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Report of Foreign Private Issuer
Pursuant to Rule 13a-16 or 15d-16 of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
For the month of May, 2004

Commission File Number 1-14668

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Energy Company of Paraná
(Translation of Registrant's name into English)

Rua Coronel Dulcídio, 800
80420-170 Curitiba, Paraná
Federative Republic of Brazil
(5541) 322-3535
(Address of principal executive offices)

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant files or will file annual reports under cover Form 20-F or Form 40-F. 

Form 20-F ___X___ Form 40-F _______

 Indicate by check mark whether the registrant by furnishing the information contained in this Form is also thereby furnishing the information to the Commission pursuant to Rule 12g3-2(b) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  

Yes _______ No ___X____

IR COPEL 04/04 - January 29,2004

Copel's market grows 1.2% in 2003

Copel's total market, including free costumers, grew 1.2% from January to December 2003 in relation to the previous year.

The residential, commercial and rural segments grew 1.7%, 5.0% and 2.8%, respectively. The positive performance of the commercial is a result, mostly, of the sector modernization and the establishment of over 5 thousand new commercial units in 2003.

The consumption of the industrial class registered a 4.3% decrease compared to the previous year, due to the loss of some large customers, as well as lower economic activity in the period.

Direct Distribution      

Segment In GWh

  2003  2002  Change
Residential 4,381  4,307  1.7%
Industrial 7,233  7,554  -4.3%
Commercial 2,864  2,726  5.0%
Rural 1,250  1,216  2.8%
Free costumers (industrial clients) outside Paraná State 1,365  1,100  24.1%
Others 1,689  1,648  2.5%

Total 18,782  18,551  1.2%

For additional information, please contact Copel's Investor Relations team
Phone: (55-41) 222-2027
Ricardo Portugal Alves ricardo.portugal@copel.com
Solange Elizabeth Maueler solange@copel.com
Carlos Alberto C. Lucio clucio@copel.com
Pedro Marcelo Gonçalves pedro.marcelo@copel.com


Ronald Thadeu Ravedutti
CFO and Investor Relations Officer



Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

Date: May 21, 2004

/S/  Ronald Thadeu Ravedutti

Ronald Thadeu Ravedutti
Principal Financial Officer



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