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Leonard Hyman & William Tilles

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Leonard Hyman & William Tilles

Leonard S. Hyman is an economist and financial analyst specializing in the energy sector. He headed utility equity research at a major brokerage house and has provided advice on industry organization, regulation, privatization, risk management  and finance to  investment bankers,  governments and private firms, including one effort to place nuclear fusion reactors on the moon. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and author, co-author or editor of six books including  America’s Electric Utilities: Past, Present and Future and  Energy Risk Management: A Primer for the Utility Industry. 

You can find Leonard Hyman's lastest book Electricity Acts on Amazon 


William I. Tilles is a senior industry advisor and speaker on energy and finance. After starting his career at a bond rating agency, he turned to equities and headed utility equity research at two major brokerage houses and then became a portfolio manager investing in long/short global utility equities. For a time he ran the largest long/short utilities equity book in the world. Before going into finance, Mr. Tilles taught political science .

Latest articles from Leonard Hyman & William Tilles

  • Oil Poised To Rebound, But What About The Long Term?

    Published 20 October 2020 | viewed 8,589 times

    Oil bulls predict demand for oil will snap back quickly as global economic conditions improve. The International Energy Agency (IEA), on the other hand, expects…

  • Will Clean Energy Policies Actually Create More Jobs?

    Published 30 September 2020 | viewed 1,824 times

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  • CFTC Report: Financial Markets Under Threat From Climate Change

    Published 14 September 2020 | viewed 1,277 times

    When an advisory panel chartered by the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), one of the Trump administration’s regulatory agencies, warns, unanimously, that climate change threatens…

  • Are U.S. Utilities About To Become Politicized?

    Published 22 August 2020 | viewed 2,744 times

    The is some big spending ahead for electric utilities. More than the politicians and policymakers expect. Electric utilities have to decarbonize and modernize. Even if…

  • The Secret To Successfully Closing Down Coal Plants

    Published 15 August 2020 | viewed 3,628 times

    Close down coal-fired power stations. Do not replace them with gas-fired electricity. That would reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the USA by 15 percent. That’s…

  • Biden Can’t Save U.S. Coal, But He Can Help The Miners

    Published 03 August 2020 | viewed 11,141 times

    Margaret Thatcher hated the UK’s coal miners and especially their union. A series of brutal strikes divided the nation during her regime. But when the…

  • British Regulator Threatens To Slash Profitability Of Utilities

    Published 18 July 2020 | viewed 10,100 times

    Ofgem, the UK’s energy regulator, characterized in the past as “feeble” and “toothless”, now has threatened in a recent proposal to halve the profitability of…

  • Why Power Companies Can’t Ditch Coal Just Yet

    Published 01 July 2020 | viewed 14,928 times

    We’ve always had difficulty understanding why US electric companies have not simply closed down old, smaller and least efficient coal-fired power plants quickly. From a…

  • How Viable Are Net Zero Strategies For Energy Companies?

    Published 25 June 2020 | viewed 24,121 times

    This sounds like the old motto of the 1859 Colorado gold rush, “Pike’s Peak or Bust!” But regardless of potential riches, “Net Zero by 2050”…

  • Why The $17.5 Billion Write-Down Is Just The Beginning For BP

    Published 17 June 2020 | viewed 44,834 times

    BP, the British oil company, announced this week it would reduce the value of its oil and gas assets by $17.5 billion. Even though this…

  • Is Shell’s Dividend Cut Permanent?

    Published 09 June 2020 | viewed 40,686 times

    Investors were more than annoyed when Royal Dutch Shell slashed its dividend by two thirds. Just last year, the giant oil company announced its plan…

  • Breaking Down Biden's Energy Policy

    Published 02 June 2020 | viewed 15,551 times

    The Trump administration’s energy policy, as we consider the two candidates for our nation’s highest office, has been very clear. It rests on three conceptual…

  • 3 Reasons Big Finance Is Bailing On Fossil Fuels

    Published 19 May 2020 | viewed 16,318 times

    When two of the biggest beneficiaries of fossil fuels abandon the cause is that an omen? Start with Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, the biggest in…

  • Why COVID-19 Won't Crush Renewables

    Published 16 May 2020 | viewed 16,047 times

    Some very wrong but intuitively appealing ideas about energy keep recurring. These are the ideological equivalents of vampires in old movies, waking hungry and rising…

  • How Feasible Is BP’s Zero-Emissions Goal?

    Published 09 May 2020 | viewed 16,521 times

    When Lord Browne ran BP (formerly British Petroleum) from 1995 to 2007, those initials also stood, aspirational, for “Beyond Petroleum”. The company made renewable energy…

  • Does Nuclear Power Have A Future?

    Published 02 May 2020 | viewed 36,891 times

    The discussion today about nuclear energy is nothing short of tribal, two warring camps shouting slogans at each other. This so-called debate reminds us of…

  • Is This The Most Innovative Power Company In The World?

    Published 26 April 2020 | viewed 25,007 times

    We came to the conclusion that the future is a separate line of business when perusing the graphically flashy 2019 annual report issued by Enel…

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    Published 25 April 2020 | viewed 29,250 times

    Presently, one-sixth of our electric bill goes to pay for fossil fuels to generate electricity. When fuel prices were higher the percentage was even bigger.…

  • Decarbonizing U.S. Electricity For $25 A Year

    Published 23 April 2020 | viewed 11,930 times

    In our fractious domestic politics, squabbles over infrastructure spending are as old the republic. But here we propose an infrastructure project of considerable scope that…

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    Published 13 April 2020 | viewed 38,314 times

    The decarbonization of electricity production around the world today may be seen as part of a technological shift. Everyone wants electricity or its immediate benefits…

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