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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

  • The World’s Most Expensive Power Project

    Published 09 April 2018 | viewed 20,606 times

    We thought that the price for non-carbon electricity had peaked when the U.K. government agreed to require UK electricity customers pay £92.50 ($130.43) per MWH…

  • U.S. Electricity Sales Fall Again

    Published 22 March 2018 | viewed 9,795 times

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  • Outages: Utilities Repeat Mistakes

    Published 12 March 2018 | viewed 4,486 times

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  • Is Centrica’s Business Model Sustainable?

    Published 27 February 2018 | viewed 6,127 times

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  • Subsidies For Coal, Nuclear In The Latest Federal Budget

    Published 22 February 2018 | viewed 9,163 times

    The two year spending bill just passed by Congress and signed by the President attempts to make good on the administration's promised tilt towards coal…

  • South Carolina Authorities Fire Utility Commission

    Published 20 February 2018 | viewed 3,551 times

    This week, the South Carolina state House of Representatives, in a virtually unanimous vote, voted to fire all seven members of the state’s public utility…

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    Published 15 February 2018 | viewed 7,606 times

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  • Grid Batteries Will Hurt Wholesale Power Generators

    Published 12 February 2018 | viewed 9,003 times

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    Published 07 February 2018 | viewed 13,592 times

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  • Three Quarters Of British People Want To Re-Nationalize Utilities

    Published 27 January 2018 | viewed 8,918 times

    According to a poll taken late last year, 77 percent of respondents in the UK wanted to re-nationalize all of Britain’s energy utilities. In addition,…

  • The UK May Renationalize Utilities

    Published 20 January 2018 | viewed 7,864 times

    Back in the heady days of Thatcherism, the British government sold just about all its commercial assets: the banks, steel company, airline, ports, and utilities.…

  • A Rare High-Profile Utility Takeover

    Published 10 January 2018 | viewed 5,461 times

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  • Can The U.S. Compete In The Electric Car War?

    Published 03 January 2018 | viewed 14,069 times

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  • Should The State Take Over Pacific Gas & Electric?

    Published 24 December 2017 | viewed 15,770 times

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  • Regulators Rescue Troubled Vogtle Nuclear Plant

    Published 23 December 2017 | viewed 6,262 times

    There’s a scene in that classic black and white boxing movie, Requiem for a Heavyweight. A hulking, groggy Anthony Quinn tries to stay on his…

  • South Carolina Governor Looks To Sell State Utility

    Published 21 December 2017 | viewed 4,809 times

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    Published 18 December 2017 | viewed 16,756 times

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    Published 13 December 2017 | viewed 4,474 times

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    Published 29 November 2017 | viewed 18,949 times

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    Published 27 November 2017 | viewed 8,889 times

    Electric utility regulation is back… Bond rating agency Moody's just released a study reviewing regulation worldwide. The report begins with “Prudent regulation key to mitigating…

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