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

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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 9, 2002, to the Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, Washington, DC 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 9, 2002, the application(s) and/or declaration(s), as filed or as amended, may be granted and/or permitted to become effective.

Xcel Energy, Inc., et al. (70-10059)

Xcel Energy, Inc., (“Xcel”), a registered holding company, and its wholly owned subsidiary, NRG Acquisition Company, LLC (“Acquisition Company,” and together with Xcel, “Applicants”), both located at 800 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402, have filed an application-declaration under sections 6(a), 7, 9(a), 10, 11, 12(b), 32 and 33 of the Act and rules 51, 53, 54 and 58 under the Act.

Applicants propose to commence a tender or exchange offer (“Exchange Offer”) for Xcel to acquire the outstanding common stock of NRG Energy, Inc. (“NRG”),[1] a Delaware corporation and a majority owned indirect subsidiary of Xcel,[2] under the terms of a plan approved by Xcel's board of directors on February 14, 2002. In the Exchange Offer, Xcel proposes to acquire the outstanding publicly held shares of NRG, representing approximately a 26 percent minority interest, by exchanging NRG common stock for .4846 shares of Xcel common stock in the Exchange Offer in a tax-free exchange. Applicants also propose to acquire the balance of the shares of NRG's common stock not tendered in the Exchange Offer by means of a short-form merger permitted under Delaware law (“Short-Form Merger”). Xcel proposes to issue up to 24.7 million shares of its common stock in exchange for NRG's common stock obtained in the Exchange Offer and Short-Form Merger.[3]

Under the terms of the Exchange Offer, in order to be successful, enough shares of NRG common stock will need to be tendered so that Xcel's ownership level of NRG reaches 90 percent. If the Exchange Offer results in 90 percent ownership, Wholesale will contribute enough shares of NRG common stock to Acquisition Company to permit Xcel to own at least 90 percent of NRG. Subsequently, Acquisition Company will merge through the Short-Form Merger with and into NRG. Each outstanding share of NRG common stock not acquired in the Exchange Offer will be converted in the Short-Form Merger into the right to receive 0.4846 shares of Xcel in the Exchange Offer. After completion of the Exchange Offer and the Short-Form Merger, Xcel will own NRG as an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary. Xcel states that its investment in NRG will be included as part of Xcels's investment in exempt wholesale generators and foreign investment companies for purposes of sections 32 and 33 of the Act.

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

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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Footnotes

1.  NRG is an independent power producer and a leading global energy company, primarily engaged in the acquisition, development, ownership and operation of power generation facilities and the sale of energy, capacity and related products. NRG's common stock is publicly traded and listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “NRG.”

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2.  Xcel indirectly owns shares of NRG's common stock through its wholly owned subsidiary, Xcel Energy Wholesale Group, Inc. (“Wholesale”). Xcel owns 147,604,500 shares of NRG's Class A Common Stock, each of which is convertible at any time into one share of NRG's Common Stock. The Class A Common Stock represents 74.3% of all of the outstanding shares of both classes of NRG's common shares combined. Because each share of Class A Common Stock entitles Xcel to ten votes, Xcel currently holds 96.7% of the combined voting power of all of NRG's outstanding common shares.

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3.  The shares of Xcel's common stock to be issued in the Exchange Offer and the Short-Form Merger will come from Xcel's authorized but unissued shares.

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[FR Doc. 02-6799 Filed 3-20-02; 8:45 am]

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