Energisa Group, which traces its origins to Companhia Força e Luz Cataguases-Leopoldina (CFLCL), the Group‘s former holding company, is active across the electric power distribution, generation, services and trading businesses, but with distribution as its core business. Get to know a bit about the history of the Group in its timeline.
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José Monteiro Ribeiro Junqueira, João Duarte Ferreira and Norberto Custódio Ferreira found the Companhia Força e Luz Catagrazes-Leopoldina (Cataguazes-Leopoldina Power and Light Company), headquartered in Cataguases, Minas Gerais.
Cataguazes-Leopoldina is the third joint-stock company to be registered on the Rio de Janeiro Stock Market.
The company inaugurates its first hydroelectric unit, the Mauricio Plant, with 800 kW of power, one of the pioneering generators of the country.
Acquisition of Serviços Elétricos de Muriaé, MG.
Payment of the first dividends.
Expansion of the Maurício Plant to 1.2 MW.
CFLCL acquires Companhia Pombense de Eletricidade in Rio Pomba and the Coronel Domiciano hydroelectric power plant in Muriaé, Minas Gerais.
Cataguazes-Leopoldina becomes one of the first companies in the world to allow profit-sharing for its employees.
Construction of the Ituerê Plant, with 4 MW, in the municipality of Rio Pomba, MG.
Acquisition of Empresa Força e Luz Além Paraíba, in the municipality of Além Paraíba, MG.
The first turbine of the New Maurício Plant goes into operation, with 5 MW.
The second turbine of the New Maurício Plant goes into operation, also with 5 MW.
The third turbine of the New Maurício Plant goes into operation, with 11.2 MW. Acquisition of a Diesel Group for thermal generation, with 5.5 MW, in Cataguases. Change of frequency of the distribution from 50 to 60 Hz.
Interconnection with Furnas, via Light, in Além Paraíba.
Acquisition of Companhia Leste Mineira de Eletricidade, in Manhuaçu, MG. Interconnection with CEMIG in Manhuaçu.
Inauguration of the Glória Plant, with 13 MW, in Muriaé.
Acquisition of Empreza Industrial Mirahy S/A, electric energy supplier in the municipality of Miraí, MG.
The company repowers the Coronel Domiciano hydropower plant.
The company is awarded a concession for the Municipality of Sumidouro, Rio de Janeiro and repowers the Neblina plant in Ipanema, Minas Gerais.
Acquisition of Companhia de Eletricidade Nova Friburgo S/A with headquarters in Nova Friburgo, RJ. Acquisition of Empresa Energética de Sergipe S/A (ENERGIPE) with headquarters in Aracaju, SE.
The 21.4 MW Cachoeira do Emboque small hydro plant starts operation in the municipality of Raul Soares, Minas Gerais.
Cat-Leo Energia S/A, an electric energy generation and service providing company, is founded with headquarters in Cataguases. Acquisition of Companhia Energética da Borborema (CELB), with headquarters in Campina Grande, PB. Start of operation of the PCH Ervália plant, with 9.6 MW, in the municipality of Ervália, MG.
Acquisition of Sociedade Anônima de Eletrificação da Paraíba (Saelpa) with headquarters in João Pessoa, PB.
The 9.5 MW Benjamim Baptista small hydro plant comes online in the municipality of Manhuaçu. Through the then Cat-Leo Energia SA, Cataguazes-Leopoldina initiates 5 new small hydro developments in the Zona da Mata region of Minas Gerais state, with an aggregate capacity of 100 MW. The company invests approximately R$ 250 million and creates 2500 jobs in the construction of small hydro plants Ivan Botelho I, II and III, Ormeo Junqueira Botelho and Túlio Cordeiro de Melo, and initiates construction of the Juiz de Fora Thermal Power Station (UTEJF), the first natural gas-fired power plant in Minas Gerais.
Cataguazes-Leopoldina wins an Abradee Award as best company in the Southeast while Energipe is named best company in the Northeast. The company undertakes another major venture, simultaneously initiating five new small hydro developments in the Atlantic Forest belt of Minas Gerais known as Zona da Mata.
PCHs Ivan Botelho I and II, Túlio Cordeiro de Melo, and Ormeo Junqueira Botelho start operation. Cataguazes-Leopoldina wins the Abradee Award for best company in Social Responsibility of the Brazilian electric sector.
The Ivan Botelho III small hydro plant comes online. Cataguazes-Leopoldina again receives an Abradee Award as best in Corporate Social Responsibility in the Brazilian electric utility industry, as well as the Abradee Award for best Management Quality. Energipe wins an Abradee Award as best company in the Northeast. That same year, the company initiates two small hydro developments in Mato Grosso, further developing its hydro power expertise to include third-party projects and developments outside Minas Gerais.
The company completes construction of the 26 MW Obreiras small hydro plant, the first developed for third parties. That same year, Cataguazes-Leopoldina receives the Abradee Award as best in Corporate Social Responsibility in the Brazilian electric utility industry and CELB receives the Abradee Award for best Management Quality for the third consecutive year.
Multipar S/A, a Cataguazes-Leopoldina Group company, acquires Energia do Brasil Participações Ltda. Cataguazes-Leopoldina receives its fourth consecutive annual Abradee Award for Corporate Social Responsibility in the Brazilian electric utility industry and its second Abradee Award for best Management Quality. CELB receives the award for Best Performance Improvement. The 28 MW Canoa Quebrada small hydro plant, also in Mato Grosso, is delivered to project owner Amper Energia S/A.
