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Form 8-K PG&E Wildfire Recovery For: Jul 13 Filed by: PACIFIC GAS & ELECTRIC Co

July 15, 2022 4:30 PM EDT

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Exhibit 1.1

PG&E WILDFIRE RECOVERY FUNDING LLC

PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY

$3,900,000,000 SENIOR SECURED RECOVERY BONDS, SERIES 2022-B

UNDERWRITING AGREEMENT

July 13, 2022

To the Representatives named in Schedule I hereto

of the Underwriters named in Schedule II hereto

Ladies and Gentlemen:

1.    Introduction. PG&E Wildfire Recovery Funding LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (the “Issuer”), proposes to issue and sell $3,900,000,000 aggregate principal amount of its Senior Secured Recovery Bonds, Series 2022-B (the “Bonds”), identified in Schedule I hereto. The Issuer and Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a California corporation and the Issuer’s direct parent (“PG&E”), hereby confirm their agreement with the several Underwriters (as defined below) as set forth herein.

The term “Underwriters” as used herein shall be deemed to mean the entity or several entities named in Schedule II hereto and any underwriter substituted as provided in Section 7 hereof and the term “Underwriter” shall be deemed to mean any one of such Underwriters. If the entity or entities listed in Schedule I hereto as representatives (the “Representatives”) are the same as the entity or entities listed in Schedule II hereto, then the terms “Underwriters” and “Representatives”, as used herein, shall each be deemed to refer to such entity or entities. All obligations of the Underwriters hereunder are several and not joint. If more than one entity is named in Schedule I hereto, any action under or in respect of this underwriting agreement (“Underwriting Agreement”) may be taken by such entities jointly as the Representatives or by one of the entities acting on behalf of the Representatives and such action will be binding upon all the Underwriters.

2.    Description of the Bonds. The Bonds will be issued pursuant to an indenture to be dated as of July 20, 2022, as supplemented by one or more series supplements thereto (as so supplemented, the “Indenture”), between the Issuer and The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, National Association, as indenture trustee (the “Indenture Trustee”) and as securities intermediary (the “Securities Intermediary”). The Bonds will be senior secured obligations of the Issuer and will be supported by recovery property (as more fully described in the Financing Order issued on May 6, 2021 (the “Financing Order”) by the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) relating to the Bonds, “Recovery Property”), to be sold to the Issuer by PG&E pursuant to the Recovery Property Purchase and Sale Agreement, to be dated on or about July 20, 2022, between PG&E and the Issuer (the “Sale Agreement”). The Recovery Property securing the Bonds will be serviced pursuant to the Recovery Property Servicing Agreement, to be dated on or about July 20, between PG&E, as servicer, and the Issuer, as owner of the Recovery Property sold to it pursuant to the Sale Agreement (the “Servicing Agreement”).


3.    Representations and Warranties of the Issuer. The Issuer represents and warrants to the several Underwriters that:

(a)    The Bonds have been registered on Form SF-1 pursuant to guidance from the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) and in accordance with such guidance the Issuer and the Bonds meet the requirements for the use of Form SF-1 under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”). The Issuer, in its capacity as co-registrant and issuing entity with respect to the Bonds, and PG&E, in its capacity as co-registrant and as sponsor for the Issuer, have prepared and filed with the Commission a registration statement on such form on June 7, 2022 (Registration Nos. 333-265457 and 333-265457-01), as amended by Amendment No. 1 thereto dated July 6, 2022, including a prospectus (the “Initial Registration Statement”, and the Registration Statement on Form SF-1 filed on July 13, 2022 (Registration Nos. 333-266115 and 333-266115-01) (the “Additional Registration Statement”, and collectively, with the Initial Registration Statement, the “Registration Statement”)), for registration under the Securities Act of up to $3,900,000,000 aggregate principal amount of the Bonds. The Registration Statement has been declared effective by the Commission and no stop order suspending such effectiveness has been issued under the Securities Act and no proceedings for that purpose have been instituted or are pending or, to the knowledge of the Issuer, threatened by the Commission. References herein to the term “Registration Statement” shall be deemed to refer to the Initial Registration Statement and the Additional Registration Statement, including any amendment thereto, and any information in a prospectus as amended or supplemented as of the Effective Date (as defined below), deemed or retroactively deemed to be a part thereof pursuant to Rule 430A under the Securities Act (“Rule 430A”) that has not been superseded or modified. “Registration Statement” without reference to a time means the Registration Statement as of the Applicable Time (as defined below), which the parties agree is the time of the first contract of sale (as used in Rule 159 under the Securities Act) for the Bonds, and shall be considered the “Effective Date” of the Registration Statement relating to the Bonds. Information contained in a form of prospectus (as amended or supplemented as of the Effective Date) that is deemed retroactively to be a part of the Registration Statement pursuant to Rule 430A shall be considered to be included in the Registration Statement as of the time specified in Rule 430A. The final prospectus relating to the Bonds, as filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) under the Securities Act, is referred to herein as the “Final Prospectus”; and the most recent preliminary prospectus that omitted information to be included upon pricing in a form of prospectus filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) under the Securities Act and that was used after the initial effectiveness of the Registration Statement and prior to the Applicable Time is referred to herein as the “Pricing Prospectus”. The Pricing Prospectus, the Issuer Free Writing Prospectuses (as defined below) identified in Section B of Schedule III, together with the InTex File (as defined below), are referred to herein as the “Pricing Package”.

 

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(b)    At the time the Registration Statement initially became effective, at the time of each amendment (whether by post-effective amendment, incorporated report or form of prospectus) and on the Effective Date relating to the Bonds, the Registration Statement fully complied, and the Final Prospectus, both as of its date and at the Closing Date, and the Indenture, at the Closing Date, will fully comply in all material respects with the applicable provisions of the Securities Act and the Trust Indenture Act of 1939, as amended (the “Trust Indenture Act”), respectively, and, in each case, the applicable instructions, rules and regulations of the Commission thereunder; the Registration Statement, at each of the aforementioned dates, did not and will not contain an untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state any material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading; the Final Prospectus, both as of its date and at the Closing Date, will not contain an untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state any material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading; provided that the foregoing representations and warranties in this paragraph (b) shall not apply to statements or omissions made in reliance upon and in conformity with any Underwriter Information as defined in Section 11(a) below or to any statements in or omissions from any Statements of Eligibility on Form T-1 (or amendments thereto) of the Indenture Trustee under the Indenture filed as exhibits to the Registration Statement or to any statements or omissions made in the Registration Statement or the Final Prospectus relating to The Depository Trust Company’s (“DTC”) Book-Entry System that are based solely on information contained in published reports of the DTC.

(c)    As of the Applicable Time, as of its date and on the date of its filing, the Pricing Prospectus did not and does not include any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state any material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading (except that the principal amount of the Bonds, the tranches, the initial principal balances, the scheduled final payment dates, the final maturity dates, the expected average lives and related sensitivity data, proceeds to the Issuer, underwriters’ allocation for each tranche, selling concession, reallowance, discounts, issuance date, the expected amortization schedule and the expected sinking fund schedule described in the Pricing Prospectus were subject to completion or change based on market conditions and the interest rate, price to the public and underwriting discounts and commissions for each tranche as well as certain other information dependent on the foregoing and other pricing related information was not included in the Pricing Prospectus). The Pricing Package, at the Applicable Time, did not, and at all subsequent times, through the completion of the offer and the sale of the Bonds on the Closing Date will not include any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state any material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading. The two preceding sentences do not apply to statements in or omissions from the Pricing Prospectus, the Pricing Term Sheet (as defined below) or any other Issuer Free Writing Prospectus based upon and in conformity with any Underwriter Information. “Issuer Free Writing Prospectus” means any “issuer free writing prospectus” as defined in Rule 433(h) under the Securities Act, relating to the Bonds, in the form filed or required to be filed with the Commission or, if not required to be filed, in the form retained in the Issuer’s records pursuant to Rule 433(g) under the Securities Act. References to the term “Free Writing Prospectus” shall mean a free writing prospectus, as defined in Rule 405 under the Securities Act. “InTex File” means the files available at the InTex deal titled xPGEW220B concerning the

 

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characteristics of the Bonds or Recovery Property. References to the term “Applicable Time” mean 4:14 p.m., Eastern Time, on the date hereof, except that if, subsequent to such Applicable Time, the Issuer, PG&E and the Underwriters have determined that the information contained in the Pricing Prospectus or any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus issued prior to such Applicable Time included an untrue statement of a material fact or omitted to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading and the Issuer, PG&E and the Underwriters have agreed to terminate the old purchase contracts and have entered into new purchase contracts with purchasers of the Bonds, then “Applicable Time” will refer to the first of such times when such new purchase contracts are entered into. The Issuer represents, warrants and agrees that it has treated and agrees that it will treat each of the free writing prospectuses listed on Schedule III hereto as an Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, and that each such Issuer Free Writing Prospectus has fully complied and will fully comply with the applicable requirements of Rules 164 and 433 under the Securities Act, including timely Commission filing where required, legending and record keeping.

(d)    Each Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, as of its issue date and at all subsequent times through the completion of the offer and sale of the Bonds on the Closing Date or until any earlier date that the Issuer or PG&E notified or notifies the Representatives as described in the next sentence, did not, does not and will not include any information that conflicted, conflicts or will conflict with the information then contained in the Registration Statement. If at any time following issuance of an Issuer Free Writing Prospectus there occurred or occurs an event or development the result of which is that such Issuer Free Writing Prospectus conflicts or would conflict with the information then contained in the Registration Statement or includes or would include an untrue statement of a material fact or, when considered together with the Pricing Prospectus, omitted or would omit to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances prevailing at that subsequent time, not misleading, (i) PG&E or the Issuer has promptly notified or will promptly notify the Representatives and (ii) PG&E or the Issuer has promptly amended or will promptly amend or supplement such Issuer Free Writing Prospectus to eliminate or correct such conflict, untrue statement or omission. The foregoing two sentences do not apply to statements in or omissions from any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus based upon and in conformity with any Underwriter Information.

(e)    The Issuer has been duly formed and is validly existing as a limited liability company in good standing under the Delaware Limited Liability Company Act, as amended, with full limited liability company power and authority to execute, deliver and perform its obligations under this Underwriting Agreement, the Bonds, the Sale Agreement, the Servicing Agreement, the Indenture, the amended and restated limited liability company agreement of the Issuer, dated on or about May 3, 2022 (the “LLC Agreement”), the administration agreement to be dated the Closing Date between the Issuer and PG&E (the “Administration Agreement”) and the other agreements and instruments contemplated by the Pricing Prospectus (collectively, the “Issuer Documents”) and to own its properties and conduct its business as described in the Registration Statement and the Pricing Prospectus; the Issuer has been duly qualified to do business as a foreign limited liability company and is in good standing under the laws of each jurisdiction in which it

 

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owns or leases properties or conducts any business so as to require such qualification, except where failure to so qualify or to be in good standing would not have a material adverse effect on the business, properties or financial condition of the Issuer; the Issuer has conducted and will conduct no business in the future that would be inconsistent with the description of the Issuer’s business set forth in the Pricing Prospectus. The Issuer is not a party to or bound by any agreement or instrument other than the Issuer Documents and other agreements or instruments incidental to its formation and the Rating Agency Letters (as defined below). The Issuer has no material liabilities or obligations other than those arising out of the transactions contemplated by the Issuer Documents and as described in the Pricing Prospectus. PG&E is the beneficial owner of all of the limited liability company interests of the Issuer. Based on current law, the Issuer is not classified as an association taxable as a corporation for United States federal income tax purposes.

(f)    The issuance and sale of the Bonds by the Issuer, the purchase of the Recovery Property by the Issuer from PG&E and the consummation of the transactions herein contemplated by the Issuer, and the fulfillment of the terms hereof on the part of the Issuer to be fulfilled will not conflict with or result in a violation, or default under (i) the Issuer’s certificate of formation or the LLC Agreement (collectively, the “Issuer Charter Documents”), (ii) any indenture or other agreement, obligation, condition, covenant or instrument to which the Issuer is a party, or (iii) any statute, law, rule, regulation, judgment, order or decree applicable to the Issuer of any court, regulatory body, administrative agency, governmental body, arbitrator or other authority having jurisdiction over the Issuer or any of its properties.

(g)    This Underwriting Agreement has been duly authorized, executed and delivered by the Issuer, which has the necessary limited liability company power and authority to execute, deliver and perform its obligations under this Underwriting Agreement.

(h)    The Issuer (i) is not in violation of the Issuer Charter Documents, (ii) is not in default, and no event has occurred which, with notice or lapse of time or both, would constitute such a default, in the due performance or observance of any term, covenant or condition contained in any indenture, mortgage, deed of trust or other agreement, or instrument to which it is a party or by which it is bound or to which its property is subject or (iii) is not in violation of any statute, law, rule, regulation, judgment, order or decree of any court, regulatory body, administrative agency, governmental body, arbitrator or other authority having jurisdiction over it or any of its properties, as applicable (except, in the case of clauses (ii) and (iii), for such violations or defaults as would not, individually or in the aggregate, have a material adverse effect on the business, property or financial condition of the Issuer.

(i)    The Indenture has been duly authorized by the Issuer, and, on the Closing Date, will have been duly executed and delivered by the Issuer and when executed and delivered by the Indenture Trustee will be a valid and binding instrument, enforceable against the Issuer in accordance with its terms, except as enforcement thereof may be limited (i) by laws and principles of equity affecting the enforcement of creditors’ rights, including, without limitation, bankruptcy, reorganization, insolvency arrangement,

 

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fraudulent conveyance, moratorium, receivership, assignment for the benefit of creditors laws, and (ii) the applicable regulatory requirements (including the approval of the CPUC (collectively, the “Enforceability Exceptions”). On the Closing Date, the Indenture will (i) comply as to form in all material respects with the requirements of the Trust Indenture Act and (ii) conform in all material respects to the description thereof in the Pricing Prospectus and Final Prospectus.

(j)    The Bonds have been duly authorized by the Issuer for issuance and sale to the Underwriters pursuant to this Underwriting Agreement and, when executed by the Issuer and authenticated by the Indenture Trustee in accordance with the Indenture and delivered to the Underwriters against payment therefor in accordance with the terms of this Underwriting Agreement, will constitute valid and binding obligations of the Issuer entitled to the benefits of the Indenture and enforceable against the Issuer in accordance with their terms, except as the enforceability thereof may be limited by the Enforceability Exceptions, and the Bonds conform in all material respects to the description thereof in the Pricing Prospectus and Final Prospectus. The Issuer has all requisite limited liability company power and authority to issue, sell and deliver the Bonds in accordance with and upon the terms and conditions set forth in this Underwriting Agreement and in the Pricing Prospectus and Final Prospectus.

(k)    No action, suit or proceeding by or before any court or governmental agency, authority or body or any arbitrator involving the Issuer or its property is pending or, to the best knowledge of the Issuer, threatened that (i) could reasonably be expected to, individually or in the aggregate, have a material adverse effect on the performance of any of the Issuer Documents or the consummation of any of the transactions contemplated thereby, or (ii) could reasonably be expected to have a material adverse effect on the Issuer’s business, property or financial condition.

(l)    Other than the filing of the issuance advice letter and non-action on the part of the CPUC contemplated by Ordering Paragraph 17 of the Financing Order, no consent, approval, authorization, filing with or order of any court or governmental agency or body is required in connection with the transactions contemplated herein, except such as have been already obtained and other than in connection or in compliance with the provisions of applicable blue sky laws or securities laws of any state, as to which the Issuer makes no representations or warranties), is legally required for the issuance and sale by the Issuer of the Bonds.

(m)    The Issuer is not, and after giving effect to the offering and sale of the Bonds and the application of the proceeds thereof as described in the Pricing Prospectus and the Final Prospectus, will not be, an “investment company” within the meaning of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “1940 Act”).

(n)    Relying on an exclusion or exemption from the definition of “investment company” under the 1940 Act under Section 3(c)(5)(A) of the Investment Company Act, although additional exclusions or exemptions may be available, the Issuer is not a “covered fund” for purposes of the regulations adopted to implement Section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

 

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(o)    The nationally recognized accounting firm which has performed certain procedures with respect to certain statistical and structural information contained in the Pricing Prospectus and the Final Prospectus, are independent public accountants.

(p)    Each of the Sale Agreement, the Servicing Agreement, the Administration Agreement and LLC Agreement has been duly and validly authorized by the Issuer, and when executed and delivered by the Issuer on or prior to the Closing Date and the other parties thereto will constitute a valid and legally binding obligation of the Issuer, enforceable against the Issuer in accordance with its terms, except as the enforceability thereof may be limited by the Enforceability Exceptions.

(q)    The Issuer has complied with the written representations, acknowledgements and covenants (the “17g-5 Representations”) relating to compliance with Rule 17g-5 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”) set forth in the (i) undertaking letter, dated June 7, 2022, by PG&E to Moody’s (as defined below) and (ii) undertaking letter, dated June 9, 2022, from PG&E to S&P (as defined below, and together with Moody’s, the “Rating Agencies”) and the Issuer (collectively, the “Rating Agency Letters”), other than (x) any noncompliance of the 17g-5 Representations that would not have a material adverse effect on the rating of the Bonds or the Bonds or (y) any noncompliance arising from the breach by an Underwriter of the representations and warranties and covenants set forth in Section 13 hereof.

(r)    The Issuer will comply, and has complied, in all material respects, with its diligence and disclosure obligations in respect to the Bonds under Rule 193 of the Securities Act and Items 1111(a)(7) of Regulation AB under the Securities Act.

(s)    The Bonds are not subject to the risk retention requirements imposed by Section 15G of the Exchange Act.

(t)    At the time of filing the Registration Statement, at the earliest time thereafter that the Issuer made a bona fide offer (within the meaning of Rule 164(h)(2)) of the Bonds and at the date hereof, the Issuer was not and is not an “ineligible issuer”, as defined in Rule 405 under the Securities Act.

4.    Representations and Warranties of PG&E. PG&E represents and warrants to the several Underwriters that:

(a)    PG&E, in its capacity as co-registrant and sponsor with respect to the Bonds, meets the requirements to use Form SF-1 under the Securities Act. PG&E, has prepared and filed with the Commission the Registration Statement for registration under the Securities Act of up to $3,900,000,000 aggregate principal amount of the Bonds. The Registration Statement has been declared effective by the Commission and no stop order suspending such effectiveness has been issued under the Securities Act and no proceedings for that purpose have been instituted or are pending or, to the knowledge of the Issuer, threatened by the Commission.

 

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(b)    At the time the Registration Statement initially became effective, at the time of each amendment (whether by post-effective amendment, incorporated report or form of prospectus) and on the Effective Date relating to the Bonds, the Registration Statement fully complied, and the Final Prospectus, both as of its date and at the Closing Date, and the Indenture, at the Closing Date, will fully comply in all material respects with the applicable provisions of the Securities Act and the Trust Indenture Act, respectively, and, in each case, the applicable instructions, rules and regulations of the Commission thereunder; the Registration Statement, at each of the aforementioned dates, did not and will not contain an untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state any material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading; the Final Prospectus, both as of its date and at the Closing Date, will not contain an untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state any material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading; provided that the foregoing representations and warranties in this paragraph (b) shall not apply to statements or omissions made in reliance upon and in conformity with any Underwriter Information as defined in Section 11(a) below or to any statements in or omissions from any Statements of Eligibility on Form T-1 (or amendments thereto) of the Indenture Trustee under the Indenture filed as exhibits to the Registration Statement or to any statements or omissions made in the Registration Statement or the Final Prospectus relating to DTC’s Book-Entry System that are based solely on information contained in published reports of the DTC.

(c)    As of the Applicable Time and on the date of its filing, if applicable, the Pricing Prospectus, each Issuer Free Writing Prospectus (other than the Pricing Term Sheet) and the InTex File (as defined below), did and do not include any untrue statement of a material fact or omit (with respect to each Issuer Free Writing Prospectus and the InTex File, when taken together with the Pricing Prospectus) to state any material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading (except that the principal amount of the Bonds, the tranches, the initial principal balances, the scheduled final payment dates, the final maturity dates, the expected average lives and related security data proceeds to the Issuer, underwriters’ allocation for each tranche, selling concession, reallowance discounts, issuance date, the expected amortization schedule and the expected sinking fund schedule described in the Pricing Prospectus were subject to completion or change based on market conditions, and the interest rate, price to the public and underwriting discounts and commissions for each tranche as well as certain other information dependent on the foregoing and other pricing related information was not included in the Pricing Prospectus). The Pricing Package, at the Applicable Time, did not, and at all subsequent times through the completion of the offer and the sale of the Bonds on the Closing Date, will not include any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state any material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading. The two preceding sentences do not apply to statements in or omissions from the Pricing Prospectus, the Pricing Term Sheet or any other Issuer Free Writing Prospectus based upon and in conformity with any Underwriter Information. PG&E represents, warrants and agrees that it has treated and agrees that it will treat each of the free writing prospectuses listed on Schedule III hereto as an Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, and that each such Issuer Free Writing Prospectus has fully complied and will fully comply with the applicable requirements of Rules 164 and 433 under the Securities Act, including timely Commission filing where required, legending and record keeping.

 

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(d)    Each Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, as of its issue date and at all subsequent times through the completion of the offer and sale of the Bonds on the Closing Date or until any earlier date that the Issuer or PG&E notified or notifies the Representatives as described in the next sentence, did not, does not and will not include any information that conflicted, conflicts or will conflict with the information contained in the Registration Statement. If at any time following issuance of an Issuer Free Writing Prospectus there occurred or occurs an event or development the result of which is that such Issuer Free Writing Prospectus conflicts or would conflict with the information then contained in the Registration Statement or includes or would include an untrue statement of a material fact or, when considered together with the Pricing Prospectus, omitted or would omit to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances prevailing at that subsequent time, not misleading, (i) PG&E or the Issuer has promptly notified or will promptly notify the Representatives and (ii) PG&E or the Issuer has promptly amended or will promptly amend or supplement such Issuer Free Writing Prospectus to eliminate or correct such conflict, untrue statement or omission. The foregoing two sentences do not apply to statements in or omissions from any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus based upon and in conformity with any Underwriter Information.

(e)    PG&E has been duly incorporated and is validly existing as a corporation in good standing under the laws of the State of California with full corporate power and authority to own or lease, as the case may be, and to operate its properties and conduct its business as described in the Registration Statement and the Pricing Prospectus, and is duly qualified to do business as a foreign corporation and is in good standing under the laws of each jurisdiction that requires such qualification, except where the failure to be so qualified or be in good standing would not, individually or in the aggregate, have a material adverse effect on the business, property, or financial condition of PG&E, and has all requisite power and authority to sell Recovery Property as described in the Pricing Prospectus and to otherwise perform its obligation under any Issuer Document to which it is a party. PG&E is the beneficial owner of all of the limited liability company interests of the Issuer.

(f)    PG&E has no significant subsidiaries within the meaning of Rule 1-02(w) of Regulation S-X.

(g)    The issuance and sale of the Bonds, the transfer by PG&E of all of its rights and interests under the Financing Order relating to the Bonds to the Issuer, the consummation of any other of the transactions herein contemplated or the fulfillment of the terms hereof on the part of PG&E to be fulfilled, will not conflict with, result in a breach or violation of, or imposition of any lien, charge or encumbrance upon any property or assets of PG&E pursuant to (i) the articles of incorporation, by-laws or other organizational documents of PG&E (collectively, the “PG&E Charter Documents”), (ii) the terms of any indenture, contract, lease, mortgage, deed of trust, note agreement, loan agreement or other agreement, obligation, condition, covenant or instrument to which PG&E is a party or bound or to which its property is subject, or (iii) any statute, law, rule, regulation, judgment, order or decree applicable to PG&E of any court, regulatory body, administrative agency,

 

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governmental body, arbitrator or other authority having jurisdiction over PG&E or any of its properties, except where such conflicts, breaches or violations could not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a material adverse effect on the business, property or financial condition of PG&E.

(h)    This Underwriting Agreement has been duly authorized, executed and delivered by PG&E, which has the necessary corporate power and authority to execute, deliver and perform its obligations under this Underwriting Agreement.

(i)    PG&E is not in violation or default of, and no event has occurred which, with notice or lapse of time or both, would constitute such a default, in the due performance or observance of any term, covenant or condition contained in, (i) the PG&E Charter Documents, (ii) any indenture, contract, lease, mortgage, deed of trust, note agreement, loan agreement or other agreement, obligation, condition, covenant or instrument to which it is a party or bound or to which its property is subject or (iii) any statute, law, rule, regulation, judgment, order or decree of any court, regulatory body, administrative agency, governmental body, arbitrator or other authority having jurisdiction over it or any of its properties, as applicable (except, in the case of clauses (ii) and (iii), for such violations or defaults as would not, individually or in the aggregate, have a material adverse effect on the business, property or financial condition of PG&E and its subsidiaries considered as a whole.

(j)    No action, suit or proceeding by or before any court or governmental agency, authority or body or any arbitrator involving PG&E or any of its subsidiaries or its or their property is pending or, to the best knowledge of PG&E, threatened that (i) could reasonably be expected to, individually or in the aggregate, have a material adverse effect on the Issuer’s business, property, or financial condition or on PG&E’s ability to perform its obligations under the Sale Agreement and the Servicing Agreement, or (ii) could reasonably be expected to have a material adverse effect on the business, property or financial condition of PG&E and its subsidiaries considered as a whole.

(k)    Other than the submission of the issuance advice letter and non-action on the part of the CPUC contemplated by Ordering Paragraph 17 of the Financing Order, no consent, approval, authorization, filing with or order of any court or governmental agency or body is required in connection with the transactions contemplated herein, except such as have been already obtained and other than in connection or in compliance with the provisions of applicable blue sky laws or securities laws of any state, as to which PG&E makes no representations or warranties, is legally required for the issuance and sale by the Issuer of the Bonds.

(l)    PG&E has delivered written consent to the CPUC accepting the terms and conditions of the Financing Order.

(m)    PG&E is not, and after giving effect to the offering and sale of the Bonds and the application of the proceeds thereof as described in the Pricing Prospectus, neither PG&E nor the Issuer will be, an “investment company” within the meaning of the 1940 Act.

 

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(n)    Relying on an exclusion or exemption from the definition of “investment company” under the 1940 Act under Section 3(c)(5)(A) of the Investment Company Act, although additional exclusions or exemptions may be available, the Issuer is not a “covered fund” for purposes of the regulations adopted to implement Section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

(o)    Each of the Sale Agreement and Servicing Agreement and Administration Agreement will have been prior to the Closing Date duly and validly authorized by PG&E, and when executed and delivered by PG&E and the other parties thereto will constitute a valid and legally binding obligation of PG&E, enforceable against PG&E in accordance with its terms, except as the enforceability thereof may be limited by the Enforceability Exceptions.

(p)    There are no California transfer taxes related to the transfer of the Recovery Property or the issuance and sale of the Bonds to the Underwriters pursuant to this Underwriting Agreement required to be paid at or prior to the Closing Date by PG&E or the Issuer.

(q)    The nationally recognized accounting firm referenced in Section 3(o) and 9(x) is a firm of independent public accountants with respect to PG&E as required by the Securities Act and the rules and regulations of the Commission thereunder.

(r)    PG&E, in its capacity as sponsor with the respect to the Bonds, has caused the Issuer to comply with the 17g-5 Representations, other than (x) any noncompliance of the 17g-5 Representations that would not have a material adverse effect on the rating of the Bonds or the Bonds or (y) any noncompliance arising from the breach by an Underwriter of the representations and warranties and covenants set forth in Section 13 hereof.

(s)    PG&E will comply, and has complied, in all material respects, with its diligence and disclosure obligations in respect to the Bonds under Rule 193 of the Securities Act and Items 1111(a)(7) and 1111(a)(8) of Regulation AB.

(t)    Neither PG&E, nor any of its subsidiaries nor, to the knowledge of PG&E, any director, officer, agent or employee of PG&E is currently subject to any U.S. sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Treasury Department (“OFAC”); and PG&E will not directly or indirectly use the proceeds of the offering, or lend, contribute or otherwise make available such proceeds to any subsidiary, joint venture partner or other person or entity, for the purpose of financing the activities of any person currently subject to any U.S. sanctions administered by OFAC.

(u)    The Bonds are not subject to the risk retention requirements imposed by Section 15G of the Exchange Act.

(v)    At the time of filing the Registration Statement, at the earliest time thereafter that PG&E made a bona fide offer (within the meaning of Rule 164(h)(2)) of the Bonds and at the date hereof, PG&E was not and is not an “ineligible issuer”, as defined in Rule 405 under the Securities Act.

 

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5.    Investor Communications.

(a)    Issuer and PG&E represent and agree that, unless they obtain the prior consent of the Representatives, and each Underwriter represents and agrees that, unless it obtains the prior consent of the Issuer and PG&E and the Representatives, it has not made and will not make any offer relating to the Bonds that would constitute an Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, or that would otherwise constitute a “free writing prospectus,” required to be filed by the Issuer or PG&E, as applicable, with the Commission or retained by the Issuer or PG&E, as applicable, under Rule 433 under the Securities Act; provided that the prior written consent of the parties hereto shall be deemed to have been given in respect of the Pricing Term Sheet and each other Free Writing Prospectus identified in Schedule III hereto.

(b)    PG&E and the Issuer (or the Representatives at the direction of the Issuer) will prepare a final pricing term sheet relating to the Bonds (the “Pricing Term Sheet”), containing only information that describes the final pricing terms of the Bonds and otherwise in a form consented to by the Representatives, and will file the Pricing Term Sheet within the period required by Rule 433(d)(5)(ii) under the Securities Act following the date such final pricing terms have been established for all classes of the offering of the Bonds. The Pricing Term Sheet is an Issuer Free Writing Prospectus for purposes of this Underwriting Agreement.

(c)    Each Underwriter may provide to investors one or more of the Free Writing Prospectuses, including the Pricing Term Sheet, subject to the following conditions:

(i)    An Underwriter shall not convey or deliver any Written Communication (as defined herein) to any person or entity in connection with the initial offering of the Bonds, unless such Written Communication (A) constitutes a prospectus satisfying the requirements of Rule 430A under the Securities Act, or (B)(i) is made in reliance on Rule 134 under the Securities Act, is an Issuer Free Writing Prospectus listed on Schedule III hereto or is an Underwriter Free Writing Prospectus (as defined below) and (ii) such Written Communication is preceded or accompanied by a prospectus satisfying the requirements of Section 10(a) of the Securities Act. “Written Communication” has the same meaning as that term is defined in Rule 405 under the Securities Act.

An “Underwriter Free Writing Prospectus” means any free writing prospectus that contains only preliminary or final terms of the Bonds and is not required to be filed by PG&E or the Issuer pursuant to Rule 433 under the Securities Act and that contains information substantially the same as the information contained in the Pricing Prospectus or Pricing Term Sheet (including, without limitation, (i) the class, size, rating, price, CUSIPs, coupon, yield, spread, benchmark, status and/or legal maturity date of the Bonds, the weighted average life, expected first and final scheduled payment dates, trade date, settlement date,

 

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transaction parties, credit enhancement, logistical details related to the location and timing of access to the roadshow, ERISA eligibility, legal investment status and payment window of one or more classes of Bonds and (ii) a column or other entry showing the status of the subscriptions for the Bonds, both for the Bonds as a whole and for each Underwriter’s retention, and/or expected pricing parameters of the Bonds).

(ii)    Each Underwriter shall comply with all applicable laws and regulations in connection with the use of Free Writing Prospectuses and the Pricing Term Sheet, including but not limited to Rules 164 and 433 under the Securities Act.

