BUSINESS UNIT PERFORMANCE SHARE PLAN

 

                                                                  EXHIBIT 10(dd)

                          RELIANT ENERGY, INCORPORATED
                      BUSINESS UNIT PERFORMANCE SHARE PLAN

                                  INTRODUCTION

                                    ARTICLE I

                                     PURPOSE

                  The purpose of this Reliant Energy, Incorporated Business Unit
Performance Share Plan (the "Plan") is to strengthen the alignment of financial
interests of selected employees in various Strategic Business Units ("SBUs") of
Reliant Energy, Incorporated (the "Company") and its Subsidiaries with those of
the Company's shareholders through the increased ownership of shares of the
Company's Common Stock by such employees. The Plan (i) enhances the Company's
ability to maintain a competitive position in attracting and retaining qualified
personnel, (ii) provides a means of rewarding the outstanding performance of
such employees, and (iii) enhances the interest of such employees in the
Company's continued success and progress by enabling them to obtain a
proprietary interest in the Company. The Plan provides for awards of performance
shares tied to, among other factors, the performance of particular SBUs of the
Company.

                                   ARTICLE II

                                   DEFINITIONS

                  For purposes of the Plan, the following terms shall have the
meanings below stated, subject to the provisions of Section 8.1.

                  "BOARD" means the Board of Directors of the Company.

                  "CAUSE" means Executive's (a) gross negligence in the
performance of Executive's duties, (b) intentional and continued failure to
perform Executive's duties, (c) intentional engagement in conduct which is
materially injurious to the Company or its Subsidiaries (monetarily or
otherwise) or (d) conviction of a felony or a misdemeanor involving moral
turpitude. For this purpose, an act or failure to act on the part of Executive
will be deemed "intentional" only if done or omitted to be done by Executive not
in good faith and without reasonable belief that his/her action or omission was
in the best interest of the Company, and no act or failure to act on the part of
Executive will be deemed "intentional" if it was due primarily to an error in
judgment or negligence.

                  A "CHANGE IN CONTROL" or "CIC" shall be deemed to have
occurred upon the occurrence of any of the following events:

                  (a) 30% OWNERSHIP CHANGE: Any Person makes an acquisition of
         Outstanding Voting Stock and is, immediately thereafter, the beneficial
         owner of 30% or more of the then Outstanding Voting Stock, unless such
         acquisition is made

         directly from the Company in a transaction approved by a majority of
         the Incumbent Directors; or any group is formed that is the beneficial
         owner of 30% or more of the Outstanding Voting Stock; or

                  (b) BOARD MAJORITY CHANGE: Individuals who are Incumbent
         Directors cease for any reason to constitute a majority of the members
         of the Board; or

                  (c) MAJOR MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS: Consummation of a Business
         Combination unless, immediately following such Business Combination,
         (i) all or substantially all of the individuals and entities that were
         the beneficial owners of the Outstanding Voting Stock immediately prior
         to such Business Combination beneficially own, directly or indirectly,
         more than 70% of the then outstanding shares of voting stock of the
         parent corporation resulting from such Business Combination in
         substantially the same relative proportions as their ownership,
         immediately prior to such Business Combination, of the Outstanding
         Voting Stock, (ii) if the Business Combination involves the issuance or
         payment by the Company of consideration to another entity or its
         shareholders, the total fair market value of such consideration plus
         the principal amount of the consolidated long-term debt of the entity
         or business being acquired (in each case, determined as of the date of
         consummation of such Business Combination by a majority of the
         Incumbent Directors) does not exceed 50% of the sum of the fair market
         value of the Outstanding Voting Stock plus the principal amount of the
         Company's consolidated long-term debt (in each case, determined
         immediately prior to such consummation by a majority of the Incumbent
         Directors), (iii) no Person (other than any corporation resulting from
         such Business Combination) beneficially owns, directly or indirectly,
         30% or more of the then outstanding shares of voting stock of the
         parent corporation resulting from such Business Combination and (iv) a
         majority of the members of the board of directors of the parent
         corporation resulting from such Business Combination were Incumbent
         Directors of the Company immediately prior to consummation of such
         Business Combination; or

