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Leonard Hyman & William Tilles

Contributor since: 08 Dec 2015

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

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

    Published 03 August 2020 | viewed 10,781 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 9,945 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 14,843 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 23,990 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 44,371 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 39,299 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 14,530 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 16,222 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 15,940 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 16,443 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 36,303 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 24,906 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…

  • The Future Of Fuels In Power Generation

    Published 25 April 2020 | viewed 29,204 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 11,802 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…

  • This Trend Will Reshape Power Generation In The Coming Decades

    Published 13 April 2020 | viewed 38,204 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…

  • Lockdown Strikes Utilities As Electricity Demand Plunges

    Published 01 April 2020 | viewed 9,214 times

    Electric utilities around the world, like other industries, are not immune to the unpleasant financial effects stemming from the covid19 pandemic. While electricity customers “shelter…

  • The Single Biggest Threat And Opportunity For U.S. Utilities

    Published 23 March 2020 | viewed 9,433 times

    This is the question that a venerable  publication catering to utilities and regulators, Public Utilities Fortnightly, asked: “When will climate change represent a tangible threat…

  • The Inevitable Capex Boom In US Energy

    Published 14 March 2020 | viewed 18,475 times

    Electric utility capital expenditures (CAPEX) in the US have been rising steadily. But they are not remotely large enough to meet future industry requirements to…

  • The Main Challenges For Electric Cars This Decade

    Published 07 March 2020 | viewed 18,433 times

    Volkswagen (VW), the world’s largest carmaker recently announced plans to spend 35 billion euros to dramatically expand electric vehicle production. VW is targeting production of…

  • Has U.S. Electricity Lost Its Spark?

    Published 04 March 2020 | viewed 12,070 times

    Well, it happened once again. Sales of electricity in the US declined in 2019 by a significant 2.8%, despite solid domestic economic growth with real…

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