(iii)    All Free Writing Prospectuses provided to investors, whether or not filed with the Commission, shall bear a legend including substantially the following statement:

PG&E and the Issuing Entity have filed a registration statement (including a prospectus) with the SEC for the offering to which this communication relates. Before you invest, you should read the prospectus in that registration statement and other documents PG&E and the Issuing Entity have filed with the SEC for more complete information about the Issuing Entity and this offering. You may get these documents for free by visiting EDGAR on the SEC website at www.sec.gov. Alternatively, PG&E, the Issuing Entity, any underwriter or any dealer participating in the offering will arrange to send you the prospectus if you request it by calling PG&E collect at 1-415-973-7000, Citigroup Global Markets Inc. toll-free at 1-800-831-9146, Barclays Capital Inc. toll-free at 1-888-609-5847, and Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC at 1-866-471-2526.

The Issuer and the Representatives shall have the right to require additional specific legends or notations to appear on any Free Writing Prospectus, the right to require changes regarding the use of terminology and the right to determine the types of information appearing therein with the approval of, in the case of the Issuer, Representatives and, in the case of the Representatives, the Issuer (which in either case shall not be unreasonably withheld).

(iv)    Each Underwriter covenants with the Issuer and PG&E that after the Final Prospectus is available such Underwriter shall not distribute any written information concerning the Bonds to an investor unless such information is preceded or accompanied by the Final Prospectus or by notice to the investor that the Final Prospectus is available for free by visiting EDGAR on the SEC website at www.sec.gov.

(v)    Each Underwriter covenants that if an Underwriter shall use an Underwriter Free Writing Prospectus that contains information in addition to (x) “issuer information”, including information with respect to PG&E, as defined in Rule 433(h)(2) under the Securities Act or (y) the information in the Pricing Package, the liability arising from its use of such additional information shall be

 

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the sole responsibility of the Underwriter using such Underwriting Free Writing Prospectus unless the Underwriter Free Writing Prospectus (or any information contained therein) was consented to in advance by PG&E; provided, however, that, for the avoidance of doubt, (A) this clause (v) shall not be interpreted as tantamount to the indemnification obligations contained in Section 11(b) hereof and (B) no Underwriter shall be responsible for any errors or omissions in an Underwriter Free Writing Prospectus to the extent that such error or omission related to or was derived from any information provided by the Issuer or PG&E.

6.    Purchase and Sale. On the basis of the representations and warranties herein contained, and subject to the terms and conditions herein set forth, the Issuer shall sell to each of the Underwriters, and each Underwriter shall purchase from the Issuer, at the time and place herein specified, severally and not jointly, at the purchase price set forth in Schedule I hereto, the principal amount of the Bonds set forth opposite such Underwriter’s name in Schedule II hereto. The Underwriters agree to make a public offering of the Bonds. The Issuer shall pay (in the form of a discount to the principal amount of the offered Bonds) to the Underwriters a commission equal to $15,600,000.

7.    Time and Place of Closing. Delivery of the Bonds against payment of the aggregate purchase price therefor by wire transfer in federal funds shall be made at the place, on the date and at the time specified in Schedule I hereto, or at such other place, time and date as shall be agreed upon in writing by the Issuer and the Representatives. The hour and date of such delivery and payment are herein called the “Closing Date”. The Bonds shall be delivered to DTC or to The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, National Association, as custodian for DTC, in fully registered global form registered in the name of Cede & Co., for the respective accounts specified by the Representatives not later than the close of business on the business day preceding the Closing Date or such other time as may be agreed upon by the Representatives. The Issuer agrees to make the Bonds available to the Representatives for checking purposes not later than 1:00 P.M. New York Time on the last business day preceding the Closing Date at the place specified for delivery of the Bonds in Schedule I hereto, or at such other place as the Issuer may specify.

If any Underwriter shall fail or refuse to purchase and pay for the aggregate principal amount of Bonds that such Underwriter has agreed to purchase and pay for hereunder, the Issuer shall immediately give notice to the other Underwriters of the default of such Underwriter, and the other Underwriters shall have the right within 24 hours after the receipt of such notice to determine to purchase, or to procure one or more others, who are members of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) (or, if not members of the FINRA, who are not eligible for membership in the FINRA and who agree (i) to make no sales within the United States, its territories or its possessions or to persons who are citizens thereof or residents therein and (ii) in making sales to comply with the FINRA’s Conduct Rules) and satisfactory to the Issuer, to purchase, upon the terms herein set forth, the aggregate principal amount of Bonds that the defaulting Underwriter had agreed to purchase. If any non-defaulting Underwriter or Underwriters shall determine to exercise such right, such Underwriter or Underwriters shall give written notice to the Issuer of the determination in that regard within 24 hours after receipt of notice of any such default, and thereupon the Closing Date shall be postponed for such period, not exceeding three business days, as the Issuer shall determine. If in the event of such a default no non-defaulting Underwriter shall give such notice, then this Underwriting Agreement may be terminated by the

 

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Issuer, upon like notice given to the non-defaulting Underwriters, within a further period of 24 hours. If in such case the Issuer shall not elect to terminate this Underwriting Agreement it shall have the right, irrespective of such default:

(a)    to require each non-defaulting Underwriter to purchase and pay for the respective aggregate principal amount of Bonds that it had agreed to purchase hereunder as hereinabove provided and, in addition, the aggregate principal amount of Bonds that the defaulting Underwriter shall have so failed to purchase up to an aggregate principal amount of Bonds equal to one-eleventh (1/11) of the aggregate principal amount of Bonds that such non-defaulting Underwriter has otherwise agreed to purchase hereunder, and/or

(b)    to procure one or more persons, reasonably acceptable to the Representatives, who are members of the FINRA (or, if not members of the FINRA, who are not eligible for membership in the FINRA and who agree (i) to make no sales within the United States, its territories or its possessions or to persons who are citizens thereof or residents therein and (ii) in making sales to comply with the FINRA’s Conduct Rules), to purchase, upon the terms herein set forth, either all or a part of the aggregate principal amount of Bonds that such defaulting Underwriter had agreed to purchase or that portion thereof that the remaining Underwriters shall not be obligated to purchase pursuant to the foregoing clause (a).

In the event the Issuer shall exercise its rights under (a) and/or (b) above, the Issuer shall give written notice thereof to the non-defaulting Underwriters within such further period of 24 hours, and thereupon the Closing Date shall be postponed for such period, not exceeding three business days, as the Issuer shall determine.

In the computation of any period of 24 hours referred to in this Section 7, there shall be excluded a period of 24 hours in respect of each Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday that would otherwise be included in such period of time.

Any action taken by the Issuer or PG&E under this Section 7 shall not relieve any defaulting Underwriter from liability in respect of any default of such Underwriter under this Underwriting Agreement. Termination of this Underwriting Agreement pursuant to Section 7 shall be without any liability on the part of the Issuer, PG&E or any non-defaulting Underwriter, except as otherwise provided in Sections 8(a)(vi) and 11 hereof.

8.    Covenants.

(a)    Covenants of the Issuer. The Issuer covenants and agrees with the several Underwriters that:

(i)    The Issuer will upon request promptly deliver to the Representatives and Counsel to the Underwriters a conformed copy of the Registration Statement, certified by an officer of the Issuer to be in the form as originally filed and all amendments thereto.

 

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(ii)    The Issuer will deliver to the Underwriters, as soon as practicable after the date hereof, as many copies of the Pricing Prospectus and Final Prospectus as they may reasonably request.

(iii)    The Issuer will cause or has caused the Final Prospectus to be filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424 under the Securities Act as soon as practicable and will advise the Underwriters of any stop order suspending the effectiveness of the Registration Statement or preventing the use of the Registration Statement, or the institution of any proceeding therefor of which Issuer shall have received notice. The Issuer will use its reasonable best efforts to prevent the issuance of any such stop order and, if issued, to obtain as soon as possible the withdrawal thereof. The Issuer has complied and will comply with Rule 433 and Rule 163B under the Securities Act in connection with the offering of the Bonds.

(iv)    If, during such period of time (not exceeding nine months) after the Final Prospectus has been filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424 under the Securities Act as in the opinion of Counsel for the Underwriters a prospectus covering the Bonds is required by law to be delivered in connection with sales by an Underwriter or dealer (including in circumstances where such requirement may be satisfied pursuant to Rule 172 under the Securities Act), any event relating to or affecting the Issuer, the Bonds or the Recovery Property or of which the Issuer shall be advised in writing by the Representatives shall occur that in the Issuer’s reasonable judgment after consultation with Counsel for the Underwriters (as defined below) should be set forth in a supplement to, or an amendment of the Pricing Package or the Final Prospectus in order to make the Pricing Package or the Final Prospectus not misleading in the light of the circumstances when it is delivered to a purchaser (including in circumstances where such requirement may be satisfied pursuant to Rule 172 under the Securities Act), the Issuer will, at its expense, amend or supplement the Pricing Package or the Final Prospectus by either (A) preparing and furnishing to the Underwriters at the Issuer’s expense a reasonable number of copies of a supplement or supplements or an amendment or amendments to the Pricing Package or the Final Prospectus or (B) making an appropriate filing pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15 of the Exchange Act, which will supplement or amend the Pricing Package or the Final Prospectus so that, as supplemented or amended, it will not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state any material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances when the Pricing Package or the Final Prospectus is delivered to a purchaser (including in circumstances where such requirement may be satisfied pursuant to Rule 172 under the Securities Act), not misleading; provided that should such event relate solely to the activities of any of the Underwriters, then such Underwriters shall assume the expense of preparing and furnishing any such amendment or supplement. The Issuer will also fulfill its obligations set out in Section 3(d) above. The Issuer will advise the Underwriters promptly in writing when any supplement to the Pricing Package, the Final Prospectus or any amendment to the Final Prospectus has been filed or distributed.

 

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(v)    The Issuer will furnish such proper information as may be lawfully required and otherwise cooperate in qualifying the Bonds for offer and sale under the blue-sky laws of the states of the United States as the Representatives may designate; provided that the Issuer shall not be required to qualify as a foreign limited liability company or dealer in securities, to file any consents to service of process under the laws of any jurisdiction, or meet any other requirements deemed by the Issuer to be unduly burdensome.

(vi)    The Issuer or PG&E will, except as herein provided, pay or cause to be paid all expenses and taxes (except transfer taxes) in connection with (i) the preparation and filing by it of the Registration Statement, Pricing Prospectus and Final Prospectus (including any amendments and supplements thereto) and any Issuer Free Writing Prospectuses, (ii) the issuance and delivery of the Bonds as provided in Section 7 hereof (including, without limitation, reasonable fees and disbursements of Counsel for the Underwriters and all trustee, rating agency and CPUC advisor fees), (iii) the qualification of the Bonds under blue-sky laws (including counsel fees not to exceed $15,000), (iv) the printing and delivery to the Underwriters of reasonable quantities of the Registration Statement and, except as provided in Section 8(a)(iv) hereof, of the Pricing Package and Final Prospectus. If the obligation of the Underwriters to purchase the Bonds terminates in accordance with the provisions of Sections 7 (but excluding terminations arising thereunder out of an Underwriter default), 9, 10 or 12 hereof, the Issuer or PG&E (i) will reimburse the Underwriters for the reasonable fees and disbursements of Counsel for the Underwriters, and (ii) will reimburse the Underwriters for their reasonable out-of-pocket expenses, such out-of-pocket expenses in an aggregate amount not exceeding $200,000, incurred in contemplation of the performance of this Underwriting Agreement. The Issuer shall not in any event be liable to any of the several Underwriters for damages on account of loss of anticipated profits.

(vii)    During the period from the date of this Underwriting Agreement to the date that is five days after the Closing Date, the Issuer will not, without the prior written consent of the Representatives, offer, sell or contract to sell, or otherwise dispose of, directly or indirectly, or announce the offering of, any asset-backed securities (other than the Bonds).

(viii)    To the extent, if any, that any rating necessary to satisfy the condition set forth in Section 9(t) of this Underwriting Agreement is conditioned upon the furnishing of documents or the taking of other actions by the Issuer on or after the Closing Date, the Issuer shall furnish such documents and take such other actions.

(ix)    For a period from the date of this Underwriting Agreement until the retirement of the Bonds or until such time as the Underwriters shall cease to maintain a secondary market in the Bonds, whichever occurs first, the Issuer shall file with the Commission, and to the extent permitted by and consistent with the Issuer’s obligations under applicable law, make available on the website associated with the Issuer’s parent, such periodic reports, if any, as are required (without

 

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regard to the number of holders of Bonds to the extent permitted by and consistent with the Issuer’s obligations under applicable law) from time to time under Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act; provided that the Issuer shall not voluntarily suspend or terminate its filing obligations with the Commission unless permitted under applicable law and the terms of the Basic Documents. The Issuer shall also, to the extent permitted by and consistent with the Issuer’s obligations under applicable law, include in the periodic and other reports to be filed with the Commission as provided above or posted on the website associated with the Issuer’s parent, such information as required by Section 3.07(g) of the Indenture with respect to the Bonds. To the extent that the Issuer’s obligations are terminated or limited by an amendment to Section 3.07(g) of the Indenture, or otherwise, such obligations shall be correspondingly terminated or limited hereunder.

(x)    The Issuer and PG&E will not file any amendment to the Registration Statement or amendment or supplement to the Final Prospectus or amendment or supplement to the Pricing Package during the period when a prospectus relating to the Bonds is required to be delivered under the Securities Act, without prior notice to the Underwriters, or to which Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, who are acting as counsel for the Underwriters (“Counsel for the Underwriters”), shall reasonably object by written notice to PG&E and the Issuer.

(xi)    So long as any of the Bonds are outstanding, the Issuer will furnish to the Representatives, if and to the extent not posted on EDGAR or the Issuer or its affiliate’s website, (A) as soon as available, a copy of each report of the Issuer filed with the Commission under the Exchange Act or mailed to the Bondholders (to the extent such reports are not publicly available on the Commission’s website), (B) upon request, a copy of any filings with the CPUC pursuant to the Financing Order including, but not limited to, any issuance advice letter or any routine or non-routine True-Up Adjustment filings, and (C) from time to time, any information concerning the Issuer as the Representatives may reasonably request.

(xii)    So long as the Bonds are rated by any Rating Agency, the Issuer will comply with the 17g-5 Representations, other than (x) any noncompliance of the 17g-5 Representations that would not have a material adverse effect on the rating of the Bonds or the Bonds or (y) any noncompliance arising from the breach by an Underwriter of the representations and warranties and covenants set forth in Section 13 hereof.

(b)    Covenants of PG&E. PG&E covenants and agrees with the several Underwriters that, to the extent that the Issuer has not already performed such act pursuant to Section 8(a):

(i)    To the extent permitted by applicable law and the agreements and instruments that bind PG&E, PG&E will use its reasonable best efforts to cause the Issuer to comply with the covenants set forth in Section 8(a) hereof.

 

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(ii)    PG&E will use its reasonable best efforts to prevent the issuance by the Commission of any stop order suspending the effectiveness of the Registration Statement or preventing the use of the Registration Statement, and, if issued, to obtain as soon as possible the withdrawal thereof.

(iii)    If, during such period of time (not exceeding nine months) after the Final Prospectus has been filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424 under the Securities Act as in the opinion of Counsel for the Underwriters a prospectus covering the Bonds is required by law to be delivered in connection with sales by an Underwriter or dealer (including in circumstances where such requirement may be satisfied pursuant to Rule 172 under the Securities Act), any event relating to or affecting PG&E, the Bonds or the Recovery Property or of which PG&E shall be advised in writing by the Representatives shall occur that in PG&E’s reasonable judgment after consultation with Counsel for the Underwriters should be set forth in a supplement to, or an amendment of, the Pricing Package or the Final Prospectus in order to make the Pricing Package or the Final Prospectus not misleading in the light of the circumstances when it is delivered to a purchaser (including in circumstances where such requirement may be satisfied pursuant to Rule 172 under the Securities Act), PG&E will cause the Issuer, at PG&E’s or the Issuer’s expense, to amend or supplement the Pricing Package or the Final Prospectus by either (A) preparing and furnishing to the Underwriters at PG&E’s or the Issuer’s expense a reasonable number of copies of a supplement or supplements or an amendment or amendments to the Pricing Package or the Final Prospectus or (B) causing the Issuer to make an appropriate filing pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15 of the Exchange Act, which will supplement or amend the Pricing Package or the Final Prospectus so that, as supplemented or amended, it will not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state any material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances when the Pricing Package or the Final Prospectus is delivered to a purchaser (including in circumstances where such requirement may be satisfied pursuant to Rule 172 under the Securities Act), not misleading; provided that should such event relate solely to the activities of any of the Underwriters, then such Underwriters shall assume the expense of preparing and furnishing any such amendment or supplement. PG&E will also fulfill its obligations set out in Section 4(d). PG&E will cause Issuer to advise the Underwriters promptly in writing when any supplement to the Pricing Package, the Final Prospectus, or any amendment to the Final Prospectus has been filed or distributed.

(iv)    During the period from the date of this Underwriting Agreement to the date that is five days after the Closing Date, PG&E will not, without the prior written consent of the Representatives, offer, sell or contract to sell, or otherwise dispose of, directly or indirectly, or announce the offering of, any asset-backed securities (other than the Bonds).

(v)    PG&E will cause the proceeds for the issuance and sale of the Bonds to be applied for the purposes described in the Pricing Prospectus.

 

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(vi)    As soon as practicable, but not later than 16 months, after the date hereof, the PG&E will make generally available (by posting on its website or otherwise) to its security holders, an earnings statement (which need not be audited) that will satisfy the provisions of Section 11(a) of the Securities Act.

(vii)    To the extent, if any, that any rating necessary to satisfy the condition set forth in Section 9(t) of this Underwriting Agreement is conditioned upon the furnishing of documents or the taking of other actions by PG&E on or after the Closing Date, PG&E shall furnish such documents and take such other actions.

(viii)    The initial Fixed Recovery Charge will be calculated in accordance with the Financing Order.

(ix)    PG&E will not file any amendment to the Registration Statement or amendment or supplement to the Final Prospectus or amendment or supplement to the Pricing Package during the period when a prospectus relating to the Bonds is required to be delivered under the Securities Act, without prior notice to the Underwriters or to which Counsel for the Underwriters shall reasonably object by written notice to PG&E.

(x)    So long as any of the Bonds are outstanding, PG&E, in its capacity as sponsor with respect to the Bonds, will cause the Issuer to furnish to the Representatives, if and to the extent not posted on EDGAR or PG&E or its affiliate’s website, (A) upon request, a copy of any filings with the CPUC pursuant to the Financing Order including, but not limited to any issuance advice letter, any routine or non-routine true-up adjustment filings, and (B) from time to time, any public financial information in respect of PG&E, or any material information regarding the Recovery Property to the extent it is reasonably available (other than confidential or proprietary information) concerning the Issuer as the Representatives may reasonably request.

(xi)    So long as the Bonds are rated by a Rating Agency, PG&E, in its capacity as sponsor with respect to the Bonds, will cause the Issuer to comply with the 17g-5 Representations, other than (x) any noncompliance of the 17g-5 Representations that would not have a material adverse effect on the rating of the Bonds or the Bonds or (y) any noncompliance arising from the breach by an Underwriter of the representations and warranties and covenants set forth in Section 13 hereof.

9.    Conditions to the Obligations of the Underwriters. The obligations of the Underwriters to purchase the Bonds shall be subject to the accuracy of the representations and warranties on the part of the Issuer and PG&E contained in this Underwriting Agreement, on the part of PG&E contained in Article III of the Sale Agreement, and on the part of PG&E contained in Section 6.01 of the Servicing Agreement as of the Closing Date, to the accuracy of the statements of the Issuer and PG&E made in any certificates pursuant to the provisions hereof, to the performance by the Issuer and PG&E of their obligations hereunder, and to the following additional conditions:

 

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(a)    The Final Prospectus shall have been filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424 under the Securities Act prior to 5:30 P.M., New York time, on the second business day after the date of this Underwriting Agreement. In addition, all material required to be filed by the Issuer or PG&E pursuant to Rule 433(d) under the Securities Act that was prepared by either of them or that was prepared by any Underwriter and timely provided to the Issuer or PG&E shall have been filed with the Commission within the applicable time period prescribed for such filing by such Rule 433(d) under the Securities Act.

(b)    No stop order suspending the effectiveness of the Registration Statement shall be in effect, and no proceedings for that purpose shall be pending before, or threatened by, the Commission on the Closing Date; and the Underwriters shall have received one or more certificates, dated the Closing Date and signed by an officer of PG&E and the Issuer, as appropriate, to the effect that no such stop order is in effect and that no proceedings for such purpose are pending before, or to the knowledge of PG&E or the Issuer, as the case may be, threatened by, the Commission.

(c)    Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, counsel for the Underwriters, shall have furnished to the Representatives their written opinion, dated the Closing Date, with respect to the issuance and sale of the Bonds, the Registration Statement and other related matters; and such counsel shall have received such papers and information as they may reasonably request to enable them to pass upon such matters.

(d)    Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, counsel for the Issuer and PG&E, shall have furnished to the Representatives their written opinion, dated the Closing Date, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Representatives, regarding the filing of a voluntary bankruptcy petition.

(e)    John R. Simon, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer of PG&E Corporation, shall have furnished to the Representatives his written opinion, dated the Closing Date, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Representatives, regarding certain matters relating to PG&E.

(f)    Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, counsel for the Issuer and PG&E, shall have furnished to the Representatives their written opinion, dated the Closing Date, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Representatives, regarding certain aspects of the transactions contemplated by the Issuer Documents, including the Indenture and the Trustee’s security interest under the Uniform Commercial Code, certain Delaware Uniform Commercial Code matters, enforceability and certain California perfection and priority issues.

(g)    Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, counsel for the Issuer and PG&E, shall have furnished to the Representatives their written opinion, dated the Closing Date, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Representatives, regarding corporate matters.

 

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(h)    Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, counsel for the Issuer and PG&E, shall have furnished to the Representatives their written opinion, dated the Closing Date, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Representatives, i) to the effect that a court sitting in bankruptcy would not order the substantive consolidation of the assets and liabilities of the Issuer with those of PG&E in connection with a bankruptcy, reorganization or other insolvency proceeding involving PG&E, ii) that if PG&E were to become a debtor in such insolvency proceeding, such court would hold that the Recovery Property is not property of the estate of PG&E, iii) regarding bankruptcy and corporate governance matters and iv) with respect to the characterization of the transfer of the Recovery Property by PG&E to the Issuer as a “true sale” for California law purposes.

(i)    Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, counsel for the Issuer and PG&E, shall have furnished to the Representatives their written opinion, dated the Closing Date, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Representatives, regarding certain California constitutional matters relating to the Recovery Property and certain federal constitutional matters relating to the Recovery Property.

(j)    Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, counsel for the Issuer and PG&E, shall have furnished to the Representatives their written opinion, dated the Closing Date, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Representatives, regarding certain federal tax matters.

(k)    Emmet, Marvin & Martin, LLP, counsel for the Indenture Trustee, shall have furnished to the Representatives their written opinion, dated the Closing Date, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Representatives, regarding certain matters relating to the Indenture Trustee and the Securities Intermediary.

(l)    Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, counsel for the Issuer and PG&E, shall have furnished to the Representatives their written opinion, dated the Closing Date, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Representatives, regarding certain bankruptcy matters relating to the Issuer.

(m)    Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A., special Delaware counsel for the Issuer and PG&E, shall have furnished to the Representatives their written opinion, dated the Closing Date, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Representatives, regarding certain matters of Delaware law.

(n)    Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, California regulatory counsel for the Issuer and PG&E, shall have furnished to the Representatives their written opinion, dated the Closing Date, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Representatives, regarding certain California regulatory issues.

(o)    Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, counsel to the Issuer and PG&E, shall have furnished to the Representatives their written opinion, dated the Closing Date, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Representatives, regarding PG&E’s mortgage indenture.

 

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(p)    On or before the date of this Underwriting Agreement and on or before the Closing Date, a nationally recognized accounting firm reasonably acceptable to the Representatives shall have furnished to the Representatives one or more reports regarding certain calculations and computations relating to the Bonds, in form or substance reasonably satisfactory to the Representatives, in each case in respect of which the Representatives shall have made specific requests therefor and shall have provided acknowledgment or similar letters to such firm reasonably necessary in order for such firm to issue such reports.

(q)    Subsequent to the respective dates as of which information is given in each of the Registration Statement, the Pricing Prospectus and the Final Prospectus, there shall not have been any change specified in the letters required by Section 9(p) which is, in the judgment of the Representatives, so material and adverse as to make it impracticable or inadvisable to proceed with the offering or the delivery of the Bonds as contemplated by the Registration Statement and the Final Prospectus.

(r)    The LLC Agreement, the Administration Agreement, the Sale Agreement, the Servicing Agreement and the Indenture and any amendment or supplement to any of the foregoing shall have been duly authorized, executed and delivered.

(s)    Since the respective dates as of which information is given in each of the Registration Statement and in the Pricing Prospectus and as of the Closing Date there shall have been no (i) material adverse change in the business, property or financial condition of PG&E and its subsidiaries, taken as a whole, whether or not in the ordinary course of business, or of the Issuer or (ii) adverse development concerning the business or assets of PG&E and its subsidiaries, taken as a whole, or of the Issuer which would be reasonably likely to result in a material adverse change in the prospective business, property or financial condition of PG&E and its subsidiaries, taken as a whole, whether or not in the ordinary course of business, or of the Issuer or (iii) development which would be reasonably likely to result in a material adverse change, in the Recovery Property, the Bonds or the Financing Order.

(t)    At the Closing Date, (i) the Bonds shall be rated at least the ratings set forth in the Pricing Term Sheet by Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. (“Moody’s”) and S&P Global Ratings, a division of S&P Global Inc. (“S&P”), respectively, and the Issuer shall have delivered to the Underwriters a letter from each such rating agency, or other evidence satisfactory to the Underwriters, confirming that the Bonds have such ratings, and (ii) none of Moody’s and S&P shall have, since the date of this Underwriting Agreement, downgraded or publicly announced that it has under surveillance or review, with possible negative implications, its ratings of the Bonds.

(u)    The Issuer and PG&E shall have furnished or caused to be furnished to the Representatives at the Closing Date certificates of officers of PG&E and the Issuer, reasonably satisfactory to the Representatives, as to the accuracy of the representations and

 

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warranties of the Issuer and PG&E herein, in the Sale Agreement, Servicing Agreement and the Indenture at and as of the Closing Date, as to the performance by the Issuer and PG&E of all of their obligations hereunder to be performed at or prior to such Closing Date, as to the matters set forth in subsections (b) and (s) of this Section and as to such other matters as the Representatives may reasonably request.

(v)    An issuance advice letter, in a form consistent with the provisions of the Financing Order, shall have been filed with the CPUC and shall have become effective.

(w)    On or prior to the Closing Date, the Issuer shall have delivered to the Representatives evidence, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Representatives, that appropriate filings have been or are being made in accordance with the Public Utilities Act, as codified in Division 1 of the California Public Utilities Code, the Financing Order and other applicable law reflecting the grant of a security interest by the Issuer in the collateral relating to the Bonds to the Indenture Trustee, including the filing of the requisite notices in the office of the Secretary of State of the State of California.

(x)    On or prior to the Closing Date, PG&E shall have funded the capital subaccount of the Issuer with cash in an amount equal to $19,500,000.

(y)    The Issuer and PG&E shall have furnished or caused to be furnished or agree to furnish to the Rating Agencies at the Closing Date such opinions and certificates as the Rating Agencies shall have reasonably requested prior to the Closing Date.

(z)    Evidence that the “Rating Agency Condition” (as defined in that certain indenture dated May 10, 2022 relating to the Issuer’s Senior Secured Recovery Bonds, Series 2022-A (the “2022-A Bonds”)) has been satisfied in respect of the 2022-A Bonds.

(aa)    Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, counsel for the Issuer and PG&E, shall have furnished to the Representatives their written letter, dated the Closing Date, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Representatives, regarding negative assurances.

Any opinion letters delivered on the Closing Date to the Rating Agencies beyond those being delivered to the Underwriters above shall either (x) include the Underwriters as addressees or (y) be accompanied by reliance letters addressed to the Underwriters referencing such letters.

If any of the conditions specified in this Section 9 shall not have been fulfilled when and as provided in this Underwriting Agreement, or if any of the opinions and certificates mentioned above or elsewhere in this Underwriting Agreement shall not be in all material respects reasonably satisfactory in form and substance to the Representatives and Counsel for the Underwriters, all obligations of the Underwriters hereunder may be canceled at, or at any time prior to, the Closing Date by the Representatives. Notice of such cancellation shall be given to the Issuer in writing or by telephone or facsimile confirmed in writing.

10.    Conditions of Issuer’s Obligations. The obligation of the Issuer to deliver the Bonds shall be subject to the conditions that no stop order suspending the effectiveness of the Registration Statement shall be in effect at the Closing Date and no proceeding for that purpose

 

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shall be pending before, or threatened by, the Commission at the Closing Date and the issuance advice letter described in Section 9(v) shall have become effective. In case these conditions shall not have been fulfilled, this Underwriting Agreement may be terminated by the Issuer upon notice thereof to the Underwriters. Any such termination shall be without liability of any party to any other party except as otherwise provided in Sections 8(a)(vi) and 11 hereof.

11.    Indemnification and Contribution.

(a)    PG&E and the Issuer, jointly and severally, agree to indemnify and hold harmless each Underwriter, the directors, officers, employees and affiliates of each Underwriter and each person who controls any Underwriter within the meaning of either the Securities Act or the Exchange Act against any and all losses, claims, damages or liabilities, joint or several, to which they or any of them may become subject under the Securities Act, the Exchange Act or any other federal or state statutory law or regulation, at common law or otherwise, insofar as such losses, claims, damages or liabilities (or actions in respect thereof) arise out of, or are based upon (i) any untrue statement or alleged untrue statement of a material fact contained in the Registration Statement for the registration of the Bonds as originally filed or in any amendment thereof, or the omission or alleged omission to state therein a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading, or (ii) any untrue statement or alleged untrue statement of a material fact contained, or the omission or the alleged omission to state therein a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading, in the Pricing Prospectus, the Pricing Package, the Final Prospectus, any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, or in any amendment thereof or supplement thereto, or arise out of or are based upon the omission or alleged omission to state therein a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading, any information prepared by or on behalf of PG&E or the Issuer and provided to the Underwriters, and agrees to reimburse each such indemnified party, as incurred, for any reasonable legal or other expenses reasonably incurred by them in connection with investigating or defending any such loss, claim, damage, liability or action; provided, however, that neither PG&E nor the Issuer will be liable in any such case to the extent that any such loss, claim, damage or liability arises out of or is based upon any such untrue statement or alleged untrue statement or omission or alleged omission made therein in reliance upon and in conformity with written information furnished to PG&E, the Issuer, or its representatives or agents, by or on behalf of any Underwriter through the Representatives specifically for inclusion therein, it being understood and agreed that the only such information furnished to PG&E by the Underwriters in writing expressly for use in such foregoing documents is set forth in Schedule IV hereto (the “Underwriter Information”) or arising out of, or based upon, statements in or omissions from that part of the Registration Statement that shall constitute the Statement of Eligibility under the Trust Indenture Act of the Indenture Trustee with respect to any indenture qualified pursuant to the Registration Statement.

(b)    Each Underwriter severally and not jointly agrees to indemnify and hold harmless PG&E and the Issuer, each of PG&E’s and the Issuer’s respective directors and managers, officers, employees, affiliates and each person who controls the Issuer or PG&E within the meaning of either the Securities Act or the Exchange Act, to the same extent as the foregoing indemnity from PG&E and the Issuer to each Underwriter, but only with reference to the Underwriter Information.