Cataguazes-Leopoldina Group concludes its De-verticalization Plan. Energisa becomes the holding company of Cataguazes-Leopoldina Group and replaces Cataguazes-Leopoldina on the stock exchange. Energisa disposes of Zona da Mata Geração with its 11 small hydro plants (45 MW). Cataguazes-Leopoldina receives its fifth Abradee Award for Corporate Social Responsibility and Best Quality Management. Energipe and Saelpa also receive Abradee Awards for Best Quality Management. Energipe receives the IASC – Aneel Consumer Satisfaction Award for the Northeast.
Cataguazes-Leopoldina Group becomes Energisa Group and begins operating under the new brand, with shareholders approving new names for Group companies. All company names are now prefixed by Energisa followed by words denoting their place of business or activity, reflecting their unification under the new Energisa brand, as follows:
- Energisa Minas Gerais – Distribuidora de Energia S/A, replacing CFLCL;
- Energisa Nova Friburgo – Distribuidora de Energia S/A, replacing CENF;
- Energisa Sergipe – Distribuidora de Energia S/A, replacing Energipe;
- Energisa Borborema – Distribuidora de Energia S/A, replacing CELB;
- Energisa Paraíba – Distribuidora de Energia S/A, replacing Saelpa;
- Energisa Soluções S/A, replacing Cat-Leo Cise;
- Energisa Comercializadora de Energia Ltda, replacing Cat-Leo Comercializadora de Energia Ltda;
- Energisa Serviços Aéreos de Prospecção S/A, replacing Cataguazes Serviços Aéreos de Prospecção Ltda.
Energisa S/A acquires full ownership of all shares in subsidiaries and broadens its generation development portfolio with the construction of three new small hydro plants – Caju, São Sebastião do Alto and Santo Antônio – with an aggregate capacity of 31 MW.
Energisa enters into generation of electric energy from the source of wind. The company will build five windpower parks in Rio Grande do Norte, with investments that will total R$ 560 million.
The Caju (10MW) and São Sebastião do Alto (13.2 MW) small hydro plants begin commercial operation and work begins on the 8 MW Zé Tunin small hydro development. In December 2011, Energisa acquires two thermal power plants from Tonon in Bocaina (São Paulo) and Maracaju (Mato Grosso dos Sul), with a total capacity of 60 MW. In November, the company acquires the Cristina small hydro plant on the Lambari River, in the municipality of Cristina, Minas Gerais, with an installed capacity of 3.8 MW.
Energisa Geração concludes the acquisition of sugarcane biomass-fired power generation assets. In February the 8 MW Santo Antônio small hydro plant starts commercial operation and in December the first generating unit (4 MW) of the 8 MW Zé Tunin small hydro development comes online.
The 8 MW Zé Tunin small hydro plant is put into commercial operation in March 2013 and Energisa Geração begins simultaneous development of five wind farms in Rio Grande do Norte (Renascença I, II, III, IV and Ventos de São Miguel), collectively forming a wind park comprising 75 wind turbines with an installed capacity of 150 MW and an output of more than 700 GWh per year, enough to supply renewable energy to 1.4 million people.
The transfer of Grupo Rede’s shareholding control to Energisa was completed on 11th April. With this acquisition, Energisa will now provide services to approximately six million consumers, or a population of 15 million people in 788 municipalities in nine States, covering all regions of the country.
Commemoration of 110 years of Energisa Group and one year since the new companies were integrated into the group. The painstaking task has now been completed of inserting these companies into the Energisa Scenario and brand. The company also created a new tagline in the year: “Energisa, Connected to your energy”.
On July 28 the Company confirmed it had signed up to BM&FBOVESPA Level 2 Governance and would begin trading its shares in this special segment. This places Energisa amongst companies listed on the stock exchange that follow the best market transparency and governance practices.
On April 03, the Energisa Services Center (CSE) came into operation in Cataguases (MG). This center centralizes the provision of transactional services and recurrent operating activities of administrative departments, like payroll, vacations and issuing invoices. In addition to enhancing the organization of the company’s work routines and processes, this change has boosted departmental performance and generated better results with lower costs, bringing more security and robustness to the Group.
In the Transmission Auction No. 5/2016, held on 04/24/2017, the Energisa was the winner in the blocks 3 and 26. Block 3, which has 136 km in extension and it’s located in the state of Goiás, should be built until August 2021, with an investment estimated by the regulator at R$ 295.3 million. Block 26, which is 296 km long and it’s located in the state of Pará, will be built by February 2022 and will require of R $ 329.7 million in capex, as estimated by Aneel.
On August 30, 2018, Energisa acquired the following distribution companies: Centrais Elétricas de Rondônia (“Ceron”) and Companhia de Eletricidade do Acre (“Eletroacre”).
On 5/2/2019 Energisa invested R$ 11.7 million to acquire 87% of the capital of Alsol Energias Renováveis S.A, a company of Algar Empreendimentos, which is the leading photovoltaic energy firm in Brazil.
Founded in Uberlândia, Minas Gerais state, Alsol is a Brazilian company that offers a portfolio of generation solutions primarily based on photovoltaic solar solutions and other renewable solutions such as biogas, biomass, wind power and hydroelectricity. The company is also one of the pioneers in Brazil in lithium-battery storage. Alsol had installed upwards of 80 thousand photovoltaic panels in Brazil by 2018, resulting in more than 25 MWp, and operates in 12 Brazilian states.
In January 2021, Grupo Energisa launched the first electric sector fintech to Voltz Capital SA Voltz is a startup of the Energisa Group, which for more than 116 years has supplied electricity to millions of Brazilians and now brings more energy to its projects through a free and complete digital account, capable of replacing the main banking and financial services offered by traditional banks.