Capstone Energy Services


Natural Gas Demand Momentum

May 2nd, 2014

OMAHA (Capstone Energy Services) – This week, the U.S. Supreme court ruled that the EPA could reinstate regulations limiting power plant emissions that cross state lines – the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. It is estimated that this EPA rule will affect as many as 1,000 power plants in the eastern U.S. requiring additional pollution control […]

Winter Fallout

April 11th, 2014

OMAHA (Capstone Energy Services) – As the winter heating season comes to a close, the aftermath of this much colder than normal winter is beginning to come into focus. Storage inventories ended the winter at 822 Bcf, the lowest level in more than ten years. In order to refill storage to a comfortable level of […]

Effects of this Winter’s Natural Gas Price Volatility

March 17th, 2014

OMAHA (Capstone Energy Services) – This winter will have lasting effects on the natural gas costs for the rest of this year. Daily spot price volatility, particularly in the eastern two-thirds of the country has been record setting and, at times, reverberated into all areas of the country, even regions not experiencing extreme cold weather […]

A Critical Look at Natural Gas Storage

March 3rd, 2014

OMAHA (Capstone Energy Services) – One of the driving forces in the chaotic natural gas market this winter has been the rapidly depleting storage caused by the relentless cold weather in the Midwest and the East. At the beginning of the withdrawal season in November, inventories exceeded 3,800 Bcf, 80 Bcf below the previous year, […]

Winter Natural Gas Price Volatility – Anomaly or Signal?

February 20th, 2014

OMAHA (Capstone Energy Services) – This has been a winter to remember and February 5 was a day to remember. In the midst of one of the coldest winters in the last 20 years, natural gas and pipeline capacity were suddenly in short supply almost everywhere. Residential and commercial heating demand climbed 17 Bcf/day or […]

Exelon May Shut Down Nuclear Plants in Profit Struggle

February 7th, 2014

CHICAGO (Chicago Tribune) Chicago-based Exelon Corp. said Thursday on a conference call following its quarterly earnings results that it will shut down nuclear plants to save money if it doesn’t see a path to steady profits this year. The company’s large fleet of nuclear plants have struggled to remain profitable as they attempt to compete […]

Propane shortage adds to winter woes

January 22nd, 2014

(NBC News) – As meteorologists on Monday added up to 10 inches of snow to their frigid forecasts for the Northeast and Midwest this week, the regions are struggling with a lack of the essential resources residents need to keep warm. While the cold won’t be quite as unbearable as the Polar Vortex system earlier […]

Natural Gas and Electricity – Reluctant Partners

January 22nd, 2014

OMAHA (Capstone Energy Services) – The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) plans for 2014 include addressing some of the problems that exist in the interrelationship of the natural gas and electric industries. Natural gas has become the fuel of choice for new electric generation capacity, as environmental considerations require utilities to abandon old coal plants […]

Natural Gas 2014 – A Look Forward

January 16th, 2014

OMAHA (Capstone Energy Services) – The average NYMEX Last Day Settlement price in 2013 was $3.652 per MMbtu up 31% from the 2012 low of $2.789 per MMbtu. The increase was caused, in part, by a surge of late winter cold weather that reduced April 1 storage inventories 800 Bcf below the previous year. Prices […]

Lessons from the Cold

January 16th, 2014

OMAHA (Capstone Energy Services) – The cold weather that has gripped the eastern two-thirds of the country this last week has been the coldest in the last 10-20 years. It was the second major cold spell of this winter season pulling down storage inventories and creating massive price volatility in markets threatened with limited supplies. […]

Glossary Terms

Glossary Terms

Nominated Volume

The physical quantity of gas requested, typically in MMBtu/day, for a specific contract or for all contracts at a specific point.

Marketing Affiliate

A marketing company that has corporate ties to an interstate pipeline, an intrastate pipeline, or a local distribution company.

Energy Only Providers

Power marketers or other electricity vendors who provide and bill for only the energy component of the electricity consumed by the end-use customer.


A unit of heating value equivalent to 100,000 British thermal units (Btu).

Real Power

The component of electric power that performs work, typically measured in kilowatts (kW) or megawatts (MW)--sometimes referred to as Active Power.

Injection (Storage)

The process of delivering natural gas into a storage field for future delivery and use.

Price Ceiling

Statutory maximum lawful prices for various categories of natural gas, including gas destined for both the intrastate and interstate markets.

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Energy Delivery Chains

Energy Delivery Chains

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Energy & the Environment

Energy & the Environment

How we assist clients in responding to national environmental concerns.

  • Initiate and manage a "Green" energy procurement program
  • Evaluate national legislative and regulatory initiatives
  • Research state and local energy efficiency programs and incentives
  • Track energy use and related emissions estimate