The AES Corporation was incorporated in Delaware in 1981. The Company is a power generation and utility company. It is organized into six market-oriented Strategic Business Units ("SBUs"): US, Andes, Brazil, MCAC, EMEA and Asia. Within its six SBUs, the Company has two lines of business. The first business line is generation, where it owns and/or operates power plants to generate and sell power to customers, such as utilities, industrial users, and other intermediaries. The second business line is utilities, where it owns and/or operates utilities to generate or purchase, distribute, transmit and sell electricity to end-user customers in the residential, commercial, industrial and governmental sectors within a defined service area. The Company generation business line generates and sells electricity on the wholesale market. It owns & operates a generation portfolio of approximately 29,289 MW, excluding the generation capabilities of its integrated utilities. The Company sells electricity under medium- or long-term contracts ("contract sales") or under short-term agreements in competitive markets ("short-term sales"). It also stores approximately more than 170 MW of battery-based grid resources in commercial operation, primarily in the U.S. and Chile. The Company's Utilities business line distributes power to approximately more than 11 million people in four countries. Its businesses also include generation capacity totaling 7,870 MW (7,458 proportional MW) and has a variety of structures, ranging from integrated utility to pure transmission and distribution businesses. Its utilities sell electricity directly to end-users, such as homes and businesses, and bill customers directly. It owns and operates all of the businesses and facilities necessary to generate, transmit and distribute electricity. As of December 31st, 2013, the Company's United States SBU has 14 generation facilities and two integrated utilities in the United States; its Andes SBU has generation facilities in three countries — Chile, Colombia and Argentina; its Brazil SBU has generation and distribution facilities; its MCAC SBU has a portfolio of distribution businesses and generation facilities, including renewable energy, in five countries; Dominican Republic, Panama, Mexico, Puerto Rico and El Salvador, with a total capacity of 3,140 MW and distribution networks serving 1.3 million customers as of December 31, 2013; its EMEA SBU has generation facilities in eight countries and a distribution utility in one country; including Bulgaria, United Kingdom and Kazakhstan; and its Asia SBU has generation facilities in four countries, which includes Philippines, India, Vietnam and Sri Lanka. It also develops and constructs new generation facilities .The Company faces competition in the regulated electric business from the on-site generation of industrial customers. The Company is subject to various international, federal, state, and local regulations in all of its markets.