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Skipping Stone Announces Alliance with GSL Consulting in China – 5/3/2017
Skipping Stone announced an alliance agreement with GSL Consulting, a Chinese marketing and research firm in China. The first two initiatives between the companies are already underway.
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Playing the “What-if?” Game for Predicting the Utility Future – 4/25/2017
Read CEO Peter Weigand’s latest article in Electric Light & Power magazine. Electric utilities have been experiencing disruption to their business models for several years now.  Perhaps the disruption is not as stark as Uber to the taxi market or Amazon to box retail, nevertheless the disruption is real as are impacts on rates and profitability.
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Skipping Stone Awarded Best International Energy Consultancy 2016 – 3/16/2017
Skipping Stone announced today that Global Energy News Magazine awarded Skipping Stone with a 2016 Clean Energy Award as the Best International Consultancy for 2016. “As the world gets to grips with the realities of global warming and consumers become more conscious about helping the planet, clean energy has been thrust into the limelight,” said Tom Jones, Global Energy News Awards Executive. Read the release

Skipping Stone Celebrates 20 Years of Innovation at Smart Energy Week Tokyo – 3/1/2017
Skipping Stone announced today that they are exhibiting in Booth W7-23 at the 3rd Energy Smart Energy Week Event in the Market Liberalization Expo in Tokyo held at the Tokyo Big Sight from March 1-3, 2017. For more information, visit in Japanese or in English. Read the release

Capacity Center Releases 2016 Top 20 Pipeline Capacity Traders Report – 2/16/17
Skipping Stone announced that their affiliate Capacity Center has released its 9th annual Top 20 Capacity Traders Report. In addition to the Top 20 Traders, this report lists Top 10 Pipelines traded on, together with an analysis that reveals trends in the natural gas trading market, including the numbers, duration and quantities of deals entered into during 2016. Read the release

Skipping Stone Celebrates Twentieth Anniversary and 20 Years of Innovation – 1/31/2017
Skipping Stone announced that they are celebrating “20 Years of Innovation” in their booth #3820 during the energy industry’s leading annual Transmission and Distribution (T&D) event in the world, the DistribuTECH Conference and Exhibition, January 31-February 2, 2017. Read the release

Skipping Stone Releases White Paper: Avoiding the Technology Trap
A Guide for Energy Companies Experiencing Systems Issues – 1/18/17

Skipping Stone announced today the release of a free whitepaper: Avoiding the Technology Trap. The paper examines the common technology traps companies fall into and offers practical strategies for avoiding these traps, as well as strategies and tactics on how to address the trap if a company is in one. Read the release

Rebecca Kelly Named Skipping Stone Director of Marketing – 12/14/16
Skipping Stone announced today that Rebecca Kelly, formerly with Advanced Control Systems, is their new Director of Marketing. Rebecca has over 20 years of energy industry expertise, combined with a marketing leadership career in global Fortune 100 companies and advertising/public-relations agencies.  Rebecca will lead the global marketing efforts for Skipping Stone and drive communications and marketing strategies to the company’s diverse industry clients across the spectrum of the energy marketplace. Read the press release

John Brown Joins Skipping Stone as Partner – 11/29/16
Skipping Stone announced today that John P.W. Brown, VI has joined the firm as a Partner and member of the Skipping Stone Board of Directors. John has over 25 years’ experience in the energy industry and will lead Skipping Stone’s Technology Services Practice. This practice includes leading Skipping Stone’s engagements with wholesale and retail marketers, utilities, generators, and energy technology providers. Read the press release

John Landry Joins Skipping Stone as a Principal – 11/1/16
Skipping Stone announced today that John Landry has joined the firm as a Principal working in retail energy and market strategy, technology development, and operations. With more than 25 years of executive and consulting experience in both the electric and natural gas industries, Mr. Landry has worked across many facets of utility and energy including rates/pricing, sales/marketing, business development, retail markets, wholesale markets, forecasting, operations, billing, and customer service. Read the press release

Skipping Stone Partner Leads Consumer and Market Analysis Panel for Energy Industry-Academia Workshop at Georgia Tech – 9/7/16
Ross Malme has helped plan a South Big Data Hub workshop hosted by the Georgia Institute of Technology. At the Applications of Analytics and Machine Learning in Energy Industry-Academia Workshop, Mr. Malme also led a consumer and market analysis panel exploring the analytics of metering data. Read the press release

Skipping Stone and Experient to Conduct Latin American and Caribbean RTM on Energy Efficiency and Power Generation for Water and Wastewater Utilities – 3/8/2016

Skipping Stone, in conjunction with their strategic partner, Experient, a Maritz Travel Company, announced today the award of a contract through the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to conduct a one week reverse trade mission (RTM) on energy efficiency and power generation for the water and wastewater (W&WW) sectors for several Caribbean and Latin American countries. Read the press release