 

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(c)    Promptly after receipt by an indemnified party under this Section 11 of notice of the commencement of any action, such indemnified party will, if a claim in respect thereof is to be made against the indemnifying party under this Section 11, notify the indemnifying party in writing of the commencement thereof; but the failure so to notify the indemnifying party (i) will not relieve it from liability under paragraph (a) or (b) above unless and to the extent it did not otherwise learn of such action and such failure results in the forfeiture by the indemnifying party of substantial rights and defenses and (ii) will not, in any event, relieve the indemnifying party from any obligations to any indemnified party other than the indemnification obligation provided in paragraph (a) or (b) above. The indemnifying party shall be entitled to appoint counsel of the indemnifying party’s choice at the indemnifying party’s expense to represent the indemnified party in any action for which indemnification is sought (in which case the indemnifying party shall not thereafter be responsible for the fees and expenses of any separate counsel retained by the indemnified party or parties except as set forth below); provided, however, that such counsel shall be reasonably satisfactory to the indemnified party. Notwithstanding the indemnifying party’s election to appoint counsel to represent the indemnified party in an action, the indemnified party shall have the right to employ separate counsel (including local counsel), and the indemnifying party shall bear the reasonable fees, costs and expenses of such separate counsel if (A) the use of counsel chosen by the indemnifying party to represent the indemnified party would present such counsel with a conflict of interest, (B) the actual or potential defendants in, or targets of, any such action include both the indemnified party and the indemnifying party and the indemnified party shall have reasonably concluded that there may be legal defenses available to it and/or other indemnified parties which are different from or additional to those available to the indemnifying party, (C) the indemnifying party shall not have employed counsel satisfactory to the indemnified party to represent the indemnified party within a reasonable time after notice of the institution of such action or (D) the indemnifying party shall authorize the indemnified party to employ separate counsel at the expense of the indemnifying party. It is understood that the indemnifying party shall not, in connection with any proceeding or related proceedings in the same jurisdiction, be liable for the fees and expenses of more than one separate counsel (in addition to one local counsel) for all such indemnified parties. An indemnifying party will not, without the prior written consent of the indemnified parties, settle or compromise or consent to the entry of any judgment with respect to any pending or threatened claim, action, suit or proceeding in respect of which indemnification or contribution may be sought hereunder (whether or not the indemnified parties are actual or potential parties to such claim or action) unless such settlement, compromise or consent (i) includes an unconditional release of each indemnified party from all liability arising out of such claim, action, suit or proceeding; and (ii) does not include any statement as to, or an admission of, fault, culpability or a failure to act, by or on behalf of any indemnified party. No indemnifying party will be liable for any settlement of any such action effected without its prior written consent (which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld), but if settled with the consent of the indemnifying party or if there be a final judgment of the plaintiff in any such action, the indemnifying party agrees to indemnify and hold harmless any indemnified party from and against any loss or liability by reason of such settlement or judgment.

 

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(d)    In the event that the indemnity provided in paragraph (a) or (b) of this Section 11 is unavailable to or insufficient to hold harmless an indemnified party for any reason, PG&E, the Issuer and the Underwriters severally agree to contribute to the aggregate losses, claims, damages and liabilities (including legal or other expenses reasonably incurred in connection with investigating or defending same) (collectively “Losses”) to which PG&E, the Issuer and one or more of the Underwriters may be subject in such proportion as is appropriate to reflect the relative benefits received by the PG&E or the Issuer on the one hand and by the Underwriters on the other from the offering of the Bonds. If the allocation provided by the immediately preceding sentence is unavailable for any reason, PG&E, the Issuer and the Underwriters severally shall contribute in such proportion as is appropriate to reflect not only such relative benefits but also the relative fault of PG&E or the Issuer on the one hand and of the Underwriters on the other in connection with the statements or omissions which resulted in such Losses as well as any other relevant equitable considerations. Benefits received by PG&E or the Issuer shall be deemed to be equal to the total net proceeds from the offering (before deducting expenses) received by it, and benefits received by the Underwriters shall be deemed to be equal to the total underwriting discounts and commissions, in each case as set forth on the cover page of the Final Prospectus. Relative fault shall be determined by reference to, among other things, whether any untrue or any alleged untrue statement of a material fact or the omission or alleged omission to state a material fact relates to information provided by PG&E or the Issuer on the one hand or the Underwriters on the other, the intent of the parties and their relative knowledge, access to information and opportunity to correct or prevent such untrue statement or omission. PG&E, the Issuer and the Underwriters agree that it would not be just and equitable if contribution were determined by pro rata allocation or any other method of allocation which does not take account of the equitable considerations referred to above. Notwithstanding the provisions of this paragraph (d), in no event shall an Underwriter be required to contribute any amount in excess of the amount by which the underwriting discount or commission applicable to the Bonds purchased by such Underwriter hereunder as set forth on the cover page of the Final Prospectus exceeds the amount of any damages that such Underwriter has otherwise been required to pay or has paid by reason of such untrue or alleged untrue statement or omission or alleged omission. Notwithstanding the provisions of this paragraph (d), no person guilty of fraudulent misrepresentation (within the meaning of Section 11(f) of the Securities Act) shall be entitled to contribution from any person who was not guilty of such fraudulent misrepresentation. For purposes of this Section 11, each person who controls an Underwriter within the meaning of either the Securities Act or the Exchange Act and each director, officer and employee of an Underwriter shall have the same rights to contribution as such Underwriter, and each person who controls PG&E or the Issuer within the meaning of either the Securities Act or the Exchange Act, each officer, manager, employee, director, or affiliate of PG&E or the Issuer, as applicable, shall have the same rights to contribution as PG&E or the Issuer, as applicable, subject in each case to the applicable terms and conditions of this paragraph (d).

 

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12.    Termination. This Underwriting Agreement may be terminated, at any time prior to the Closing Date with respect to the Bonds by the Representatives by written notice to the Issuer if after the date hereof and at or prior to the Closing Date (a) there shall have occurred any general suspension of trading in securities on the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) or there shall have been established by the NYSE, or by the Commission any general limitation on prices for such trading or any general restrictions on the distribution of securities, or a general banking moratorium declared by Federal, California or New York state authorities or (b) there shall have occurred any (i) material outbreak or escalation of hostilities (including, without limitation, an act of terrorism) or (ii) declaration by the United States of war or national or international calamity or crisis, including, but not limited to, a material escalation of hostilities or a calamity that existed prior to the date of this Underwriting Agreement or (iii) material adverse change in the financial markets in the United States, and the effect of any such event specified in clause (a) or (b) above on the financial markets of the United States shall be such as to materially and adversely affect, in the reasonable judgment of the Representatives, their ability to proceed with the public offering or the delivery of the Bonds on the terms and in the manner contemplated by the Final Prospectus. Any termination hereof pursuant to this Section 12 shall be without liability of any party to any other party except as otherwise provided in Sections 8(a)(vi) and 11 hereof.

13.    Representations, Warranties and Covenants of the Underwriters. The Underwriters, severally and not jointly, represent, warrant and agree with the Issuer and PG&E that, unless the Underwriters obtained, or will obtain, the prior written consent of the Issuer or PG&E, the Representatives (x) have not delivered, and will not deliver, any Rating Information (as defined below) to any Rating Agency until and unless the Issuer or PG&E advises the Underwriters that such Rating Information is posted to password-protected website maintained by the Servicer pursuant to paragraph (a)(3)(iii)(B) of Rule 17g-5 under the Exchange Act in the same form as it will be provided to such Rating Agency, and (y) have not participated, and will not participate, with any Rating Agency in any oral communication of any Rating Information without the participation of a representative of the Issuer or PG&E. For purposes of this Section 13, “Rating Information” means any information provided to a Rating Agency for the purpose of determining an initial credit rating on the Bonds.

14.    Absence of Fiduciary Relationship. Each of the Issuer and PG&E acknowledges and agrees that the Underwriters are acting solely in the capacity of an arm’s length contractual counterparty to the Issuer and PG&E with respect to the offering of the Bonds contemplated hereby (including in connection with determining the terms of the offering) and not as a financial advisor or a fiduciary to, or an agent of, the Issuer or PG&E. Additionally, none of the Underwriters is advising the Issuer or PG&E as to any legal, tax, investment, accounting or regulatory matters in any jurisdiction. The Issuer and PG&E shall consult with their own advisors concerning such matters and shall be responsible for making their own independent investigation and appraisal of the transactions contemplated hereby, and the Underwriters shall have no responsibility or liability to the Issuer or PG&E with respect thereto. Any review by the Underwriters of the Issuer or PG&E, the transactions contemplated hereby or other matters relating to such transactions will be performed solely for the benefit of the Underwriters and shall not be on behalf of the Issuer or PG&E.

 

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15.    Notices. All communications hereunder will be in writing and may be given by United States mail, courier service, e-mail, telecopy, telefax or facsimile (confirmed by telephone or in writing in the case of notice by e-mail, telecopy, telefax or facsimile) or any other customary means of communication, and any such communication shall be effective when delivered, or if mailed, three days after deposit in the United States mail with proper postage for ordinary mail prepaid, and if sent to the Representatives, to it at the address specified in Schedule I hereto; and if sent to PG&E, to it at 77 Beale Street, P.O. Box 770000, San Francisco, California 94177, Attention: Brian M. Wong, Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary; and if sent to the Issuer, to it at c/o Pacific Gas and Electric Company, 77 Beale Street, P.O. Box 770000, San Francisco, California 94177, Attention: Brian M. Wong, Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. The parties hereto, by notice to the others, may designate additional or different addresses for subsequent communications.

16.    Successors. This Underwriting Agreement will inure to the benefit of and be binding upon the parties hereto and their respective successors and the officers and directors and controlling persons referred to in Section 11 hereof, and no other person will have any legal or equitable right, remedy or claim under or with respect to this Underwriting Agreement or any provision herein contained.

17.    Applicable Law. This Underwriting Agreement will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York.

THIS UNDERWRITING AGREEMENT AND ANY CLAIM, CONTROVERSY OR DISPUTE ARISING UNDER OR RELATED TO THIS AGREEMENT, THE RELATIONSHIPS OF THE PARTIES AND/OR THE INTERPRETATIONS AND ENFORCEMENT OF THE RIGHTS AND DUTIES OF THE PARTIES SHALL BE CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH AND GOVERNED BY THE LAW OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, WITHOUT GIVING EFFECT TO ITS CONFLICT OF LAW PROVISIONS (OTHER THAN SECTIONS 5-1401 AND 5-1402 OF THE NEW YORK GENERAL OBLIGATIONS LAW). EACH OF THE PARTIES HERETO HEREBY AGREES TO THE EXCLUSIVE JURISDICTION OF ANY STATE OR FEDERAL COURT LOCATED WITHIN THE STATE OF NEW YORK. EACH OF THE PARTIES HERETO HEREBY WAIVES ANY OBJECTION BASED ON FORUM NON CONVENIENS, AND ANY OBJECTION TO VENUE OF ANY ACTION INSTITUTED HEREUNDER IN ANY OF THE AFOREMENTIONED COURTS AND CONSENTS TO THE GRANTING OF SUCH LEGAL OR EQUITABLE RELIEF AS IS DEEMED APPROPRIATE BY SUCH COURT.

TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, EACH OF THE PARTIES HERETO WAIVES ANY RIGHT TO HAVE A JURY PARTICIPATE IN RESOLVING ANY DISPUTE, WHETHER SOUNDING IN CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE BETWEEN THE PARTIES HERETO ARISING OUT OF, CONNECTED WITH, RELATED TO, OR INCIDENTAL TO THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ANY OF THEM IN CONNECTION WITH THIS UNDERWRITING AGREEMENT OR THE TRANSACTIONS CONTEMPLATED HEREBY. INSTEAD, ANY SUCH DISPUTE RESOLVED IN COURT WILL BE RESOLVED IN A BENCH TRIAL WITHOUT A JURY.

18.    Counterparts. This Underwriting Agreement may be signed in any number of counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original, which taken together shall constitute one and the same instrument. The words “execution,” “signed,” “signature,” “delivery,” and

 

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words of like import in or relating to this Underwriting Agreement or any document to be signed in connection with this Underwriting Agreement shall be deemed to include electronic signatures, deliveries or the keeping of records in electronic form, each of which shall be of the same legal effect, validity or enforceability as a manually executed signature, physical delivery thereof or the use of a paper-based recordkeeping system, as the case may be, and the parties hereto consent to conduct the transactions contemplated hereunder by electronic means.

19.    Integration. This Agreement supersedes all prior agreements and understandings (whether written or oral) among the Issuer, PG&E and the Underwriters, or any of them, with respect to the subject matter hereof.

20.    Recognition of the U.S. Special Resolution Regimes

(a)    In the event that any Underwriter that is a Covered Entity becomes subject to a proceeding under a U.S. Special Resolution Regime, the transfer from such Underwriter of this Agreement, and any interest and obligation in or under this Underwriting Agreement, will be effective to the same extent as the transfer would be effective under the U.S. Special Resolution Regime if this Underwriting Agreement, and any such interest and obligation, were governed by the laws of the United States or a state of the United States.

(b)    In the event that any Underwriter that is a Covered Entity or a BHC Act Affiliate of such Underwriter becomes subject to a proceeding under a U.S. Special Resolution Regime, Default Rights under this Underwriting Agreement that may be exercised against such Underwriter are permitted to be exercised to no greater extent than such Default Rights could be exercised under the U.S. Special Resolution Regime if this Underwriting Agreement were governed by the laws of the United States or a state of the United States.

“BHC Act Affiliate” has the meaning assigned to the term “affiliate” in, and shall be interpreted in accordance with, 12 U.S.C. § 1841(k).

“Covered Entity” means any of the following:

 

(i)

a “covered entity” as that term is defined in, and interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R. § 252.82(b);

 

(ii)

a “covered bank” as that term is defined in, and interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R. § 47.3(b); or

 

(iii)

a “covered FSI” as that term is defined in, and interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R. § 382.2(b).

“Default Right” has the meaning assigned to that term in, and shall be interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R. §§ 252.81, 47.2 or 382.1, as applicable.

 

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“U.S. Special Resolution Regime” means each of (i) the Federal Deposit Insurance Act and the regulations promulgated thereunder and (ii) Title II of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the regulations promulgated thereunder.

 

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If the foregoing is in accordance with your understanding of our agreement, please sign and return to us the enclosed duplicate hereof, whereupon this letter and your acceptance shall represent a binding agreement among PG&E, the Issuer and the several Underwriters.

 

Very truly yours,
PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY
By:  

/s/ Margaret K. Becker

Name:   Margaret K. Becker
Title:   Vice President and Treasurer
PG&E WILDFIRE RECOVERY FUNDING LLC
By:  

/s/ Monica Klemann

Name:   Monica Klemann
Title:   Manager, Treasurer and Secretary


The foregoing Underwriting Agreement is hereby confirmed and accepted by the
Representatives on behalf of the Underwriters as of the date specified in Schedule I hereto.
CITIGROUP GLOBAL MARKETS INC.
By:  

/s/ Steffen Lunde

Name:   Steffen Lunde
Title:   Director
BARCLAYS CAPITAL INC.
By:  

/s/ Eric Chang

Name:   Eric Chang
Title:   Managing Director
GOLDMAN SACHS & CO. LLC
By:  

/s/ Katrina Niehaus

Name:   Katrina Niehaus
Title:   Managing Director


SCHEDULE I

Underwriting Agreement dated July 13, 2022

Registration Statement Nos. 333-265457 and 333-265457-01 and Registration Statement Nos. 333-266115 and 333-266115-01

Representatives:

c/o Citigroup Global Markets Inc.

Address:    388 Greenwich Street, Trading, 6th Floor

New York, New York 10013

Attention:  Steffen Lunde

c/o Barclays Capital Inc.

Address:    745 Seventh Avenue

New York, NY 10079

Attention:  Eric Chang

c/o Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC

Address:    200 West Street, 7th Floor

New York, New York 10282

Attention:   Kelly Mellecker

Title, Purchase Price and Description of Bonds:

Title: PG&E Wildfire Recovery Funding LLC Senior Secured Recovery Bonds, Series 2022-B

 

     Total Principal
Amount of
Tranche
     Bond Rate   Price to Public   Underwriting
Discounts and
Commissions
  Proceeds to
Issuer (Before
Expenses)
 

Per Tranche A-1 Bond

   $ 613,080,000      4.022%   99.99743%   0.40%   $ 610,611,924  

Per Tranche A-2 Bond

   $ 600,000,000      4.722%   99.99371%   0.40%   $ 597,562,260  

Per Tranche A-3 Bond

   $ 500,040,000      5.081%   99.99505%   0.40%   $ 498,015,088  

Per Tranche A-4 Bond

   $ 1,149,960,000      5.212%   99.99859%   0.40%   $ 1,145,343,946  

Per Tranche A-5 Bond

   $ 1,036,920,000      5.099%   99.99058%   0.40%   $ 1,032,674,642  

Total

   $ 3,900,000,000            $ 3,884,207,860  

 

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Original Issue Discount (if any): $192,140

Redemption provisions:    None

Other provisions:    None

 

Closing Date, Time and Location:   July 20, 2022, 10:00 a.m.; offices of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, 200 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10166 and simultaneously in the offices of Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP; 555 California Street, Suite 3300, San Francisco, California 94104

 

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SCHEDULE II

Principal Amount of Bonds to be Purchased

 

Underwriter

   Tranche A-1      Tranche A-2      Tranche A-3      Tranche A-4      Tranche A-5  

Citigroup Global Markets Inc.

   $ 183,927,000      $ 180,000,000      $ 150,016,000      $ 344,989,000      $ 311,078,000  

Barclays Capital Inc.

   $ 91,962,000      $ 90,000,000      $ 75,006,000      $ 172,494,000      $ 155,538,000  

Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC

   $ 91,962,000      $ 90,000,000      $ 75,006,000      $ 172,494,000      $ 155,538,000  

BofA Securities, Inc.

   $ 42,916,000      $ 42,000,000      $ 35,003,000      $ 80,497,000      $ 72,584,000  

Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC

   $ 42,916,000      $ 42,000,000      $ 35,003,000      $ 80,497,000      $ 72,584,000  

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

   $ 42,916,000      $ 42,000,000      $ 35,003,000      $ 80,497,000      $ 72,584,000  

Mizuho Securities USA LLC

   $ 42,916,000      $ 42,000,000      $ 35,003,000      $ 80,497,000      $ 72,584,000  

AmeriVet Securities, Inc.

   $ 14,713,000      $ 14,400,000      $ 12,000,000      $ 27,599,000      $ 24,886,000  

Blaylock Van, LLC

   $ 14,713,000      $ 14,400,000      $ 12,000,000      $ 27,599,000      $ 24,886,000  

Loop Capital Markets LLC

   $ 14,713,000      $ 14,400,000      $ 12,000,000      $ 27,599,000      $ 24,886,000  

MFR Securities, Inc.

   $ 14,713,000      $ 14,400,000      $ 12,000,000      $ 27,599,000      $ 24,886,000  

R. Seelaus & Co., LLC

   $ 14,713,000      $ 14,400,000      $ 12,000,000      $ 27,599,000      $ 24,886,000  

Total

   $ 613,080,000      $ 600,000,000      $ 500,040,000      $ 1,149,960,000      $ 1,036,920,000  

 

II-1


SCHEDULE III

Schedule of Issuer Free Writing Prospectuses

 

A.

Free Writing Prospectuses not required to be filed

Electronic Road Show, July 6 through July 13, 2022

 

B.

Free Writing Prospectuses required to be filed pursuant to Rule 433

Preliminary Term Sheet, dated July 6, 2022

Pricing Term Sheet, dated July 13, 2022

 

III-1


SCHEDULE IV

Descriptive List of Underwriter Provided Information

 

A.

Pricing Prospectus

under the heading “PLAN OF DISTRIBUTION” in the Pricing Prospectus: (i) the paragraph immediately under “The Underwriters’ Sales Price for the Recovery Bonds”; (ii) the third sentence under the caption “No Assurance as to Resale Price or Resale Liquidity for the Recovery Bonds”; (iii) the entire first full paragraph under the caption “Various Types of Underwriter Transactions that May Affect the Price of the Recovery Bonds” (except the last sentence thereof); and (iv) the second sentence of the second full paragraph and the last sentence of the fifth full paragraph under the caption “Various Types of Underwriter Transactions that May Affect the Price of the Recovery Bonds”; and (b) under the heading “OTHER RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH AN INVESTMENT IN THE RECOVERY BONDS” in the Pricing Prospectus, the first sentence under the caption “The absence of a secondary market for the recovery bonds might limit your ability to resell your recovery bonds”.

 

B.

Final Prospectus

under the heading “PLAN OF DISTRIBUTION” in the Prospectus: (i) the paragraph immediately under “The Underwriters’ Sales Price for the Recovery Bonds”; (ii) the third sentence under the caption “No Assurance as to Resale Price or Resale Liquidity for the Recovery Bonds”; (iii) the entire first full paragraph under the caption “Various Types of Underwriter Transactions that May Affect the Price of the Recovery Bonds” (except the last sentence thereof) and (iv) the second sentence of the second full paragraph and the last sentence of the fifth full paragraph under the caption “Various Types of Underwriter Transactions Which May Affect the Price of the Recovery Bonds”; and (c) under the heading “OTHER RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH AN INVESTMENT IN THE RECOVERY BONDS” in the Prospectus, the first sentence under the caption “The absence of a secondary market for the recovery bonds might limit your ability to resell your recovery bonds”.

 

V-1

Exhibit 4.1

PG&E WILDFIRE RECOVERY FUNDING LLC,

Issuer,

and

THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON TRUST COMPANY, N.A.,

as Indenture Trustee and Securities Intermediary

 

 

INDENTURE

Dated as of July 20, 2022

 

 

 


TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

ARTICLE I DEFINITIONS AND INCORPORATION BY REFERENCE

     2  

SECTION 1.01.

 

Definitions

     2  

SECTION 1.02.

 

Incorporation by Reference of Trust Indenture Act

     2  

SECTION 1.03.

 

Rules of Construction

     2  

ARTICLE II THE RECOVERY BONDS

     3  

SECTION 2.01.

 

Form

     3  

SECTION 2.02.

 

Denominations of Recovery Bonds

     3  

SECTION 2.03.

 

Execution, Authentication and Delivery

     5  

SECTION 2.04.

 

Temporary Recovery Bonds

     5  

SECTION 2.05.

 

Registration; Registration of Transfer and Exchange of Recovery Bonds

     6  

SECTION 2.06.

 

Mutilated, Destroyed, Lost or Stolen Recovery Bonds

     7  

SECTION 2.07.

 

Persons Deemed Owner

     8  

SECTION 2.08.

 

Payment of Principal, Premium, if any, and Interest; Interest on Overdue Principal; Principal, Premium, if any, and Interest Rights Preserved

     8  

SECTION 2.09.

 

Cancellation

     9  

SECTION 2.10.

 

Outstanding Amount; Authentication and Delivery of Recovery Bonds

     9  

SECTION 2.11.

 

Book-Entry Recovery Bonds

     13  

SECTION 2.12.

 

Notices to Clearing Agency

     14  

SECTION 2.13.

 

Definitive Recovery Bonds

     14  

SECTION 2.14.

 

CUSIP Number

     15  

SECTION 2.15.

 

Letter of Representations

     15  

SECTION 2.16.

 

Tax Treatment

     15  

SECTION 2.17.

 

State Pledge

     15  

SECTION 2.18.

 

Security Interests

     16  

SECTION 2.19.

 

Payment by Issuer is Nonrecourse

     18  

ARTICLE III COVENANTS

     19  

SECTION 3.01.

 

Payment of Principal, Premium, if any, and Interest

     19  

SECTION 3.02.

 

Maintenance of Office or Agency

     19  

SECTION 3.03.

 

Money for Payments To Be Held in Trust

     19  

SECTION 3.04.

 

Existence

     21  

SECTION 3.05.

 

Protection of Recovery Bond Collateral

     21  

SECTION 3.06.

 

Opinions as to Recovery Bond Collateral

     22  

SECTION 3.07.

 

Performance of Obligations; Servicing; SEC Filings

     22  

SECTION 3.08.

 

Certain Negative Covenants

     25  

SECTION 3.09.

 

Annual Statement as to Compliance

     26  

SECTION 3.10.

 

Issuer May Consolidate, etc., Only on Certain Terms

     26  

SECTION 3.11.

 

Successor or Transferee

     28  


SECTION 3.12.

 

No Other Business

     29  

SECTION 3.13.

 

No Borrowing

     29  

SECTION 3.14.

 

Servicer’s Obligations

     29  

SECTION 3.15.

 

Guarantees, Loans, Advances and Other Liabilities

     29  

SECTION 3.16.

 

Capital Expenditures

     29  

SECTION 3.17.

 

Restricted Payments

     29  

SECTION 3.18.

 

Notice of Events of Default

     30  

SECTION 3.19.

 

Further Instruments and Acts

     30  

SECTION 3.20.

 

Notice of Events of Default

     30  

SECTION 3.21.

 

Sale Agreement, Servicing Agreement and Administration Agreement Covenants

     30  

SECTION 3.22.

 

Taxes

     32  

SECTION 3.23.

 

Additional Recovery Bonds or Additional Other Recovery Bonds

     32  

ARTICLE IV SATISFACTION AND DISCHARGE; DEFEASANCE

     34  

SECTION 4.01.

 

Satisfaction and Discharge of Indenture; Defeasance

     34  

SECTION 4.02.

 

Conditions to Defeasance

     36  

SECTION 4.03.

 

Application of Trust Money

     37  

SECTION 4.04.

 

Repayment of Moneys Held by Paying Agent

     38  

ARTICLE V REMEDIES

     38  

SECTION 5.01.

 

Events of Default

     38  

SECTION 5.02.

 

Acceleration of Maturity; Rescission and Annulment

     39  

SECTION 5.03.

 

Collection of Indebtedness and Suits for Enforcement by Indenture Trustee

     40  

SECTION 5.04.

 

Remedies; Priorities

     42  

SECTION 5.05.

 

Optional Preservation of the Recovery Bond Collateral

     43  

SECTION 5.06.

 

Limitation of Suits

     44  

SECTION 5.07.

 

Unconditional Rights of Holders To Receive Principal, Premium, if any, and Interest

     45  

SECTION 5.08.

 

Restoration of Rights and Remedies

     45  

SECTION 5.09.

 

Rights and Remedies Cumulative

     45  

SECTION 5.10.

 

Delay or Omission Not a Waiver

     45  

SECTION 5.11.

 

Control by Holders

     45  

SECTION 5.12.

 

Waiver of Past Defaults

     46  

SECTION 5.13.

 

Undertaking for Costs

     46  

SECTION 5.14.

 

Waiver of Stay or Extension Laws

     47  

SECTION 5.15.

 

Action on Recovery Bonds

     47  

SECTION 5.16.

 

Performance and Enforcement of Certain Obligations

     47  

ARTICLE VI THE INDENTURE TRUSTEE

     48  

SECTION 6.01.

 

Duties of Indenture Trustee

     48  

SECTION 6.02.

 

Rights of Indenture Trustee

     50  

SECTION 6.03.

 

Individual Rights of Indenture Trustee

     52  

 

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SECTION 6.04.

 

Indenture Trustee’s Disclaimer

     52  

SECTION 6.05.

 

Notice of Defaults

     53  

SECTION 6.06.

 

Reports by Indenture Trustee to Holders

     53  

SECTION 6.07.

 

Compensation and Indemnity

     54  

SECTION 6.08.

 

Replacement of Indenture Trustee and Securities Intermediary

     55  

SECTION 6.09.

 

Successor Indenture Trustee by Merger

     56  

SECTION 6.10.

 

Appointment of Co-Trustee or Separate Trustee

     57  

SECTION 6.11.

 

Eligibility; Disqualification

     58  

SECTION 6.12.

 

Preferential Collection of Claims Against Issuer

     58  

SECTION 6.13.

 

Representations and Warranties of Indenture Trustee

     58  

SECTION 6.14.

 

Annual Report by Independent Registered Public Accountants

     58  

SECTION 6.15.

 

Custody of Recovery Bond Collateral

     59  

SECTION 6.16

 

FATCA

     59  

ARTICLE VII HOLDERS’ LISTS AND REPORTS

     60  

SECTION 7.01.

 

Issuer To Furnish Indenture Trustee Names and Addresses of Holders

     60  

SECTION 7.02.

 

Preservation of Information; Communications to Holders

     60  

SECTION 7.03.

 

Reports by Issuer

     60  

SECTION 7.04.

 

Reports by Indenture Trustee

     61  

ARTICLE VIII ACCOUNTS, DISBURSEMENTS AND RELEASES

     61  

SECTION 8.01.

 

Collection of Money

     61  

SECTION 8.02.

 

Collection Account

     62  

SECTION 8.03.

 

General Provisions Regarding the Collection Account

     65  

SECTION 8.04.

 

Release of Recovery Bond Collateral

     66  

SECTION 8.05.

 

Opinion of Counsel

     67  

SECTION 8.06.

 

Reports by Independent Registered Public Accountants

     67  

ARTICLE IX SUPPLEMENTAL INDENTURES

     68  

SECTION 9.01.

 

Supplemental Indentures Without Consent of Holders

     68  

SECTION 9.02.

 

Supplemental Indentures with Consent of Holders

     70  

SECTION 9.03.

 

Reserved

     71  

SECTION 9.04.

 

Execution of Supplemental Indentures

     71  

SECTION 9.05.

 

Effect of Supplemental Indenture

     71  

SECTION 9.06.

 

Conformity with Trust Indenture Act

     72  

SECTION 9.07.

 

Reference in Recovery Bonds to Supplemental Indentures

     72  

ARTICLE X MISCELLANEOUS

     72  

SECTION 10.01.

 

Compliance Certificates and Opinions, etc.

     72  

SECTION 10.02.

 

Form of Documents Delivered to Indenture Trustee

     74  

SECTION 10.03.

 

Acts of Holders

     75  

SECTION 10.04.

 

Notices, etc., to Indenture Trustee, Issuer and Rating Agencies

     75  

SECTION 10.05.

 

Notices to Holders; Waiver

     76  

 

iii


SECTION 10.06.

 

Rule 17g-5 Compliance

     77  

SECTION 10.07.

 

Conflict with Trust Indenture Act

     77  

SECTION 10.08.

 

Effect of Headings and Table of Contents

     77  

SECTION 10.09.

 

Successors and Assigns

     78  

SECTION 10.10.

 

Severability

     78  

SECTION 10.11.

 

Benefits of Indenture

     78  

SECTION 10.12.

 

Legal Holidays

     78  

SECTION 10.13.

 

GOVERNING LAW; WAIVER OF JURY TRIAL

     78  

SECTION 10.14.

 

Counterparts

     78  

SECTION 10.15.

 

Recording of Indenture

     79  

SECTION 10.16.

 

Issuer Obligation

     79  

SECTION 10.17.

 

Inspection

     79  

SECTION 10.18.

 

No Petition

     80  

SECTION 10.19.

