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  • Title
    CEO and President
  • Affiliation
    Hydro-Québec
  • Country
    Canada
  • 2020 Rank
    New

When the government of Quebec named Brochu the first permanent female CEO of Hydro-Québec, the provincially owned utility that’s North America’s largest renewable energy generator, she was in crisis-management mode from day one. She started in April 2020, just as the COVID-19 pandemic was halting economic activity and sapping power demand. Net income for the year fell 21% to $1.8 billion for the year. But an uptick in electricity sales and exports helped fuel a 24% increase in net income to $1.6 billion in the first half of 2021. In September 2021, Hydro-Québec inked a multibillion-dollar deal to provide New York City with power, cementing the company as a key supplier of clean electricity beyond Canada. Hydro-Québec also develops electric-vehicle batteries and other EV technologies, which are being used in China, the world’s largest EV market, and elsewhere.

 

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