                  (d) MAJOR ASSET DISPOSITIONS: Consummation of a Major Asset
         Disposition unless, immediately following such Major Asset Disposition,
         (i) individuals and entities that were beneficial owners of the
         Outstanding Voting Stock immediately prior to such Major Asset
         Disposition beneficially own, directly or indirectly, more than 70% of
         the then outstanding shares of voting stock of the Company (if it
         continues to exist) and of the entity that acquires the largest portion
         of such assets (or the entity, if any, that owns a majority of the
         outstanding voting stock of such acquiring entity) and (ii) a majority
         of the members of the board of directors of the Company (if it
         continues to exist) and of the entity that acquires the largest portion
         of such assets (or the entity, if any, that owns a majority of the
         outstanding voting stock of such acquiring entity) were Incumbent
         Directors of the Company immediately prior to consummation of such
         Major Asset Disposition.

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For purposes of the foregoing,

                  (1) the term "Person" means an individual, entity or group;

                  (2) the term "group" is used as it is defined for purposes of
         Section 13(d)(3) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the "Exchange
         Act");

                  (3) the term "beneficial owner" is used as it is defined for
         purposes of Rule 13d-3 under the Exchange Act;

                  (4) the term "Outstanding Voting Stock" means outstanding
         voting securities of the Company entitled to vote generally in the
         election of directors; and any specified percentage or portion of the
         Outstanding Voting Stock (or of other voting stock) shall be determined
         based on the combined voting power of such securities;

                  (5) the term "Incumbent Director" means a director of the
         Company (x) who was a director of the Company on September 1, 1997 or
         (y) who becomes a director subsequent to such date and whose election,
         or nomination for election by the Company's shareholders, was approved
         by a vote of a majority of the Incumbent Directors at the time of such
         election or nomination, except that any such director shall not be
         deemed an Incumbent Director if his or her initial assumption of office
         occurs as a result of an actual or threatened election contest or other
         actual or threatened solicitation of proxies by or on behalf of a
         Person other than the Board;

                  (6) the term "election contest" is used as it is defined for
         purposes of Rule 14a-11 under the Exchange Act;

                  (7) the term "Business Combination" means (x) a merger or
         consolidation involving the Company or its stock or (y) an acquisition
         by the Company, directly or through one or more subsidiaries, of
         another entity or its stock or assets;

                  (8) the term "parent corporation resulting from a Business
         Combination" means the Company if its stock is not acquired or
         converted in the Business Combination and otherwise means the entity
         which as a result of such Business Combination owns the Company or all
         or substantially all the Company's assets either directly or through
         one or more subsidiaries; and

                  (9) the term "Major Asset Disposition" means the sale or other
         disposition in one transaction or a series of related transactions of
         70% or more of the assets of the Company and its subsidiaries on a
         consolidated basis; and any specified percentage or portion of the
         assets of the Company shall be based on fair market value, as
         determined by a majority of the Incumbent Directors.

                  "CODE" means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended
from time to time.

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                  "COMMITTEE" means the Special Stock Award Committee of the
Board of Directors of the Company.

                  "COMMON STOCK" means, subject to the provisions of Section
10.3, the presently authorized common stock, without par value, of the Company.

                  "COMPANY" means Reliant Energy, Incorporated, a Texas
corporation.

                  "DISABILITY" means a physical or mental impairment of
sufficient severity such that an Employee is both eligible for and in receipt of
benefits under the long-term disability provisions of the Company's benefit
plans.

                  "EMPLOYEE" means an employee of the Company or a Subsidiary.

                  "EMPLOYER" means the Company or Subsidiary that employs the
Employee.

                  "EXCHANGE ACT" means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as
amended.

                  "FAIR MARKET VALUE" means the average of high and low sales
price of a share of Common Stock on the New York Stock Exchange--Composite
Transactions reporting system, as reported in The Wall Street Journal on the
date as of which such value is being determined or, if no sales occurred on such
day, then on the next preceding day on which there were such sales.

                  "PARTICIPANT" means a person selected to participate in this
Plan pursuant to the terms hereof.

                  "PERFORMANCE CYCLE" means the period of time established by
the Committee of not less than one (1) year nor more than six (6) years used
when measuring the degree to which the Performance Objectives relating to an
award of Performance Shares have been met.

                  "PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES" means the criteria established by the
Committee for each Performance Cycle as the basis for determining the number of
shares of Common Stock which shall be vested with respect to each award of
Performance Shares.

