April 10, 2010 08:10

1,500 New Solar Jobs: Company Hopes To Eventually Employ 3,000 in N.M.
Posted on: Thu, 08 Apr 2010 10:46:36 EDT

"The message going out to America is that New Mexico is the clean energy state and we are going to be the Solar Valley, like Silicon Valley, for solar energy," Gov. Bill Richardson told the crowd.

He compared the opportunities in solar energy to the development of microprocessors in the early 1990s. Based on experience in silicon manufacturing processes, he said his company will manage every aspect of solar generating installation, from producing the wafers for solar cells to the financing of generating projects.

"We're sand-to-kilowatts," Sheppard said. "We're different because we manage the entire supply chain."

Eclipse Aviation declared bankruptcy.
Total company liabilities were estimated at over USD$1 billion.

Morgan Stanley apparently holds $24.1 million in bonds in bankrupt Eclipse Aviation we read in the Albuquerque Journal on Friday November 28, 2008.

Some in New Mexico opined that Eclipse was a fraud from the beginning.

Thursday April 22, 2010 10:06

Visibility is critical to our legal project.

Sent: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 3:48:35 PM GMT -07:00 US/Canada Mountain
Subject: mathis book

Hello Ms Beatty,
Thanks for you help to locate Mathis book.

Do you and Ms Kennedy plan for a first quarter of 2010 summer solstace performance?


page 23

Isn't this the message we've been trying to deliver?

Finished with Mathis book.

Mathis's book is a must read for anyone contemplating doing a pro se fights-like project.

But we leave Mathis with
Do not fear the enemy, for your enemy can only take your life. It is far better that you fear the media, for they will steal your HONOR. That awful power, the public opinion of a nation, is created in America by a horde of ignorant, self-complacent simpletons who failed at ditching and shoemaking and fetched up in journalism on their way to the poorhouse.

Mark Twain

Monday, April 19, 2010
Halt Rail Robber in Its Pricey Tracks
By Mark Mathis
Media Consultant and Film Producer

To refresh our collective memory, the Rail Runner is the brain(less) child of Gov. Bill Richardson. The governor was planning his run for the White House in 2008 and, therefore, was busy building his resume as a "green visionary."

Mark E. Mathis is a movie producer and media consultant. He is currently the president of Mathis Media, LLC, a media-consulting firm. Prior to this, Mathis founded and served as executive director of Citizens' Alliance for Responsible Energy.

The Kewa Pueblo Station (previously Santo Domingo Pueblo) is located near the ancient Cerrillos turquoise mines and its people have an entrenched history of making fine jewelry and heishi out of the colorful stones. The Kewa people historically are great traders of their crafts, very much like their Mesa Verde and Chaco Canyon ancestors.

Kewa Pueblo Station Wednesday April 21, 2010

We believe that Mount Chalchihuitl is the second pointed hill to the left of the first.

Close-up pictures of Chalchihuitl.

Most dangerous states: Crime rankings for 2010

Funding may be harder to get for solar generation of electricity projects? Especially in New Mexico?

We, of course, wish to identify meritorious solar electric projects.

Monday March 29, 2010 09:05

PNM issues RFP for 500-kilowatt PV system.

Request for Proposals for Utility-Owned Solar Photovoltaic Installation 500kW PV – Associated with PNM/DOE Battery Storage Project Issue.

Answers to questions about the 500kW PV System RFP (.pdf).

PNM key statement

In addition to Solar PV intermittency, production peaks about 2 hours before we really need it – output isn't aligned to system peak

Above statement also made by PNM personnel at electric irp.

When Green Turns Brown.

This is all about money.

Water tanks have been constructed in desert in anticipation of new constructions.

are about a mile or less north of Mariposa.

Friday, April 23, 2010
Someone Must Go First in Cap/Trade; Why Not N.M.?
By Steven S. Michel
Chief Counsel, Western Resource Advocates' Energy Program

With but a few exceptions, the scientific community believes there will be overwhelming, adverse impacts to both New Mexico and the world from unabated global warming — ranging from drought to famine, rising sea levels and extreme weather events.

Perhaps Michel is tryng to make money for altenergy? Specifically solar generation of electrictiy in New Mexico?

We know Michel from the pnm electric irp.

"We're happy with it, or with most parts of it," said Steve Michel of Western Resource Advocates, an environmental policy group. ...

Saturday April 3, 2010 13:49

500kW PV – Associated with PNM/DOE Battery Storage Project.

PV, we currently speculate, means Peak Voltage or Volts.

FOIA appears to apply.

We're using monocrystalline.

Extrapolation may work well for estimating electric power output of solar systems?

Reason project named Phoenix.

Do you think the PV panel manufacturers will be around for 25 years?

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