 

Securities Intermediary

     80  

 

iv


EXHIBITS AND SCHEDULES

 

EXHIBIT A    Form of Recovery Bonds
EXHIBIT B    Form of Series Supplement
EXHIBIT C    Servicing Criteria to be Addressed by Indenture Trustee in Assessment of Compliance

APPENDIX

APPENDIX A    Definitions

 

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TRUST INDENTURE ACT CROSS REFERENCE TABLE

 

TIA Section

  

Indenture Section

310    (a)(1)    6.11
   (a)(2)    6.11
   (a)(3)    6.10(b)(i)
   (a)(4)    N.A.
   (a)(5)    6.11
   (b)    6.11
311    (a)    6.12
   (b)    6.12
312    (a)    7.01 and 7.02
   (b)    7.02(b)
   (c)    7.02(c)
313    (a)    7.04
   (b)(1)    7.04
   (b)(2)    7.04
   (c)    7.04
   (d)    N/A
314    (a)    3.09, 4.01, and 7.03(a)
   (b)    3.06 and 4.01
   (c)(1)    2.10, 4.01, 8.04(b) and 10.01(a)
   (c)(2)    2.10, 4.01, 8.04(b) and 10.01(a)
   (c)(3)    2.10, 4.01 and 10.01(a)
   (d)    8.04(b) and 10.01(a)
   (e)    10.01(a)
   (f)    10.01(a)
315    (a)    6.01(b)(i) and (ii)
   (b)    6.05

 

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TIA Section

  

Indenture Section

   (c)    6.01 (a)
   (d)    6.01(c)(i)-(iii)
   (e)    5.13

316

   (a) (last sentence)    Appendix A – definition of “Outstanding”
   (a)(1)(A)    5.11
   (a)(1)(B)    5.12
   (a)(2)    N/A
   (b)    5.07
   (c)    Appendix A – definition of “Record Date”

317

   (a)(1)    5.03(a)
   (a)(2)    5.03(c)(iv)
   (b)    3.03

318

   (a)    10.07
   (b)    10.07
   (c)    10.07

 

**    “N/A”

shall mean “not applicable.”

THIS CROSS REFERENCE TABLE SHALL NOT, FOR ANY PURPOSE, BE DEEMED TO BE PART OF THIS INDENTURE.

 

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This INDENTURE dated as of July 20, 2022 (this “Indenture”), by and between PG&E Wildfire Recovery Funding LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (the “Issuer”), and THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON TRUST COMPANY, N.A., a national banking association, in its capacity as indenture trustee (the “Indenture Trustee”) for the benefit of the Secured Parties (as defined herein) and in its separate capacity as a securities intermediary and account bank (the “Securities Intermediary”).

RECITALS

WHEREAS, the Issuer has duly authorized the execution and delivery of this Indenture and the creation and issuance of the Recovery Bonds issuable hereunder, which will be of substantially the tenor set forth herein and in the Series Supplement;

WHEREAS, the Recovery Bonds shall be non-recourse obligations and shall be secured by and payable solely out of the proceeds of the Recovery Property and the other Recovery Bond Collateral;

WHEREAS, if and to the extent that such proceeds of Recovery Property and the other Recovery Bond Collateral are insufficient to pay all amounts owing with respect to the Recovery Bonds, then, except as otherwise expressly provided hereunder, the Holders shall have no Claim in respect of such insufficiency against the Issuer or the Indenture Trustee, and the Holders, by their acceptance of the Recovery Bonds, waive any such Claim; and

WHEREAS, all things necessary to (a) make the Recovery Bonds, when executed by the Issuer and authenticated and delivered by the Indenture Trustee hereunder and duly issued by the Issuer, valid obligations, and (b) make this Indenture a valid agreement of the Issuer, in each case, in accordance with their respective terms, have been done.

AGREEMENT

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual agreements herein contained and other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, each party hereto hereby agrees as follows for the benefit of the other party hereto and each of the Holders:

GRANTING CLAUSE

IT IS HEREBY COVENANTED, DECLARED AND AGREED that the Issuer, in consideration of the premises herein contained and of the purchase of the Recovery Bonds by the Holders and of other good and lawful consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, and to secure, equally and ratably without prejudice, priority or distinction, except as specifically otherwise set forth in this Indenture, the payment of the Recovery Bonds, the payment of all other amounts due under or in connection with this Indenture (including, without limitation, all fees, expenses, counsel fees and other amounts due and owing to the Indenture Trustee) and the performance and observance of all of the covenants and conditions contained herein or in the Recovery Bonds, has hereby executed and delivered this Indenture and by these presents does hereby, and under the Series Supplement will grant a lien on and a security interest in and to, and otherwise convey, assign, transfer and pledge, in each case unto, the Indenture

 

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Trustee, its successors and assigns, for the benefit of the Secured Parties, all of the Issuer’s right, title and interest in, to and under any and all of the property constituting Recovery Bond Collateral described in the Series Supplement (such property hereinafter referred to as the “Recovery Bond Collateral”). The Series Supplement will more particularly describe the obligations of the Issuer secured by the Recovery Bond Collateral.

AND IT IS HEREBY FURTHER COVENANTED, DECLARED AND AGREED between the parties hereto that all Recovery Bonds are to be issued, countersigned and delivered and that all of the Recovery Bond Collateral is to be held and applied, subject to the further covenants, conditions, releases, uses and trusts hereinafter set forth, and the Issuer, for itself and any successor, does hereby covenant and agree to and with the Indenture Trustee and its successors in said trust, for the benefit of the Secured Parties, as follows:

ARTICLE I

DEFINITIONS AND INCORPORATION BY REFERENCE

SECTION 1.01. Definitions.

Except as otherwise specified herein or as the context may otherwise require, the capitalized terms used herein shall have the respective meanings set forth in Appendix A attached hereto and made a part hereof for all purposes of this Indenture.

SECTION 1.02. Incorporation by Reference of Trust Indenture Act.

Whenever this Indenture refers to a provision of the TIA, that provision is incorporated by reference in and made a part of this Indenture. The following TIA terms used in this Indenture have the following meanings:

“indenture securities” means the Recovery Bonds.

“indenture security holder” means a Holder.

“indenture to be qualified” means this Indenture.

“indenture trustee” or “institutional trustee” means the Indenture Trustee.

“obligor” on the indenture securities means the Issuer and any other obligor on the indenture securities.

All other TIA terms used in this Indenture that are defined by the TIA, defined by TIA reference to another statute or defined by SEC rule have the meanings assigned to them by such definitions.

SECTION 1.03. Rules of Construction.

(a)    Unless the context otherwise requires:

 

  (i)

a term has the meaning assigned to it;

 

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  (ii)

an accounting term not otherwise defined has the meaning assigned to it in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America as in effect from time to time;

 

  (iii)

“or” is not exclusive;

 

  (iv)

“including” means including without limitation;

 

  (v)

words in the singular include the plural and words in the plural include the singular; and

 

  (vi)

the words “herein,” “hereof,” “hereunder” and other words of similar import refer to this Indenture as a whole and not to any particular Article, Section or other subdivision.

ARTICLE II

THE RECOVERY BONDS

SECTION 2.01. Form.

(a)    The Recovery Bonds and the Indenture Trustee’s certificate of authentication shall be in substantially the forms set forth in Exhibit A attached hereto, with such appropriate insertions, omissions, substitutions and other variations as are required or permitted by this Indenture or by the Series Supplement and may have such letters, numbers or other marks of identification and such legends or endorsements placed thereon, as may be required to comply with the rules of any securities exchange or depository institution, or as may, consistently herewith, be determined by the officers executing the Recovery Bonds, as evidenced by their execution of the Recovery Bonds. Any portion of the text of any Recovery Bond may be set forth on the reverse thereof, with an appropriate reference thereto on the face of the Recovery Bond.

(b)    The Recovery Bonds shall be typewritten, printed, lithographed or engraved or produced by any combination of these methods (with or without steel engraved borders), all as determined by the officers executing the Recovery Bonds, as evidenced by their execution of the Recovery Bonds.

(c)    Each Recovery Bond shall be dated the date of its authentication. The terms of the Recovery Bonds set forth in Exhibit A attached hereto are part of the terms of this Indenture.

SECTION 2.02. Denominations of Recovery Bonds.

(a)    The Recovery Bonds shall be issuable in the Minimum Denomination specified in the Series Supplement and, except as otherwise provided in the Series Supplement, in integral multiples of $1,000 in excess thereof.

 

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(b)    The Recovery Bonds may, at the election of and as authorized by a Responsible Officer of the Issuer, be issued in one or more Tranches, and shall be designated generally as the “Recovery Bonds” of the Issuer, with such further particular designations added or incorporated in such title for the Recovery Bonds of any particular Tranche as a Responsible Officer of the Issuer may determine. Each Recovery Bond shall bear upon its face the designation so selected for the Tranche to which it belongs. All Recovery Bonds shall be identical in all respects except for the denominations thereof, unless the Recovery Bonds are comprised of one or more Tranches, in which case all Recovery Bonds of the same Tranche shall be identical in all respects except for the denominations thereof. All Recovery Bonds of a particular Tranche shall be in all respects equally and ratably entitled to the benefits hereof without preference, priority, or distinction on account of the actual time or times of authentication and delivery, all in accordance with the terms and provisions of this Indenture.

(c)    The Recovery Bonds shall be created by the Series Supplement authorized by a Responsible Officer of the Issuer which shall establish the terms and provisions thereof. The several Tranches thereof may differ as between Tranches, in respect of any of the following matters:

 

  (i)

designation of the Tranches thereof;

 

  (ii)

the principal amount (and, if more than one Tranche is issued, the respective principal amounts of such Tranches);

 

  (iii)

the Recovery Bond Interest Rate;

 

  (iv)

the Payment Dates;

 

  (v)

the Scheduled Final Payment Date;

 

  (vi)

the Final Maturity Date;

 

  (vii)

the place or places for the payment of interest, principal and premium, if any;

 

  (viii)

the Minimum Denominations;

 

  (ix)

the Expected Amortization Schedule;

 

  (x)

provisions with respect to the definitions set forth in Appendix A hereto;

 

  (xi)

whether or not the Recovery Bonds are to be Book-Entry Recovery Bonds and the extent to which Section 2.11 should apply; and

 

  (xii)

any other provisions expressing or referring to the terms and conditions upon which the Recovery Bonds of any Tranche are to be issued under this Indenture that are not in conflict with the provisions of this Indenture and as to which the Rating Agency Condition is satisfied.

 

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SECTION 2.03. Execution, Authentication and Delivery.

(a)    The Recovery Bonds shall be executed on behalf of the Issuer by any of its Responsible Officers. The signature of any such Responsible Officer on the Recovery Bonds may be manual, electronic or facsimile.

(b)    Recovery Bonds bearing the manual, electronic or facsimile signature of individuals who were at any time Responsible Officers of the Issuer shall bind the Issuer, notwithstanding that such individuals or any of them have ceased to hold such offices prior to the authentication and delivery of the Recovery Bonds or did not hold such offices at the date of the Recovery Bonds.

(c)    At any time and from time to time after the execution and delivery of this Indenture, the Issuer may deliver Recovery Bonds executed by the Issuer to the Indenture Trustee pursuant to an Issuer Order for authentication; and the Indenture Trustee shall authenticate and deliver the Recovery Bonds as in this Indenture provided and not otherwise.

(d)    No Recovery Bond shall be entitled to any benefit under this Indenture or be valid or obligatory for any purpose, unless there appears on such Recovery Bond a certificate of authentication substantially in the form provided for therein executed by the Indenture Trustee by the manual, electronic or facsimile signature of one of its authorized signatories, and such certificate upon any Recovery Bond shall be conclusive evidence, and the only evidence, that such Recovery Bond has been duly authenticated and delivered hereunder.

SECTION 2.04. Temporary Recovery Bonds.

(a)    Pending the preparation of Definitive Recovery Bonds pursuant to Section 2.13, the Issuer may execute, and upon receipt of an Issuer Order the Indenture Trustee shall authenticate and deliver, Temporary Recovery Bonds which are printed, lithographed, typewritten, mimeographed or otherwise produced, of the tenor of the Definitive Recovery Bonds in lieu of which they are issued and with such variations not inconsistent with the terms of this Indenture as the officers executing the Recovery Bonds may determine, as evidenced by their execution of the Recovery Bonds.

(b)    If Temporary Recovery Bonds are issued, the Issuer will cause Definitive Recovery Bonds to be prepared without unreasonable delay. After the preparation of Definitive Recovery Bonds, the Temporary Recovery Bonds shall be exchangeable for Definitive Recovery Bonds upon surrender of the Temporary Recovery Bonds at the office or agency of the Issuer to be maintained as provided in Section 3.02, without charge to the Holder. Upon surrender for cancellation of any one or more Temporary Recovery Bonds, the Issuer shall execute and the Indenture Trustee shall authenticate and deliver in exchange therefor a like principal amount of Definitive Recovery Bonds of authorized denominations. Until so exchanged, the Temporary Recovery Bonds shall in all respects be entitled to the same benefits under this Indenture as Definitive Recovery Bonds.

 

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SECTION 2.05. Registration; Registration of Transfer and Exchange of Recovery Bonds.

(a)    The Issuer shall cause to be kept a register (the “Recovery Bond Register”) in which, subject to such reasonable regulations as it may prescribe, the Issuer shall provide for the registration of Recovery Bonds and the registration of transfers of Recovery Bonds. The Indenture Trustee shall be “Recovery Bond Registrar” for the purpose of registering Recovery Bonds and transfers of Recovery Bonds as herein provided. Upon any resignation of any Recovery Bond Registrar, the Issuer shall promptly appoint a successor or, if it elects not to make such an appointment, assume the duties of Recovery Bond Registrar.

(b)    If a Person other than the Indenture Trustee is appointed by the Issuer as Recovery Bond Registrar, the Issuer will give the Indenture Trustee prompt written notice of the appointment of such Recovery Bond Registrar and of the location, and any change in the location, of the Recovery Bond Register, and the Indenture Trustee shall have the right to inspect the Recovery Bond Register at all reasonable times and to obtain copies thereof, and the Indenture Trustee shall have the right to rely conclusively upon a certificate executed on behalf of the Recovery Bond Registrar by a Responsible Officer thereof as to the names and addresses of the Holders and the principal amounts and number of the Recovery Bonds (separately stated by Tranche).

(c)    Upon surrender for registration of transfer of any Recovery Bond at the office or agency of the Issuer to be maintained as provided in Section 3.02, provided that the requirements of Section 8-401 of the UCC are met, the Issuer shall execute, and the Indenture Trustee shall authenticate and the Holder shall obtain from the Indenture Trustee, in the name of the designated transferee or transferees, one or more new Recovery Bonds in any Minimum Denominations, of the same Tranche and aggregate principal amount.

(d)    At the option of the Holder, Recovery Bonds may be exchanged for other Recovery Bonds in any Minimum Denominations, of the same Tranche and aggregate principal amount, upon surrender of the Recovery Bonds to be exchanged at such office or agency as provided in Section 3.02. Whenever any Recovery Bonds are so surrendered for exchange, the Issuer shall, provided that the requirements of Section 8-401 of the UCC are met, execute and, upon any such execution, the Indenture Trustee shall authenticate and the Holder shall obtain from the Indenture Trustee, the Recovery Bonds which the Holder making the exchange is entitled to receive.

(e)    All Recovery Bonds issued upon any registration of transfer or exchange of other Recovery Bonds shall be the valid obligations of the Issuer, evidencing the same debt, and entitled to the same benefits under this Indenture, as the Recovery Bonds surrendered upon such registration of transfer or exchange.

(f)    Every Recovery Bond presented or surrendered for registration of transfer or exchange shall be duly endorsed by, or be accompanied by (A) a written instrument of transfer in form satisfactory to the Indenture Trustee duly executed by the Holder thereof or such Holder’s attorney duly authorized in writing, with such signature guaranteed by an institution which is a member of one of the following recognized Signature Guaranty Programs: (i) The Securities Transfer Agent Medallion Program (STAMP); (ii) The New York Stock Exchange Medallion Program (MSP); (iii) The Stock Exchange Medallion Program (SEMP); or (iv) such other guarantee program acceptable to the Indenture Trustee, and (B) such other documents as the Indenture Trustee may require.

 

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(g)    No service charge shall be made to a Holder for any registration of transfer or exchange of Recovery Bonds, but the Issuer or the Indenture Trustee may require payment of a sum sufficient to cover any tax or other governmental charge or any fees or expenses of the Indenture Trustee that may be imposed in connection with any registration of transfer or exchange of Recovery Bonds, other than exchanges pursuant to Sections 2.04 or 2.06 not involving any transfer.

(h)    The preceding provisions of this Section 2.05 notwithstanding, the Issuer shall not be required to make, and the Recovery Bond Registrar need not register transfers or exchanges of any Recovery Bond that has been submitted within fifteen (15) days preceding the due date for any payment with respect to such Recovery Bond until after such due date has occurred.

SECTION 2.06. Mutilated, Destroyed, Lost or Stolen Recovery Bonds.

(a)    If (i) any mutilated Recovery Bond is surrendered to the Indenture Trustee, or the Indenture Trustee receives evidence to its satisfaction of the destruction, loss or theft of any Recovery Bond and (ii) there is delivered to the Indenture Trustee such security or indemnity as may be required by it to hold the Issuer and the Indenture Trustee harmless, then, in the absence of notice to the Issuer, the Recovery Bond Registrar or the Indenture Trustee that such Recovery Bond has been acquired by a Protected Purchaser, the Issuer shall, provided that the requirements of Section 8-401 of the UCC are met, execute and, upon the Issuer’s written request, the Indenture Trustee shall authenticate and deliver, in exchange for or in lieu of any such mutilated, destroyed, lost or stolen Recovery Bond, a replacement Recovery Bond of like Tranche, tenor and principal amount, bearing a number not contemporaneously outstanding; provided, however, that if any such destroyed, lost or stolen Recovery Bond, but not a mutilated Recovery Bond, shall have become or within seven (7) days shall be due and payable, instead of issuing a replacement Recovery Bond, the Issuer may pay such destroyed, lost or stolen Recovery Bond when so due or payable without surrender thereof. If, after the delivery of such replacement Recovery Bond or payment of a destroyed, lost or stolen Recovery Bond pursuant to the proviso to the preceding sentence, a Protected Purchaser of the original Recovery Bond in lieu of which such replacement Recovery Bond was issued presents for payment such original Recovery Bond, the Issuer and the Indenture Trustee shall be entitled to recover such replacement Recovery Bond (or such payment) from the Person to whom it was delivered or any Person taking such replacement Recovery Bond from such Person to whom such replacement Recovery Bond was delivered or any assignee of such Person, except a Protected Purchaser, and shall be entitled to recover upon the security or indemnity provided therefor to the extent of any loss, damage, cost or expense incurred by the Issuer or the Indenture Trustee in connection therewith.

(b)    Upon the issuance of any replacement Recovery Bond under this Section 2.06, the Issuer and/or the Indenture Trustee may require the payment by the Holder of such Recovery Bond of a sum sufficient to cover any tax or other governmental charge that may be imposed in relation thereto and any other reasonable expenses (including the fees and expenses of the Indenture Trustee and the Recovery Bond Registrar) connected therewith.

 

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(c)    Every replacement Recovery Bond issued pursuant to this Section 2.06 in replacement of any mutilated, destroyed, lost or stolen Recovery Bond shall constitute an original additional contractual obligation of the Issuer, whether or not the mutilated, destroyed, lost or stolen Recovery Bond shall be found at any time or enforced by any Person, and shall be entitled to all the benefits of this Indenture equally and proportionately with any and all other Recovery Bonds duly issued hereunder.

(d)    The provisions of this Section 2.06 are exclusive and shall preclude (to the extent lawful) all other rights and remedies with respect to the replacement or payment of mutilated, destroyed, lost or stolen Recovery Bonds.

SECTION 2.07. Persons Deemed Owner.

Prior to due presentment for registration of transfer of any Recovery Bond, the Issuer, the Indenture Trustee, the Recovery Bond Registrar and any agent of the Issuer or the Indenture Trustee may treat the Person in whose name any Recovery Bond is registered (as of the day of determination) as the owner of such Recovery Bond for the purpose of receiving payments of principal of and premium, if any, and interest on such Recovery Bond and for all other purposes whatsoever, whether or not such Recovery Bond be overdue, and neither the Issuer, the Indenture Trustee nor any agent of the Issuer or the Indenture Trustee shall be affected by notice to the contrary.

SECTION 2.08. Payment of Principal, Premium, if any, and Interest; Interest on Overdue Principal; Principal, Premium, if any, and Interest Rights Preserved.

(a)    The Recovery Bonds shall accrue interest as provided in the Series Supplement at the applicable Recovery Bond Interest Rate, and such interest shall be payable on each applicable Payment Date. Any installment of interest, principal or premium, if any, payable on any Recovery Bond which is punctually paid or duly provided for on the applicable Payment Date shall be paid to the Person in whose name such Recovery Bond (or one or more Predecessor Recovery Bonds) is registered on the Record Date for such Payment Date by wire transfer to an account maintained by such Holder in accordance with payment instructions delivered to the Indenture Trustee by such Holder, except that with respect to Book-Entry Recovery Bonds, payments will be made by wire transfer in immediately available funds to the account designated by the Holder of the applicable Global Recovery Bond unless and until such Global Recovery Bond is exchanged for Definitive Recovery Bonds (in which event payments shall be made as provided above), and except for the final installment of principal and premium, if any, payable with respect to such Recovery Bond on a Payment Date which shall be payable as provided below.

(b)    The principal of each Recovery Bond of each Tranche shall be paid, to the extent funds are available therefor in the Collection Account, in installments on each Payment Date as specified in the Series Supplement; provided that installments of principal not paid when scheduled to be paid in accordance with the Expected Amortization Schedule shall be paid upon receipt of money available for such purpose, in the order set forth in Section 8.02(e). Failure to pay principal in accordance with such Expected Amortization Schedule because moneys are not available pursuant to Section 8.02 to make such payments shall not constitute a Default or Event of Default under this Indenture; provided, however, that failure to pay the entire unpaid principal amount of

 

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the Recovery Bonds of a Tranche upon the Final Maturity Date for the Recovery Bonds shall constitute a Default or Event of Default under this Indenture. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the entire unpaid principal amount of the Recovery Bonds shall be due and payable, if not previously paid, on the date on which an Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing, if the Indenture Trustee or the Holders of the Recovery Bonds representing not less than a majority of the Outstanding Amount of the Recovery Bonds have declared the Recovery Bonds to be immediately due and payable in the manner provided in Section 5.02. All payments of principal and premium, if any, on the Recovery Bonds shall be made pro rata to the Holders entitled thereto unless otherwise provided in the Series Supplement. Upon written notice from the Issuer, the Indenture Trustee shall notify the Person in whose name a Recovery Bond is registered at the close of business on the Record Date preceding the Payment Date on which the Issuer expects that the final installment of principal of and premium, if any, and interest on such Recovery Bond will be paid. Such notice shall be mailed no later than five (5) days prior to such final Payment Date and shall specify that such final installment will be payable only upon presentation and surrender of such Recovery Bond and shall specify the place where such Recovery Bond may be presented and surrendered for payment of such installment.

(c)    If interest on the Recovery Bonds is not paid when due, such defaulted interest shall be paid (plus interest on such defaulted interest at the applicable Recovery Bond Interest Rate to the extent lawful) to the Persons who are Holders on a subsequent Special Record Date, which date shall be at least fifteen (15) Business Days prior to the Special Payment Date. The Issuer shall fix or cause to be fixed any such Special Record Date and Special Payment Date, and, at least ten (10) days before any such Special Record Date, the Issuer shall mail to each affected Holder a notice that states the Special Record Date, the Special Payment Date and the amount of defaulted interest (plus interest on such defaulted interest) to be paid.

SECTION 2.09. Cancellation.

All Recovery Bonds surrendered for payment, registration of transfer or exchange shall, if surrendered to any Person other than the Indenture Trustee, be delivered to the Indenture Trustee and shall be promptly canceled by the Indenture Trustee. The Issuer may at any time deliver to the Indenture Trustee for cancellation any Recovery Bonds previously authenticated and delivered hereunder which the Issuer may have acquired in any manner whatsoever, and all Recovery Bonds so delivered shall be promptly canceled by the Indenture Trustee. No Recovery Bonds shall be authenticated in lieu of or in exchange for any Recovery Bonds canceled as provided in this Section 2.09, except as expressly permitted by this Indenture. All canceled Recovery Bonds may be held or disposed of by the Indenture Trustee in accordance with its standard retention or disposal policy as in effect at the time.

SECTION 2.10. Outstanding Amount; Authentication and Delivery of Recovery Bonds.

(a)    The aggregate Outstanding Amount of Recovery Bonds that may be authenticated and delivered under this Indenture shall not exceed the aggregate of the amounts of Recovery Bonds that are authorized in the Financing Order but otherwise shall be unlimited.

 

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(b)    Recovery Bonds created and established by the Series Supplement may at any time be executed by the Issuer and delivered to the Indenture Trustee for authentication and thereupon the same shall be authenticated and delivered by the Indenture Trustee upon Issuer Request and upon delivery by the Issuer to the Indenture Trustee, and receipt by the Indenture Trustee, or the causing to occur by the Issuer, of the following; provided, however, that compliance with such conditions and delivery of such documents shall only be required in connection with the original issuance of the Recovery Bonds:

 

  (i)

Issuer Action. An Issuer Order authorizing and directing the authentication and delivery of the Recovery Bonds by the Indenture Trustee and specifying the principal amount of Recovery Bonds to be authenticated.

 

  (ii)

Authorizations. Copies of (X) the Financing Order which shall be in full force and effect and be Final, including the filing of PG&E’s written consent to all terms and conditions of the Financing Order with the CPUC in accordance with Section 850.1(d) of the Wildfire Financing Law, (Y) certified resolutions of the Managers or Member of the Issuer authorizing the execution and delivery of the Series Supplement and the execution, authentication and delivery of the Recovery Bonds and (Z) a duly executed Series Supplement.

 

  (iii)

Opinions. An opinion or opinions, portions of which may be delivered by one or more Independent counsel for the Issuer, portions of which may be delivered by one or more Independent counsel for the Servicer, and portions of which may be delivered by one or more Independent counsel for the Seller, dated the Closing Date, in each case subject to the customary exceptions, qualifications and assumptions contained therein, stating that (A) all conditions precedent provided for in this Indenture relating to (I) the authentication and delivery of the Issuer’s Recovery Bonds and (II) the execution of the Series Supplement to this Indenture dated as of the date of this Indenture, have been complied with, and (B) the execution of the Series Supplement to this Indenture dated as of the date of this Indenture is authorized or permitted by this Indenture.

 

  (iv)

Authorizing Certificate. An Officer’s Certificate, dated the Closing Date, of the Issuer certifying that (A) the Issuer has duly authorized the execution and delivery of this Indenture and the Series Supplement and the execution and delivery of the Recovery Bonds and (B) that the Series Supplement is in the form attached thereto, and it shall comply with the requirements of Section 2.02.

 

  (v)

The Recovery Bond Collateral. The Issuer shall have made or caused to be made all filings with the CPUC and the California Secretary of State pursuant to the Financing Order and the Wildfire Financing Law and all other filings necessary to perfect the Grant of the Recovery Bond Collateral to the Indenture Trustee and the Lien of this Indenture.

 

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  (vi)

Certificates of the Issuer and the Seller.

 

  (A)

An Officer’s Certificate from the Issuer, dated as of the Closing Date:

 

  (I)

to the effect that a. the Issuer is not in Default under this Indenture and that the issuance of the Recovery Bonds will not result in any Default or in any breach of any of the terms, conditions or provisions of or constitute a default under the Financing Order or any indenture, mortgage, deed of trust or other agreement or instrument to which the Issuer is a party or by which it or its property is bound or any order of any court or administrative agency entered in any Proceeding to which the Issuer is a party or by which it or its property may be bound or to which it or its property may be subject and b. that all conditions precedent provided in this Indenture relating to the execution, authentication and delivery of the Recovery Bonds have been complied with;

 

  (II)

to the effect that the Issuer has not assigned any interest or participation in the Recovery Bond Collateral except for the Grant contained in the Indenture and the Series Supplement; the Issuer has the power and right to Grant the Recovery Bond Collateral to the Indenture Trustee as security hereunder and thereunder; and the Issuer, subject to the terms of this Indenture, has Granted to the Indenture Trustee a first priority perfected security interest in all of its right, title and interest in and to such Recovery Bond Collateral free and clear of any Lien, mortgage, pledge, charge, security interest, adverse claim or other encumbrance arising as a result of actions of the Issuer or through the Issuer, except Permitted Liens;

 

  (III)

to the effect that the Issuer has appointed the firm of Independent registered public accountants as contemplated in Section 8.06;

 

  (IV)

to the effect that attached thereto are duly executed, true and complete copies of the Sale Agreement, the Servicing Agreement and the Administration Agreement, which are, to the knowledge of the Issuer, in full force and effect and, to the knowledge of the Issuer, that no party is in default of its obligations under such agreements;

 

  (V)

stating that all filings with the CPUC, the California Secretary of State and the Delaware Secretary of State pursuant to the Wildfire Financing Law, the UCC and the

 

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  Financing Order and all UCC financing statements with respect to the Recovery Bond Collateral which are required to be filed by the terms of the Financing Order, the Wildfire Financing Law, the Sale Agreement, the Servicing Agreement and this Indenture have been filed as required; and

 

  (VI)

stating that (A) all conditions precedent provided for in this Indenture relating to (I) the authentication and delivery of the Issuer’s Recovery Bonds, and (II) the execution of the Series Supplement to this Indenture dated as of the date of this Indenture, have been complied with, (B) the execution of the Series Supplement to this Indenture dated as of the date of this Indenture is authorized or permitted by this Indenture, and (C) the Issuer has delivered the documents required under this Section 2.10 and has otherwise satisfied the requirements set out in this Section 2.10, including, but not limited to, complying with Section 2.10(a) hereof.

 

  (B)

An officer’s certificate from the Seller, dated as of the Closing Date, to the effect that, in the case of the Recovery Property identified in the Sale Agreement, immediately prior to the conveyance thereof to the Issuer pursuant to the Sale Agreement:

 

  (I)

the Seller was the original and the sole owner of such Recovery Property, free and clear of any Lien; the Seller had not assigned any interest or participation in such Recovery Property and the proceeds thereof other than to the Issuer pursuant to the Sale Agreement; the Seller has the power, authority and right to own, sell and assign such Recovery Property and the proceeds thereof to the Issuer; and the Seller, subject to the terms of the Sale Agreement, has validly sold and assigned to the Issuer all of its right, title and interest in and to such Recovery Property and the proceeds thereof, free and clear of any Lien (other than Permitted Liens) and such sale and assignment is absolute and irrevocable and has been perfected;

 

  (II)

the attached copy of the Financing Order creating such Recovery Property is true and complete and is in full force and effect; and

 

  (III)

an amount equal to the Required Capital Level has been deposited or caused to be deposited by the Seller with the Indenture Trustee for crediting to the Capital Subaccount.

 

  (C)

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  (D)

Rating Agency Condition. The Indenture Trustee shall receive evidence reasonably satisfactory to it that the Recovery Bonds have received the ratings from the Rating Agencies required by the Underwriting Agreement as a condition to the issuance of the Recovery Bonds.

 

  (E)

Requirements of Series Supplement. Such other funds, accounts, documents, certificates, agreements, instruments or opinions as may be required by the terms of the Series Supplement.

 

  (F)

Required Capital Level. Evidence satisfactory to the Indenture Trustee that the Required Capital Level has been credited to the Capital Subaccount.

 

  (G)

Other Requirements. Such other documents, certificates, agreements, instruments or opinions as the Indenture Trustee may reasonably require.

SECTION 2.11. Book-Entry Recovery Bonds.