                  "PERFORMANCE SHARES" means shares of Common Stock or units
denominated in shares of Common Stock granted by the Company to a Participant
pursuant to Section 5.1 subject to restrictions based on the achievement of
Performance Goals.

                  "PLAN" means the Reliant Energy, Incorporated Business Unit
Performance Sharing Plan, as set forth herein and as from time to time amended.

                  "STRATEGIC BUSINESS UNIT" or "SBU" means a unit or division of
the Company or a Subsidiary, or a functional unit of the Company, a Subsidiary,
or a group of Subsidiaries, designated as a Strategic Business Unit.

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                  "SUBSIDIARY" means a subsidiary corporation of the Company as
defined in Section 424(f) of the Code.

                                   ARTICLE III

                              RESERVATION OF SHARES

                  The aggregate number of shares of Common Stock which may be
issued under this Plan shall not exceed Five Million (5,000,000) shares, subject
to adjustment as hereinafter provided. All or any part of such Five Million
shares may be issued pursuant to awards of Performance Shares. The shares of
Common Stock which may be granted pursuant to awards of Performance Shares will
consist of either authorized but unissued shares of Common Stock or shares of
Common Stock which have been issued and which shall have been heretofore or
hereafter reacquired by the Company as treasury shares. The total number of
shares authorized under this Plan shall be subject to increase or decrease in
order to give effect to the adjustment provision of Section 10.3 and to give
effect to any amendment adopted as provided in Section 9.1. The foregoing
limitation on the number of shares of Common Stock issuable under the Plan is a
limitation on the aggregate number of shares of Common Stock issued, net of any
shares of Common Stock subject to a Stock Award implemented by delivery of
certificates that are returned to the Company as provided in Article V, but
subject to such other rules and procedures concerning the counting of shares
against the Plan maximum as the Committee may deem appropriate.

                                   ARTICLE IV

                            PARTICIPATION IN THE PLAN

         4.1 ELIGIBILITY TO RECEIVE PERFORMANCE SHARES. Subject to the
restriction in the next following sentence, Performance Shares under this Plan
may be granted only to persons selected by the Committee who are Employees of
the Company or a Subsidiary on the date the award of Performance Shares is
granted. In no event shall an Employee who is an officer of the Company on the
date the grant otherwise would have been made be eligible for the grant of an
award hereunder.

         4.2 PARTICIPATION NOT GUARANTEE OF EMPLOYMENT. Nothing in this Plan or
in the instrument evidencing the grant of a Performance Shares shall in any
manner be construed to limit in any way the right of the Company or a Subsidiary
to terminate a Participant's employment at any time, without regard to the
effect of such termination on any rights such Participant would otherwise have
under this Plan, or give any right to such Participant to remain employed by the
Company or a Subsidiary in any particular position or at any particular rate of
compensation.

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                                    ARTICLE V

                               PERFORMANCE SHARES

         5.1 GRANT OF PERFORMANCE SHARES.

         (a) SELECTION OF PARTICIPANTS. Subject to the terms of this Plan, the
Committee shall select the persons to whom Performance Shares shall be awarded.
Awards of Performance Shares shall generally be made at the beginning of a
Performance Cycle, but may, in the Committee's discretion, be made from time to
time during the term of a Performance Cycle.

         (b) AWARD OF SHARES. The Committee shall determine the number of shares
of Common Stock covered by each award of Performance Shares awarded to a
Participant, as well as all other terms and conditions of each award of
Performance Shares. On or about the close of, and, if appropriate and in
accordance with Section 6.3 or 6.4, during the term of, the Performance Cycle,
the Committee shall determine whether restrictions set forth in Article VI
hereof shall lapse with respect to a portion or all of the shares awarded under
an award of Performance Shares.

                  The Committee may implement the grant of Performance Shares by
(i) credit to a bookkeeping account maintained by the Company evidencing the
accrual to a Participant of unsecured and unfunded rights to receive, subject to
the terms of the award of Performance Shares, shares of Common Stock or (ii)
delivery of certificates for shares of Common Stock to the Participant, who must
execute appropriate stock powers in blank and return the certificates and stock
powers to the Company to be held in escrow for future delivery in accordance
with the terms of the award of Performance Shares.

