MONTREAL – Hydro-Quebec has reported first-quarter net income of $1.6 billion, compared with $1.8 billion a year earlier.
“These are excellent results,” chief financial officer Lise Croteau said Friday.
Croteau noted that winter temperatures last year were exceptionally cold.
In Quebec, milder-than-normal temperatures in this year’s first quarter led to a reduction in electricity sales compared to 2015 and to a $223-million decrease in supplies provided by Hydro-Quebec Production to Hydro-Quebec Distribution.
In markets outside Quebec, net electricity exports accounted for $571 million, comparable to the 2015 figure.
The utility also invested $618 million in property, plant and equipment and intangible assets in the first three months of 2016, compared with $612 million a year earlier.