Capstone Energy Services


End of April Market Review

April 29th, 2011

OMAHA (Capstone Energy Services) – While other energy commodity prices have been surging upward in 2011, natural gas prices have remained relatively stable, fluctuating from the high $3.00 per MMbtu range to the low and mid $4.00 per MMbtu range. The May natural gas futures contract expired this Wednesday at $4.377 per MMbtu, the highest […]

Are Oil Prices Reaching the Limit?

April 21st, 2011

OMAHA (Capstone Energy Services) – Crude oil prices have eased back slightly in the last week after the Saudis announced production cuts, declaring the market to be oversupplied in spite of continued supply disruptions in Libya. Downward moves in the value of the U.S. Dollar against other currencies reversed that trend early this week, but […]

US Gas Futures Rise As Weather Lifts Power-Demand Outlook

April 19th, 2011

NEW YORK (Dow Jones) – Natural gas futures rose Tuesday as an expected uptick in heating needs in the upper Midwest and increased power demand in the South lifted the demand outlook for the heating and power-plant fuel. Natural gas for May delivery recently traded 6.7 cents, or 1.6%, higher, at $4.205 a million British […]

US Gas Futures Edge Down On Milder Weather Forecasts

April 13th, 2011

(Dow Jones) – Natural gas futures edged downward Tuesday on milder spring weather forecasts, a day after bouncing off of the $4 price level. Natural gas for May delivery settled down 1 cent, or 0.2%, lower, at $4.098 a million British thermal units on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Forecasters adjusted their forecasts for next week […]

US Gas Futures Hit 3-Week Low On Mild Weather, Ample Supply

April 11th, 2011

NEW YORK (Dow Jones) – Natural gas futures continued their slide toward the $4 mark on Friday, falling to three- week lows as strong production is expected to overwhelm tepid spring demand. Natural gas for May delivery settled 1.6 cents, or 0.4%, lower, at $4.041 a million British thermal units on the New York Mercantile […]

US Gas Futures Hit 3-Week Low On Smaller-Than-Expected Storage Draw

April 8th, 2011

NEW YORK (Dow Jones) – Natural gas futures sank to fresh three-week lows Thursday after a report of a smaller-than-expected draw in U.S. inventories reinforced the view that the market remains well supplied at the beginning of injection season. Natural gas for May delivery settled 8.9 cents, or 2.2%, lower, at $4.057 a million British […]

The Economy and Energy

April 8th, 2011

OMAHA (Capstone Energy Services) – The employment report last week was optimistic as the unemployment rate dropped below 9%. The stock market has moved up the last 9 months with the Dow Jones Industrials rising 28% from 9,686 last July to a close this Tuesday at 12,382. While economic growth may not be at rates […]

US Gas Futures Fall On Moderating Weather Outlook

April 5th, 2011

NEW YORK (Dow Jones) – Natural gas futures ended lower for a second consecutive session Monday as forecasts for mild, spring-like weather cut demand expectations. Natural gas for May delivery settled 7.3 cents, or 1.7% lower, at $4.289 a million British thermal units on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Futures fell by 1% last week, […]

CES Report 3/31/2011: 2011 Natural Gas Prices – Another Look

April 1st, 2011

OMAHA (Capstone Energy Services) – The recent surge in natural gas futures prices has raised some concerns about 2011 natural prices in general. The April contract began the month of March near $3.87 per MMbtu and, after spending the first half of the month near or below $4.00, suddenly began climbing to peak at $4.40 […]

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