         (c) FORM OF INSTRUMENT. Each award of Performance Shares shall be made
pursuant to an instrument prescribed in form by the Committee. Such instrument
shall specify the number of shares covered thereby, the relevant Performance
Goals and Performance Cycle, and the restrictions, if any, which, if not
achieved, may cause all or part of the shares to be forfeited.

         5.2 PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES. Each award of Performance Shares shall be
subject to the achievement of Performance Objectives by the Company, a
Subsidiary, a combination of Subsidiaries, a particular SBU, a combination of
SBUs, or any combination of the foregoing during the Performance Cycle with
respect to which the award of Performance Shares is made. The Committee shall
generally establish Performance Objectives prior to the beginning of each
Performance Cycle, but may, in the Committee's discretion, establish Performance
Objectives during the term of a Performance Cycle. The Committee may also
subject an award of Performance Shares to such other restrictions as the
Committee, in its discretion, deems appropriate. Once established, Performance
Objectives may be changed, adjusted or amended during the term of a Performance
Cycle only upon authorization by the Committee. The degree to which the
Performance Objectives are achieved shall serve as the basis for the Committee's
determination of the portion of a Participant's award of Performance Shares
which shall become vested by reason of the lapse of restrictions set forth in
Article VI. The Committee may waive the attainment of Performance

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Objectives (in whole or in part) during or after the close of a Performance
Cycle if the Committee deems it appropriate in light of a change of
circumstances.

         5.3 RIGHTS WITH RESPECT TO SHARES.

         (a) AWARD BY BOOKKEEPING ENTRY. No Participant who is granted an award
of Performance Shares implemented by credit to a Company bookkeeping account
shall have any rights as a stockholder by virtue of such grant until shares are
actually issued or delivered to the Participant. The Committee may establish and
express in the instrument evidencing the award of Performance Shares the terms
and conditions under which the Participant granted such Performance Shares shall
be entitled to receive an amount equivalent to any dividend payable with respect
to the number of shares which, as of the record date for which dividends are
payable, have been credited but not delivered to the Participant. At the
Committee's discretion, any such dividend equivalents (i) may be paid at such
time or times during the period when the shares are as yet undelivered pursuant
to the terms of the award of Performance Shares, (ii) may be paid at the time
the shares to which the dividend equivalents apply are delivered, or (iii) may
be reflected by the credit of additional full or fractional shares to three
decimal places in an amount equal to the amount of such dividend equivalents
divided by the Fair Market Value of a full share on the date of payment of the
dividend on which the dividend equivalent is based, all as shall be expressed in
the written instrument evidencing the award of Performance Shares. Any
arrangements for the payment or credit of dividend equivalents shall be
terminated if, and to the extent that, under the terms and conditions so
established, the right to receive shares pursuant to the terms of the award of
Performance Shares shall terminate or lapse.

         (b) AWARD BY STOCK CERTIFICATE. Each Participant to whom an award of
Performance Shares consisting of shares represented by a stock certificate has
been made shall have absolute ownership of such shares including the right to
vote the same and to receive dividends thereon, subject, however, to the terms,
conditions and restrictions, if any, described in this Plan and in the
instrument evidencing the grant of the Performance Shares.

                  Notwithstanding the foregoing, shares of Common Stock
transferred pursuant to an award of Performance Shares shall be held in escrow
pursuant to an agreement satisfactory to the Committee until such time as the
Committee shall have determined whether the restrictions set forth in Article VI
shall have lapsed. Each such escrow agreement shall provide, without limitation,
that the shares of Common Stock subject to such agreement are subject to the
restrictions set forth in Article VI.

                                   ARTICLE VI

                                  RESTRICTIONS

         6.1 RESTRICTIONS. Each award of Performance Shares granted under this
Plan shall contain the following terms, conditions and restrictions and such
additional terms, conditions and restrictions as may be determined by the
Committee.

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                  Until the restrictions set forth in this Section 6.1 shall
lapse pursuant to this Article VI, shares of Common Stock awarded to a
Participant pursuant to each award of Performance Shares:

                  (a) shall not be sold, assigned, transferred, pledged,
         hypothecated or otherwise disposed of; and

                  (b) shall be returned to the Company, and all rights of the
         Participant to such shares shall terminate without any payment of
         consideration by the Company, if the Participant's continuous
         employment with the Company or any of its Subsidiaries shall terminate
         for any reason, except as provided in Section 6.2, 6.3 or 6.4.

