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

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Start Preamble August 15, 2003.

Notice is hereby given that the following filing(s) has/have been made with the Commission under 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 September 10, 2003, 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 persons who so requests will be notified of any hearing, if ordered, and will receive a copy of any notice or order is issued in Start Printed Page 50563the matter. After September 10, 2003, the application(s) and/or declaration(s), as filed or as amended, may be granted and/or permitted to become effective.

Northeast Utilities, et al. (70-9343)

Northeast Utilities (“NU”), 174 Brush Hill Avenue, West Springfield, Massachusetts 01090-0010, a registered holding company, NU's wholly-owned nonutility subsidiary, NU Enterprises, Inc. (“NUEI”), and Northeast Utilities Service Company, both located at 107 Selden Street, Berlin, Connecticut 06037, (collectively, the “Applicants”) have filed a post effective amendment to their application-declaration under section 12(b) and rules 45 and 54 under the Act.

By order dated November 12, 1998 (HCAR No. 26939) (“Prior Order”), the Commission Authorized NU and NUEI to, among other things, issue guarantees or provide similar forms of credit support or enhancements (collectively, “Guarantees”), to, or for the benefit of NUEI, NUEI's nonutility subsidiaries, or NU's other to-be-formed direct or indirect energy-related companies, as defined in rule 58 of the Act. The Commission, through subsequent orders in this file, authorized an increase in this Guarantee authority to $500 million and the extension of the date through which Guarantees may be provided through September 30, 2003, under the terms and conditions of the Prior Order. Applicants request in this filing to maintain the Guarantee authority at $500 million and to extend the date through which the Guarantees may be provided through June 30, 2004, under the terms and conditions of the Prior Order.

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

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 03-21400 Filed 8-20-03; 8:45 am]