SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
(Release No. 35-27665)
Filings Under the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935, as amended ("Act")
April 4, 2003
Notice is hereby given that the following filing(s) has/have been made with the Commission pursuant to provisions of the Act and rules promulgated under the Act. All interested persons are referred to the application(s) and/or declaration(s) for complete statements of the proposed transaction(s) summarized below. The application(s) and/or declaration(s) and any amendment(s) is/are available for public inspection through the Commission's Branch of Public Reference.
Interested persons wishing to comment or request a hearing on the application(s) and/or declaration(s) should submit their views in writing by April 28, 2003 to the Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, Washington, D.C. 20549-0609, and serve a copy on the relevant applicant(s) and/or declarant(s) at the address(es) specified below. Proof of service (by affidavit or, in the case of an attorney at law, by certificate) should be filed with the request. Any request for hearing should identify specifically the issues of facts or law that are disputed. A person who so requests will be notified of any hearing, if ordered, and will receive a copy of any notice or order issued in the matter. After April 29, 2003, the application(s) and/or declaration(s), as filed or as amended, may be granted and/or permitted to become effective.
National Grid Group plc, et al. (70-9849)
National Grid Group plc ("National Grid"), National Grid Holdings One plc ("Holdings One"), National Grid (US) Investments ("US Investments"), all at 15 Marylebone Road, London, NW15JD, United Kingdom, National Grid (Ireland) 1 Limited ("Ireland 1"), and National Grid (Ireland) 2 Limited ("Ireland 2" and collectively, "Applicants"), both at 6 Avenue Pasteur L 2310, Luxembourg, all registered holding companies, have filed a post-effective amendment under section 5(d) of the Act to a previously filed application.
By order dated March 15, 2000, the Commission authorized Holdings One (formerly known as National Grid) to acquire all of the issued and outstanding common stock of the New England Electric System ("NEES"), a registered holding company. See National Grid Group plc, et al, Holding Co. Act Release No. 27154 (March 15, 2000) ("NEES Order"). Holdings One acquired NEES through several intermediate registered holding companies, including: US Investments, Ireland 1, and Ireland 2. This corporate structure was designed to hold the National Grid's United States assets in a tax-efficient manner. To maintain tax efficiency, the Commission also authorized Holdings One to make non-material changes to its corporate structure.1 See NEES Order.
By order dated January 16, 2002, the Commission authorized Holdings One and National Grid (formerly known as New National Grid Group plc) to acquire Niagara Mohawk Holdings, Inc. ("NiMo"). See National Grid Group plc, et al, Holding Co. Act Release No. 27490 (January 16, 2002) ("NiMo Order"). In the NiMo Order, the Commission also authorized Holdings One to become a direct subsidiary of National Grid and the direct parent of National Grid Holdings, Ltd., a foreign utility company ("FUCO") within the meaning of section 33 of the Act. In the application underlying the NiMo Order, it was represented that Holdings One would deregister, as proposed by the application, and claim FUCO status.
Prior to the acquisition of NiMo, under the authority granted by the NEES Order, Holdings One restructured its intermediate registered holding company subsidiaries. Specifically, US Investments, Ireland 1, and Ireland 2 (collectively, "Former Intermediate Holding Companies") were removed as intermediate holding companies.2 They are now direct or indirect subsidiaries of National Grid Holdings Limited.3
Applicants state that, as a result of the transactions described above, Holdings One and the Former Intermediate Holding Companies no longer, directly or indirectly, own, control, or hold the power to vote ten percent or more of the outstanding voting
securities of any public-utility company or holding company. Correspondingly, Applicants request that the Commission declare that Holdings One and the Former Intermediate Holding Companies are no longer public-utility holding companies.
For the Commission by the Division of Investment Management, pursuant to delegated authority.
1 In the application underlying the NEES Order, it is stated that to maintain an efficient post-acquisition structure would require their quick response to changes in such areas as tax law and accounting rules and that it might be necessary to revise various organizational details of the intermediate registered holding companies.
2 National Grid (US) Investments 4, National Grid US Partner 1 Limited, National Grid US Partner 2 Limited, and National Grid Holdings Inc. were added as new intermediate holding companies. National Grid (US) Holdings Limited and National Grid General Partnership were not changed in the restructuring, and remain intermediate registered holding companies.
3 Specifically, US Investments and Ireland 1 are direct subsidiaries of National Grid Holdings Limited; Ireland 2 is a direct subsidiary of Ireland 1.