Companhia Energética de Minas Gerais – CEMIG is one of the largest and most important electric energy utilities in Brazil due to its strategic location, its technical expertise and its market.

    CEMIG’s concession area extends throughout nearly 96.7% of the State of Minas Gerais, whose territory is situated in the Southeastern region of Brazil and covers an area of 567,478 thousand square kilometers, which corresponds to the territorial extension of a country the size of France. CEMIG owns and operates 70 power plants, of which six are in partnership with private enterprises, relying on a predominantly hydroelectric energy matrix. Electric energy is produced to supply more than 17 million people living in the state’s 774 municipalities. In addition to those 70 plants, another three are currently under construction. In 2004 alone, CEMIG furnished its market with 37,897 GWh of energy.

    CEMIG is also active in several other states, through ventures for the generation or the commercialization of energy in the following Brazilian states: in Santa Catarina (generation), Rio de Janeiro (commercialization and generation), Espírito Santo (generation) and Rio Grande do Sul (commercialization).

    In order to make sure electric energy will be delivered to its nearly 6 million clients, CEMIG manages the largest electric energy distribution network in Latin America and one the four largest in the world, which extends as far as 526,869 thousand kilometers.

    Founded on May 22, 1952 by then State Governor and future President of Brazil, Mr. Juscelino Kubitscheck, for the purpose of providing the necessary support to a broad program of modernization, diversification and expansion of the state’s industrial park, CEMIG was able to fulfill its role as an economic development tool in Minas Gerais, while at the same time remaining an efficient and competitive company.

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