         6.2 LAPSE OF RESTRICTIONS DUE TO ACHIEVEMENT OF PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES.
On or about the close of each Performance Cycle, the Committee shall determine
whether, and if not, to what extent the Company and/or the relevant SBUs have
achieved the Performance Objectives established for such Performance Cycle. The
Committee shall notify each Participant who has received an award of Performance
Shares of the Committee's determination of the extent to which the Performance
Objectives established for the Performance Cycle have been achieved and the
number of shares, if any, of Common Stock with respect to which the restrictions
of Section 6.1 have lapsed. Any lapse of restrictions shall occur on the date
the Committee notifies the Participant in writing.

         6.3 LAPSE OF RESTRICTIONS DUE TO CERTAIN TERMINATIONS OF EMPLOYMENT.
Unless otherwise provided by the Committee with respect to a particular award of
Performance Shares, if a Participant who has been in the continuous employment
of any Employer since the date on which Performance Shares were granted to such
Participant shall, while in such employment and prior to the close of the
Performance Cycle with respect to which such Performance Shares were granted,
terminate employment by reason of death, Disability or retirement on or after
attainment of age fifty-five (55), or if the Participant's employment is
terminated without Cause, then:

                  (a) if such event occurs during the first year of the
         Performance Cycle, all shares included in the award of Performance
         Shares shall be canceled; and

                  (b) if such event occurs after such first year of the
         Performance Cycle, then (1) the Committee will take such action as it
         deems necessary or appropriate to determine the degree to which the
         applicable Performance Objectives are expected to be achieved through
         the end of the Performance Cycle in which such event occurs and
         determine the number (if any) of shares which such Participant would
         otherwise have been entitled to based on the attainment of such
         achievement level and (2) the restrictions set forth in Section 6.1
         shall lapse with respect to a number of shares equal to the product of
         (A) the number of such shares determined under clause (1) immediately
         above times (B) a fraction, the numerator of which is the number of
         days elapsed in the Performance Cycle as of the date of such event and
         the denominator of which is the total number of days in the Performance
         Cycle.

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         Any lapse of restrictions pursuant to this Section 6.3(b) shall occur
         on the later of the end of the Performance Cycle and the date the
         Committee notifies the Participant in writing.

         6.4 TREATMENT UPON CHANGE IN CONTROL. Unless otherwise provided by the
Committee with respect to a particular award of Performance Shares,
notwithstanding any provision of Section 6.1 or any other provision of this
Plan, forthwith upon the occurrence of any Change in Control of the Company, the
Company shall pay cash to each Participant to whom an award of Performance
Shares has been made (and with respect to which the restrictions have not
previously lapsed) in an amount equal to the number of shares of Common Stock
granted under this Plan pursuant to outstanding awards of Performance Shares
times the Fair Market Value on the date of the Change in Control.

                                   ARTICLE VII

                                  TAX PAYMENTS

                  A Participant who has received shares of Common Stock pursuant
to an award of Performance Shares may also, at the discretion of the Committee,
receive from the Company a cash payment in an amount determined by the
Committee, if any, not to exceed that amount sufficient to pay such
Participant's tax liability with respect to (i) such shares and (ii) such cash
payment.

                                  ARTICLE VIII

                           ADMINISTRATION OF THE PLAN

         8.1 THE COMMITTEE. This Plan shall be administered solely by the
Committee. The Committee shall have full and final authority to interpret this
Plan and the instruments evidencing Performance Shares granted hereunder, to
prescribe, amend and rescind rules and regulations, if any, relating to this
Plan and to make all determinations necessary or advisable for the
administration of this Plan. The Committee's determination in all matters
referred to herein shall be conclusive and binding for all purposes and upon all
persons including, but without limitation, the Company, all Subsidiaries, the
shareholders of the Company, the Committee and each of the members thereof, as
well as Participants and Employees and their respective successors in interest.

         8.2 LIABILITY OF COMMITTEE. No member of the Committee shall be liable
for anything done or omitted to be done by such member or by any other member of
the Committee or by any person to whom authority is delegated as provided in the
last sentence of Section 8.1 in connection with this Plan, except for the
willful misconduct of such member or as expressly required by law. The Committee
shall have power to engage outside consultants, auditors or other professionals
to assist in the fulfillment of the Committee's duties under this Plan at the
Company's expense.

