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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

  • Privatization Is The Only Hope For This Nuclear Project

    Published 02 September 2017 | viewed 7,547 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

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

    Published 26 August 2017 | viewed 10,923 times

    Two major electricity industry takeovers were announced within a few days of each other. Energy Capital Partners, a private equity firm, announced its planned acquisition…

  • U.S. Electricity Sales Projections Continue to Fall

    Published 12 August 2017 | viewed 9,074 times

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    Published 10 August 2017 | viewed 14,176 times

    Southern Company, one of the largest and most respected utilities in the U.S., must decide this month whether to follow the lead of neighboring South…

  • Nuclear’s Demise Continues: Another Huge Project Cancelled

    Published 02 August 2017 | viewed 16,517 times

    On July 31, SCANA Corp., a South Carolina utility and its construction partner, Santee Cooper, the state power authority, announced separately, their decisions to cancel…

  • Asia’s Warren Buffet Faces Off Against The Utility Industry

    Published 01 August 2017 | viewed 7,723 times

    One seldom sees a financial news headline so guaranteed not to attract attention. For instance, “Cheung Kong Infrastructure and Cheung Kong Properties buy Ista International…

  • Trump May Have Unintentionally Killed U.S. Nuclear

    Published 22 July 2017 | viewed 21,836 times

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    Published 12 July 2017 | viewed 12,074 times

    Nuclear power experts have proposed taking the disposal and storage of nuclear wastes out of the hands of the Federal government and placing it with…

  • Downplaying Energy: Will The Trend Continue?

    Published 22 June 2017 | viewed 7,688 times

    Since the trough in the Great Recession, the world economy has recovered smartly. But according to the latest calculations from energy giant, BP, global energy…

  • Is The U.S. Utility Industry Breaking Free From Its Death Spiral?

    Published 17 June 2017 | viewed 9,870 times

    The U.S. investor owned electric utility industry raked in the money in 2016. According numbers just re-leased by industry trade group the Edison Electric Institute…

  • The War On Coal Is Over

    Published 05 June 2017 | viewed 19,933 times

    The war on coal has ended. Not because the U.S. exempted itself from the Paris Climate Accord, nor because President Obama no longer sits in…

  • What Exiting The Paris Agreement Means For U.S. Utilities

    Published 03 June 2017 | viewed 10,756 times

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  • The Beginning Of The End For U.S. Utilities?

    Published 18 May 2017 | viewed 16,335 times

    Capital expenditure projections for the electricity industry in the U.S. were just released by the Edison Electric Institute (EEI). The data show a utility industry…

  • Solar Power To Threaten Conventional Power By 2020

    Published 11 May 2017 | viewed 52,787 times

    Researchers project that solar power will become cheaper than conventional, fossil fueled electric generating sources by 2020. (The researchers do not say that directly, but…

  • South Africa’s Huge Bet On Nuclear Energy

    Published 01 May 2017 | viewed 15,877 times

    South Africa, the continent’s second largest economy, with the most organized business and financial sector in the region, has had its share of electricity related…

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    Published 23 April 2017 | viewed 10,055 times

    During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump seemed to advocate industrial policy to bolster global competitiveness of American business. But the idea that the government should…

  • Finnish Tech Giant Betting Big On Solar

    Published 01 April 2017 | viewed 16,465 times

    Wärtsilä, the Finnish manufacturer of marine and small terrestrial engines, founded way back in 1834, recently announced its entry into the solar power and battery…

  • Westinghouse Bankruptcy Could Stall UK Nuclear Plans

    Published 31 March 2017 | viewed 8,283 times

    Late last week press reports indicated that Japan’s Toshiba Corp (6502.T) was preparing a bankruptcy filing for its Westinghouse nuclear design and construction subsidiary. Bankruptcy…

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

    Published 25 March 2017 | viewed 36,811 times

    International news services now report that Japan’s Toshiba Corporation (9502.T) is preparing to make a chapter 11 bankruptcy filing for its Westinghouse Electric subsidiary as…

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