6-K 1 elp20060804_6k.htm ABRADEE AWARD 2006 Provided By MZ Data Products
Washington, D.C. 20549

Report of Foreign Private Issuer
Pursuant to Rule 13a-16 or 15d-16 of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
For the month of August, 2006

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 10/06 - 08/04/2006

ABRADEE award 2006

     Copel was elected the best electric power distribution company in the South Region of Brazil at the 2006 edition of the award granted by Abradee The Brazilian Association of Electric Power Distribution Companies, and the best company in the social responsibility category.

     The award, created in 1999, comprises 8 categories and recognizes the best practices of distribution companies. This year’s award was based on the evaluation of the performance of 51 concessionaires associated to Abradee, representing 99% of the Brazilian market. Copel was running for four categories: best company in Brazil, best company in the South Region, customer’s evaluation and social responsibility.

Paulo Roberto Trompczynski
CFO and Investor Relations Officer

For additional information, please contact Copel's Investor Relations team: ri@copel.com or (55-41) 3222-2027


For additional information, please contact Copel´s Investor Relations team:
ri@copel.com or (55-41) 3222-2027

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: August 04, 2006

/S/  Rubens Ghilardi

Rubens Ghilardi



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