(a)    Unless the Series Supplement provides otherwise, all of the Recovery Bonds shall be issued in Book-Entry Form, and the Issuer shall execute and the Indenture Trustee shall, in accordance with this Section 2.11 and the Issuer Order, authenticate and deliver one or more Global Recovery Bonds, evidencing the Recovery Bonds which (i) shall be an aggregate original principal amount equal to the aggregate original principal amount of the Recovery Bonds to be issued pursuant to the Issuer Order, (ii) shall be registered in the name of the Clearing Agency therefor or its nominee, which shall initially be Cede & Co., as nominee for The Depository Trust Company, the initial Clearing Agency, (iii) shall be delivered by the Indenture Trustee pursuant to such Clearing Agency’s or such nominee’s instructions, and (iv) shall bear a legend substantially to the effect set forth in Exhibit A attached hereto.

(b)    Each Clearing Agency designated pursuant to this Section 2.11 must, at the time of its designation and at all times while it serves as Clearing Agency hereunder, be a “clearing agency” registered under the Exchange Act and any other applicable statute or regulation.

(c)    No Holder of Recovery Bonds issued in Book-Entry Form shall receive a Definitive Recovery Bond representing such Holder’s interest in any of the Recovery Bonds, except as provided in Section 2.13. Unless (and until) certificated, fully registered Recovery Bonds (the “Definitive Recovery Bonds”) have been issued to the Holders pursuant to Section 2.13 or pursuant to the Series Supplement relating thereto:

 

  (i)

the provisions of this Section 2.11 shall be in full force and effect;

 

  (ii)

the Issuer, the Servicer, the Paying Agent, the Recovery Bond Registrar and the Indenture Trustee may deal with the Clearing Agency for all purposes (including the making of distributions on the Recovery Bonds and the giving of instructions or directions hereunder) as the authorized representative of the Holders;

 

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  (iii)

to the extent that the provisions of this Section 2.11 conflict with any other provisions of this Indenture, the provisions of this Section 2.11 shall control;

 

  (iv)

the rights of Holders shall be exercised only through the Clearing Agency and the Clearing Agency Participants and shall be limited to those established by law and agreements between such Holders and the Clearing Agency and/or the Clearing Agency Participants. Pursuant to the Letter of Representations, unless and until Definitive Recovery Bonds are issued pursuant to Section 2.13, the initial Clearing Agency will make book-entry transfers among the Clearing Agency Participants and receive and transmit distributions of principal and interest on the Book-Entry Recovery Bonds to such Clearing Agency Participants; and

 

  (v)

whenever this Indenture requires or permits actions to be taken based upon instruction or directions of the Holders evidencing a specified percentage of the Outstanding Amount of Recovery Bonds, the Clearing Agency shall be deemed to represent such percentage only to the extent that it has received instructions to such effect from the Holders and/or the Clearing Agency Participants owning or representing, respectively, such required percentage of the beneficial interest in the Recovery Bonds and has delivered such instructions to a Responsible Officer of the Indenture Trustee.

SECTION 2.12. Notices to Clearing Agency.

Unless and until Definitive Recovery Bonds shall have been issued to Holders pursuant to Section 2.13, whenever notice, payment, or other communications to the holders of Book-Entry Recovery Bonds is required under this Indenture, the Indenture Trustee, the Servicer and the Paying Agent, as applicable, shall make all such payments to, and give all such notices and communications specified herein, to the Clearing Agency.

SECTION 2.13. Definitive Recovery Bonds.

(a)    If (x)(i) the Issuer advises the Indenture Trustee in writing that the Clearing Agency is no longer willing or able to properly discharge its responsibilities under any Letter of Representations and (ii) the Issuer is unable to locate a qualified successor Clearing Agency, (y) the Issuer, at its option, advises the Indenture Trustee in writing that it elects to terminate the book-entry system through the Clearing Agency or (z) after the occurrence of an Event of Default hereunder, Holders holding Recovery Bonds aggregating not less than a majority of the aggregate Outstanding Amount of Recovery Bonds maintained as Book-Entry Recovery Bonds advise the Indenture Trustee, the Issuer and the Clearing Agency (through the Clearing Agency Participants) in writing that the continuation of a book-entry system through the Clearing Agency is no longer in the best interests of the Holders, the Issuer shall notify the Clearing Agency, the Indenture Trustee and all such Holders in writing of the occurrence of any such event and of the availability of Definitive Recovery Bonds to the Holders requesting the same. Upon surrender to the Indenture Trustee of the Global Recovery Bonds by the Clearing Agency accompanied by registration instructions from such Clearing Agency for registration, the Issuer shall execute, and the Indenture

 

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Trustee shall authenticate and deliver, Definitive Recovery Bonds in accordance with the instructions of the Clearing Agency. None of the Issuer, the Recovery Bond Registrar, the Paying Agent or the Indenture Trustee shall be liable for any delay in delivery of such instructions and may conclusively rely on, and shall be fully protected in relying on, such instructions. Upon the issuance of Definitive Recovery Bonds, the Indenture Trustee shall recognize the Holders of the Definitive Recovery Bonds as Holders hereunder.

(b)    Definitive Recovery Bonds will be transferable and exchangeable at the offices of the Recovery Bonds Registrar. With respect to any transfer of such listed Recovery Bonds, the new Definitive Recovery Bonds registered in the names specified by the transferee and the original transferor shall be available at the offices of such transfer agent.

SECTION 2.14. CUSIP Number.

The Issuer in issuing any Recovery Bonds may use a “CUSIP” number and, if so used, the Indenture Trustee shall use the CUSIP number provided to it by the Issuer in any notices to the Holders thereof as a convenience to such Holders; provided, that any such notice may state that no representation is made as to the correctness or accuracy of the CUSIP number printed in the notice or on the Recovery Bonds and that reliance may be placed only on the other identification numbers printed on the Recovery Bonds. The Issuer shall promptly notify the Indenture Trustee in writing of any change in the CUSIP number with respect to any Recovery Bond.

SECTION 2.15. Letter of Representations.

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Indenture or the Series Supplement, the parties hereto shall comply with the terms of each Letter of Representations applicable to such party.

SECTION 2.16. Tax Treatment.

The Issuer and the Indenture Trustee, by entering into this Indenture, and the Holders and any Persons holding a beneficial interest in any Recovery Bond, by acquiring any Recovery Bond or interest therein, (a) express their intention that, solely for the purposes of federal taxes and, to the extent consistent with applicable State, local and other tax law, solely for the purposes of State, local and other taxes, the Recovery Bonds qualify under applicable tax law as indebtedness of the Member secured by the Recovery Bond Collateral and (b) solely for the purposes of federal taxes and, to the extent consistent with applicable State, local and other tax law, solely for purposes of State, local and other taxes, so long as any of the Recovery Bonds are outstanding, agree to treat the Recovery Bonds as indebtedness of the Member secured by the Recovery Bond Collateral unless otherwise required by appropriate taxing authorities.

SECTION 2.17. State Pledge.

(a)    Recovery Bonds are “recovery bonds” as such term is defined in the Wildfire Financing Law. Principal and interest due and payable on the Recovery Bonds are payable from and secured primarily by Recovery Property created and established by the Financing Order obtained from the Public Utilities Commission of California pursuant to the Wildfire Financing Law. Recovery Property consists of the rights and interests of the Seller in the relevant Financing

 

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Order, including the right to impose, collect and receive certain charges (defined in the Wildfire Financing Law as “fixed recovery charges,” to be included in regular electric utility bills of existing and future electric service Consumers within the service territory of PG&E, or its successors or assigns, as more fully described in the Financing Order. Under the laws of the State of California in effect on the Closing Date, the State of California has agreed for the benefit of the Holders, pursuant to Section 850.1(e) of the Wildfire Financing Law, as follows:

“The State of California does hereby pledge and agree with the electrical corporation, owners of recovery property, financing entities, and holders of recovery bonds that the state shall neither limit nor alter, except as otherwise provided with respect to the true-up adjustment of the fixed recovery charges pursuant to subdivision [(g)] [of Section 850.1], the fixed recovery charges, any associated fixed recovery tax amounts, recovery property, financing orders, or any rights under a financing order until the recovery bonds, together with the interest on the recovery bonds and associated financing costs, are fully paid and discharged, and any associated fixed recovery tax amounts have been satisfied or, in the alternative, have been refinanced through an additional issue of recovery bonds, provided that nothing contained in this section shall preclude the limitation or alteration if and when adequate provision shall be made by law for the protection of the electrical corporation and of owners and holders of the recovery bonds. The financing entity is authorized to include this pledge and undertaking for the state in these recovery bonds.”

“Neither the full faith and credit nor the taxing power of the State of California is pledged to the payment of the principal of, or interest on, this bond. The issuance of recovery bonds under this article [of the Wildfire Financing Law] shall not directly, indirectly, or contingently obligate the state or any political subdivision thereof to levy or to pledge any form of taxation therefor or to make any appropriation for their payment.”

The Issuer hereby acknowledges that the purchase of any Recovery Bond by a Holder or the purchase of any beneficial interest in a Recovery Bond by any Person and the Indenture Trustee’s obligations to perform hereunder are made in reliance on such agreement and pledge by the State of California.

SECTION 2.18. Security Interests.

(a)    Representations and Warranties. The Issuer hereby makes the following representations and warranties:

 

  (i)

other than the security interests granted to the Indenture Trustee pursuant to this Indenture, the Issuer has not pledged, granted, sold, conveyed or otherwise assigned any interests or security interests in the Recovery Bond Collateral and no security agreement, financing statement or equivalent security or Lien instrument listing the Issuer as debtor covering all or any part of the Recovery Bond Collateral is on file or of record in any jurisdiction, except such as may have been filed, recorded or made by the Issuer in favor of the Indenture Trustee on behalf of the Secured Parties in connection with this Indenture;

 

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  (ii)

this Indenture constitutes a valid and continuing lien on, and first priority perfected security interest in, the Recovery Bond Collateral in favor of the Indenture Trustee on behalf of the Secured Parties, which lien and security interest is prior to all other Liens and is enforceable as such as against creditors of and purchasers from the Issuer in accordance with its terms, except as such enforceability may be limited by bankruptcy, insolvency, fraudulent conveyance, reorganization, moratorium and other similar laws affecting creditors’ rights generally or by general equitable principles, whether considered in a proceeding at law or in equity and by an implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing;

 

  (iii)

with respect to all Recovery Bond Collateral, this Indenture, together with the Series Supplement, creates a valid and continuing first priority perfected security interest (as defined in the UCC and as such term is used in the Wildfire Financing Law) in such Recovery Bond Collateral, which security interest is prior to all other Liens and is enforceable as such as against creditors of and purchasers from the Issuer in accordance with its terms, except as such enforceability may be limited by bankruptcy, insolvency, fraudulent conveyance, reorganization, moratorium and other similar laws affecting creditors’ rights generally or by general equitable principles, whether considered in a proceeding at law or in equity and by an implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing;

 

  (iv)

the Issuer has good and marketable title to the Recovery Bond Collateral free and clear of any Lien, claim or encumbrance of any Person other than Permitted Liens;

 

  (v)

all of the Recovery Bond Collateral constitutes either Recovery Property or accounts, deposit accounts, investment property or general intangibles (as each such term is defined in the UCC) except that proceeds of the Recovery Bond Collateral may also take the form of instruments or money;

 

  (vi)

the Issuer has taken, or caused the Servicer to take, all action necessary to perfect the security interest in the Recovery Bond Collateral granted to the Indenture Trustee, for the benefit of the Secured Parties;

 

  (vii)

the Issuer has filed (or has caused the Servicer to file) all appropriate financing statements in the proper filing offices in the appropriate jurisdictions under applicable law in order to perfect the security interest in the Recovery Bond Collateral granted to the Indenture Trustee;

 

  (viii)

the Issuer has not authorized the filing of and is not aware, after due inquiry, of any financing statements against the Issuer that include a description of the Recovery Bond Collateral other than those filed in favor of the Indenture Trustee;

 

  (ix)

the Issuer is not aware of any judgment or tax Lien filings against the Issuer;

 

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  (x)

(I) the Collection Account (including all subaccounts thereof, other than the Cash Subaccount) constitutes a “securities account” within the meaning of the UCC and (II) the Cash Subaccount constitutes a “deposit account” within the meaning of the UCC;

 

  (xi)

the Issuer has taken all steps necessary to cause the Securities Intermediary of each such Securities Account to identify in its records the Indenture Trustee as the Person having a Security Entitlement against the Securities Intermediary in such Securities Account, no Collection Account is in the name of any Person other than the Indenture Trustee, and the Issuer has not consented to the Securities Intermediary of the Collection Account and the Indenture Trustee acting as “bank” with respect to the Cash Subaccount to comply with entitlement orders of any Person other than the Indenture Trustee; and

 

  (xii)

all of the Recovery Bond Collateral constituting investment property has been and will have been credited to the Collection Account or a subaccount thereof, and the Securities Intermediary for the Collection Account has agreed to treat all assets credited to the Collection Account (other than cash) as Financial Assets and all cash will be allocated to the applicable Cash Subaccount. Accordingly, the Indenture Trustee has a first priority perfected security interest in the Collection Account, all funds and Financial Assets on deposit therein, and all securities entitlements relating thereto.

(b)    Survival. The representations and warranties set forth in this Section 2.18 shall survive the execution and delivery of this Indenture and the issuance of any Recovery Bonds, shall be deemed re-made on each date on which any funds in the Collection Account are distributed to Issuer or otherwise released from the Lien of the Indenture and may not be waived by any party hereto except pursuant to a supplemental indenture executed in accordance with Article IX and as to which the Rating Agency Condition has been satisfied.

SECTION 2.19. Payment by Issuer is Nonrecourse.

Any amounts due hereunder from the Issuer with respect to the Recovery Bonds shall be paid solely from the Recovery Bond Collateral. In the event the Recovery Bond Collateral pledged to secure the Recovery Bonds has been exhausted and the Recovery Bonds have not been paid in full, then any and all amounts remaining due on the Recovery Bonds shall be extinguished and the Recovery Bonds cancelled. To the extent that under any applicable law the Holder of a Recovery Bond or any owner of a security entitlement to a Bond is deemed to have an interest in assets of the Issuer other than the Recovery Bond Collateral (“Other Issuer Assets”), such Holder or owner is deemed to have agreed that its interest in such Other Issuer Assets is fully subordinate to the claim against such Other Issuer Assets of the pledgees or grantees to which such Other Issuer Assets are pledged or granted and is further deemed to have agreed that this agreement shall constitute a subordination agreement for purpose of Section 510(a) of the United States Bankruptcy Code.

 

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ARTICLE III

COVENANTS

SECTION 3.01. Payment of Principal, Premium, if any, and Interest.

The principal of and premium, if any, and interest on the Recovery Bonds shall be duly and punctually paid by the Issuer, or the Servicer on behalf of the Issuer, in accordance with the terms of the Recovery Bonds and this Indenture; provided that except on a Final Maturity Date or upon the acceleration of the Recovery Bonds following the occurrence of an Event of Default, the Issuer shall only be obligated to pay the principal of the Recovery Bonds on each Payment Date therefor to the extent moneys are available for such payment pursuant to Section 8.02. Amounts properly withheld under the Code or other tax laws by any Person from a payment to any Holder of interest or principal or premium, if any, shall be considered as having been paid by the Issuer to such Holder for all purposes of this Indenture.

SECTION 3.02. Maintenance of Office or Agency.

The Issuer shall initially maintain in Chicago, an office or agency where Recovery Bonds may be surrendered for registration of transfer or exchange. The Issuer shall give prompt written notice to the Indenture Trustee of the location, and of any change in the location, of any such office or agency. The Issuer hereby initially appoints the Indenture Trustee to serve as its agent for the foregoing purposes and the Corporate Trust Office of the Indenture Trustee shall serve as the offices provided in the prior sentence. If at any time the Issuer shall fail to maintain any such office or agency or shall fail to furnish the Indenture Trustee with the address thereof, such surrenders may be made at the office of the Indenture Trustee located at the Corporate Trust Office, and the Issuer hereby appoints the Indenture Trustee as its agent to receive all such surrenders.

SECTION 3.03. Money for Payments To Be Held in Trust.

(a)    As provided in Section 8.02(a), all payments of amounts due and payable with respect to any Recovery Bonds that are to be made from amounts withdrawn from the Collection Account pursuant to Section 8.02(d) shall be made on behalf of the Issuer by the Indenture Trustee or by another Paying Agent, and no amounts so withdrawn from such Collection Account for payments with respect to any Recovery Bonds shall be paid over to the Issuer except as provided in this Section 3.03 and Section 8.02.

(b)    Each Paying Agent shall meet the eligibility criteria set forth for any Indenture Trustee under Section 6.11. The Issuer will cause each Paying Agent other than the Indenture Trustee to execute and deliver to the Indenture Trustee an instrument in which such Paying Agent shall agree with the Indenture Trustee (and if the Indenture Trustee acts as Paying Agent, it hereby so agrees), subject to the provisions of this Section 3.03, that such Paying Agent will:

 

  (i)

hold all sums held by it for the payment of amounts due with respect to the Recovery Bonds in trust for the benefit of the Persons entitled thereto until such sums shall be paid to such Persons or otherwise disposed of as herein provided and pay such sums to such Persons as herein provided;

 

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  (ii)

give the Indenture Trustee and the Rating Agencies written notice of any Default by the Issuer of which it has actual knowledge (and if the Indenture Trustee is the Paying Agent, a Responsible Officer of the Paying Agent has actual knowledge) in the making of any payment required to be made with respect to the Recovery Bonds;

 

  (iii)

at any time during the continuance of any such Default, upon the written request of the Indenture Trustee, forthwith pay to the Indenture Trustee all sums so held in trust by such Paying Agent;

 

  (iv)

immediately, with notice to the Rating Agencies, resign as a Paying Agent and forthwith pay to the Indenture Trustee all sums held by it in trust for the payment of Recovery Bonds if at any time the Paying Agent determines that it has ceased to meet the standards required to be met by a Paying Agent at the time of such determination; and

 

  (v)

comply with all requirements of the Code and other tax laws with respect to the withholding from any payments made by it on any Recovery Bonds of any applicable withholding taxes imposed thereon and with respect to any applicable reporting requirements in connection therewith.

(c)    The Issuer may at any time, for the purpose of obtaining the satisfaction and discharge of this Indenture or for any other purpose, pay, or by Issuer Order direct any Paying Agent to pay to the Indenture Trustee all sums held in trust by such Paying Agent, such sums to be held by the Indenture Trustee upon the same trusts as those upon which the sums were held by such Paying Agent; and upon such payment by any Paying Agent to the Indenture Trustee, such Paying Agent shall be released from all further liability with respect to such money.

(d)    Subject to applicable laws with respect to escheat of funds, any money held by the Indenture Trustee or any Paying Agent in trust for the payment of any amount due with respect to any Recovery Bond and remaining unclaimed for two (2) years after such amount has become due and payable shall be discharged from such trust and be paid to the Issuer on an Issuer Request; and, subject to Section 10.16, the Holder of such Recovery Bond shall thereafter, as an unsecured general creditor, look only to the Issuer for payment thereof (but only to the extent of the amounts so paid to the Issuer), and all liability of the Indenture Trustee or such Paying Agent with respect to such trust money shall thereupon cease; provided, however, that the Indenture Trustee or such Paying Agent, before being required to make any such repayment, may at the expense of the Issuer, cause to be published once, in a newspaper published in the English language, customarily published on each Business Day and of general circulation in The City of New York, notice that such money remains unclaimed and that, after a date specified therein, which shall not be less than thirty (30) days from the date of such publication, any unclaimed balance of such money then remaining will be repaid to the Issuer. The Indenture Trustee may also adopt and employ, at the written direction and expense of the Issuer, any other reasonable means of notification of such repayment (including mailing notice of such repayment to Holders whose right to or interest in moneys due and payable but not claimed is determinable from the records of the Indenture Trustee or of any Paying Agent, at the last address of record for each such Holder).

 

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SECTION 3.04. Existence.

The Issuer shall keep in full effect its existence, rights and franchises as a limited liability company under the laws of the State of Delaware (unless it becomes, or any successor Issuer hereunder is or becomes, organized under the laws of any other State or of the United States of America, in which case the Issuer will keep in full effect its existence, rights and franchises under the laws of such other jurisdiction) and will obtain and preserve its qualification to do business in each jurisdiction in which such qualification is or shall be necessary to protect the validity and enforceability of this Indenture, the other Basic Documents, the Recovery Bonds, the Recovery Bond Collateral and each other instrument or agreement referenced herein or therein.

SECTION 3.05. Protection of Recovery Bond Collateral.

(a)    The Issuer shall from time to time execute and deliver all such supplements and amendments hereto and all filings with the CPUC or the California Secretary of State pursuant to the Financing Order or the Wildfire Financing Law and all financing statements, continuation statements, instruments of further assurance and other instruments, and shall take such other action necessary or advisable to:

 

  (i)

maintain or preserve the Lien and security interest (and the priority thereof) of this Indenture and the Series Supplement or carry out more effectively the purposes hereof;

 

  (ii)

perfect, publish notice of or protect the validity of any Grant made or to be made by this Indenture;

 

  (iii)

enforce any of the Recovery Bond Collateral;

 

  (iv)

preserve and defend title to the Recovery Bond Collateral and the rights of the Indenture Trustee and the Holders in such Recovery Bond Collateral against the Claims of all Persons and parties, including, without limitation, the challenge by any party to the validity or enforceability of the Financing Order, any Tariff, the Recovery Property or any proceeding relating thereto and institute any action or proceeding necessary to compel performance by the CPUC or the State of California of any of its obligations or duties under the Wildfire Financing Law, the State Pledge, or the Financing Order or Tariff; or

 

  (v)

pay any and all taxes levied or assessed upon all or any part of the Recovery Bond Collateral.

(b)    The Issuer hereby designates the Indenture Trustee its agent and attorney-in-fact to execute or authorize, as the case may be, any filings with the CPUC or the California Secretary of State, financing statements, continuation statements or other instrument required pursuant to this Section 3.05, it being understood that the Indenture Trustee shall not be responsible for filing any such financing statement and shall have no obligation or any duty to prepare, authorize, execute or file such documents. The Indenture Trustee is specifically authorized upon written direction of the Issuer or Servicer to file financing statements covering the Recovery Bond Collateral,

 

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including, without limitation, financing statements that describe the Recovery Bond Collateral as “all assets” or “all personal property” of the Issuer; provided, however, that such authorization shall not be deemed to be an obligation.

SECTION 3.06. Opinions as to Recovery Bond Collateral.

(a)    Within ninety (90) days after the beginning of each calendar year beginning with the calendar year beginning January 1, 2022, the Issuer shall furnish to the Indenture Trustee an Opinion of Counsel of external counsel of the Issuer either stating that, in the opinion of such counsel, such action has been taken with respect to the recording, filing, re-recording and refiling of this Indenture, any indentures supplemental hereto and any other requisite documents and with respect to the execution and filing of any filings with the CPUC, the Delaware Secretary of State or the California Secretary of State pursuant to the Wildfire Financing Law and the Financing Order and any financing statements and continuation statements as are necessary to maintain the Lien and the perfected security interest created by this Indenture and reciting the details of such action or stating that, in the opinion of such counsel, no such action is necessary to maintain such Lien and security interest. Such Opinion of Counsel shall also describe the recording, filing, re-recording and refiling of this Indenture, any indentures supplemental hereto and any other requisite documents and the execution and filing of any filings with the CPUC, the Delaware Secretary of State or the California Secretary of State, financing statements and continuation statements that will, in the opinion of such counsel, be required within the twelve-month period following the date of such opinion to maintain the Lien and the perfected security interest created by this Indenture and the Series Supplement.

(b)    Prior to the effectiveness of any amendment to the Sale Agreement or the Servicing Agreement, the Issuer shall furnish to the Indenture Trustee an Opinion of Counsel of external counsel of the Issuer either (i) stating that, in the opinion of such counsel, all filings, including UCC financing statements and other filings with the CPUC, the Delaware Secretary of State and the California Secretary of State pursuant to the Wildfire Financing Law or the Financing Order, have been executed and filed that are necessary fully to maintain the Lien and security interest of the Issuer and the Indenture Trustee in the Recovery Property and the Recovery Bond Collateral, respectively, and the proceeds thereof, and reciting the details of such filings or referring to prior Opinions of Counsel in which such details are given, or (ii) stating that, in the opinion of such counsel, no such action shall be necessary to maintain such Lien and security interest.

SECTION 3.07. Performance of Obligations; Servicing; SEC Filings.

(a)    The Issuer (i) shall diligently pursue any and all actions to enforce its rights under each instrument or agreement included in the Recovery Bond Collateral and (ii) shall not take any action and shall use its best efforts not to permit any action to be taken by others that would release any Person from any of such Person’s covenants or obligations under any such instrument or agreement or that would result in the amendment, hypothecation, subordination, termination or discharge of, or impair the validity or effectiveness of, any such instrument or agreement, except, in each case, as expressly provided in this Indenture, the Series Supplement, the Sale Agreement, the Servicing Agreement or such other instrument or agreement.

 

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(b)    The Issuer may contract with other Persons to assist it in performing its duties under this Indenture, and any performance of such duties by a Person identified to the Indenture Trustee herein or in an Officer’s Certificate shall be deemed to be action taken by the Issuer. Initially, the Issuer has contracted with the Servicer to assist the Issuer in performing its duties under this Indenture.

(c)    The Issuer shall punctually perform and observe all of its obligations and agreements contained in this Indenture, the Series Supplement, the other Basic Documents and in the instruments and agreements included in the Recovery Bond Collateral, including filing or causing to be filed all filings with the CPUC, the Delaware Secretary of State or the California Secretary of State pursuant to the Wildfire Financing Law or the Financing Order, all UCC financing statements and continuation statements required to be filed by it by the terms of this Indenture, the Series Supplement, the Sale Agreement and the Servicing Agreement in accordance with and within the time periods provided for herein and therein.

(d)    If the Issuer shall have knowledge of the occurrence of a Servicer Default under the Servicing Agreement, the Issuer shall promptly give written notice thereof to the Indenture Trustee and the Rating Agencies, and shall specify in such notice the response or action, if any, the Issuer has taken or is taking with respect to such Servicer Default. If a Servicer Default shall arise from the failure of the Servicer to perform any of its duties or obligations under the Servicing Agreement with respect to the Recovery Property, the Recovery Bond Collateral or the Fixed Recovery Charges, the Issuer shall take all reasonable steps available to it to remedy such failure.

(e)    As promptly as possible after the giving of notice of termination to the Servicer and the Rating Agencies of the Servicer’s rights and powers pursuant to Section 7.01 of the Servicing Agreement, the Indenture Trustee shall, at the written direction of the Holders evidencing not less than a majority of the Outstanding Amount of the Recovery Bonds) appoint a successor Servicer (the “Successor Servicer”), and such Successor Servicer shall accept its appointment by a written assumption in a form acceptable to the Issuer and the Indenture Trustee. A Person shall qualify as a Successor Servicer only if such Person satisfies the requirements of the Servicing Agreement. If within thirty (30) days after the delivery of the notice referred to above, a new Servicer shall not have been appointed, the Indenture Trustee, at the Issuer’s expense, may petition the CPUC or a court of competent jurisdiction to appoint a Successor Servicer. In connection with any such appointment, PG&E may make such arrangements for the compensation of such Successor Servicer as it and such successor shall agree, subject to the limitations set forth in Section 8.02 and in the Servicing Agreement.

(f)    Upon any termination of the Servicer’s rights and powers pursuant to the Servicing Agreement, the Indenture Trustee shall promptly notify the Issuer, the Holders and the Rating Agencies. As soon as a Successor Servicer is appointed, the Indenture Trustee shall notify the Issuer, the Holders and the Rating Agencies of such appointment, specifying in such notice the name and address of such Successor Servicer.

(g)    The Issuer shall (or shall cause the Depositor to) post on its website (which for this purpose may be the website of any direct or indirect parent company of the Issuer) and, to the extent consistent with the Issuer’s and the Depositor’s obligations under applicable law, file with or furnish to the SEC in periodic reports and other reports as are required from time to time under

 

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Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act, the following information (other than any such information filed with the SEC and publicly available to investors unless the Issuer specifically requests such items to be posted) with respect to the Outstanding Recovery Bonds, in each case to the extent such information is reasonably available to the Issuer:

 

  (i)

the final Prospectus;

 

  (ii)

the statements of any remittances of Fixed Recovery Charges made to the Indenture Trustee (to be included in a Form 10-D or Form 10-K, or successor forms thereto);

 

  (iii)

a statement reporting the balances in the Collection Account and in each subaccount of the Collection Account as of the end of each quarter or the most recent date available (to be included in a Form 10-D or Form 10-K, or successor forms thereto);

 

  (iv)

a statement showing the balance of Outstanding Recovery Bonds that reflects the actual periodic payments made on the Recovery Bonds during the applicable period (to be included in the next Form 10-D or Form 10-K filed, or successor forms thereto);

 

  (v)

the Servicer’s Certificate as required to be submitted pursuant to the Servicing Agreement (to be filed with a Form 10-D, Form 10-K or Form 8-K, or successor forms thereto);

 

  (vi)

the Monthly Servicer’s Certificate as required to be submitted pursuant to the Servicing Agreement;

 

  (vii)

the Reconciliation Certificate as required to be submitted pursuant to the Servicing Agreement;

 

  (viii)

the text (or a link to the website where a reader can find the text) of each filing of a True-Up Adjustment and the results of each such filing;

 

  (ix)

any change in the long-term or short-term credit ratings of the Servicer assigned by the Rating Agencies;

 

  (x)

material legislative or regulatory developments directly relevant to the Outstanding Recovery Bonds (to be filed or furnished in a Form 8-K); and

 

  (xi)

any reports and other information that the Issuer is required to file with the SEC under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

(h)    Notwithstanding the foregoing, nothing herein shall preclude the Issuer from voluntarily suspending or terminating its filing obligations as Issuer with the SEC to the extent permitted by applicable law.

 

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(i)    The address of the Indenture Trustee’s website for investors is currently https://gctinvestorreporting.bnymellon.com. The Indenture Trustee shall promptly notify the Issuer, the Bondholders and the Rating Agencies of any change to the address of the website for investors.

(j)    The Issuer shall make all filings required under the Wildfire Financing Law relating to the transfer of the ownership or security interest in the Recovery Property other than those required to be made by the Seller or the Servicer pursuant to the Basic Documents.

SECTION 3.08. Certain Negative Covenants.

