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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 .

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    Published 31 March 2017 | viewed 8,381 times

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  • What A Westinghouse Bankruptcy Could Mean For U.S. Utilities

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  • State Owned Enterprises Take More Energy Business

    Published 18 March 2017 | viewed 7,553 times

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  • Electricity Consumption Continues To Fall

    Published 06 March 2017 | viewed 26,967 times

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  • The Tortoise Wins The Race: Utility Stocks Come In Ahead Of The Pack

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  • Toshiba Loses Billions On U.S. Nuclear Write-Offs

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  • The Three Faces Of Climate Change

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    Published 15 November 2016 | viewed 16,009 times

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  • Handling Renewable Growth: What Should Utilities Do?

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  • Big Oil Cannot Afford To Ignore Climate Change

    Published 29 October 2016 | viewed 13,287 times

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    Published 13 October 2016 | viewed 18,110 times

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    National Grid and SSE, two of the UK’s largest utilities, have announced that they are planning to sell all or part of their gas distribution…

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