Hydro Quebec recorded a record profit of $2.9 billion in fiscal 2013, due to a combination of increased revenues from outside of Quebec and reduced costs, the Crown Corporation announced Friday.
The energy giant announced revenues of $12.9 billion, an increase of $745 million from one year prior.
Hydro Quebec attained those results thanks partially to an increase of $254 million in exports and a reduction of $122 million in electricity purchases from Rio Tinto Alcan.
The $2.94 billion in profits was a sharp increase from the $860 million of fiscal 2012.
The difference is largely explained by the shelving of the Gentilly-2 nuclear reactor a year earlier, a project that resulted in a charge of $1.87 billion.
The Quebec government will receive a $2.2 billion dividend from the latest results, up from $645 million one year earlier.
Hydro Quebec CEO Thierry Vandal said that the installation of new electricity meters and the departure of 1,340 workers contributed $42 million in improved efficiency. Hydro Quebec now has 19,692 employees.