So long as any Recovery Bonds are Outstanding, the Issuer shall not:

(a)    except as expressly permitted by this Indenture and the other Basic Documents, sell, transfer, exchange or otherwise dispose of any of the properties or assets of the Issuer, including those included in the Recovery Bond Collateral, unless directed to do so by the Indenture Trustee in accordance with Article V;

(b)     claim any credit on, or make any deduction from the principal or premium, if any, or interest payable in respect of, the Recovery Bonds (other than amounts properly withheld from such payments under the Code or other tax laws) or assert any claim against any present or former Holder by reason of the payment of the taxes levied or assessed upon any part of the Recovery Bond Collateral;

(c)    terminate its existence or dissolve or liquidate in whole or in part, except in a transaction permitted by Section 3.10;

(d)    (i) permit the validity or effectiveness of this Indenture or the other Basic Documents to be impaired, or permit the Lien of this Indenture and the Series Supplement to be amended, hypothecated, subordinated, terminated or discharged, or permit any Person to be released from any covenants or obligations with respect to the Recovery Bonds under this Indenture except as may be expressly permitted hereby, (ii) permit any Lien (other than the Lien of this Indenture or of the Series Supplement) to be created on or extend to or otherwise arise upon or burden the Recovery Bond Collateral or any part thereof or any interest therein or the proceeds thereof (other than tax liens arising by operation of law with respect to amounts not yet due), or (iii) permit the Lien of this Indenture or of the Series Supplement not to constitute a valid first priority perfected security interest in the Recovery Bond Collateral;

(e)    elect to be classified as an association taxable as a corporation for federal income tax purposes or otherwise take any action, file any tax return, or make any election inconsistent with the treatment of the Issuer, for purposes of federal taxes and, to the extent consistent with applicable State tax law, State income and franchise tax purposes, as a disregarded entity that is not separate from the sole owner of the Issuer;

(f)    change its name, identity or structure or the location of its chief executive office, unless at least ten (10) Business Days’ prior to the effective date of any such change the Issuer delivers to the Indenture Trustee (with copies to the Rating Agencies) such documents, instruments or agreements, executed by the Issuer, as are necessary to reflect such change and to continue the perfection of the security interest of this Indenture and the Series Supplement;

 

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(g)    take any action which is subject to a Rating Agency Condition without satisfying the Rating Agency Condition;

(h)    except to the extent permitted by applicable law, voluntarily suspend or terminate its filing obligations with the SEC as described in Section 3.07(g); or

(i)    issue any recovery bonds under the Wildfire Financing Law or any similar law (other than the Recovery Bonds).

SECTION 3.09. Annual Statement as to Compliance.

The Issuer will deliver to the Indenture Trustee and the Rating Agencies not later than March 31 of each year (commencing with March 31, 2023), an Officer’s Certificate stating, as to the Responsible Officer signing such Officer’s Certificate, that:

(a)    a review of the activities of the Issuer during the preceding twelve (12) months ended December 31 (or, in the case of the first such Officer’s Certificate, since the Closing Date) and of performance under this Indenture has been made; and

(b)    to the best of such Responsible Officer’s knowledge, based on such review, the Issuer has in all material respects complied with all conditions and covenants under this Indenture throughout such twelve-month period (or such shorter period in the case of the first such Officer’s Certificate), or, if there has been a default in the compliance of any such condition or covenant, specifying each such default known to such Responsible Officer and the nature and status thereof.

SECTION 3.10. Issuer May Consolidate, etc., Only on Certain Terms.

(a)    The Issuer shall not consolidate or merge with or into any other Person, unless:

 

  (i)

the Person (if other than the Issuer) formed by or surviving such consolidation or merger shall a. be a Person organized and existing under the laws of the United States of America or any State, b. expressly assume, by an indenture supplemental hereto, executed and delivered to the Indenture Trustee, in form and substance satisfactory to the Indenture Trustee, the performance or observance of every agreement and covenant of this Indenture and the Series Supplement on the part of the Issuer to be performed or observed, all as provided herein and in the Series Supplement, and c. assume all obligations and succeed to all rights of the Issuer under the Sale Agreement, the Servicing Agreement and each other Basic Document to which the Issuer is a party;

 

  (ii)

immediately after giving effect to such merger or consolidation, no Default, Event of Default or Servicer Default shall have occurred and be continuing;

 

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  (iii)

the Rating Agency Condition shall have been satisfied with respect to such merger or consolidation;

 

  (iv)

the Issuer shall have delivered to PG&E, the Indenture Trustee and the Rating Agencies an opinion or opinions of outside tax counsel (as selected by the Issuer, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to PG&E, and which may be based on a ruling from the Internal Revenue Service (unless the Internal Revenue Service has announced that it will not rule on the issues described in this paragraph)) to the effect that the consolidation or merger will not result in a material adverse federal or State income tax consequence to the Issuer, PG&E, the Indenture Trustee or the then existing Bondholders;

 

  (v)

any action as is necessary to maintain the Lien and the perfected security interest in the Recovery Bond Collateral created by this Indenture and the Series Supplement shall have been taken as evidenced by an Opinion of Counsel of external counsel of the Issuer delivered to the Indenture Trustee; and

 

  (vi)

the Issuer shall have delivered to the Indenture Trustee an Officer’s Certificate and an Opinion of Counsel of external counsel of the Issuer each stating that such consolidation or merger and such supplemental indenture comply with this Indenture and each Series Supplement and that all conditions precedent herein provided for in this Section 3.10(a) with respect to such transaction have been complied with (including any filing required by the Exchange Act).

(b)    Except as specifically provided herein, the Issuer shall not sell, convey, exchange, transfer or otherwise dispose of any of its properties or assets included in the Recovery Bond Collateral, to any Person, unless:

 

  (i)

the Person that acquires the properties and assets of the Issuer, the conveyance or transfer of which is hereby restricted: (i) shall be a United States citizen or a Person organized and existing under the laws of the United States of America or any State, (ii) expressly assumes, by an indenture supplemental hereto, executed and delivered to the Indenture Trustee, in form and substance satisfactory to the Indenture Trustee, the performance or observance of every agreement and covenant of this Indenture on the part of the Issuer to be performed or observed, all as provided herein and in the Series Supplement, (iii) expressly agrees by means of such supplemental indenture that all right, title and interest so sold, conveyed, exchanged, transferred or otherwise disposed of shall be subject and subordinate to the rights of Holders, (iv) unless otherwise provided in the supplemental indenture referred to in clause (i) above, expressly agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Issuer and the Indenture Trustee against and from any loss, liability or expense arising under or related to this Indenture, the Series Supplement and the Recovery Bonds (including

 

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  the enforcement costs of such indemnity), (v) expressly agrees by means of such supplemental indenture that such Person (or if a group of Persons, then one specified Person) shall make all filings with the SEC (and any other appropriate Person) required by the Exchange Act in connection with the Recovery Bonds and (vi) if such sale, conveyance, exchange, transfer or disposal relates to the Issuer’s rights and obligations under the Sale Agreement or the Servicing Agreement, assumes all obligations and succeeds to all rights of the Issuer under the Sale Agreement and the Servicing Agreement, as applicable;

 

  (ii)

immediately after giving effect to such transaction, no Default, Event of Default or Servicer Default shall have occurred and be continuing;

 

  (iii)

the Rating Agency Condition shall have been satisfied with respect to such transaction;

 

  (iv)

the Issuer shall have delivered to PG&E, the Indenture Trustee and the Rating Agencies an opinion or opinions of outside tax counsel (as selected by the Issuer, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to PG&E, and which may be based on a ruling from the Internal Revenue Service) to the effect that the disposition will not result in a material adverse federal or State income tax consequence to the Issuer, PG&E, the Indenture Trustee or the then existing Bondholders;

 

  (v)

any action as is necessary to maintain the Lien and the perfected security interest in the Recovery Bond Collateral created by this Indenture and the Series Supplement shall have been taken as evidenced by an Opinion of Counsel of external counsel of the Issuer delivered to the Indenture Trustee; and

 

  (vi)

the Issuer shall have delivered to the Indenture Trustee an Officer’s Certificate and an Opinion of Counsel of external counsel of the Issuer each stating that such sale, conveyance, exchange, transfer or other disposition and such supplemental indenture comply with this Indenture and each Series Supplement and that all conditions precedent herein provided for in this Section 3.10(b) with respect to such transaction have been complied with (including any filing required by the Exchange Act).

SECTION 3.11. Successor or Transferee.

(a)    Upon any consolidation or merger of the Issuer in accordance with Section 3.10(a), the Person formed by or surviving such consolidation or merger (if other than the Issuer) shall succeed to, and be substituted for, and may exercise every right and power of, the Issuer under this Indenture with the same effect as if such Person had been named as the Issuer herein.

(b)    Except as set forth in Section 6.07, upon a sale, conveyance, exchange, transfer or other disposition of all the assets and properties of the Issuer in accordance with Section 3.10(b), the Issuer will be released from every covenant and agreement of this Indenture and the other Basic

 

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Documents to be observed or performed on the part of the Issuer with respect to the Recovery Bonds and the Recovery Property immediately following the consummation of such acquisition upon the delivery of written notice to the Indenture Trustee from the Person acquiring such assets and properties stating that the Issuer is to be so released.

SECTION 3.12. No Other Business.

The Issuer shall not engage in any business other than financing, purchasing, owning and managing the Recovery Property and the other Recovery Bond Collateral and the issuance of the Recovery Bonds in the manner contemplated by the Financing Order and this Indenture and the Basic Documents and activities incidental thereto.

SECTION 3.13. No Borrowing.

The Issuer shall not issue, incur, assume, guarantee or otherwise become liable, directly or indirectly, for any indebtedness except for the Recovery Bonds and any other indebtedness expressly permitted by or arising under the Basic Documents.

SECTION 3.14. Servicers Obligations.

The Issuer shall enforce the Servicer’s compliance with and performance of all of the Servicer’s material obligations under the Servicing Agreement.

SECTION 3.15. Guarantees, Loans, Advances and Other Liabilities.

Except as otherwise contemplated by the Sale Agreement, the Servicing Agreement or this Indenture, the Issuer shall not make any loan or advance or credit to, or guarantee (directly or indirectly or by an instrument having the effect of assuring another’s payment or performance on any obligation or capability of so doing or otherwise), endorse or otherwise become contingently liable, directly or indirectly, in connection with the obligations, stocks or dividends of, or own, purchase, repurchase or acquire (or agree contingently to do so) any stock, obligations, assets or securities of, or any other interest in, or make any capital contribution to, any other Person.

SECTION 3.16. Capital Expenditures.

Other than the purchase of Recovery Property from the Seller on each Closing Date, the Issuer shall not make any expenditure (by long-term or operating lease or otherwise) for capital assets (either realty or personalty).

SECTION 3.17. Restricted Payments.

Except as provided in Section 8.04(c), the Issuer shall not, directly or indirectly, (a) pay any dividend or make any distribution (by reduction of capital or otherwise), whether in cash, property, securities or a combination thereof, to any owner of an interest in the Issuer or otherwise with respect to any ownership or equity interest or similar security in or of the Issuer, (b) redeem, purchase, retire or otherwise acquire for value any such ownership or equity interest or similar security or (c) set aside or otherwise segregate any amounts for any such purpose; provided, however, that, if no Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing or would be caused

 

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thereby, the Issuer may make, or cause to be made, any such distributions to any owner of an interest in the Issuer or otherwise with respect to any ownership or equity interest or similar security in or of the Issuer using funds distributed to the Issuer pursuant to Section 8.02(e)(xi) to the extent that such distributions would not cause the balance of the Capital Subaccount to decline below the Required Capital Level. The Issuer will not, directly or indirectly, make payments to or distributions from the Collection Account except in accordance with this Indenture and the other Basic Documents.

SECTION 3.18. Notice of Events of Default.

The Issuer agrees to give the Indenture Trustee, the CPUC and the Rating Agencies prompt written notice of each Default or Event of Default hereunder as provided in Section 5.01, and each default on the part of the Seller or the Servicer of its obligations under the Sale Agreement or the Servicing Agreement, respectively.

SECTION 3.19. Further Instruments and Acts.

Upon request of the Indenture Trustee (it being understood that this covenant shall not be construed as an affirmative duty of the Indenture Trustee), the Issuer shall execute and deliver such further instruments and do such further acts as may be reasonably necessary or proper to carry out more effectively the purpose of this Indenture and to maintain the first priority perfected security interest of the Indenture Trustee in the Recovery Bond Collateral.

SECTION 3.20. Notice of Events of Default.

The Issuer agrees to give the Indenture Trustee, the CPUC and the Rating Agencies prompt written notice of each Event of Default hereunder and each default on the part of the Seller or the Servicer of its obligations under the Sale Agreement or the Servicing Agreement with respect to the Recovery Property, respectively.

SECTION 3.21. Sale Agreement, Servicing Agreement and Administration Agreement Covenants.

(a)    The Issuer agrees to take all such lawful actions to enforce its rights under the Sale Agreement, the Servicing Agreement and the Administration Agreement and to compel or secure the performance and observance by the Seller, the Servicer and the Administrator of each of their respective obligations to the Issuer under or in connection with the Sale Agreement, the Servicing Agreement and the Administration Agreement in accordance with the terms thereof. So long as no Event of Default occurs and is continuing, but subject to Section 3.21(f), the Issuer may exercise any and all rights, remedies, powers and privileges lawfully available to the Issuer under or in connection with the Sale Agreement, the Servicing Agreement and the Administration Agreement; provided that such action shall not adversely affect the interests of the Holders in any material respect.

(b)    If an Event of Default occurs and is continuing, the Indenture Trustee may, and at the direction (which direction shall be in writing) of Holders of a majority of the Outstanding Amount of the Recovery Bonds of all Tranches affected thereby shall, exercise all rights, remedies, powers, privileges and claims of the Issuer against the Seller, the Administrator and the Servicer,

 

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as the case may be, under or in connection with the Sale Agreement, the Administration Agreement and the Servicing Agreement, including the right or power to take any action to compel or secure performance or observance by the Seller, the Administrator or the Servicer of each of their obligations to the Issuer thereunder and to give any consent, request, notice, direction, approval, extension or waiver under the Sale Agreement, the Administration Agreement and the Servicing Agreement, and any right of the Issuer to take such action shall be suspended.

(c)    Except as set forth in Section 3.22(e), with the prior written consent of the Indenture Trustee (subject to the delivery of the Opinion of Counsel set forth below), the Administration Agreement, the Sale Agreement and the Servicing Agreement may be amended in accordance with the provisions thereof, so long as the Rating Agency Condition is satisfied in connection therewith, at any time and from time to time, without the consent of the Holders of the Recovery Bonds; provided that all conditions precedent for such amendment have been satisfied and such amendment is authorized and permitted by the terms of such agreement, as evidenced by an Opinion of Counsel of external counsel of the Issuer. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Sale Agreement, the Administration Agreement and the Servicing Agreement may be amended in accordance with the provisions thereof with ten (10) Business Days’ prior written notice given to the Rating Agencies, the prior written consent of the Indenture Trustee, but without the consent of the Holders, (I) to cure any ambiguity, to correct or supplement any provisions in the applicable agreement or for the purpose of adding any provisions to or changing in any manner or eliminating any of the provisions in such agreement or of modifying in any manner the rights of the Holders; provided, however, that such action shall not adversely affect in any material respect the interests of any Holder or (II) to conform the provisions of the applicable agreement to the description of such agreement in the Prospectus. In the case of an amendment described in the preceding sentence, the Issuer shall furnish copies of such amendment to the Rating Agencies promptly after execution thereof.

(d)    Except as set forth in Section 3.21(d), if the Issuer, the Seller, the Administrator, the Servicer or any other party to the respective agreement proposes to amend, modify, waive, supplement, terminate or surrender, or agree to any amendment, modification, waiver, supplement, termination or surrender of, the terms of the Sale Agreement, the Administration Agreement, or the Servicing Agreement, or waive timely performance or observance by the Seller, the Administrator or the Servicer under the Sale Agreement, the Administration Agreement or the Servicing Agreement, in each case in such a way as would materially and adversely affect the interests of any Holder of Recovery Bonds, the Issuer shall first notify the Rating Agencies of the proposed amendment, modification, waiver, supplement, termination or surrender and shall promptly notify the Indenture Trustee in writing and the Indenture Trustee shall notify the Holders of the Recovery Bonds of the proposed amendment, modification, waiver, supplement, termination or surrender and whether the Rating Agency Condition has been satisfied with respect thereto. The Indenture Trustee shall consent to such proposed amendment, modification, waiver, supplement, termination or surrender only if the Rating Agency Condition is satisfied and only with the prior written consent of the Holders of a majority of the Outstanding Amount of Recovery Bonds of the Tranches materially and adversely affected. If any such amendment, modification, waiver, supplement, termination or surrender shall be so consented to by the Indenture Trustee or such Holders, the Issuer agrees to execute and deliver, in its own name and at its own expense, such agreements, instruments, consents and other documents as shall be necessary or appropriate in the circumstances.

 

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(e)    If the Issuer or the Servicer proposes to amend, modify, waive, supplement, terminate or surrender, or to agree to any amendment, modification, supplement, termination, waiver or surrender of, the process for True-Up Adjustments, the Issuer shall notify the Indenture Trustee in writing and the Indenture Trustee shall notify the Holders of the Recovery Bonds of such proposal, and the Indenture Trustee shall consent thereto with the prior written consent of the Holders of a majority of the Outstanding Amount of Recovery Bonds of the Tranches affected thereby and only if the Rating Agency Condition has been satisfied with respect thereto.

(f)    Promptly following a default by the Seller under the Sale Agreement, by the Administrator under the Administration Agreement or the occurrence of a Servicer Default under the Servicing Agreement, and at the Issuer’s expense, the Issuer agrees to take all such lawful actions as the Indenture Trustee may request to compel or secure the performance and observance by each of the Seller, the Administrator or the Servicer of their obligations under and in accordance with the Sale Agreement, the Administration Agreement and the Servicing Agreement, as the case may be, in accordance with the terms thereof, and to exercise any and all rights, remedies, powers and privileges lawfully available to the Issuer under or in connection with such agreements to the extent and in the manner directed by the Indenture Trustee, including the transmission of notices of any default by the Seller, the Administrator or the Servicer, respectively, thereunder and the institution of legal or administrative actions or Proceedings to compel or secure performance of their obligations under the Sale Agreement, the Administration Agreement or the Servicing Agreement, as applicable.

(g)    Before consenting to any amendment, modification, supplement, termination, waiver or surrender under Sections 3.21(d) or (e), the Indenture Trustee shall be entitled to receive, and subject to Sections 6.01 and 6.02, shall be fully protected in relying upon, an Opinion of Counsel stating that such action is authorized or permitted by this Indenture and all conditions precedent to such amendment have been satisfied.

SECTION 3.22. Taxes.

So long as any of the Recovery Bonds are Outstanding, the Issuer shall pay all taxes, assessments and governmental charges imposed upon it or any of its properties or assets or with respect to any of its franchises, business, income or property before any penalty accrues thereon if the failure to pay any such taxes, assessments and governmental charges would, after any applicable grace periods, notices or other similar requirements, result in a Lien on the Recovery Bond Collateral; provided that no such tax need be paid if the Issuer is contesting the same in good faith by appropriate proceedings promptly instituted and diligently conducted and if the Issuer has established appropriate reserves as shall be required in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles.

SECTION 3.23. Additional Recovery Bonds or Additional Other Recovery Bonds.

(a)    Following the issuance by the CPUC of any Subsequent Financing Order or pursuant to remaining authority under the Financing Order, the Issuer may, in its sole discretion but subject to the terms contained in this Section 3.23, acquire additional and separate recovery bond collateral and issue Additional Recovery Bonds or Additional Other Recovery Bonds under

 

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any such Subsequent Indenture that are backed by such separate additional recovery bond collateral. Any Additional Recovery Bonds and Additional Other Recovery Bonds may include terms and provisions unique to such Additional Recovery Bonds or such Additional Other Recovery Bonds.

(b)    In addition to all applicable requirements set forth in any Subsequent Indenture for any Additional Recovery Bonds or Additional Other Recovery Bonds, the following conditions must be satisfied in connection with any issuance of Additional Recovery Bonds or Additional Other Recovery Bonds:

 

  (i)

PG&E has existing authority under the Financing Order to issue Additional Recovery Bonds or PG&E requests and receives a Subsequent Financing Order from the CPUC to recover additional recovery costs through the issuance of Additional Other Recovery Bonds;

 

  (ii)

PG&E must serve as initial servicer and administrator for such series of the Additional Recovery Bonds or Additional Other Recovery Bonds and that the servicer and the administrator cannot be replaced without the requisite approval of the holders of all series of Recovery Bonds then-Outstanding;

 

  (iii)

satisfaction of the Rating Agency Condition;

 

  (iv)

each series of the Additional Recovery Bonds or Additional Other Recovery Bonds under a Subsequent Indenture shall have recourse only to the recovery property or additional other recovery property, as applicable, and funds on deposit in the trust account held by the Indenture Trustee with respect to such Additional Recovery Bonds or Additional Other Recovery Bonds, as the case shall be, shall be nonrecourse to the Recovery Property securing the Recovery Bonds and shall not constitute a claim against the Issuer if revenue from the fixed recovery charges and funds on deposit in the trust account with respect to such series of Additional Recovery Bonds or Additional Other Recovery Bonds is insufficient to pay such Additional Recovery Bonds or Additional Other Recovery Bonds, as the case shall be, in full;

 

  (v)

the Issuer has provided to the Indenture Trustee and the Rating Agencies then rating any series of the Issuer’s Outstanding Recovery Bonds an opinion of a nationally recognized law firm experienced in such matters to the effect that such issuance would not result in the Issuer’s substantive consolidation with PG&E and that there has been a true sale of the recovery property for such series, subject to the customary exceptions, qualifications and assumptions contained therein;

 

  (vi)

transaction documentation for the other series provides that the indenture trustee on behalf of holders of the recovery bonds of the other series will not file or join in filing of any bankruptcy petition against the Issuer;

 

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  (vii)

if holders of such other series are deemed to have any interest in any of the Recovery Bond Collateral dedicated to the Recovery Bonds, holders of such Additional Recovery Bonds or Additional Other Recovery Bonds must agree that their interest in the recovery bond collateral dedicated to the Additional Recovery Bonds or Additional Other Recovery Bonds is only a first priority perfected interest in the assets relating to the Additional Recovery Bonds or Additional Other Recovery Bonds, as the case may be, in accordance with the related intercreditor agreement;

 

  (viii)

each series of Additional Recovery Bonds or Additional Other Recovery will have its own bank accounts or trust accounts and funds for each series of recovery bonds shall be remitted in accordance with the related servicing agreement and related intercreditor agreement;

 

  (ix)

no series of Additional Recovery Bonds or Additional Other Recovery Bonds will be issued under this Indenture; and

 

  (x)

each series will bear its own indenture trustee fees, servicer fees and administration fees.

ARTICLE IV

SATISFACTION AND DISCHARGE; DEFEASANCE

SECTION 4.01. Satisfaction and Discharge of Indenture; Defeasance.

(a)    This Indenture shall cease to be of further effect with respect to the Recovery Bonds and the Indenture Trustee, on reasonable written demand of and at the expense of the Issuer, shall execute proper instruments acknowledging satisfaction and discharge of this Indenture with respect to the Recovery Bonds, when:

 

  (i)

either

 

  (A)

all Recovery Bonds theretofore authenticated and delivered (other than (I) Recovery Bonds that have been destroyed, lost or stolen and that have been replaced or paid as provided in Section 2.06 and (II) Recovery Bonds for whose payment money has theretofore been deposited in trust or segregated and held in trust by the Issuer and thereafter repaid to the Issuer or discharged from such trust, as provided in the last paragraph of Section 3.03) have been delivered to the Indenture Trustee for cancellation; or

 

  (B)

either (I) the Scheduled Final Payment Date has occurred with respect to all Recovery Bonds not theretofore delivered to the Indenture Trustee for cancellation or (II) the Recovery Bonds will be due and payable on their respective Scheduled Final Payment Dates within one year, and in any such case, the Issuer has irrevocably deposited or caused to be irrevocably deposited in trust

 

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  with the Indenture Trustee (1) cash and/or (2) U.S. Government Obligations which through the scheduled payments of principal and interest in respect thereof in accordance with their terms are in an amount sufficient to pay principal, interest and premium, if any, on the Recovery Bonds not theretofore delivered to the Indenture Trustee for cancellation and all other sums payable hereunder by the Issuer with respect to the Recovery Bonds when scheduled to be paid and to discharge the entire indebtedness on the Recovery Bonds when due;

 

  (ii)

the Issuer has paid or caused to be paid all other sums payable hereunder by the Issuer; and

 

  (iii)

the Issuer has delivered to the Indenture Trustee an Officer’s Certificate, an Opinion of Counsel of external counsel of the Issuer and (if required by the TIA or the Indenture Trustee) an Independent Certificate from a firm of registered public accountants, each meeting the applicable requirements of Section 10.01(a) and each stating that all conditions precedent herein provided for relating to the satisfaction and discharge of this Indenture with respect to Recovery Bonds have been complied with.

(b)    Subject to Sections 4.01(e) and 4.02, the Issuer at any time may terminate (i) all its obligations under this Indenture with respect to the Recovery Bonds (“Legal Defeasance Option”) or (ii) its obligations under Sections 3.04, 3.05, 3.06, 3.07, 3.08, 3.09, 3.10, 3.12, 3.13, 3.14, 3.15, 3.16, 3.17, 3.18 and 3.19 and the operation of Section 5.01(a)(iii) (“Covenant Defeasance Option”) with respect to Recovery Bonds. The Issuer may exercise the Legal Defeasance Option with respect to Recovery Bonds notwithstanding its prior exercise of the Covenant Defeasance Option.

(c)    If the Issuer exercises the Legal Defeasance Option, the maturity of the Recovery Bonds may not be accelerated because of an Event of Default. If the Issuer exercises the Covenant Defeasance Option, the maturity of the Recovery Bonds may not be accelerated because of an Event of Default specified in Section 5.01(a)(iii).

(d)    Upon satisfaction of the conditions set forth herein to the exercise of the Legal Defeasance Option or the Covenant Defeasance Option with respect to Recovery Bonds, the Indenture Trustee, on reasonable written demand of and at the expense of the Issuer, shall execute proper instruments acknowledging satisfaction and discharge of the obligations that are terminated pursuant to such exercise.

(e)    Notwithstanding Sections 4.01(a) and 4.01(b) above, (i) rights of registration of transfer and exchange, (ii) substitution of mutilated, destroyed, lost or stolen Recovery Bonds, (iii) rights of Holders to receive payments of principal, premium, if any, and interest, (iv) Sections 4.03 and 4.04, (v) the rights, obligations and immunities of the Indenture Trustee hereunder (including the rights of the Indenture Trustee under Section 6.07 and the obligations of the Indenture Trustee under Section 4.03) and (vi) the rights of Holders as beneficiaries hereof with respect to the property deposited with the Indenture Trustee payable to all or any of them, shall survive until this Indenture or certain obligations hereunder have been satisfied and discharged pursuant to Section 4.01(a) or 4.01(b) have been paid in full. Thereafter the obligations in Sections 6.07 and 4.04 shall survive.

 

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SECTION 4.02. Conditions to Defeasance.

The Issuer may exercise the Legal Defeasance Option or the Covenant Defeasance Option with respect to Recovery Bonds only if:

(a)    the Issuer has irrevocably deposited or caused to be irrevocably deposited in trust with the Indenture Trustee (i) cash and/or (ii) U.S. Government Obligations which through the scheduled payments of principal and interest in respect thereof in accordance with their terms are in an amount sufficient to pay principal, interest and premium, if any, on the Recovery Bonds not therefore delivered to the Indenture Trustee for cancellation and all other sums payable hereunder by the Issuer with respect to the Recovery Bonds when scheduled to be paid and to discharge the entire indebtedness on the Recovery Bonds when due;

(b)    the Issuer delivers to the Indenture Trustee a certificate from a nationally recognized firm of Independent registered public accountants expressing its opinion that the payments of principal and interest when due and without reinvestment of the deposited U.S. Government Obligations plus any deposited cash without investment will provide cash at such times and in such amounts (but, in the case of the Legal Defeasance Option only, not more than such amounts) as will be sufficient to pay in respect of the Recovery Bonds (i) principal in accordance with the Expected Amortization Schedule therefor, (ii) interest when due and (iii) all other sums payable hereunder by the Issuer with respect to the Recovery Bonds;

(c)    in the case of the Legal Defeasance Option, ninety-five (95) days pass after the deposit is made and during the ninety-five (95)-day period no Default specified in Section 5.01(a)(v) or (vi) occurs which is continuing at the end of the period;

(d)    no Default has occurred and is continuing on the day of such deposit and after giving effect thereto;

(e)    in the case of an exercise of the Legal Defeasance Option, the Issuer shall have delivered to the Indenture Trustee an Opinion of Counsel of external counsel of the Issuer stating that (i) the Issuer has received from, or there has been published by, the Internal Revenue Service a ruling, or (ii) since the date of execution of this Indenture, there has been a change in the applicable federal income tax law, in either case to the effect that, and based thereon such opinion shall confirm that, the Holders of the Recovery Bonds will not recognize income, gain or loss for federal income tax purposes as a result of such legal defeasance and will be subject to federal income tax on the same amounts, in the same manner and at the same times as would have been the case if such legal defeasance had not occurred;

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effect that the Holders of the Recovery Bonds will not recognize income, gain or loss for federal income tax purposes as a result of such covenant defeasance and will be subject to federal income tax on the same amounts, in the same manner and at the same times as would have been the case if such covenant defeasance had not occurred;

(g)    the Issuer delivers to the Indenture Trustee an Officer’s Certificate and an Opinion of Counsel of external counsel to the Issuer, each stating that all conditions precedent to the satisfaction and discharge of the Recovery Bonds to the extent contemplated by this Article IV have been complied with;

(h)    the Issuer delivers to the Indenture Trustee an Opinion of Counsel of external counsel of the Issuer to the effect that (i) in a case under the Bankruptcy Code in which PG&E (or any of its Affiliates, other than the Issuer) is the debtor, the court would hold that the deposited moneys or U.S. Government Obligations would not be in the bankruptcy estate of PG&E (or any of its Affiliates, other than the Issuer, that deposited the moneys or U.S. Government Obligations); and (ii) in the event PG&E (or any of its Affiliates, other than the Issuer, that deposited the moneys or U.S. Government Obligations) were to be a debtor in a case under the Bankruptcy Code, the court would not disregard the separate legal existence of PG&E (or any of its Affiliates, other than the Issuer, that deposited the moneys or U.S. Government Obligations) and the Issuer so as to order substantive consolidation under the Bankruptcy Code of the Issuer’s assets and liabilities with the assets and liabilities of PG&E or such other Affiliate; and

(i)    the Rating Agency Condition shall have been satisfied with respect to the exercise of any Legal Defeasance Option or Covenant Defeasance Option.

Notwithstanding any other provision of this Section 4.02, no delivery of moneys or U.S. Government Obligations to the Indenture Trustee shall terminate any obligation of the Issuer to the Indenture Trustee under this Indenture or the Series Supplement or any obligation of the Issuer to apply such moneys or U.S. Government Obligations under Section 4.03 until principal of and premium, if any, and interest on the Recovery Bonds shall have been paid in accordance with the provisions of this Indenture and the Series Supplement.

SECTION 4.03. Application of Trust Money.

All moneys or U.S. Government Obligations deposited with the Indenture Trustee pursuant to Section 4.01 or 4.02 shall be held in trust and applied by it, in accordance with the provisions of the Recovery Bonds and this Indenture, to the payment, either directly or through any Paying Agent, as the Indenture Trustee may determine, to the Holders of the particular Recovery Bonds for the payment of which such moneys have been deposited with the Indenture Trustee, of all sums due and to become due thereon for principal, premium, if any, and interest; but such moneys need not be segregated from other funds except to the extent required herein or in the Servicing Agreement or required by law. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Article IV, the Indenture Trustee shall deliver or pay to the Issuer from time to time upon Issuer Request any moneys or U.S. Government Obligations held by it pursuant to Section 4.02 which, in the opinion of a nationally recognized firm of Independent registered public accountants expressed in a written certification thereof delivered to the Indenture Trustee (and not at the cost or expense of the Indenture Trustee), are in excess of the amount thereof which would be required to be deposited for the purpose for which such moneys or U.S. Government Obligations were deposited, provided that any such payment shall be subject to the satisfaction of the Rating Agency Condition.

 

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SECTION 4.04. Repayment of Moneys Held by Paying Agent.