         8.3 DETERMINATION OF THE COMMITTEE. In making its determinations
concerning the individuals who will become Participants, as well as the number
of shares to be awarded to each

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Participant, the Committee shall take into account such factors as the Committee
may deem relevant. The Committee shall also determine the form of instrument
granting the Performance Shares to be issued under this Plan and the terms and
conditions to be included therein, provided such terms and conditions are not
inconsistent with the terms of this Plan. The Committee may, in its sole
discretion, waive any provisions of any award of Performance Shares, provided
such waiver is not inconsistent with the terms of this Plan as then in effect.

                                   ARTICLE IX

                        AMENDMENT AND TERMINATION OF PLAN

         9.1 AMENDMENT, MODIFICATION, SUSPENSION OR TERMINATION. The Board may
amend, modify, suspend or terminate the Plan at any time except that no
amendment or alteration that would impair the rights of any Participant under
any outstanding award of Performance Shares shall be made without such
Participant's consent.

         9.2 TERMINATION. The Board may at any time terminate this Plan as of
any date specified in a resolution adopted by the Board. No Performance Shares
may be granted after this Plan has terminated. After this Plan has terminated,
the function of the Committee with respect to this Plan will be limited to
determinations, interpretations and other matters provided herein with respect
to Performance Shares previously granted.

                                    ARTICLE X

                            MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

         10.1 RESTRICTIONS UPON GRANT OF PERFORMANCE SHARES. The listing upon
the New York Stock Exchange or the registration or qualification under any
federal or state law of any shares of Common Stock to be granted pursuant to
this Plan (whether to permit the grant of Performance Shares or the resale or
other disposition of any such shares of Common Stock by or on behalf of the
Participants receiving such shares) may be necessary or desirable and, in any
event, if the Committee in its sole discretion so determines, delivery of the
certificates for such shares of Common Stock shall not be made until such
listing, registration or qualification shall have been completed. In such
connection, the Company agrees that it will use its best efforts to effect any
such listing, registration or qualification, provided, however, that the Company
shall not be required to use its best efforts to effect such registration under
the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, other than on Form S-8, as presently in
effect, or other such forms as may be in effect from time to time calling for
information comparable to that presently required to be furnished under Form
S-8.

         10.2 RESTRICTIONS UPON RESALE OF UNREGISTERED STOCK. If the shares of
Common Stock that have been transferred to a Participant pursuant to the terms
of this Plan are not registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended,
pursuant to an effective registration statement, such Participant, if the
Committee deems it advisable, may be required to represent and agree in writing
(i) that any shares of Common Stock acquired by such Participant pursuant to
this Plan will not be sold except pursuant to Rule 144 under the Securities Act
of 1933 (the "1933 Act"), pursuant to an

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effective registration statement under the 1933 Act, or pursuant to an exemption
from registration under said Act and (ii) that such Participant is acquiring
such shares of Common Stock for such Participant's own account and not with a
view to the distribution thereof.

         10.3 ADJUSTMENTS.

         (a) The existence of outstanding Performance Shares shall not affect in
any manner the right or power of the Company or its shareholders to make or
authorize any or all adjustments, recapitalizations, reorganizations or other
changes in the capital stock of the Company or its business or any merger or
consolidation of the Company, or any issue of bonds, debentures, preferred or
prior preference stock (whether or not such issue is prior to, on a parity with
or junior to the Common Stock) or the dissolution or liquidation of the Company,
or any sale or transfer of all or any part of its assets or business, or any
other corporate act or proceeding of any kind, whether or not of a character
similar to that of the acts or proceedings enumerated above.

         (b) In the event of any subdivision or combination of outstanding
shares of Common Stock or declaration of a dividend on the Common Stock payable
in shares of Common Stock, the Committee may adjust proportionally the number of
shares of Common Stock reserved under this Plan and covered by outstanding
awards of Performance Shares denominated in Common Stock or units of Common
Stock and may also adjust, if it deems appropriate, any price criteria or other
determination in respect of such Performance Shares. In the event of any
consolidation or merger of the Company with another corporation or entity or the
adoption by the Company of a plan of exchange affecting the Common Stock or any
distribution to holders of Common Stock of securities or property (other than
normal cash dividends or dividends payable in Common Stock) or any
reclassification of this Common Stock, the Committee may make such adjustments
or other provisions as it may deem equitable, including adjustments to avoid
fractional shares, to give proper effect to such event. In the event of a
corporate merger, consolidation, acquisition of property or stock, or
liquidating distribution, the Committee shall be authorized to issue or assume
Performance Shares, regardless of whether in a transaction to which Section
424(a) of the Code applies, by means of substitution of new Performance Shares
for previously issued Performance Shares or an assumption of previously issued
Performance Shares, or to make provision for the acceleration of the lapse of
restrictions with respect to Performance Shares and the termination of
unexercised rights with respect to Performance Shares in connection with such
transaction.

