EDP - Energias de Portugal is an electric utilities company, headquartered in Lisbon. It was founded in 1976 through the merger of 14 nationalized electricity companies. It became the first Iberian company to own significant generating and distribution assets on both sides of the border, with a controlling position in Spanish company HC Energía. It is also present in the electricity sectors of Latin America, with a major presence in the United States, Brazil, Africa and Macau, in the generation, distribution and trading businesses. The group's business also includes water, gas, engineering, laboratory testing, vocational training and real estate management.