Skipping Stone and Experient Awarded Jordan Reverse Trade Mission Contract – 2/8/2016

Skipping Stone, in conjunction with their strategic partner, Experient, a Maritz Travel Company, announced today the award of a contract through the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to conduct a one-week reverse trade mission (RTM) for grid scale energy storage for a delegation from Jordan. Read the press release

Skipping Stone, other U.S. Firms assisting Japan in electric market reforms – 2/3/2016

Japan’s move to open its electric energy sector to new entrants presents a ripe business opportunity for U.S. consultancies and other firms and organizations wanting to help it make the transition. Once it’s complete, Japan’s will be the largest retail electricity market open to competition in the world. Read the Article

Skipping Stone and Experient to Conduct Brazil Electricity Reverse Trade Missions – 2/2/2016

Skipping Stone, in conjunction with their strategic partner, Experient, a Maritz Travel Company, announced today the award of a contract through the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to conduct two one-week reverse trade missions (RTMs) for electricity distribution and transmission for delegations from Brazil. Read the Release

New Whitepaper: Solving New England’s Winter Gas Problem – 9/8/2015

Skipping Stone and the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released today a whitepaper addressing New England’s winter natural gas problem. The paper thoroughly examines peak consumption periods and potential shortages New England will soon be facing to meet its heating and power generation needs. Economics of the “build more pipeline” solution is weighed against the faster and more economical solution utilizing the existing LNG infrastructure. A complete series of facts, figures and analysis is included. Read the Press Release

Experient and Skipping Stone Announce Successful Brazilian Trade Mission to United States – 6/23/2015

Skipping Stone and Experient, a Global Meeting Planning and Event Management Company, jointly announced today the successful completion of a Reverse Trade Mission in conjunction with the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) for a Brazilian delegation consisting of telecom executives from power utilities and regulators. Read the press release

Skipping Stone Partner Appointed to Department of Commerce Committee – 11/11/2014

Skipping Stone announced today the appointment of Partner Ross Malme to the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee to the US Secretary of Commerce as a representative from Skipping Stone and of smart grid consulting companies in the U.S. renewable energy and energy efficiency sector. Read the press release

Weigand to Host CleanTech OC Symposium – 5/15/2014

Skipping Stone founder and CEO, Peter Weigand, will host CleanTech OC’s one day symposium, Driving Smart Grid Customer Participation in Orange County, to explore the current push to drive customers of all types to adopt and utilize smart grid related solutions. Read the press release

Skipping Stone Opens Tokyo Office – 5/7/2014

Skipping Stone announced today the opening of their Tokyo, Japan office and the addition of Sumitaka Matsumoto, who will head Japanese market development activities for Skipping Stone.
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Peak Load Management Alliance Releases Spring Demand Response Market Research Report – 4/15/2014

PLMA today released its Spring Demand Response Market Research Report sponsored by the Demand Response Directory and conducted by Skipping Stone measuring responses from the DR community. Read the press release

Skipping Stone Partner Elected to NAESB Committee – 4/09/2014

Skipping Stone announced today that the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) has confirmed the election of Ross Malme to the Executive Committee for the Retail Energy Quadrant, Retail Gas Market Interests Segment. Read the press release

Ross Malme to Chair Regional Issues Panel for PLMA Spring Conference in Denver – 3/28/2014

Topics to be discussed range from a report on the mature Demand Response markets in the Northeast to pilot programs in the Northwest, with an update on the policy and program landscape in California. Read the press release

Skipping Stone Delivers Demand Response Training for the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) Southern California – February 28, 2014

Skipping Stone announces that it delivered Introduction to Demand Response Training for AEE’s Southern California chapter. Read the press release

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2016 Natural Gas Pipeline Capacity
Top 20 Trading Company Rankings

The ninth annual Top 20 Capacity Trader rankings utilizes Capacity Center’s database of all the transportation capacity release deals done on every interstate pipeline during the period January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016.

For 2016, Tenaska was once again the top capacity Trader with 4.786 Bcfd of annualized capacity acquired. BP came in second with 4.529 Bcfd. Rounding out the top 5 were, Direct Energy third with 3.611 Bcfd, Sequent fourth with 3.241 Bcfd, and Constellation fifth with 2.995 Bcfd.

The top ten traded pipelines saw over 30 Bcfd of annualized capacity traded in 2016 (67% of the total). These top ten also accounted for more than 33,000 separate trades, or 70% of the total number of trades. Click here to read the full report and download your copy.


Capacity Center operates the only 24/7/365 natural gas interstate pipeline data center covering all the US pipelines. Its automated services monitor capacity release offers, system notices and deal award information, and streams available transactions and their details as they occur to its customers via email for trading, risk and regulatory compliance, as well as deal origination and valuation purposes.