BME Energy consists of two small hydroelectric power plants: SHP Ernesto Jorge Dreher, which has an installed capacity of 17,87MW, and PCH Henrique Kotzian, with 13 MW of installed capacity. Both are located in Ivaí River in the middle plateau of Rio Grande do Sul, in the cities of Julio de Castilho and Salto do Jacuí. The concession period is 30 years, between 2005 and 2035.
The CMSA Participações holds 27.63% of BME Energia. The other shareholders are the Boca do Monte Energia e Participações S.A., Coprel Cooperativa de Geração de Energia e Desenvolvimento and Felix Borges Caon.
Engineer Jorge Ernesto Dreher was born in Porto Alegre in 1915. Attended the School of Engineering of Porto Alegre (currently URGS) with Civil Engineer, Mechanical and Electrical degrees. It was one of the founders of the State Commission of Electricity (currently CEEE) and also responsible for several hydrologic surveys that resulted in the planning of the Rio Grande do Sul hydroelectric potential.
Engineer Kotzian Henry was born in 1899 in Czechoslovakia. He graduated at the School of Engineering, University BRNO / BRUENER, as a Civil Engineer in 1927. Worked in hydraulics at the Ministry of Public Works of Czechoslovakia. In 1948 he moved to Brazil, where he developed and coordinated several projects of hydroelectric plants for CEEE such as Ernestina, Jaguarí and Central do Jacuí.