Capstone Energy Services


The Diminishing Hurricane Effect

August 31st, 2012

OMAHA (Capstone Energy Services) – One of the traditional unknowns and risk factors in energy markets has been the effect of Gulf of Mexico (GOM) hurricanes on energy production. As a result, energy market prices, most specifically natural gas prices, traditionally jump up when a Gulf hurricane is imminent and then come back down once […]

A Critical Look at Natural Gas Storage

August 27th, 2012

OMAHA (Capstone Energy Services) – Much of the natural gas supply concern this year has focused on the surplus reduction as indicated by the weekly declines in record storage inventories relative to last year and the five year average. As of August 17th, the inventory balance was 3,308 Bcf, still a record high, but only […]

EPA Defeats Challenge to Higher Ethanol Levels in Fuel

August 20th, 2012

WASHINGTON (Bloomberg) – A challenge to an Environmental Protection Agency rule allowing higher concentrations of corn- based ethanol in gasoline was thrown out by a U.S. Appeals Court ruling that the groups pressing the case had no right to sue. Grocery, auto and petroleum industry associations filed suit against the agency in November 2010, saying […]

Geopolitical Risk

August 17th, 2012

OMAHA (Capstone Energy Services) – The situation in the Middle East is becoming increasingly tenuous. The Syrian uprising is escalating, with signs the government there is losing control. Violence in both Iraq and Afghanistan is increasing. Most importantly, from an energy perspective, are indications that Israel is becoming impatient with the U.S. led embargo against […]

Energy Infrastructure Challenges

August 10th, 2012

OMAHA (Capstone Energy Services) – Dynamics in U.S. Energy markets are changing dramatically and quickly. The proliferation of oil and gas production from onshore shale formations are creating huge amounts of new crude oil and natural gas production in areas with inadequate infrastructure to deliver those supplies to market. At the same time, electricity generation […]

Market Review – Natural Gas

August 3rd, 2012

OMAHA (Capstone Energy Services) – Natural gas prices have continued to rise as hot summer weather persists over much of the U.S. The National Weather Service predicts that hotter than normal temperatures will continue through the month of August for nearly the entire country. The price for September natural gas is now 40% higher than […]

Heat Sends U.S. Nuclear Power Production to 9-Year Low

August 1st, 2012

NEW YORK (Bloomberg) – Nuclear-power production in the U.S. is at the lowest seasonal levels in nine years as drought and heat force reactors from Ohio to Vermont to slow output. Generation for the 104 plants in the U.S. fell 0.4 percent from yesterday to 94,171 megawatts, or 93 percent of capacity, the lowest level […]

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