In connection with the satisfaction and discharge of this Indenture or the Covenant Defeasance Option or Legal Defeasance Option with respect to the Recovery Bonds, all moneys then held by any Paying Agent other than the Indenture Trustee under the provisions of this Indenture shall, upon demand of the Issuer, be paid to the Indenture Trustee to be held and applied according to Section 3.03 and thereupon such Paying Agent shall be released from all further liability with respect to such moneys.

ARTICLE V

REMEDIES

SECTION 5.01. Events of Default.

(a)    “Event of Default” wherever used herein, means any one or more of the following events (whatever the reason for such Event of Default and whether it shall be voluntary or involuntary or be effected by operation of law or pursuant to any judgment, decree or order of any court or any order, rule or regulation of any administrative or governmental body):

 

  (i)

default in the payment of any interest on any Recovery Bond when the same becomes due and payable (whether such failure to pay interest is caused by a shortfall in Fixed Recovery Charges received or otherwise), and such default shall continue for a period of five (5) Business Days; or

 

  (ii)

default in the payment of the then unpaid principal of any Recovery Bond of any Tranche on the Final Maturity Date for such Tranche; or

 

  (iii)

default in the observance or performance of any covenant or agreement of the Issuer made in this Indenture (other than defaults specified in clauses (i) or (ii) above), and such default shall continue or not be cured, for a period of thirty (30) days after the earlier of (x) the date that there shall have been given, by registered or certified mail, to the Issuer by the Indenture Trustee or to the Issuer and the Indenture Trustee by the Holders of at least 25 percent of the Outstanding Amount of the Recovery Bonds, a written notice specifying such default and requiring it to be remedied and stating that such notice is a “Notice of Default” hereunder or (y) the date that the Issuer has actual knowledge of the default; or

 

  (iv)

any representation or warranty of the Issuer made in this Indenture or in any certificate or other writing delivered pursuant hereto or in connection herewith proving to have been incorrect in any material respect as of the time when the same shall have been made, and the circumstance or condition in respect of which such representation or warranty was incorrect shall not have been eliminated or otherwise cured, within thirty (30) days

 

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  after the earlier of (x) the date that there shall have been given, by registered or certified mail, to the Issuer by the Indenture Trustee or to the Issuer and the Indenture Trustee by the Holders of at least 25 percent of the Outstanding Amount of the Recovery Bonds, a written notice specifying such incorrect representation or warranty and requiring it to be remedied and stating that such notice is a “Notice of Default” hereunder or (y) the date the Issuer has actual knowledge of the default, or

 

  (v)

the filing of a decree or order for relief by a court having jurisdiction in the premises in respect of the Issuer or any substantial part of the Recovery Bond Collateral in an involuntary case or proceeding under any applicable federal or State bankruptcy, insolvency or other similar law now or hereafter in effect, or appointing a receiver, liquidator, assignee, custodian, trustee, sequestrator or similar official of the Issuer or for any substantial part of the Recovery Bond Collateral, or ordering the winding-up or liquidation of the Issuer’s affairs, and such decree or order shall remain unstayed and in effect for a period of ninety (90) consecutive days; or

 

  (vi)

the commencement by the Issuer of a voluntary case under any applicable federal or State bankruptcy, insolvency or other similar law now or hereafter in effect, or the consent by the Issuer to the entry of an order for relief in an involuntary case or proceeding under any such law, or the consent by the Issuer to the appointment or taking possession by a receiver, liquidator, assignee, custodian, trustee, sequestrator or similar official of the Issuer or for any substantial part of the Recovery Bond Collateral, or the making by the Issuer of any general assignment for the benefit of creditors, or the failure by the Issuer generally to pay its debts as such debts become due, or the taking of action by the Issuer in furtherance of any of the foregoing; or

 

  (vii)

any act or failure to act by the State of California or any of its agencies (including the CPUC), officers or employees which violates or is not in accordance with the State Pledge.

(b)    The Issuer shall deliver to a Responsible Officer of the Indenture Trustee and to the Rating Agencies, within five (5) days after a Responsible Officer of the Issuer has knowledge of the occurrence thereof, written notice in the form of an Officer’s Certificate of any event (x) which is an Event of Default under clauses (i), (ii), (v), (vi) or (vii) or (y) which with the giving of notice, the lapse of time, or both, would become an Event of Default under clause (ii), (iii) or (iv), including, in each case, the status of such Default or Event of Default and what action the Issuer is taking or proposes to take with respect thereto.

SECTION 5.02. Acceleration of Maturity; Rescission and Annulment.

(a)    If an Event of Default (other than an Event of Default under clause (vii) of Section 5.01) should occur and be continuing, then and in every such case the Indenture Trustee or the Holders representing not less than a majority of the Outstanding Amount of the Recovery Bonds may declare the Recovery Bonds to be immediately due and payable, by a notice in writing to the

 

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Issuer (and to the Indenture Trustee if given by Holders), and upon any such declaration the unpaid principal amount of the Recovery Bonds, together with accrued and unpaid interest thereon through the date of acceleration, shall become immediately due and payable.

(b)    At any time after such declaration of acceleration of maturity has been made and before a judgment or decree for payment of the money due has been obtained by the Indenture Trustee as hereinafter in this Article V provided, the Holders representing not less than a majority of the Outstanding Amount of the Recovery Bonds, by written notice to the Issuer and the Indenture Trustee, may rescind and annul such declaration and its consequences if:

 

  (i)

the Issuer has paid or deposited with the Indenture Trustee a sum sufficient to pay:

 

  (A)

all payments of principal of and premium, if any, and interest on all Recovery Bonds due and owing at such time as if such Event of Default had not occurred and was not continuing and all other amounts that would then be due hereunder or upon the Recovery Bonds if the Event of Default giving rise to such acceleration had not occurred; and

 

  (B)

all sums paid or advanced by the Indenture Trustee hereunder and the reasonable compensation, expenses, disbursements and advances of the Indenture Trustee and its agents and counsel; and

 

  (ii)

all Events of Default, other than the nonpayment of the principal of the Recovery Bonds that has become due solely by such acceleration, have been cured or waived as provided in Section 5.12.

(c)    No such rescission shall affect any subsequent default or impair any right consequent thereto.

SECTION 5.03. Collection of Indebtedness and Suits for Enforcement by Indenture Trustee.

(a)    If an Event of Default under Section 5.01(a)(i) or (ii) has occurred and is continuing, subject to Section 10.18, the Indenture Trustee, in its own name and as trustee of an express trust, may institute a Proceeding for the collection of the sums so due and unpaid, and may prosecute such Proceeding to judgment or final decree, and, subject to the limitations on recourse set forth herein, may enforce the same against the Issuer or other obligor upon the Recovery Bonds and collect in the manner provided by law out of the property of the Issuer or other obligor upon the Recovery Bonds, wherever situated the moneys payable, or the Recovery Bond Collateral and the proceeds thereof, the whole amount then due and payable on the Recovery Bonds for principal, premium, if any, and interest, with interest upon the overdue principal and premium, if any, and, to the extent payment at such rate of interest shall be legally enforceable, upon overdue installments of interest, at the respective rate borne by the Recovery Bonds or the applicable Tranche and in addition thereto such further amount as shall be sufficient to cover the costs and expenses of collection, including the reasonable compensation, expenses, disbursements and advances of the Indenture Trustee and its agents and counsel.

 

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(b)    If an Event of Default (other than Event of Default under clause (vii) of Section 5.01) occurs and is continuing, the Indenture Trustee shall, as more particularly provided in Section 5.04, proceed to protect and enforce its rights and the rights of the Holders, by such appropriate Proceedings as the Indenture Trustee shall deem most effective to protect and enforce any such rights, whether for the specific enforcement of any covenant or agreement in this Indenture or in aid of the exercise of any power granted herein, or to enforce any other proper remedy or legal or equitable right vested in the Indenture Trustee by this Indenture and the Series Supplement or by law, including foreclosing or otherwise enforcing the Lien of the Recovery Bond Collateral securing the Recovery Bonds or applying to a court of competent jurisdiction for sequestration of revenues arising with respect to the Recovery Property.

(c)    If an Event of Default under Section 5.01(a)(v) or (vi) has occurred and is continuing, the Indenture Trustee, irrespective of whether the principal of any Recovery Bonds shall then be due and payable as therein expressed or by declaration or otherwise and irrespective of whether the Indenture Trustee shall have made any demand pursuant to the provisions of this Section 5.03, shall be entitled and empowered, by intervention in any Proceedings related to such Event of Default or otherwise:

 

  (i)

to file and prove a claim or claims for the whole amount of principal, premium, if any, and interest owing and unpaid in respect of the Recovery Bonds and to file such other papers or documents as may be necessary or advisable in order to have the claims of the Indenture Trustee (including any claim for reasonable compensation to the Indenture Trustee and each predecessor Indenture Trustee, and their respective agents, attorneys and counsel, and for reimbursement of all expenses and liabilities incurred, and all advances made, by the Indenture Trustee and each predecessor Indenture Trustee, except as a result of negligence or bad faith) and of the Holders allowed in such Proceedings;

 

  (ii)

unless prohibited by applicable law and regulations, to vote on behalf of the Holders in any election of a trustee in bankruptcy, a standby trustee or Person performing similar functions in any such Proceedings;

 

  (iii)

to collect and receive any moneys or other property payable or deliverable on any such claims and to distribute all amounts received with respect to the claims of the Holders and of the Indenture Trustee on their behalf; and

 

  (iv)

to file such proofs of claim and other papers and documents as may be necessary or advisable in order to have the claims of the Indenture Trustee or the Holders allowed in any judicial proceeding relative to the Issuer, its creditors and its property,

and any trustee, receiver, liquidator, custodian or other similar official in any such Proceeding is hereby authorized by each of such Holders to make payments to the Indenture Trustee, and, in the event that the Indenture Trustee shall consent to the making of payments directly to such Holders, to pay to the Indenture Trustee such amounts as shall be sufficient to cover reasonable compensation to the Indenture Trustee, each predecessor Indenture Trustee and

 

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their respective agents, attorneys and counsel, and all other expenses and liabilities incurred, and all advances made, by the Indenture Trustee and each predecessor Indenture Trustee except as a result of negligence or bad faith.

(d)    Nothing herein contained shall be deemed to authorize the Indenture Trustee to authorize or consent to or vote for or accept or adopt on behalf of any Holder any plan of reorganization, arrangement, adjustment or composition affecting the Recovery Bonds or the rights of any Holder thereof or to authorize the Indenture Trustee to vote in respect of the claim of any Holder in any such proceeding except, as aforesaid, to vote for the election of a trustee in bankruptcy or similar Person.

(e)    All rights of action and of asserting claims under this Indenture, or under any of the Recovery Bonds, may be enforced by the Indenture Trustee without the possession of any of the Recovery Bonds or the production thereof in any trial or other Proceedings relative thereto, and any such action or proceedings instituted by the Indenture Trustee shall be brought in its own name as trustee of an express trust, and any recovery of judgment, subject to the payment of the expenses, disbursements and compensation of the Indenture Trustee, each predecessor Indenture Trustee and their respective agents and attorneys, shall be for the ratable benefit of the Holders of the Recovery Bonds.

(f)    In any Proceedings brought by the Indenture Trustee (and also any Proceedings involving the interpretation of any provision of this Indenture to which the Indenture Trustee shall be a party), the Indenture Trustee shall be held to represent all the Holders of the Recovery Bonds, and it shall not be necessary to make any Holder a party to any such Proceedings.

SECTION 5.04. Remedies; Priorities.

(a)    If an Event of Default (other than an Event of Default under clause (vii) of Section 5.01) shall have occurred and be continuing, the Indenture Trustee may do one or more of the following (subject to Section 5.05):

 

  (i)

institute Proceedings in its own name and as trustee of an express trust for the collection of all amounts then payable on the Recovery Bonds or under this Indenture with respect thereto, whether by declaration of acceleration or otherwise, and, subject to the limitations on recovery set forth herein, enforce any judgment obtained, and collect from the Issuer or any other obligor moneys adjudged due upon the Recovery Bonds;

 

  (ii)

institute Proceedings from time to time for the complete or partial foreclosure of this Indenture with respect to the Recovery Bond Collateral;

 

  (iii)

exercise any remedies of a secured party under the UCC, the Wildfire Financing Law or any other applicable law and take any other appropriate action to protect and enforce the rights and remedies of the Indenture Trustee and the Holders of the Recovery Bonds;

 

  (iv)

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  portion thereof or rights or interest therein, at one or more public or private sales called and conducted in any manner permitted by law, or elect that the Issuer maintain possession of all or a portion of the Recovery Bond Collateral pursuant to Section 5.05 and continue to apply the Recovery Bond Charge Collection as if there had been no declaration of acceleration; and

 

  (v)

exercise all rights, remedies, powers, privileges and claims of the Issuer against the Seller, the Administrator, PG&E or the Servicer under or in connection with, and pursuant to the terms of, the Sale Agreement, the Administration Agreement or the Servicing Agreement;

provided, however, that the Indenture Trustee may not sell or otherwise liquidate any portion of the Recovery Bond Collateral following such an Event of Default, other than an Event of Default described in Section 5.01(a)(i), or (ii), unless (1) the Holders of 100 percent of the Outstanding Amount of the Recovery Bonds consent thereto, (2) the proceeds of such sale or liquidation distributable to the Holders are sufficient to discharge in full all amounts then due and unpaid upon the Recovery Bonds for principal, premium, if any, and interest after taking into account payment of all amounts due prior thereto pursuant to the priorities set forth in Section 8.02(e) or (3) the Indenture Trustee determines that the Recovery Bond Collateral will not continue to provide sufficient funds for all payments on the Recovery Bonds as they would have become due if the Recovery Bonds had not been declared due and payable, and the Indenture Trustee obtains the written consent of Holders of 66-2/3 percent of the Outstanding Amount of the Recovery Bonds. In determining such sufficiency or insufficiency with respect to clause (2) and (3), the Indenture Trustee may, but need not, obtain and conclusively rely upon an opinion of an Independent investment banking or accounting firm of national reputation as to the feasibility of such proposed action and as to the sufficiency of the Recovery Bond Collateral for such purpose.

(b)    If an Event of Default under clause (vii) of Section 5.01 shall have occurred and be continuing, the Indenture Trustee, for the benefit of the Secured Parties, shall be entitled and empowered to the extent permitted by applicable law, to institute or participate in Proceedings necessary to compel performance of or to enforce the State Pledge and to collect any monetary damages incurred by the Holders or the Indenture Trustee as a result of any such Event of Default, and may prosecute any such Proceeding to final judgment or decree. Such remedy shall be the only remedy that the Indenture Trustee may exercise if the only Event of Default that has occurred and is continuing is an Event of Default under Section 5.01(a)(vii).

(c)    If the Indenture Trustee collects any money pursuant to this Article V, it shall pay out such money in accordance with the priorities set forth in Section 8.02(e).

SECTION 5.05. Optional Preservation of the Recovery Bond Collateral.

If the Recovery Bonds have been declared to be due and payable under Section 5.02 following an Event of Default and such declaration and its consequences have not been rescinded and annulled, the Indenture Trustee may, but need not, elect to maintain possession of all or a portion of the Recovery Bond Collateral. It is the desire of the parties hereto and the Holders that there be at all times sufficient funds for the payment of principal of and premium, if any, and

 

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interest on the Recovery Bonds, and the Indenture Trustee shall take such desire into account when determining whether or not to maintain possession of the Recovery Bond Collateral. In determining whether to maintain possession of the Recovery Bond Collateral or sell or liquidate the same, the Indenture Trustee may, but need not, obtain and conclusively rely upon an opinion of an Independent investment banking or accounting firm of national reputation as to the feasibility of such proposed action and as to the sufficiency of the Recovery Bond Collateral for such purpose.

SECTION 5.06. Limitation of Suits.

(a)    No Holder of any Recovery Bond shall have any right to institute any Proceeding, judicial or otherwise, to avail itself of any remedies provided in the Wildfire Financing Law or to avail itself of the right to foreclose on the Recovery Bond Collateral or otherwise enforce the Lien and the security interest on the Recovery Bond Collateral with respect to this Indenture and the Series Supplement, or for the appointment of a receiver or trustee, or for any other remedy hereunder, unless:

 

  (i)

such Holder previously has given written notice to the Indenture Trustee of a continuing Event of Default;

 

  (ii)

the Holders of not less than a majority of the Outstanding Amount of the Recovery Bonds have made written request to the Indenture Trustee to institute such Proceeding in respect of such Event of Default in its own name as Indenture Trustee hereunder;

 

  (iii)

such Holder or Holders have offered to the Indenture Trustee indemnity or security satisfactory to it against the costs, expenses, losses and liabilities which may be incurred in complying with such request;

 

  (iv)

the Indenture Trustee for sixty (60) days after its receipt of such notice, request and offer of indemnity has failed to institute such Proceedings; and

 

  (v)

no direction inconsistent with such written request has been given to the Indenture Trustee during such sixty-day period by the Holders of a majority of the Outstanding Amount of the Recovery Bonds;

it being understood and intended that no one or more Holders shall have any right in any manner whatever by virtue of, or by availing of, any provision of this Indenture to affect, disturb or prejudice the rights of any other Holders or to obtain or to seek to obtain priority or preference over any other Holders or to enforce any right under this Indenture, except in the manner herein provided.

(b)    In the event the Indenture Trustee shall receive conflicting or inconsistent requests and indemnity from two or more groups of Holders, each representing less than a majority of the Outstanding Amount of the Recovery Bonds, the Indenture Trustee in its sole discretion may file a petition with a court of competent jurisdiction to resolve such conflict or determine what action, if any, shall be taken, notwithstanding any other provisions of this Indenture.

 

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SECTION 5.07. Unconditional Rights of Holders To Receive Principal, Premium, if any, and Interest.

Notwithstanding any other provisions in this Indenture, the Holder of any Recovery Bond shall have the right, which is absolute and unconditional, (a) to receive payment of (i) the interest, if any, on such Recovery Bond on the due dates thereof expressed in such Recovery Bond or in this Indenture or (ii) the unpaid principal, if any, of the Recovery Bonds on the Final Maturity Date therefor and (b) to institute suit for the enforcement of any such payment, and such right shall not be impaired without the consent of such Holder.

SECTION 5.08. Restoration of Rights and Remedies.

If the Indenture Trustee or any Holder has instituted any Proceeding to enforce any right or remedy under this Indenture and such Proceeding has been discontinued or abandoned for any reason or has been determined adversely to the Indenture Trustee or to such Holder, then and in every such case the Issuer, the Indenture Trustee and the Holders shall, subject to any determination in such Proceeding, be restored severally and respectively to their former positions hereunder, and thereafter all rights and remedies of the Indenture Trustee and the Holders shall continue as though no such Proceeding had been instituted.

SECTION 5.09. Rights and Remedies Cumulative.

No right or remedy herein conferred upon or reserved to the Indenture Trustee or to the Holders is intended to be exclusive of any other right or remedy, and every right and remedy shall, to the extent permitted by law, be cumulative and in addition to every other right and remedy given hereunder or now or hereafter existing at law or in equity or otherwise. The assertion or employment of any right or remedy hereunder, or otherwise, shall not prevent the concurrent assertion or employment of any other appropriate right or remedy.

SECTION 5.10. Delay or Omission Not a Waiver.

No delay or omission of the Indenture Trustee or any Holder to exercise any right or remedy accruing upon any Default or Event of Default shall impair any such right or remedy or constitute a waiver of any such Default or Event of Default or an acquiescence therein. Every right and remedy given by this Article V or by law to the Indenture Trustee or to the Holders may be exercised from time to time, and as often as may be deemed expedient, by the Indenture Trustee or by the Holders, as the case may be.

SECTION 5.11. Control by Holders.

The Holders of not less than a majority of the Outstanding Amount of the Recovery Bonds of an affected Tranche shall have the right to direct the time, method and place of conducting any Proceeding for any remedy available to the Indenture Trustee with respect to the Recovery Bonds of such Tranche or Tranches or exercising any trust or power conferred on the Indenture Trustee with respect to such Tranche or Tranches; provided that:

(a)    such direction shall not be in conflict with any rule of law or with this Indenture and shall not involve the Indenture Trustee in any personal liability or expense;

 

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(b)    subject to other conditions specified in Section 5.04, any direction to the Indenture Trustee to sell or liquidate any Recovery Bond Collateral shall be by the Holders representing the applicable percentage of the Outstanding Amount of the Recovery Bonds as provided in Section 5.04;

(c)    if the conditions set forth in Section 5.05 have been satisfied and the Indenture Trustee elects to retain the Recovery Bond Collateral pursuant to Section 5.05, then any direction to the Indenture Trustee by Holders representing less than 100 percent of the Outstanding Amount of the Recovery Bonds to sell or liquidate the Recovery Bond Collateral shall be of no force and effect; and

(d)    the Indenture Trustee may take any other action deemed proper by the Indenture Trustee that is not inconsistent with such direction;

provided, however, that, the Indenture Trustee’s duties shall be subject to Section 6.01, and the Indenture Trustee need not take any action that it determines might involve it in liability or might materially adversely affect the rights of any Holders not consenting to such action. Furthermore and without limiting the foregoing, the Indenture Trustee shall not be required to take any action for which it reasonably believes that it will not be indemnified to its satisfaction against any costs, expenses, losses or liabilities.

SECTION 5.12. Waiver of Past Defaults.

(a)    Prior to the declaration of the acceleration of the maturity of the Recovery Bonds as provided in Section 5.02, the Holders representing not less than a majority of the Outstanding Amount of the Recovery Bonds of an affected Tranche, may waive any past Default or Event of Default and its consequences except a Default (A) in payment of principal of or premium, if any, or interest on any of the Recovery Bonds or (B) in respect of a covenant or provision hereof which cannot be modified or amended without the consent of the Holder of each Recovery Bond of all Tranches affected. In the case of any such waiver, the Issuer, the Indenture Trustee and the Holders shall be restored to their former positions and rights hereunder, respectively; but no such waiver shall extend to any subsequent or other Default or Event of Default or impair any right consequent thereto.

(b)    Upon any such waiver, such Default shall cease to exist and be deemed to have been cured and not to have occurred, and any Event of Default arising therefrom shall be deemed to have been cured and not to have occurred, for every purpose of this Indenture; but no such waiver shall extend to any subsequent or other Default or Event of Default or impair any right consequent thereto.

SECTION 5.13. Undertaking for Costs.

All parties to this Indenture agree, and each Holder of any Recovery Bond by such Holder’s acceptance thereof shall be deemed to have agreed, that any court may in its discretion require, in any suit for the enforcement of any right or remedy under this Indenture, or in any suit against the Indenture Trustee for any action taken, suffered or omitted by it as Indenture Trustee, the filing by any party litigant in such suit of an undertaking to pay the costs of such suit, and that such court may in its discretion assess reasonable costs, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, against any

 

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party litigant in such suit, having due regard to the merits and good faith of the claims or defenses made by such party litigant; but the provisions of this Section 5.13 shall not apply to (a) any suit instituted by the Indenture Trustee, (b) any suit instituted by any Holder, or group of Holders, in each case holding in the aggregate more than ten (10) percent of the Outstanding Amount of the Recovery Bonds or (c) any suit instituted by any Holder for the enforcement of the payment of (i) interest on any Recovery Bond on or after the due dates expressed in such Recovery Bond and in this Indenture or (ii) the unpaid principal, if any, of any Recovery Bond on or after the Final Maturity Date therefor.

SECTION 5.14. Waiver of Stay or Extension Laws.

The Issuer covenants (to the extent that it may lawfully do so) that it will not at any time insist upon, or plead or in any manner whatsoever, claim or take the benefit or advantage of, any stay or extension law wherever enacted, now or at any time hereafter in force, that may affect the covenants or the performance of this Indenture; and the Issuer (to the extent that it may lawfully do so) hereby expressly waives all benefit or advantage of any such law, and covenants that it will not hinder, delay or impede the execution of any power herein granted to the Indenture Trustee, but will suffer and permit the execution of every such power as though no such law had been enacted.

SECTION 5.15. Action on Recovery Bonds.

The Indenture Trustee’s right to seek and recover judgment on the Recovery Bonds or under this Indenture shall not be affected by the seeking, obtaining or application of any other relief under or with respect to this Indenture. Neither the Lien of this Indenture nor any rights or remedies of the Indenture Trustee or the Holders shall be impaired by the recovery of any judgment by the Indenture Trustee against the Issuer or by the levy of any execution under such judgment upon any portion of the Recovery Bond Collateral or any other assets of the Issuer.

SECTION 5.16. Performance and Enforcement of Certain Obligations.

(a)    Promptly following a request from the Indenture Trustee to do so and at the Issuer’s expense, the Issuer agrees to take all such lawful action as the Indenture Trustee may request to compel or secure the performance and observance by the Seller and the Servicer, as applicable, of each of their obligations to the Issuer under or in connection with the Sale Agreement and the Servicing Agreement with respect to the Recovery Property, respectively, in accordance with the terms thereof, and to exercise any and all rights, remedies, powers and privileges lawfully available to the Issuer under or in connection with the Sale Agreement and the Servicing Agreement, respectively, to the extent and in the manner directed by the Indenture Trustee, including the transmission of notices of default on the part of the Seller or the Servicer thereunder and the institution of legal or administrative actions or proceedings to compel or secure performance by the Seller or the Servicer of each of their obligations under the Sale Agreement and the Servicing Agreement with respect to the Recovery Property, respectively.

(b)    If an Event of Default has occurred, the Indenture Trustee may, and, at the direction (which direction shall be in writing) of the Holders of sixty-six and two-thirds percent (66-2/3%) of the Outstanding Amount of the Recovery Bonds shall, subject to Article VI, exercise all rights,

 

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remedies, powers, privileges and claims of the Issuer against the Seller or the Servicer under or in connection with the Sale Agreement and the Servicing Agreement with respect to the Recovery Property, respectively, including the right or power to take any action to compel or secure performance or observance by the Seller or the Servicer of each of their obligations to the Issuer thereunder and to give any consent, request, notice, direction, approval, extension or waiver under the Sale Agreement or the Servicing Agreement, respectively, and any right of the Issuer to take such action shall be suspended.

ARTICLE VI

THE INDENTURE TRUSTEE

SECTION 6.01. Duties of Indenture Trustee.

(a)    If an Event of Default has occurred and is continuing, the Indenture Trustee shall exercise the rights and powers vested in it by this Indenture and use the same degree of care and skill in their exercise as a prudent person would exercise or use under the circumstances in the conduct of such person’s own affairs.

(b)    Except during the continuance of an Event of Default:

 

  (i)

the Indenture Trustee undertakes to perform such duties and only such duties as are specifically set forth in this Indenture and no implied covenants or obligations shall be read into this Indenture against the Indenture Trustee; and

 

  (ii)

in the absence of bad faith on its part, the Indenture Trustee may conclusively rely, as to the truth of the statements and the correctness of the opinions expressed therein, upon certificates or opinions furnished to the Indenture Trustee and conforming on their face to the requirements of this Indenture; but in the case of any such certificates or opinions which by any provision hereof are specifically required to be furnished to the Indenture Trustee, the Indenture Trustee shall be under a duty to examine the same to determine whether or not they conform to the requirements of this Indenture (but need not confirm or investigate the accuracy of mathematical calculations or other facts stated therein).

(c)    The Indenture Trustee may not be relieved from liability for its own negligent action, its own bad faith, its own negligent failure to act or its own willful misconduct, except that:

 

  (i)

this paragraph (c) does not limit the effect of paragraph (b) of this Section 6.01;

 

  (ii)

the Indenture Trustee shall not be liable for any error of judgment made in good faith by an officer of the Indenture Trustee unless it is proved that the Indenture Trustee was negligent in ascertaining the pertinent facts; and

 

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  (iii)

the Indenture Trustee shall not be liable with respect to any action it takes or omits to take in good faith in accordance with a direction received by it hereunder.

(d)    Every provision of this Indenture that in any way relates to the Indenture Trustee is subject to paragraphs (a), (b) and (c) of this Section 6.01.

(e)    The Indenture Trustee shall not be liable for interest on any money received by it except as the Indenture Trustee may agree in writing with the Issuer.

(f)    Money held in trust by the Indenture Trustee need not be segregated from other funds held by the Indenture Trustee except to the extent required by law or the terms of this Indenture.

(g)    No provision of this Indenture shall require the Indenture Trustee to expend or risk its own funds or otherwise incur financial liability in the performance of any of its duties hereunder or in the exercise of any of its rights or powers, if it shall have reasonable grounds to believe that repayments of such funds or indemnity satisfactory to it against such risk or liability is not reasonably assured to it.

(h)    Every provision of this Indenture relating to the conduct or affecting the liability of or affording protection to the Indenture Trustee shall be subject to the provisions of this Section 6.01 and to the provisions of the TIA.

(i)    In the event that the Indenture Trustee is also acting as Paying Agent or Recovery Bond Registrar hereunder, the protections of this Article VI shall also be afforded to the Indenture Trustee in its capacity as Paying Agent or Recovery Bond Registrar.

(j)    Except for the express duties of the Indenture Trustee with respect to the administrative functions set forth in the Basic Documents, the Indenture Trustee shall have no obligation to administer, service or collect Recovery Property or to maintain, monitor or otherwise supervise the administration, servicing or collection of the Recovery Property.

(k)    Under no circumstance shall the Indenture Trustee be liable for any indebtedness of the Issuer, the Servicer or the Seller evidenced by or arising under the Recovery Bonds or the Basic Documents. None of the provisions of this Indenture shall in any event require the Indenture Trustee to perform or be responsible for the performance of any of the Servicer’s obligations under the Basic Documents.

(l)    Commencing with March 15, 2023, on or before March 15 of each fiscal year ending December 31, the Indenture Trustee shall (i) deliver to the Issuer a report (in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Issuer and addressed to the Issuer and signed by an authorized officer of the Indenture Trustee) regarding the Indenture Trustee’s assessment of compliance, during the immediately preceding fiscal year ending December 31, with each of the applicable servicing criteria specified on Exhibit C attached hereto as required under Rules 13a-18 and 15d-18 of the Exchange Act and Item 1122 of Regulation AB and (ii) deliver to the Issuer a report of an Independent registered public accounting firm reasonably acceptable to the Issuer that attests to and reports on, in accordance with Rules 1-02(a)(3) and 2-02(g) of Regulation S-X under the Securities Act and the Exchange Act, the assessment of compliance made by the Indenture Trustee and delivered pursuant to clause (i).

 

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(m)    The Indenture Trustee shall not be required to take any action it is directed to take under this Indenture if the Indenture Trustee determines in good faith that the action so directed is inconsistent with the Indenture, any other Basic Document or Applicable Law, or would involve the Indenture Trustee in personal liability.

SECTION 6.02. Rights of Indenture Trustee.

(a)    The Indenture Trustee may conclusively rely and shall be fully protected in relying on any document (including electronic documents and communications delivered in accordance with the terms of this Indenture) believed by it to be genuine and to have been signed or presented by the proper person. The Indenture Trustee need not investigate any fact or matter stated in such document.

(b)    Before the Indenture Trustee acts or refrains from acting, it may require and shall be entitled to receive an Officer’s Certificate or an Opinion of Counsel, which counsel may be an employee of or counsel to the Issuer or the Seller and which shall be reasonably satisfactory to the Indenture Trustee, or, in the Indenture Trustee’s sole judgment, of external counsel of the Issuer (at no cost or expense to the Indenture Trustee) that such action is required or permitted hereunder. The Indenture Trustee shall not be liable for any action it takes or omits to take in good faith in reliance on such Officer’s Certificate or Opinion of Counsel.

