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This excerpt taken from the EIX DEF 14A filed Mar 13, 2009.

Retirement Benefits

The Named Officers receive retirement benefits under the terms of qualified and non-qualified defined-benefit and defined-contribution retirement plans. The SCE Retirement Plan and 401(k) Plan are both tax-qualified retirement plans in which the Named Officers participate on substantially the same terms as other participating employees. However, due to maximum limitations imposed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”) and the Internal Revenue Code, the benefits that would otherwise be payable to the Named Officers under the SCE Retirement Plan and the 401(k) Plan are limited. Because the Companies do not believe that it is appropriate for the Named Officers’ retirement benefits to be reduced because of limits under ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code, the Companies have established non-qualified supplemental defined-benefit and defined-contribution retirement plans that permit the Named Officers to receive the full amount of benefits that would be paid under the qualified plans but for such limitations.

The non-qualified defined-benefit retirement plan is the Executive Retirement Plan. Named Officers’ defined-benefit retirement values are calculated using their full salaries and annual bonuses, subject to reduction for benefits under the SCE Retirement Plan, the profit sharing benefit feature of the 401(k) Plan, and a portion of their Social Security benefits.

The non-qualified defined-contribution retirement plan is the Executive Deferred Compensation Plan. Under this plan, Named Officers are permitted to defer up to 75% of their base salaries and up to 100% of their annual bonuses, as well as long-term incentives and other special awards otherwise payable in cash, including dividend equivalents associated with stock options granted prior to 2007 and a portion of performance share awards. The

 

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Companies make a matching deferred contribution on the Named Officers’ base salary deferrals in amounts that are intended to correspond to the matching contribution that would have been made under the 401(k) Plan, and on the Named Officers’ annual bonus deferrals at one-half the rate of matching contributions on salary. Amounts deferred under this plan are credited with interest, as participants essentially are loaning to the Companies, as unsecured general creditors, the amounts they otherwise would have been paid in salary, bonuses, long-term incentives, or other payouts. Certain of the Named Officers who have retired were permitted to defer compensation under predecessor deferred compensation plans. EIX and SCE believe that providing the Named Officers with deferred compensation opportunities is a cost-effective way to permit officers to receive the tax benefits associated with delaying income tax on the compensation deferred, even though the related deduction for the Companies is also deferred.

The Companies also sponsor survivor and disability benefit plans in which the Named Officers are eligible to participate.

The “Pension Benefits” table and related narrative section “Pension and Other Retirement Plans” below describe EIX’s and SCE’s qualified and non-qualified defined-benefit plans. The “Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation” table and related narrative section “Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation Plans” below describe EIX’s and SCE’s non-qualified defined-contribution plans.

This excerpt taken from the EIX DEF 14A filed Mar 14, 2008.

Retirement Benefits

Edison International and SCE provide retirement benefits to the Named Officers under the terms of qualified and non-qualified defined-benefit and defined-contribution retirement plans. The SCE Retirement Plan and 401(k) Plan are both tax-qualified retirement plans in which the Named Officers participate on substantially the same terms as the Companies’ other participating employees. However, due to maximum limitations imposed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”) and the Internal Revenue Code on the annual amount of a pension which may be paid under a qualified defined-benefit plan, on the maximum amount that may be contributed to a qualified defined-contribution plan, and on the maximum amount of salary that may be taken into consideration in calculating benefits under qualified plans, the benefits that would otherwise be payable to the Named Officers under the SCE Retirement Plan and the 401(k) Plan are limited. Because the Companies do not believe that it is appropriate for the Named Officers’ retirement benefits to be reduced because of limits under ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code, the Companies have established non-qualified supplemental defined-benefit and defined-contribution retirement plans that permit the Named Officers to receive the full amount of benefits that would be paid under the Companies’ qualified plans but for such limitations.

The Companies’ non-qualified defined-benefit retirement plan is the Executive Retirement Plan. Named Officers’ defined-benefit retirement values are calculated using their full salaries and annual bonuses. Their qualified plan benefits under the SCE Retirement Plan and under the profit sharing benefit feature of the 401(k) Plan and a portion of their Social Security benefits are then subtracted from their total retirement benefit values to arrive at the final benefits payable under the Executive Retirement Plan.

The Executive Retirement Plan uses a formula for benefit calculation that involves a large reduction in value for termination prior to early retirement eligibility (age 55 with at least five years of service) and graded

 

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reductions for early retirement at ages prior to age 61. When SCE replaced such a formula with a cash balance approach for the qualified Retirement Plan, the Companies elected to keep the formula for executives because of this retention feature.

The Companies’ non-qualified defined-contribution retirement plan is the Executive Deferred Compensation Plan. Under this plan, Named Officers are permitted to defer up to 75% of their base salaries and up to 100% of their annual bonuses, as well as long-term incentives otherwise payable in cash, including dividend equivalents and a portion of performance share awards. The Companies make a matching deferred contribution on the Named Officers’ base salary deferrals in amounts that are intended to correspond to the matching contribution that would have been made under the 401(k) Plan, and on the Named Officers’ annual bonus deferrals at one-half the rate of matching contributions on salary. Some Named Officers previously were permitted to defer compensation under predecessor deferred compensation plans. Edison International and SCE believe that providing the Named Officers with deferred compensation opportunities is a cost-effective way to permit officers to receive the tax benefits associated with delaying income tax on the compensation deferred, even though the related deduction for the Companies is also deferred.

