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This excerpt taken from the SRE 8-K filed Jul 10, 2007.

Contracts; No Defaults


(i) Schedule 3.9(a) contains, as of the date hereof, an accurate and complete list of each SET Business Material Contract (or in the case of forms described in clause (ii), a listing of such forms) and (ii) except for multiple agreements that are substantially similar to a standard form, in which case only such form need be made available, the SET Companies have made available to RBS accurate and complete copies of each such SET Business Material Contract.  


Except as set forth in Schedule 3.9(b), to the Knowledge of Sempra Energy:


each SET Business Material Contract and material Trading Agreement is in full force and effect and is a valid and enforceable obligation of each SET Company that is a party thereto except as such enforceability may be limited by bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, fraudulent conveyance or transfer or similar laws affecting the enforcement of creditors’ rights generally and general principles of equity (whether considered in a proceeding at law or in equity);


no event or condition exists that constitutes or, after notice or a lapse of time or both, will constitute, a material default on the part of Sempra Energy or any of its Subsidiaries under any such SET Business Material Contract or material Trading Agreement; and


with respect to SET Business Material Contracts for outstanding Indebtedness exceeding $50,000,000 individually, there are no material prepayment penalties.


Except for such of the following matters as, individually or in the aggregate, have not resulted in, and would not reasonably be expected to result in, a material effect on the ability to conduct the SET Core Businesses or the business of the SET Companies taken as a whole, and except for the matters set forth on Schedule 3.9(c), there are no renegotiations of, attempts to renegotiate or outstanding contractual or statutory rights to renegotiate any amounts paid or payable under any SET Business Material Contracts with any


Person having the contractual or statutory right to require such renegotiation and no such Person has made written demand for such renegotiation.


For purposes of this Agreement, “SET Business Material Contract” shall mean any of the following Contracts of the SET Companies used by or in support of the SET Business (excluding any Contracts to be executed and delivered pursuant to this Agreement):


any outstanding Indebtedness exceeding $50,000,000 individually;


any material Contract of surety, guarantee or indemnification by any SET Company outside of the Ordinary Course of Business of the SET Company;


any Contract to which any SET Company is a party containing a covenant not to compete with respect to the SET Business or any SET Company that is currently in full force and effect;


any Affiliate Agreement which will survive the Closing;


any Contract guaranteeing the payment to any employee of the SET Companies total annual compensation in excess of $1,000,000 or committing to give any employee a 25% or greater share of the Net Trading Revenues (or other revenue, income or margin metric) generated by such employee (directly or through the results of a group of employees);


other than Trading Agreements, any Contract which may not be terminated by the SET Companies without penalty on 90 days or fewer notice and which could reasonably be expected either to (A) commit any SET Company to aggregate expenditures of more than $10,000,000 in any calendar year or (B) give rise to anticipated receipts of more than $10,000,000 in any calendar year;


any written Contract in respect of an equity investment or relating to on-going rights and obligations with respect to a formal written partnership agreement or a material contractual joint venture;


other than customary provisions included in Trading Agreements, agreements with respect to the sharing, allocation or indemnities of Taxes or Tax costs that will survive the Closing (other than any agreements which are described in Sections 3.9(d)(i) – (vi) or 3.9(d)(xi) – (xv), or would be so described in Section 3.9(d)(i) but for the $50,000,000 threshold, or would be so described in Section 3.9(d)(vi) but for the limitations in Section 3.9(d)(vi)(A) or (B));


 other than in the Ordinary Course of Business, agreements for the sale of any material assets, property or rights or for the grant of any options or preferential rights to purchase any material assets, property or rights;


documents granting any power of attorney with respect to the material affairs of any SET Company;



other than those that are not material, agreements evidencing settlement of litigation with outstanding obligations;


other than those that are not material, any Contracts not made in the Ordinary Course of Business;


full requirements purchase or supply contracts with either (a) a remaining term of more than 36 months (or 60 months in the case of Sempra Energy Solutions) or (b) an remaining term of longer than 12 months and relating to more than 30,000 million British thermal units per day of natural gas, 2,400 megawatt hours per day of electricity, 300 metric tons of copper per month, 900 metric tons of lead per month, 50 metric tons of nickel per month, 750 metric tons of aluminum per month or 600 metric tons of zinc per month, and gas storage agreements with a remaining term of longer than 12 months;


tolling (financial and/or physical), energy management or other similar agreements;


any Contract with respect to a Commodity Transaction that (A) has a term longer than five (5) years and provides for aggregate payments, based on then-current prices, by or to a SET Company in excess of $1,000,000,000 or (B) provides for aggregate payments, based on then-current prices, by or to an SET Company in excess of $5,000,000,000.  For these purposes, “then current prices” means current prices (which, for purposes of providing the representation in this Section 3.9(d)(xv) only, were determined as of the close of business on June 21, 2007), and in the case of (1) a physical Commodity Transaction that provides for a fixed purchase or sales price,  the US dollar present value of such price, (2) a physical Commodity Transaction that provides for an index purchase or sales price, the US dollar present value of the forward prices for such index during the term of such transaction that are utilized by the SET Company to determine the mark-to-market valuation for such transaction, and (3) a Commodity Transaction that is a derivative, the net settlement amount for each settlement date during the term of such transaction, based on the  US dollar present value of the applicable forward prices during the term of such transaction that are utilized by the SET Companies to determine the mark-to-market valuation for such transaction; and


any material amendments, modifications, extensions or renewals of any of the foregoing.

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