The Research and Development Program

Innovation is part of the Norte Energia history and culture. That’s how it was in 2010, when the challenge arose to build what would be one of the largest hydroelectric power plants in the world and the largest 100% national plant.

Throughout its almost decade of existence, Norte Energia became a benchmark in the Brazilian power sector and one of the companies that most heavily invests in new technologies. The R&D projects regulated by the National Electric Energy Agency (ANEEL), in compliance with Law 9.991/2000 and its amendments, are beginning to join this history in the relentless search for innovative results that allow for continuous and sustainable growth. 

Investing in research, development and innovation actions is a Norte Energia strategy to generate more security and efficiency for the business and offer projects that contribute to the power sector and society. Norte Energia's R&D Program seeks a network of partners such as universities, research institutes, consulting firms and the industrial sector in search of a rich exchange of knowledge to develop innovative projects. This contributes to Brazil's growth and supports the company's technological demands in order to meet organizational strategies.

According to the regulatory framework of the electricity sector, Norte Energia must invest 1% of its Net Operating Revenue (NOR) in the R&D Program. Such investment is segregated as follows:

  • 40% allocated to Research and Development Projects (R&D), according to regulations established by the National Electric Energy Agency (ANEEL); 
  • 40% earmarked for the National Scientific and Technological Development Fund (FNDCT);
  •  20% allocated to the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME).