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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

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    Published 23 March 2019 | viewed 7,302 times

    The most recent opinion poll on climate change attitudes shows that the public may be more aware of climate issues than many think. Support for…

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    Published 11 February 2019 | viewed 7,624 times

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    Published 29 January 2019 | viewed 7,024 times

    Pacific Gas & Electric, one of America’s largest utilities, finally filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy on January 29, after weeks of waiting. The company already…

  • Hitachi Halts Nuclear Megaproject In The UK

    Published 21 January 2019 | viewed 8,061 times

    Japanese technology giant Hitachi on Thursday Jan 17 announced it was suspending all further work at its Wylfa Newydd nuclear project in Anglesey, north Wales.…

  • Chevron And Occidental Join Bill Gates Backed Tech Company

    Published 14 January 2019 | viewed 12,591 times

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  • Investors Are Turning Their Back On Coal

    Published 24 December 2018 | viewed 32,115 times

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    Published 19 December 2018 | viewed 26,059 times

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    Published 19 November 2018 | viewed 23,702 times

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  • GE's Fight For Survival

    Published 08 November 2018 | viewed 18,800 times

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    Published 22 September 2018 | viewed 54,121 times

    Solar and wind farms, stretched across North Africa's Saharan desert and relying solely on existing technologies, could produce enough electricity to power the entire world.…

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    Published 19 September 2018 | viewed 6,695 times

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    Published 15 September 2018 | viewed 9,566 times

    Sales of electricity in the U.S. have barely increased despite nine straight years of economic growth. It almost looks as if the conservation ethos for…

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    Published 11 August 2018 | viewed 13,830 times

    Southern Company's Georgia Power subsidiary announced yet another increase in the estimated cost to complete the Vogtle 3 and 4 nuclear units. At this moment…

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    Published 19 July 2018 | viewed 5,597 times

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    Published 25 June 2018 | viewed 9,857 times

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    Published 23 May 2018 | viewed 38,362 times

    On May 21, Southern Company, the utility holding company based in Atlanta, with core electric utility franchise areas in Georgia and Alabama, announced a multi-billion…

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    Published 12 May 2018 | viewed 11,316 times

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    Published 25 April 2018 | viewed 14,843 times

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    Published 09 April 2018 | viewed 19,567 times

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    Published 22 March 2018 | viewed 9,671 times

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