Sales flat, net income down at TVA during first quarter

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The Tennessee Valley Authority reported electricity sales were relatively flat in the first quarter of fiscal year 2013, total revenues were consistent with the prior year and net income was down.

Higher off-system sales as a result of excess generation and closer to normal temperatures for the period, compared with even warmer weather a year ago, contributed to a slight 0.2 percent increase in total electricity sales, TVA said in its quarterly filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for the three months ended Dec. 31, 2012.

Sales to TVA’s municipal and cooperative power distributors were up primarily due to the weather. Offsetting these increases were lower sales to directly served industrial customers.

Operating revenues were $11 million higher compared with last year. The increase was primarily due to an $82 million increase in fuel cost recovery and a $14 million increase in other revenue sources, partially offset by an $85 million decrease in base revenue. TVA is transitioning to time-of-use rate structures with its customers, which may result in reduced overall effective base rates in certain periods and higher rates in others.

Total operating expenses were 4 percent higher than the same period last year, driven primarily by a 24 percent increase in fuel expenses. Offsetting the higher fuel expense was a 23 percent decline in purchased power expenses, as TVA used more of its own generation sources to meet demand. Operating and maintenance expense increased by $39 million, or 4 percent, in the first quarter of 2013. This increase was primarily driven by a $111 million increase for nuclear refueling outages in the first quarter, compared with no refueling outages in the same period last year. Partially offsetting this increase was a $49 million decline in coal-fired operation outage and project expenses.

TVA reported a net loss of $245 million on operating revenues of $2.58 billion in the first quarter of 2013, compared with a net loss of $173 million on revenues of $2.57 billion in the same period last year.

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