Capstone Energy Services


2013 – A Look Ahead

October 22nd, 2012

OMAHA (Capstone Energy Services) – Recent strength in the natural gas market indicates that prices in 2013 will be significantly higher than in 2012. The average NYMEX settlement price for 2012 through October was $2.63 per MMbtu. Assuming current traded prices for November and December are representative, the average for 2012 will be very near […]

EU Proposes to Limit Use of Food Crop-based Biofuels in Policy U-turn

October 18th, 2012

BRUSSELS (Dow Jones) – The European Union’s executive body proposed Wednesday to limit the use of biofuels extracted from food crops, marking a U-turn in a policy that has until now encouraged their use as a way to make transport more climate-friendly. The proposal is perceived as a threat to billions of euros of investments […]

How a Little Indian Bean Impacts US Fracking

October 9th, 2012

( – A little bean called guar, which in Hindi means “cow food,” has the world’s largest oil and gas producers fretting over profit margins. The reason is simple. In gum form, guar is the thickening agent used to push fluids sideways in the hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” process. Currently the commodity is in high […]

NOAA: Weak El Nino Conditions Expected into Winter

October 5th, 2012

NEW YORK (Dow Jones)  – Weak El Nino weather conditions are expected to continue into winter in the Northern Hemisphere, with the possibility of strengthening in the next few months, a U.S. government forecast said Thursday. But the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center said forecast models are mixed and the chances of […]

California Refiners Ration Gasoline as Prices Near Record

October 5th, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO (Bloomberg) – Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) and Valero Energy Corp. (VLO) are rationing gasoline deliveries to customers in California as refinery halts cut into the state’s supplies, driving pump prices toward record highs. Valero stopped spot sales in southern California and is allocating the rest of its deliveries to customers. Exxon is also […]

Natural Gas: Strengthening Fundamentals lead to Speculative Run

October 4th, 2012

OMAHA (Capstone Energy Services) – During the last two weeks natural gas prices have risen relentlessly. The October NYMEX futures contract climbed $.261/MMbtu or 9.4% during its last trading week to expire at $3.023 on September 26th. The November contract began trading as prompt month on September 27th at $3.20/MMbtu and climbed another $.331or 10% […]

Geographic Price Differentials Reflect Vastly Changed Natural Gas Market

October 1st, 2012

OMAHA (Capstone Energy Services) – The natural gas market has changed dramatically during the last few years. New pipelines projects are moving supplies from constrained supply areas to compete with traditional supply sources. New shale gas exploration technology has created abundant new gas supply areas in many parts of the country, thereby changing the overall […]

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