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Washington State Cuts Coal Use but Soon May Be Leading Exporter

March 29th, 2011

SEATTLE (The Seattle Times) – The sandy black gold arrives by rail every day, and piles up in giant mounds on a spit just off shore. From there, it’s loaded onto ships bound for Asia. Last year, the seaport just across the U.S. border in Delta, B.C., shipped 27 million tons of North American coal […]

US Gas Futures Slide Late After Touching 7-Week Highs

March 29th, 2011

NEW YORK (Dow Jones) – A late-day wave of selling on Monday yanked natural-gas futures from two-month highs, the latest sign that the heating fuel’s spring rally faces stiff headwinds. Prices climbed as high as $4.48 a million British thermal units, the highest intraday price since early February, before dropping almost 3% within minutes of […]

US Gas Cool Weather Outlook Lifts Futures To 7-Week High

March 28th, 2011

NEW YORK (Dow Jones) – Natural gas futures rose to seven-week highs Friday, supported by expectations that the cold weather felt across much of the northern U.S. would lift demand for the heating fuel. Natural gas for April delivery settled up 15.9 cents, or 3.8%, at $4.403 a million British thermal units on the New […]

US Gas Futures Fall After Smaller-Than-Average Storage Draw

March 25th, 2011

NEW YORK (Dow Jones) – Natural gas futures fell Thursday for the first time in three sessions as traders viewed a smaller-than-average draw from inventories as an opportunity to cash in profits from the market’s recent rally. Natural gas for April delivery settled 9.1 cents, or 2.1%, lower at $4.244 a million British thermal units […]

Infrastructure Risk

March 23rd, 2011

OMAHA (Capstone Energy Services) – Energy markets continue to be rattled by the military action in Libya, political turmoil in other nearby countries and the ongoing nuclear crisis and human tragedy caused by the Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan. Crude oil is back above $105 per barrel, gasoline and fuel oil prices continue to rise […]

US Gas Futures Rise On Northeast Cold View, Momentum Buying

March 23rd, 2011

NEW YORK (Dow Jones) – Natural gas futures rose Tuesday, supported by forecasts for cold weather and increased demand for the heating fuel and lingering upward momentum as the market continues to touch multi-week highs. Natural gas for April delivery recently traded 3 cents, or 0.7% higher, at $4.191 a million British thermal units on […]

US Gas Futures Edge Higher On Late-March Cold View

March 21st, 2011

NEW YORK (Dow Jones) – Natural gas futures edged higher Monday as cooler weather forecasts for the end of March lifted the demand outlook for the heating fuel. Natural gas for April delivery recently traded 1.6 cents, or 0.4% higher, at $4.184 a million British thermal units on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Futures early […]

Assessing the Earthquake Risk at US Nuclear Plants

March 17th, 2011

(CNBC) – As Japan’s nuclear crisis continues to unfold, many are wondering whether the U.S.’s nuclear plants face a similar threat. After all, there are an average of six magnitude 6 or greater earthquakes, and 57 magnitude 5 or greater earthquakes each year in the U.S., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Alaska is the […]

Crude Oil Gains as Libya Violence Intensifies; UBS Raises Brent Forecast

March 17th, 2011

SINGAPORE (Bloomberg) – Oil rose for a second day in New York as fighting in Libya, Africa’s third-largest producer, renewed concern Middle East supplies may be threatened by escalating civil unrest. Futures advanced as much as 1.1 percent after the U.S. signaled it favored allowing foreign intervention against Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi’s forces. UBS AG […]

Energy Implications of the Tragedy in Japan

March 17th, 2011

OMAHA (Capstone Energy Services) – The disastrous 9.0 earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan will most certainly have both short and long term effects on energy markets throughout the world. A massive disaster, still unfolding, has injected a tremendous amount of uncertainty into world financial and commodity markets, creating increased price volatility and speculation. It […]

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