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Filings Under the Public Utility Holding Company “Act” of 1935, as Amended (Act)

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Start Preamble March 8, 2000.

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 applicant(s) and/or declaration(s) for complete statements of the proposed transaction(s) summarized below. The applicant(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 applicant(s) and/or declaration(s) should submit their views in writing by March 8, 2000, to the Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, Washington, D.C. 20549-0609, and serve a copy on the relevant applicant(s) and/or decalarant(s) at the address(es) specified below. Proof of service (by Start Printed Page 13350affidavit 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 March 28, 2000, the application(s) and/or declaration(s), as filed or as amended, may be granted and/or permitted to become effective.

Eastern Utilities Associates (70-9611)

Eastern Utilities Associates (“EUA”), a registered holding company located at 750 West Center Street, P.O. Box 543, West Bridgewater, Massachusetts 02379, has filed a declaration under section 12(b) of the Act and rules 45 and 54 under the Act.

EUA requests Commission approval to guaranty certain performance obligations of EUA Cogenex Corporation (“Cogenex”), a wholly owned nonutility subsidiary of EUA, in connection with (1) Cogenex's sale of certain (“Asset Sale”) to Fleet Business Credit Corporation (“Fleet”), and (2) the proposed restructuring and additional funding by Fleet of certain Cogenex contracts previously sold to Fleet under a separate program agreement (“Restructuring”).

Under the Asset Sale and the Restructuring, Cogenex proposes to sell to Fleet, for 475 million, approximately $81 million dollars worth of assets, which will include energy service contracts, notes receivable, and energy efficient equipment. EUA estimates that the energy service contracts will generate, as of January 1, 2000, approximately $110 million of gross cash flow.

As a condition to entering into the Asset Sale and the Restructuring, Fleet has requested that EUA (or its agreed upon successor) (1) Maintain a 51% ownership interest in Cogenex, and (2) Guaranty Cogenex's obligations under the Asset Sale and the Restructuring, including the continued service and performance of the energy service contracts (“Performance Guaranty”). Under the Asset Sale and Restructuring, Fleet will assume all third party credit risk under the contracts. The total principal subject to the Performance Guaranty will be approximately $100 million ($75 million for the Asset Sale and Restructuring and $25 million previously funded by Fleet prior to the Restructuring).

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For the Commission by the Division of Investment Management, under delegated authority.

Jonathan G. Katz,


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[FR Doc. 00-6077 Filed 3-10-00; 8:45 am]