Our History

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.

  • 1905

    Histrico

    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.

  • 1907

    Histrico

    Cataguazes-Leopoldina is the third joint-stock company to be registered on the Rio de Janeiro Stock Market.

  • 1908

    Histrico

    The company inaugurates its first hydroelectric unit, the Mauricio Plant, with 800 kW of power, one of the pioneering generators of the country.

  • 1910

    Histrico

    Acquisition of Serviços Elétricos de Muriaé, MG.

  • 1911

    Histrico

    Payment of the first dividends.

  • 1912

    Histrico

    Expansion of the Maurício Plant to 1.2 MW.

  • 1918

    Histrico

    CFLCL acquires Companhia Pombense de Eletricidade in Rio Pomba and the Coronel Domiciano hydroelectric power plant in Muriaé, Minas Gerais.

  • 1925

    Histrico

    Cataguazes-Leopoldina becomes one of the first companies in the world to allow profit-sharing for its employees.

  • 1928

    Histrico

    Construction of the Ituerê Plant, with 4 MW, in the municipality of Rio Pomba, MG.

  • 1949

    Histrico

    Acquisition of Empresa Força e Luz Além Paraíba, in the municipality of Além Paraíba, MG.

  • 1956

    Histrico

    The first turbine of the New Maurício Plant goes into operation, with 5 MW.

  • 1958

    Histrico

    The second turbine of the New Maurício Plant goes into operation, also with 5 MW.

  • 1970

    Histrico

    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.

  • 1971

    Histrico

    Interconnection with Furnas, via Light, in Além Paraíba.

  • 1977

    Histrico

    Acquisition of Companhia Leste Mineira de Eletricidade, in Manhuaçu, MG. Interconnection with CEMIG in Manhuaçu.

  • 1983

    Histrico

    Inauguration of the Glória Plant, with 13 MW, in Muriaé.

  • 1994

    Histrico

    Acquisition of Empreza Industrial Mirahy S/A, electric energy supplier in the municipality of Miraí, MG.

  • 1995

    Histrico

    The company repowers the Coronel Domiciano hydropower plant.

  • 1996

    Histrico

    The company is awarded a concession for the Municipality of Sumidouro, Rio de Janeiro and repowers the Neblina plant in Ipanema, Minas Gerais.

  • 1997

    Histrico

    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.

  • 1998

    Histrico

    The 21.4 MW Cachoeira do Emboque small hydro plant starts operation in the municipality of Raul Soares, Minas Gerais.

  • 1999

    Histrico

    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.

  • 2000

    Histrico

    Acquisition of Sociedade Anônima de Eletrificação da Paraíba (Saelpa) with headquarters in João Pessoa, PB.

  • 2001

    Histrico

    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.

  • 2002

    Histrico

    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.

  • 2003

    Histrico

    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.

  • 2004

    Histrico

    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.

  • 2005

    Histrico

    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.

  • 2006

    Histrico

    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.

  • 2007

    Histrico

    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.

  • 2008

    Histrico

    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.
  • 2009

    Histrico

    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.

  • 2010

    Histrico

    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.

  • 2011

    Histrico

    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.

  • 2012

    Histrico

    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.

  • 2013

    Histrico

    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.

  • 2014

    Histrico

    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.

  • 2015

    Histrico

    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".

  • 2016

    Histrico

    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.

  • 2017

    Histrico

    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.

  • 2018

    Histrico

    Commemorating 113 years in business on February 26, 2018, Energisa Minas Gerais, the founding company of Energisa Group, has opened its new head offices.

    Energisa secured another lot (number 19) in Pará state at Transmission Auction 002/2018 held June 28, 2018. This project is the continuation of Lot 26 of Auction 005/2016, which Energisa secured in April 2017, and which will result in important constructive, operational and maintenance synergies. As a result of this new acquisition Energisa now holds three transmission projects, with a length of 571 km.

     

    Histrico

    On August 30, 2018, Energisa acquired the following distribution companies: Centrais Elétricas de Rondônia (“Ceron”) and Companhia de Eletricidade do Acre (“Eletroacre”).

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