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Rua Coronel Dulcídio, 800


Curitiba, PR 80420-170


Phone: 55 41 3322 3535


Companhia Paranaense de Energia – COPEL engages in the generation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electricity primarily in the Brazilian State of Paraná. The company also provides telecommunications and other services. As of December 31, 2015, the company generated electricity from 18 hydroelectric plants, 12 wind plants and 1 thermoelectric plant, for a total installed capacity of 5,032.2 megawatts (MW), approximately 99.6% of which is derived from renewable sources. The company holds concessions to distribute electricity in 394 of the 399 municipalities in the state of Paraná and in the municipality of Porto União in the state of Santa Catarina. As of December 31, 2015, the company owned and operated 2,344 kilometers (km) of transmission lines and 193,527.1 km of distribution lines. Transmission and Distribution Electricity is transferred from power plants to customers through transmission and distribution systems. Transmission-The company’s transmission system consists of all its assets of 230 kilovolts (kV) and greater and a small portion of its 69 kV and 138 kV assets, which are used to transmit the electricity it generates and the energy it receives from other sources. In addition to using its transmission lines to provide energy to customers in the state of Paraná, the company also transmits energy through the Interconnected Transmission System. Two companies owned by the federal government, Eletrosul Centrais Elétricas S.A. (Eletrosul) and Furnas Centrais Eletricas S.A. (Furnas) also maintain transmission systems in the state of Paraná. Furnas is responsible for the transmission of electricity from Itaipu, while Eletrosul’s transmission system links the states in the south of Brazil. The company carries out the operation and maintenance of 2,406 km of transmission lines, 32 substations in the state of Paraná and 1 substation in the state of São Paulo. In addition, it has partnerships with other companies to operate 1,470 km of transmission lines and 5 substations through special purpose companies. Distribution-The company’s distribution system consists of a network of overhead lines and substations with voltages approximately 138 kV and a small portion of its 230 kV assets. Higher voltage electricity is supplied to bigger industrial and commercial customers and lower voltage electricity is supplied to residential, small industrial, commercial customers and other customers. As of December 31, 2015, the company provided electricity in a geographic area encompassing approximately 98% of the state of Paraná and served 4.4 million customers. Its distribution grid includes 193,521.1 km of distribution lines, 409,313 distribution transformers and 224 distribution substations of 34.5 kV, 37 substations of 69 kV and 102 substations of 138 kV. The company has 31 customers that are directly supplied with energy at a high voltage (69 kV and above) through connections to its distribution lines. Sales to Final Customers During 2015, the company supplied approximately 97% of the energy distributed directly to captive customers in the state of Paraná. Its concession area includes 4.4 million customers located in the state of Paraná and in one municipality in the state of Santa Catarina, located south of the state of Paraná. It also sold energy to a total of 28 free customers, 3 of which were located outside of its concession area. Other Businesses Telecommunications Copel Telecomunicações S.A.: Pursuant to an authorization from the Brazilian National Telecommunication Agency, Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações (ANATEL), the company provides telecommunication services within the states of Paraná and Santa Catarina. In 2015, it served the 399 municipalities in the state of Paraná and 2 additional municipalities in the state of Santa Catarina and it has also been involved in an educational project aimed at providing public elementary and middle schools in the state of Paraná with broadband Internet access. The company provides services to majority of the major Brazilian telecommunication companies that operate in the state of Paraná. In total, it has 47,987 clients (4,964 corporate c

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