Amounts deferred under the non-qualified deferred compensation plans are credited with interest, as participants essentially are loaning to the Companies, as unsecured general creditors, the amounts they otherwise would have been paid in salary, bonuses or long-term incentive payouts. Interest credits under the Executive Deferred Compensation Plan, and for Mr. Bryson under the 1981A and 1985 Deferred Compensation Plans, are determined based on a Moody’s corporate bond yield rate for public utility bonds averaged over the previous 60 months. A portion of the interest credits on the Named Officers’ deferrals under the plans is considered to be at above-market rates under SEC rules, and is therefore treated as additional compensation and reported in column (h) of the “Summary Compensation Table” below.

The “Pension Benefits” table and related narrative section “Pension and Other Retirement Plans” below describe Edison International’s and SCE’s qualified and non-qualified defined-benefit plans. The “Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation” table and related narrative section “Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation Plans” below describe Edison International’s and SCE’s non-qualified defined-contribution plans.

This excerpt taken from the EIX DEF 14A filed Mar 16, 2007.

Retirement Benefits

Edison International and SCE provide retirement benefits to the Named Officers under the terms of qualified and non-qualified defined-benefit and defined-contribution retirement plans. The SCE Retirement Plan and 401(k) Plan are both tax-qualified retirement plans in which the Named Officers participate on substantially the same terms as the Companies’ other participating employees. However, due to maximum limitations imposed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”) and the Internal Revenue Code on the annual amount of a pension which may be paid under a qualified defined-benefit plan, on the maximum amount that may be contributed to a qualified defined-contribution plan, and on the maximum amount of salary that may be taken into consideration in calculating benefits under qualified plans, the benefits that would otherwise be payable to the Named Officers under the SCE Retirement Plan and the 401(k) Plan are limited. Because the Companies do not believe that it is appropriate for the Named Officers’ retirement benefits to be reduced because of limits under ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code, the Companies have established non-qualified supplemental defined-benefit and defined-contribution retirement plans that permit the Named Officers to receive the full amount of benefits that would be paid under the Companies’ qualified plans but for such limitations.

The Companies’ non-qualified defined-benefit retirement plan is the Executive Retirement Plan. Named Officers’ defined-benefit retirement values are calculated using their full salaries and annual bonuses. Their qualified plan benefits under the SCE Retirement Plan and under the profit sharing benefit feature of the 401(k) Plan and a portion of their Social Security benefits are then subtracted from their total retirement benefit values to arrive at the final benefits payable under the Executive Retirement Plan.

 

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The Executive Retirement Plan uses a formula for benefit calculation that involves a large reduction in value for termination prior to early retirement eligibility (age 55 with at least five years of service) and graded reductions for early retirement at ages prior to age 61. When SCE replaced such a formula with a cash balance approach for the qualified Retirement Plan, the Companies elected to keep the formula for executives because of this retention feature.

The Companies’ non-qualified defined-contribution retirement plan is the Executive Deferred Compensation Plan. Under this plan, Named Officers are permitted to defer up to 75% of their base salaries and up to 100% of their annual bonuses, as well as long-term incentives otherwise payable in cash, including dividend equivalents and a portion of performance share awards. The Companies make a matching deferred contribution on the Named Officers’ base salary deferrals in amounts that are intended to correspond to the matching contribution that would have been made under the 401(k) Plan and on the Named Officers’ annual bonus deferrals at one-half the rate of matching contributions on salary. Some Named Officers previously were permitted to defer compensation under predecessor deferred compensation plans. Edison International and SCE believe that providing the Named Officers with deferred compensation opportunities is a cost-effective way to permit officers to receive the tax benefits associated with delaying income tax on the compensation deferred, even though the related deduction for the Companies is also deferred.

Amounts deferred under the non-qualified deferred compensation plans are credited with interest, as participants essentially are loaning to the Companies, as unsecured general creditors, the amounts they otherwise would have been paid in salary, bonuses or long-term incentive payouts. Interest credits under the Executive Deferred Compensation Plan, and for Mr. Bryson under the 1981A and 1985 Deferred Compensation Plans, are determined based on a Moody’s corporate bond yield rate for public utility bonds for the previous 60 months. A portion of the interest credits on the Named Officers’ deferrals under the plans is considered to be at above-market rates under SEC rules, and is therefore treated as additional compensation and reported in Column (h) of the “Summary Compensation Table – Fiscal 2006” below.

The “Pension Benefits” table and related narrative section “Pension and Other Retirement Plans” below describe Edison International’s and SCE’s qualified and non-qualified defined-benefit plans. The “Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation” table and related narrative section “Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation Plans” below describe Edison International’s and SCE’s non-qualified defined-contribution plans.

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