Capstone Energy Services


A Look Behind the Falling Crude Oil Prices

November 8th, 2013

OMAHA (Capstone Energy Services) – In the last two months the NYMEX crude oil contract has dropped more than 15% from $110 per barrel to $94 per barrel. At the same time the Brent Crude Oil contract declined by only 10%, widening the price differential between the two commodities to as much as $10 per […]

Natural Gas Storage Evaluation

October 25th, 2013

OMAHA (Capstone Energy Services) – The Energy Information Administration issued two Natural Gas Storage Reports this week, because of the Government shut-down last week. Both reports showed increases that exceeded analyst expectations and once again exceeded both last year and the five year average. At the end of this last winter heating season, inventories were […]

Another View on the Long Term Natural Gas Market

October 4th, 2013

OMAHA (Capstone Energy Services) – A recent Capstone commentary discussed the potential risks inherent in the natural gas market transformation that will be occurring over the next five years and beyond. Last week, Bentek, an energy market analytics company owned by Platts, presented a comprehensive forecast for the same time period. The conclusion of the […]

Declining Electric Generation Diversity

September 20th, 2013

OMAHA (Capstone Energy Services) – This week, the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to release proposed new rules that will require any newly constructed power plants that use coal as a fuel source to capture and dispose of all of the carbon created in the electric generation process. This is the latest of many EPA […]

Decades of Ruptures From Defect Show Perils of Old Pipe

September 3rd, 2013

(Bloomberg) – Cristobal Sustaita didn’t know about the pipeline running underground near his West Texas home until it erupted into a fireball in 1976, burning to death five people including his wife and 20-month old son. The explosion was one of the first to focus attention on a lethal welding flaw in U.S. pipelines built […]

The Growing Reliance on Natural Gas for Electric Generation

September 3rd, 2013

OMAHA (Capstone Energy Services) – The Entergy Corporation decision this week to close the embattled Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant by the end of 2014 added another significant variable to the already complex New England electricity reliability and cost containment matrix. The most logical replacement for at least part of the lost generation capability will […]

Natural Gas Supply and Demand – Longer Term

August 23rd, 2013

OMAHA (Capstone Energy Services) – A report issued this week indicated that oil and gas producers and foreign interests have begun to reduce and write down the value of acreage positions in U.S. shale production regions. This is an important development as it indicates that the land rush in these areas is beginning to decline. […]

US Becoming ‘Refiner to the World’ As Diesel Demand Grows

August 7th, 2013

( – U.S. refineries are expanding their diesel-production capacity, not so much for truckers in the U.S., but for drivers in places like Mexico City and Santiago, Chile. Already running at their highest levels in six years, U.S. refineries are finding strong demand for diesel fuel, used widely in cars outside of the United States, […]

The Risks in Complacency

August 7th, 2013

OMAHA (Capstone Energy Services) – Natural gas prices declined significantly during the last three months, closing this Monday at $3.319, off $1.08 or nearly 25% from this high of $4.40 this spring and off nearly $.50 or 13% since July peak of $3.812. The National Weather Service predicts normal to cooler than normal weather to […]

Mid-Summer Review of Natural Gas Storage Inventories

July 25th, 2013

OMAHA (Capstone Energy Services) – Storage inventory injections reported by the Energy Information Administration last week were 58 Bcf, well short of the 65 Bcf expected by analysts. As a result prices surged up $.183 on Thursday to $3.812. Cooler weather forecasts since then have eliminated much of that gain. As of July 12th, the […]

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

Find out more about how your energy is produced and delivered to your business.

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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