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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

  • Should The State Take Over Pacific Gas & Electric?

    Published 24 December 2017 | viewed 19,315 times

    First by poison (Aliso Canyon), then by gas explosion (San Bruno), and now by fires (Northern California). This is no joke. There’s an almost biblical…

  • Regulators Rescue Troubled Vogtle Nuclear Plant

    Published 23 December 2017 | viewed 7,368 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 5,634 times

    In one particularly harrowing scene in the movie the Shawshank Redemption, Tim Robbins asks the brutish prison guard whether he trusts his wife. A question…

  • Nuclear Power's Resurgence In The Middle East

    Published 18 December 2017 | viewed 19,821 times

    In his recent trip to Saudi Arabia, we have no doubt that US Energy Secretary Perry discussed that nations’ plans to embark on a 16…

  • Regulated Utilities Could See Big Changes

    Published 13 December 2017 | viewed 6,087 times

    What level of profit does a company need to attract financial capital? Intuitively, business people grasp the idea of tangible expenses such as salaries, rent,…

  • Is This The End Of Nuclear Power In The UK?

    Published 29 November 2017 | viewed 23,804 times

    The UK’s ambitious program to build more nuclear generating stations will begin with the massive Hinkley Point units. Yet, in a recent paper, Prof. Steve…

  • The Problem With U.S. Public Utility Regulation

    Published 27 November 2017 | viewed 11,467 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…

  • Energy Majors Hit Hard By Climate Regulations

    Published 20 November 2017 | viewed 9,281 times

    They say that bad news come in threes. The headlines one day this past week certainly gave credence to that notion—at least for the fossil…

  • GE Looks To Divest Energy Assets As Turmoil Continues

    Published 13 November 2017 | viewed 11,372 times

    General Electric Corp., as part of a turnaround plan announced November 13, halved its common stock dividend, from $.24 to $.12. per quarter, a fifty…

  • Why Are The British Paying So Much For Energy?

    Published 02 November 2017 | viewed 14,252 times

    Early this year, British politicians upset by the UK's high electricity prices, commissioned a study, the Cost of Electricity Review. There is an irony here.…

  • Cars Are The Future Of Energy Storage

    Published 23 October 2017 | viewed 18,533 times

    A number of years ago, one of the smartest entrepreneurs in the electric industry (as evidenced by the timing of his sale of generating assets…

  • Kobe Steel Scandal Could Rattle Nuclear Industry

    Published 14 October 2017 | viewed 12,678 times

    Japan’s Kobe Steel has joined a rather unfortunate "club". That club's membership includes those Japanese companies recently racked by scandal and mismanagement. Kobe's management admitted…

  • Corbyn Seeks To Renationalize Britain’s Utilities

    Published 07 October 2017 | viewed 6,906 times

    The socialist leader of Britain’s Labor Party, Jeremy Corbyn, wants to renationalize the nation's electric, gas and water utilities—the same utilities Prime Minister Thatcher sold…

  • U.S. Department Of Energy Looks To Subsidize Coal Plants

    Published 04 October 2017 | viewed 79,312 times

    In a Canute-like move, On September 29, the US Department of Energy sent a proposal to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that would, if…

  • The EV Boom Is Dead Without Proper Support

    Published 21 September 2017 | viewed 21,627 times

    Frankfurt’s car show, one of the most important in the world, this September spotlighted electric vehicles (EVs). France and the United Kingdom have already decreed…

  • Brazil Aims To Privatize State-Owned Utility Company

    Published 03 September 2017 | viewed 7,607 times

    Imagine the setting. A conference room full of senior politicians. "The tapes are bad", one says. “A lot of stuff about bribes”. Another adds, "Yeah,…

  • Privatization Is The Only Hope For This Nuclear Project

    Published 02 September 2017 | viewed 7,535 times

    Lonnie Carter, President and CEO of Santee Cooper, the state owned electric utility in South Carolina resigned last week. In his position, he was the…

  • Power Companies Snubbed By Trump’s Tax Proposal

    Published 30 August 2017 | viewed 5,274 times

    We have often thought that tax policy should be written by the U.S., Department of Agriculture. Who better to deal with all the sacred cows…

  • Two U.S. Utility Giants Just Got Even Larger

    Published 26 August 2017 | viewed 10,905 times

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    Published 12 August 2017 | viewed 9,063 times

    Electricity producers and distributors are in an unusual business. The product they provide is available to all customers instantaneously, literally at the flip of a…

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