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The 100-Watt Bulb at Death’s Door

December 29th, 2011

TAMPA (Tampa Tribune) – The 100-watt light bulb, among the brightest of lights and a mainstay of floor lamps and floodlights around the world, has entered its final days of life. Though some last-second maneuvering in Washington, D.C., could give the bulb a few more months, new energy efficiency rules have forced the product to […]

US Gas January Futures Slide To Ignominious End

December 29th, 2011

NEW YORK (Dow Jones) – Natural gas futures slid Wednesday to their lowest settlement price this year in January’s final day on the board, a fitting coda to a contract that lost 13.2% of its value during its time as the front month. Natural gas for January delivery settled down 2.8 cents, or 0.9%, at […]

EPA Rules Create Electric Reliability and Natural Gas Delivery Concerns

December 29th, 2011

OMAHA (Capstone Energy Services) – On December 15th, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule on Mercury and Air Toxic Standards for Electric Power Plants (MATS). This rule is one of four that have generated long term supply and price concerns within the energy industry. Already, numerous electric utilities have indicated plans to […]

US Gas Futures Settle +1.4c At $3.169, But High Storage Looms

December 23rd, 2011

NEW YORK (Dow Jones) – Natural-gas futures settled modestly higher Thursday, but warm weather, record-high output and swollen inventories are keeping prices near 27-month lows. Deeply-rooted above-normal temperatures in the northern and eastern U.S. have cut into household gas usage, meaning companies have to pull less gas from storage than they normally do at this […]

EPA Finalizes Tough New Rules on Emissions by Power Plants

December 19th, 2011

(Washington Post) – The Obama administration finished crafting tough new rules Friday curbing mercury and other poisons emitted by coal-fired utilities, according to several people briefed on the decision, culminating more than two decades of work to clean up the nation’s dirtiest power plants. As part of last-minute negotiations between the White House and the […]

Risks and Controversy over Natural Gas “Fracking”

December 13th, 2011

OMAHA (Capstone Energy Services) – On December 8th, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a draft report on groundwater contamination in water wells located in Pavillion, Wyoming. In this report the EPA concluded that chemical contamination and methane indentified in EPA monitoring wells was consistent with chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” utilized in […]

US Gas Futures Gain On Drop In US Stockpiles

December 9th, 2011

NEW YORK (Dow Jones) – Natural gas futures rose Thursday after government data showed a larger-than-expected drop in U.S. gas stockpiles, suggesting an increase in gas-fired heating demand. The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported that 20 billion cubic feet of natural gas were drawn out of storage in the week ended Dec. 2, topping the […]

Natural Gas Storage – Seasonal Evaluation

December 6th, 2011

OMAHA (Capstone Energy Services) – Although the “official” natural gas storage injection season ended November 1st with inventories just below last year’s record levels, warm weather has allowed inventories to continue rising during the month of November. The EIA Storage Report issued this week showed a balance as of November 25th at 3,852 Bcf, 43 […]

US Gas Futures Gain On Surprise Drop In US Gas Stockpiles

December 2nd, 2011

NEW YORK (Dow Jones) – Natural gas futures gained 2.8% Thursday, surging to a three-week high after a weekly government report showed U.S. gas stockpiles fell last week. Data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration showed U.S. inventories fell by 1 billion cubic feet in the week ended Nov. 25, surprising analysts who had called […]

Nuclear is Getting Past Fukushima

December 2nd, 2011

(EnergyBiz) – If ever an industry was plagued with unfulfilled expectations, it’s the nuclear energy industry. Even before Three Mile Island in March 1979, the number of planned nuclear plants was shrinking, largely because of the intense capital requirements. After the event, the industry simply fizzled. The River Bend plant in Louisiana, now operated by […]

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