         10.4 RESTRICTIVE LEGENDS.

         (a) Certificates for shares of Common Stock delivered pursuant to an
award of Performance Shares shall bear an appropriate legend conforming to the
requirements of applicable law referring to the terms, conditions and
restrictions described in this Plan and in the instruments evidencing the grant
of the Performance Shares. Any attempt to dispose of any such shares of Common
Stock in contravention of the terms, conditions and restrictions described in
this Plan or in the instruments evidencing the grant of the Performance Shares
shall be ineffective. The Company may also place appropriate "stop transfer"
instructions in the stock transfer books of the Company with respect to shares
of Common Stock covered by an award of Performance Shares.

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         (b) Any shares of Common Stock received by a Participant as a stock
dividend on, or as a result of stock splits, combinations, exchanges of shares,
reorganizations, mergers, consolidations or otherwise with respect to, shares of
Common Stock received pursuant to an award of Performance Shares shall have the
same status and bear the same legend as the shares received pursuant to the
award of Performance Shares.

         10.5 WITHHOLDING OF TAXES: The Committee shall deduct applicable taxes
(without regard to any alternative rule permitting the use of a flat percentage
rate in computing such applicable income tax withholding amounts) with respect
to any Performance Shares, and withhold, at the time of delivery or other
appropriate time, an appropriate amount of cash or number of shares of Common
Stock or a combination thereof for payment of taxes required by law, such
withholding to be administered on a uniform basis (not involving any election by
any Participant). If shares of Common Stock are used to satisfy tax withholding,
such shares shall be valued based on the Fair Market Value when the tax
withholding is required to be made.

         10.6 POOLING OF INTERESTS: In the event that the Company is party to a
transaction which is otherwise intended to qualify for "pooling of interests"
accounting treatment then (a) the provisions of the Plan shall, to the extent
practicable, be interpreted so as to permit such accounting treatment, and (b)
to the extent that the application of clause (a) of this sentence does not
preserve the availability of such accounting treatment, then, to the extent that
any of the provisions of the Plan or the terms or provisions of any outstanding
award or the manner or timing of the adoption of the Plan or the making of any
award thereunder disqualifies the transaction as a "pooling" transaction, the
Board may amend any provisions of the Plan, amend the provisions of any
outstanding award and/or declare any of the provisions of the Plan or the entire
Plan as well as any outstanding awards null and void if and to the extent
necessary (including declaring such provision or provisions to be null and void
as of the date hereof) so that such transaction may be accounted for as a
"pooling of interests." All determinations with respect to this paragraph shall
be made by the Board, based upon the advice of the accounting firm whose opinion
with respect to "pooling of interests" is required as a condition to the
consummation of such transaction.

         10.7 EFFECTIVE DATE OF PLAN: This Plan shall be effective as of January
6, 1999.

                                       RELIANT ENERGY, INCORPORATED

                                       By /s/ LEE W. HOGAN
                                         ---------------------------------------
                                         Name: Lee W. Hogan
                                              ----------------------------------
                                         Title: Vice Chairman
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ATTEST:

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Assistant Corporate Secretary

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Basic Info X:

Name: BUSINESS UNIT PERFORMANCE SHARE PLAN
Type: Business Unit Performance Share Plan
Date: March 17, 2000
Company: CENTERPOINT ENERGY HOUSTON ELECTRIC LLC
State: Texas

Other info:

Date:

  • September 1 , 1997
  • January 6 , 1999

Organization:

  • Company 's Common Stock
  • Outstanding Voting Stock
  • Special Stock Award Committee of the Board of Directors of the Company
  • Change in Control
  • New York Stock Exchange
  • Fair Market Value

Location:

  • Texas

Person:

  • s LEE W. HOGAN

Percent:

  • 50 %
  • 30 %
  • 70 %