ALLETE, Inc. (ALE) reported second quarter earnings of 61 cents per share on net income of $31.3 million and operating revenue of $344.1 million. Last year’s results were 72 cents per share on net income of $36.9 million and operating revenue of $353.3 million.

“Financial results from ALLETE’s businesses reflect strong power demand from taconite customers, impacts from Minnesota Power's recent rate case and notable progress from ALLETE Clean Energy on its wind turbine refurbishment strategy," ALLETE Chairman, President and CEO Al Hodnik said in the quarterly report. "Setting aside year over year timing differentials, ALLETE posted a solid quarter and we remain confident in our full year 2018 earnings guidance range of $3.20 to $3.50 per share. We are well positioned for growth as our diverse family of businesses captures value in a growing domestic economy, and our nation focuses on sustainable energy and water solutions.”

ALLETE’s Regulated Operations segment, which includes Minnesota Power, Superior Water, Light and Power, and the corporation’s investment in the American Transmission Co. (ATC), recorded net income of $26.0 million for the second quarter of 2018, a decrease of $6.4 million from 2017. Earnings decreased, the company said, primarily due to lower net income at Minnesota Power resulting from the timing of reserves for an interim rate refund of $5.6 million after-tax, the timing of approval for financial incentives under the Minnesota conservation improvement program of $3.9 million after-tax, and lower transmission revenue. These decreases were partially offset by higher sales to residential, commercial and municipal customers due to more favorable weather conditions, and lower operating and maintenance expense.

Earnings at ALLETE Clean Energy increased $3 million from 2017. Net income in 2018 included $3.9 million after-tax of additional production tax credits. Earnings from U.S. Water Services reflect higher operating expenses, partially offset by higher revenue primarily from the September 2017 acquisition of Tonka Water. Results this period were also negatively impacted by the timing of capital project sales.