(c)    The Indenture Trustee may execute any of the trusts or powers hereunder or perform any duties hereunder either directly or by or through agents or attorneys or a custodian or nominee, and the Indenture Trustee shall not be responsible for any misconduct or negligence on the part of, or for the supervision of, any such agent, attorney, custodian or nominee appointed with due care by it hereunder. The Indenture Trustee shall give prompt written notice to the Rating Agencies of the appointment of any such agent, custodian or nominee to whom it delegates any of its express duties under this Indenture provided, that the Indenture Trustee shall not be obligated to give such notice (i) if the Issuer or the Holders have directed the Indenture Trustee to appoint such agent, custodian or nominee (in which event the Issuer shall give prompt notice to the Rating Agencies of any such direction) or (ii) of the appointment of any agents, custodians or nominees made at any time that an Event of Default of the Issuer has occurred and is continuing.

(d)    The Indenture Trustee shall not be liable for any action it takes or omits to take in good faith which it believes to be authorized or within its rights or powers; provided, however that the Indenture Trustee’s conduct does not constitute willful misconduct, negligence or bad faith.

(e)    The Indenture Trustee may consult with counsel, and the advice or Opinion of Counsel with respect to legal matters relating to this Indenture and the Recovery Bonds shall be full and complete authorization and protection from liability in respect to any action taken, omitted or suffered by it hereunder in good faith and in accordance with the advice or opinion of such counsel.

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institute, conduct or defend any litigation hereunder or thereunder or in relation hereto or thereto or to investigate any matter, at the request, order or direction of any of the Bondholders pursuant to the provisions of this Indenture and the Series Supplement or otherwise, unless it shall have received security or indemnity satisfactory to it against the costs, expenses and liabilities which may be incurred..

(g)    In no event shall the Indenture Trustee be responsible or liable for any failure or delay in the performance of its obligations hereunder arising out of or caused by, directly or indirectly, forces beyond its control, including, without limitation, governmental action, strikes, work stoppages, acts of war or terrorism, civil or military disturbances, nuclear or natural catastrophes, pandemics or acts of God, and interruptions, loss or malfunctions of utilities, communications or computer systems and services; it being understood that the Indenture Trustee shall use reasonable efforts which are consistent with accepted practices in the banking industry to resume performance as soon as practicable under the circumstances.

(h)    Any request or direction of the Issuer mentioned herein shall be sufficiently evidenced by an Issuer Request or Issuer Order. Whenever in the administration of this Indenture the Indenture Trustee shall deem it desirable that a matter be proved or established prior to taking, suffering or omitting any action hereunder, the Indenture Trustee (unless other evidence be herein specifically prescribed) may, in the absence of bad faith on its part, conclusively rely upon an Officer’s Certificate.

(i)    The Indenture Trustee shall not be bound to make any investigation into the facts or matters stated in any resolution, certificate, statement, instrument, opinion, report, notice, request, direction, consent, order, bond, debenture, note, other evidence of indebtedness or other paper or document.

(j)    In no event shall the Indenture Trustee be responsible or liable for special, indirect, punitive or consequential loss or damage of any kind whatsoever (including, but not limited to, loss of profit) irrespective of whether the Indenture Trustee has been advised of the likelihood of such loss or damage and regardless of the form of action.

(k)    The Indenture Trustee shall not be deemed to have notice of any Default or Event of Default unless it has actual knowledge or written notice of any event which is in fact such a default is received by a Responsible Officer of the Indenture Trustee at the Corporate Trust Office of the Indenture Trustee, and such notice references the Recovery Bonds and this Indenture.

(l)    The rights, privileges, protections, immunities and benefits given to the Indenture Trustee, including, without limitation, its right to be indemnified, are extended to, and shall be enforceable by, the Indenture Trustee in each of its capacities hereunder, and each agent, custodian and other Person employed to act hereunder.

(m)    Beyond the exercise of reasonable care in the custody thereof, the Indenture Trustee will have no duty as to any Recovery Bond Collateral in its possession or control or in the possession or control of any agent or bailee or any income thereon or as to preservation of rights against prior parties or any other rights pertaining thereto. The Indenture Trustee will be deemed to have exercised reasonable care in the custody of the Recovery Bond Collateral in its possession

 

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if the Recovery Bond Collateral is accorded treatment substantially equal to that which it accords its own property, and the Indenture Trustee will not be liable or responsible for any loss or diminution in the value of any of the Recovery Bond Collateral by reason of the act or omission of any carrier, forwarding agency or other agent or bailee selected by the Indenture Trustee in good faith.

(n)    The Indenture Trustee will not be responsible for the existence, genuineness or value of any of the Recovery Bond Collateral or for the validity, sufficiency, perfection, priority or enforceability of the Liens in any of the Recovery Bond Collateral, except to the extent such action or omission constitutes negligence or willful misconduct on the part of the Indenture Trustee. The Indenture Trustee shall not be responsible for the validity of the title of any grantor to the collateral, for insuring the Recovery Bond Collateral or for the payment of taxes, charges, assessments or liens upon the Recovery Bond Collateral or otherwise as to the maintenance of the Recovery Bond Collateral.

(o)    In the event that the Indenture Trustee is required to acquire title to an asset for any reason, or take any managerial action of any kind in regard thereto, in order to carry out any fiduciary or trust obligation for the benefit of another, which in the Indenture Trustee’s sole discretion may cause the Indenture Trustee, as applicable, to be considered an “owner or operator” under any environmental laws or otherwise cause the Indenture Trustee to incur, or be exposed to, any environmental liability or any liability under any other federal, state or local law, the Indenture Trustee reserves the right, instead of taking such action, either to resign as Indenture Trustee or to arrange for the transfer of the title or control of the asset to a court appointed receiver. The Indenture Trustee will not be liable to any person for any environmental claims or any environmental liabilities or contribution actions under any federal, state or local law, rule or regulation by reason of the Indenture Trustee’s actions and conduct as authorized, empowered and directed hereunder or relating to any kind of discharge or release or threatened discharge or release of any hazardous materials into the environment.

SECTION 6.03. Individual Rights of Indenture Trustee.

The Indenture Trustee in its individual or any other capacity may become the owner or pledgee of Recovery Bonds and may otherwise deal with the Issuer or its Affiliates with the same rights it would have if it were not Indenture Trustee. Any Paying Agent, Recovery Bond Registrar, co-registrar or co-paying agent or agent appointed under Section 3.02 may do the same with like rights. However, the Indenture Trustee must comply with Sections 6.11 and 6.12.

SECTION 6.04. Indenture Trustees Disclaimer.

The Indenture Trustee shall not be responsible for and makes no representation (other than as set forth in Section 6.13) as to the validity or adequacy of this Indenture or the Recovery Bonds, it shall not be accountable for the Issuer’s use of the proceeds from the Recovery Bonds, and it shall not be responsible for any statement of the Issuer in the Indenture or in any document issued in connection with the sale of the Recovery Bonds or in the Recovery Bonds other than the Indenture Trustee’s certificate of authentication. The Indenture Trustee shall not be responsible for the form, character, genuineness, sufficiency, value or validity of any of the Recovery Bond Collateral (or for the perfection or priority of the Liens thereon), or for or in respect of the Recovery

 

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Bonds (other than the certificate of authentication for the Recovery Bonds) or the Basic Documents and the Indenture Trustee shall in no event assume or incur any liability, duty or obligation to any Holder, other than as expressly provided in this Indenture. The Indenture Trustee shall not be liable for the default or misconduct of the Issuer, the Seller, or the Servicer under the Basic Documents or otherwise, and the Indenture Trustee shall have no obligation or liability to perform the obligations of such Persons.

SECTION 6.05. Notice of Defaults.

If a Default occurs and is continuing and if it is actually known to a Responsible Officer of the Indenture Trustee or a Responsible Officer of the Indenture Trustee has been notified in writing of such Default, the Indenture Trustee shall deliver to each Rating Agency and each Bondholder notice of the Default within ten (10) Business Days after actual notice of such Default was received by a Responsible Officer of the Indenture Trustee (provided that the Indenture Trustee shall give the Rating Agencies prompt notice of any payment default in respect of the Recovery Bonds). Except in the case of a Default in payment of principal of and premium, if any, or interest on any Recovery Bond, the Indenture Trustee may withhold the notice if a Responsible Officer in good faith determines that withholding the notice is in the interests of Holders. Except for an Event of Default under Sections 5.01(a)(i) or (ii) that occur at a time when the Indenture Trustee is acting as the Paying Agent, and except as provided in the first sentence of this Section 6.05, in no event shall the Indenture Trustee be deemed to have knowledge of a Default.

SECTION 6.06. Reports by Indenture Trustee to Holders.

(a)    So long as Recovery Bonds are Outstanding and the Indenture Trustee is the Recovery Bond Registrar and Paying Agent, upon the written request of any Holder or the Issuer, within the prescribed period of time for tax reporting purposes after the end of each calendar year, it shall deliver to each relevant current or former Holder such information in its possession as may be required to enable such Holder to prepare its federal income and any applicable local or State tax returns. If the Recovery Bond Registrar and Paying Agent is other than the Indenture Trustee, such Recovery Bond Registrar and Paying Agent, within the prescribed period of time for tax reporting purposes after the end of each calendar year, shall deliver to each relevant current or former Holder such information in its possession as may be required to enable such Holder to prepare its federal income and any applicable local or State tax returns.

(b)    On or prior to each Payment Date or Special Payment Date therefor, the Indenture Trustee will deliver to each Holder of the Recovery Bonds on such Payment Date or Special Payment Date a statement as provided and prepared by the Servicer which will include (to the extent applicable) the following information (and any other information so specified in the Series Supplement) as to the Recovery Bonds with respect to such Payment Date or Special Payment Date or the period since the previous Payment Date, as applicable:

 

  (i)

the amount of the payment to Holders allocable to principal, if any;

 

  (ii)

the amount of the payment to Holders allocable to interest;

 

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  (iii)

the aggregate Outstanding Amount of the Recovery Bonds, before and after giving effect to any payments allocated to principal reported under clause (i) above;

 

  (iv)

the difference, if any, between the amount specified in clause (iii) above and the Outstanding Amount specified in the related Expected Amortization Schedule;

 

  (v)

any other transfers and payments to be made on such Payment Date or Special Payment Date, including amounts paid to the Indenture Trustee and to the Servicer; and

 

  (vi)

the amounts on deposit in the Capital Subaccount and the Excess Funds Subaccount, after giving effect to the foregoing payments.

(c)    The Issuer shall send a copy of each of the Certificate of Compliance delivered to it pursuant to Section 3.03 of the Servicing Agreement and the Annual Accountant’s Report delivered to it pursuant to Section 3.04 of the Servicing Agreement to the Rating Agencies, the Indenture Trustee and to the Servicer for posting on the 17g-5 Website in accordance with Rule 17g-5 under the Exchange Act. A copy of such certificate and report may be obtained by any Holder by a request in writing to the Indenture Trustee.

SECTION 6.07. Compensation and Indemnity.

(a)    The Issuer shall pay to the Indenture Trustee from time to time reasonable compensation for its services. The Indenture Trustee’s compensation shall not be limited by any law on compensation of a trustee of an express trust. The Issuer shall reimburse the Indenture Trustee for all reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred or made by it in connection with the Recovery Bonds, including costs of collection, in addition to the compensation for its services. Such expenses shall include the reasonable compensation and expenses, disbursements and advances of the Indenture Trustee’s agents, counsel, accountants and experts.

(b)    The Issuer shall indemnify the Indenture Trustee and its officers, directors, employees and agents against any and all cost, damage, loss, liability or expense (including attorneys’ fees and expenses) incurred by it in connection with the administration of this trust and the performance of its duties hereunder, including the cost and expense of enforcing this Indenture (including this Section) and defending itself against any claim or liability in connection with the exercise or performance of such duties. The Indenture Trustee shall notify the Issuer as soon as is reasonably practicable of any claim for which it may seek indemnity. Failure by the Indenture Trustee to so notify the Issuer shall not relieve the Issuer of its obligations hereunder. The Issuer shall defend the claim and the Indenture Trustee may have separate counsel and the Issuer shall pay the fees and expenses of such counsel.

(c)    Notwithstanding any other provision of this Indenture, the Issuer need not reimburse any expense or indemnify against any loss, liability or expense incurred by the Indenture Trustee through the Indenture Trustee’s own willful misconduct, negligence or bad faith.

 

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(d)    The Issuer’s payment obligations to the Indenture Trustee pursuant to this Section shall survive the discharge of this Indenture, resignation or removal of the Indenture Trustee. When the Indenture Trustee incurs expenses after the occurrence of a Default specified in Section 5.01(a)(v) or (vi) with respect to the Issuer, the expenses are intended to constitute expenses of administration under the Bankruptcy Code or any other applicable federal or State bankruptcy, insolvency or similar law.

SECTION 6.08. Replacement of Indenture Trustee and Securities Intermediary.

(a)    The Indenture Trustee (or any other Eligible Institution in any capacity hereunder) may resign at any time upon thirty (30) days’ prior written notice to the Issuer subject to clause (c) below. The Holders of a majority of the Outstanding Amount of the Recovery Bonds may remove the Indenture Trustee (or any other Eligible Institution in any capacity hereunder) with thirty (30) days’ prior written notice by so notifying the Indenture Trustee (or such other Eligible Institution, as applicable) and may appoint a successor Indenture Trustee (or successor Eligible Institution in the applicable capacity). The Issuer shall remove the Indenture Trustee if:

 

  (i)

the Indenture Trustee fails to comply with Section 6.11;

 

  (ii)

the Indenture Trustee is adjudged a bankrupt or insolvent;

 

  (iii)

a receiver or other public officer takes charge of the Indenture Trustee or its property;

 

  (iv)

the Indenture Trustee otherwise becomes incapable of acting; or

 

  (v)

the Indenture Trustee fails to provide to the Issuer any information reasonably requested by the Issuer pertaining to the Indenture Trustee and necessary for the Issuer or the Depositor to comply with its reporting obligations under the Exchange Act and Regulation AB and such failure is not resolved to the Issuer’s and the Indenture Trustee’s mutual satisfaction within a reasonable period of time.

Subject to clause (c) below, the Issuer shall remove any Person who maintains the Collection Account or any other account established under this Indenture and fails to constitute an Eligible Institution with thirty (30) days’ prior notice.

Any removal or resignation of the Indenture Trustee shall also constitute a removal or resignation of the Securities Intermediary.

(b)    If the Indenture Trustee gives notice of resignation or is removed or if a vacancy exists in the office of Indenture Trustee for any reason (the Indenture Trustee in such event being referred to herein as the retiring Indenture Trustee), the Issuer shall promptly appoint a successor Indenture Trustee and Securities Intermediary. If any Person (other than the Indenture Trustee) acting in any capacity hereunder as an Eligible Institution is removed, fails to constitute an Eligible Institution or if a vacancy exists in any such capacity for any reason, the Issuer shall promptly appoint a successor to such capacity that constitutes an Eligible Institution.

 

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(c)    A successor Indenture Trustee (or any other successor Eligible Institution) shall deliver a written acceptance of its appointment as the Indenture Trustee and as the Securities Intermediary (or any such other capacity) to the retiring Indenture Trustee (or any such other capacity) and to the Issuer. Thereupon the resignation or removal of the retiring Indenture Trustee (or any such other Person) shall become effective, and the successor Indenture Trustee (or such other successor Eligible Institution) shall have all the rights, powers and duties of the Indenture Trustee and Securities Intermediary (or such other Eligible Institution), as applicable, under this Indenture. No resignation or removal of the Indenture Trustee (or any such other Person) pursuant to this Section 6.08 shall become effective until acceptance of the appointment by a successor Indenture Trustee having the qualifications set forth in Section 6.11 (or such other successor constituting an Eligible Institution). Notice of any such appointment shall be promptly given to each Rating Agency by the successor Indenture Trustee. The successor Indenture Trustee shall mail a notice of its succession (or the succession of any other Eligible Institution) to Holders. The retiring Indenture Trustee shall promptly transfer all property held by it as Indenture Trustee to the successor Indenture Trustee. The retiring Eligible Institution shall promptly transfer all property held by it in its capacity hereunder to the successor Eligible Institution.

(d)    If a successor Indenture Trustee (or other successor Eligible Institution) does not take office within sixty (60) days after the retiring Indenture Trustee (or other retiring Eligible Institution) resigns or is removed, the retiring Indenture Trustee (or other retiring Eligible Institution), the Issuer or the Holders of a majority in Outstanding Amount of the Recovery Bonds may petition any court of competent jurisdiction for the appointment of a successor Indenture Trustee (or other successor Eligible Institution).

(e)    If the Indenture Trustee fails to comply with Section 6.11, any Holder may petition any court of competent jurisdiction for the removal of the Indenture Trustee and the appointment of a successor Indenture Trustee.

(f)    Notwithstanding the replacement of the Indenture Trustee pursuant to this Section 6.08, the Issuer’s obligations under Section 6.07 shall continue for the benefit of the retiring Indenture Trustee.

SECTION 6.09. Successor Indenture Trustee by Merger.

(a)    If the Indenture Trustee consolidates with, merges or converts into, or transfers all or substantially all its corporate trust business or assets to, another corporation or banking association, the resulting, surviving or transferee corporation or banking association without any further act shall be the successor Indenture Trustee; provided, however, that if such successor Indenture Trustee is not eligible under Section 6.11, then the successor Indenture Trustee shall be replaced in accordance with Section 6.08. Notice of any such event shall be promptly given to each Rating Agency by the successor Indenture Trustee.

(b)    In case at the time such successor or successors by merger, conversion, consolidation or transfer shall succeed to the trusts created by this Indenture any of the Recovery Bonds shall have been authenticated but not delivered, any such successor to the Indenture Trustee may adopt the certificate of authentication of any predecessor trustee, and deliver the Recovery Bonds so authenticated; and in case at that time any of the Recovery Bonds shall not have been

 

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authenticated, any successor to the Indenture Trustee may authenticate the Recovery Bonds either in the name of any predecessor hereunder or in the name of the successor to the Indenture Trustee; and in all such cases such certificates shall have the full force which it is anywhere in the Recovery Bonds or in this Indenture provided that the certificate of the Indenture Trustee shall have.

SECTION 6.10. Appointment of Co-Trustee or Separate Trustee.

(a)    Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Indenture, at any time, for the purpose of meeting any legal requirement of any jurisdiction in which any part of the trust created by this Indenture or the Recovery Bond Collateral may at the time be located, the Indenture Trustee shall have the power and may execute and deliver all instruments to appoint one or more Persons to act as a co-trustee or co-trustees, or separate trustee or separate trustees, of all or any part of the trust created by this Indenture or the Recovery Bond Collateral, and to vest in such Person or Persons, in such capacity and for the benefit of the Secured Parties, such title to the Recovery Bond Collateral, or any part hereof, and, subject to the other provisions of this Section 6.10, such powers, duties, obligations, rights and trusts as the Indenture Trustee may consider necessary or desirable. No co-trustee or separate trustee hereunder shall be required to meet the terms of eligibility as a successor trustee under Section 6.11 and no notice to Holders of the appointment of any co-trustee or separate trustee shall be required under Section 6.08. Notice of any such appointment shall be promptly given to each Rating Agency by the Indenture Trustee.

(b)    Every separate trustee and co-trustee shall, to the extent permitted by law, be appointed and act subject to the following provisions and conditions:

 

  (i)

all rights, powers, duties and obligations conferred or imposed upon the Indenture Trustee shall be conferred or imposed upon and exercised or performed by the Indenture Trustee and such separate trustee or co-trustee jointly (it being understood that such separate trustee or co-trustee is not authorized to act separately without the Indenture Trustee joining in such act), except to the extent that under any law of any jurisdiction in which any particular act or acts are to be performed the Indenture Trustee shall be incompetent or unqualified to perform such act or acts, in which event such rights, powers, duties and obligations (including the holding of title to the Recovery Bond Collateral or any portion thereof in any such jurisdiction) shall be exercised and performed singly by such separate trustee or co-trustee, but solely at the direction of the Indenture Trustee;

 

  (ii)

no trustee hereunder shall be personally liable by reason of any act or omission of any other trustee hereunder; and

 

  (iii)

the Indenture Trustee may at any time accept the resignation of or remove any separate trustee or co-trustee.

(c)    Any notice, request or other writing given to the Indenture Trustee shall be deemed to have been given to each of the then separate trustees and co-trustees, as effectively as if given to each of them. Every instrument appointing any separate trustee or co-trustee shall refer to this Indenture and the conditions of this Article VI. Each separate trustee and co-trustee, upon its

 

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acceptance of the trusts conferred, shall be vested with the estates or property specified in its instrument of appointment, either jointly with the Indenture Trustee or separately, as may be provided therein, subject to all the provisions of this Indenture, specifically including every provision of this Indenture relating to the conduct of, affecting the liability of, or affording protection to, the Indenture Trustee. Every such instrument shall be filed with the Indenture Trustee.

(d)    Any separate trustee or co-trustee may at any time constitute the Indenture Trustee, its agent or attorney-in-fact with full power and authority, to the extent not prohibited by law, to do any lawful act under or in respect of this Indenture on its behalf and in its name. If any separate trustee or co-trustee shall die, become incapable of acting, resign or be removed, all of its estates, properties, rights, remedies and trusts shall vest in and be exercised by the Indenture Trustee, to the extent permitted by law, without the appointment of a new or successor trustee.

SECTION 6.11. Eligibility; Disqualification.

The Indenture Trustee shall at all times satisfy the requirements of TIA § 310(a)(1) and § 310(a)(5) and Section 26(a)(1) of the Investment Company Act. The Indenture Trustee shall have a combined capital and surplus of at least $50,000,000 as set forth in its most recent published annual report of condition and it shall have a long term debt rating of “Baa3” or better by Moody’s and “BBB-” or better by Standard & Poor’s. The Indenture Trustee shall comply with TIA § 310(b), including the optional provision permitted by the second sentence of TIA § 310(b)(9); provided, however, that there shall be excluded from the operation of TIA § 310(b)(1) any indenture or indentures under which other securities of the Issuer are outstanding if the requirements for such exclusion set forth in TIA § 310(b)(1) are met.

SECTION 6.12. Preferential Collection of Claims Against Issuer.

The Indenture Trustee shall comply with TIA § 311(a), excluding any creditor relationship listed in TIA § 311(b). An Indenture Trustee who has resigned or been removed shall be subject to TIA § 311(a) to the extent indicated therein.

SECTION 6.13. Representations and Warranties of Indenture Trustee.

The Indenture Trustee hereby represents and warrants that:

(a)    the Indenture Trustee is a national banking association duly organized, validly existing and in good standing under the laws of the United States; and

(b)    the Indenture Trustee has full power, authority and legal right to execute, deliver and perform this Indenture and the Basic Documents to which the Indenture Trustee is a party and has taken all necessary action to authorize the execution, delivery, and performance by it of this Indenture and such Basic Documents.

SECTION 6.14. Annual Report by Independent Registered Public Accountants.

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of the Servicing Agreement, the Indenture Trustee shall deliver such letter of agreement or consent in conclusive reliance upon the direction of the Issuer in accordance with Section 3.04(a) of the Servicing Agreement. In the event such firm requires the Indenture Trustee to agree to the procedures performed by such firm, the Issuer shall direct the Indenture Trustee in writing to so agree; it being understood and agreed that the Indenture Trustee will deliver such letter of agreement in conclusive reliance upon the direction of the Issuer, and the Indenture Trustee makes no independent inquiry or investigation to, and shall have no obligation or liability in respect of, the sufficiency, validity or correctness of such procedures.

SECTION 6.15. Custody of Recovery Bond Collateral.

The Indenture Trustee shall hold such of the Recovery Bond Collateral (and any other collateral that may be granted to the Indenture Trustee) as consists of instruments, deposit accounts, negotiable documents, money, goods, letters of credit, and advices of credit in the State of New York. The Indenture Trustee shall hold such of the Recovery Bond Collateral as constitute investment property through the Securities Intermediary (which, as of the date hereof, is The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A.). The initial Securities Intermediary, hereby agrees (and each future Securities Intermediary shall agree) with the Indenture Trustee that (A) such investment property (other than cash) shall at all times be credited to a Securities Account of the Indenture Trustee, (B) the Securities Intermediary shall treat the Indenture Trustee as entitled to exercise the rights that comprise each Financial Asset credited to such Securities Account, (C) all property (other than cash) credited to such Securities Account shall be treated as a Financial Asset, (D) the Securities Intermediary shall comply with entitlement orders originated by the Indenture Trustee without the further consent of any other person or entity, (E) the Securities Intermediary will not agree with any person other than the Indenture Trustee to comply with entitlement orders originated by such other person, (F) such Securities Accounts and the property credited thereto shall not be subject to any Lien or right of set-off in favor of the Securities Intermediary or anyone claiming through it (other than the Indenture Trustee), and (G) such agreement shall be governed by the internal laws of the State of New York. The Indenture Trustee shall hold any Recovery Bond Collateral consisting of money in a deposit account and shall act as a “bank” for purposes of perfecting the security interest in such deposit account. Terms used in the two preceding sentences that are defined in the UCC and not otherwise defined herein shall have the meaning set forth in the UCC. Except as permitted by this Section 6.15, or elsewhere in this Indenture, the Indenture Trustee shall not hold Recovery Bond Collateral through an agent or a nominee.

SECTION 6.16 FATCA.

The Issuer agrees (i) to provide the Indenture Trustee with such reasonable information as it has in its possession to enable the Indenture Trustee to determine whether any payments pursuant to the Indenture are subject to the withholding requirements described in Section 1471(b) of the Code or otherwise imposed pursuant to Sections 1471 through 1474 of the Code and any regulations, or agreements thereunder or official interpretations thereof (“Applicable Law”), and (ii) that the Indenture Trustee shall be entitled to make any withholding or deduction from payments under the Indenture to the extent necessary to comply with Applicable Law, for which the Indenture Trustee shall not have any liability.

 

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ARTICLE VII

HOLDERS’ LISTS AND REPORTS

SECTION 7.01. Issuer To Furnish Indenture Trustee Names and Addresses of Holders.

The Issuer will furnish or cause to be furnished to the Indenture Trustee (a) not more than five (5) days after the earlier of (i) each Record Date and (ii) six (6) months after the last Record Date, a list, in such form as the Indenture Trustee may reasonably require, of the names and addresses of the Bondholders as of such Record Date, (b) at such other times as the Indenture Trustee may request in writing, within thirty (30) days after receipt by the Issuer of any such request, a list of similar form and content as of a date not more than ten (10) days prior to the time such list is furnished; provided, however, that so long as the Indenture Trustee is the Recovery Bond Registrar, no such list shall be required to be furnished.

SECTION 7.02. Preservation of Information; Communications to Holders.

(a)    The Indenture Trustee shall preserve, in as current a form as is reasonably practicable, the names and addresses of the Holders contained in the most recent list furnished to the Indenture Trustee as provided in Section 7.01 and the names and addresses of Holders received by the Indenture Trustee in its capacity as Recovery Bond Registrar. The Indenture Trustee may destroy any list furnished to it as provided in such Section 7.01 upon receipt of a new list so furnished.

(b)    Holders may communicate pursuant to TIA § 312(b) with other Holders with respect to their rights under this Indenture or under the Recovery Bonds. In addition, upon the written request of any Holder or group of Holders of Outstanding Recovery Bonds evidencing not less than 10 percent of the Outstanding Amount of the Recovery Bonds, the Indenture Trustee shall afford the Holder or Holders making such request a copy of a current list of Holders for purposes of communicating with other Holders with respect to their rights hereunder.

(c)    The Issuer, the Indenture Trustee and the Recovery Bond Registrar shall have the protection of TIA § 312(c).

SECTION 7.03. Reports by Issuer.

(a)    The Issuer shall:

 

  (i)

so long as the Issuer or the Depositor is required to file such documents with the SEC, provide to the Indenture Trustee, within fifteen (15) days after the Issuer is required to file the same with the SEC, copies of the annual reports and of the information, documents and other reports (or copies of such portions of any of the foregoing as the SEC may from time to time by rules and regulations prescribe) which the Issuer or the Depositor may be required to file with the SEC pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act;

 

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  (ii)

provide to the Indenture Trustee and file with the SEC, in accordance with rules and regulations prescribed from time to time by the SEC such additional information, documents and reports with respect to compliance by the Issuer with the conditions and covenants of this Indenture as may be required from time to time by such rules and regulations; and

 

  (iii)

supply to the Indenture Trustee (and the Indenture Trustee shall transmit to all Holders described in TIA § 313(c)), such summaries of any information, documents and reports required to be filed by the Issuer pursuant to clauses (i) and (ii) of this Section 7.03(a) as may be required by rules and regulations prescribed from time to time by the SEC.

(b)    Except as may be provided by Section 313(c) of the Trust Indenture Act, the Issuer may fulfill its obligation to provide the materials described in this Section 7.03(a) by providing such materials in electronic format.

(c)    The fiscal year of the Issuer shall end on December 31 of each year, unless the Issuer otherwise determines, in which case the Issuer will promptly notify the Indenture Trustee regarding any change in fiscal year.

(d)    Delivery of such reports, information and documents to the Indenture Trustee is for informational purposes only and the Indenture Trustee’s receipt of such shall not constitute actual or constructive notice or knowledge of any information contained therein or determinable from information contained therein, including the Issuer’s compliance with any of its covenants hereunder (as to which the Indenture Trustee is entitled to rely exclusively on Officer’s Certificates).

SECTION 7.04. Reports by Indenture Trustee.

(a)    If required by TIA § 313(a), within sixty (60) days after March 30 of each year, commencing with March 30, 2022, the Indenture Trustee shall send to each Bondholder as required by TIA § 313(c) a brief report dated as of such date that complies with TIA § 313(a). The Indenture Trustee also shall comply with TIA § 313(b); provided, however, that the initial report so issued shall be delivered not more than twelve (12) months after the initial issuance thereof.

(b)    A copy of each report at the time of its sending to Holders shall be filed by the Servicer with the SEC and each stock exchange, if any, on which the Recovery Bonds are listed. The Issuer shall notify the Indenture Trustee in writing if and when the Recovery Bonds are listed on any stock exchange.

ARTICLE VIII

ACCOUNTS, DISBURSEMENTS AND RELEASES

SECTION 8.01. Collection of Money.

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assistance of any fiscal agent or other intermediary, all money and other property payable to or receivable by the Indenture Trustee pursuant to this Indenture and the other Basic Documents. The Indenture Trustee shall apply all such money received by it as provided in this Indenture. Except as otherwise expressly provided in this Indenture, if any default occurs in the making of any payment or performance under any agreement or instrument that is part of the Recovery Bond Collateral, the Indenture Trustee may take such action as may be appropriate to enforce such payment or performance, subject to Article VI, including the institution and prosecution of appropriate Proceedings. Any such action shall be without prejudice to any right to claim a Default or Event of Default under this Indenture and any right to proceed thereafter as provided in Article V.

SECTION 8.02. Collection Account.

(a)    Prior to the Closing Date, the Issuer shall open or cause to be opened with the Securities Intermediary located at the Indenture Trustee’s office located at the Corporate Trust Office, or at another Eligible Institution, one or more segregated trust accounts in the Indenture Trustee’s name for the deposit of Estimated FRC Collections, FRC Collections and all other amounts received with respect to the Recovery Bond Collateral (the “Collection Account”). The Collection Account will consist of three subaccounts: a general subaccount (the “General Subaccount”), an excess funds subaccount (the “Excess Funds Subaccount”) and a capital subaccount (the “Capital Subaccount” and, together with the General Subaccount and the Excess Funds Subaccount, the “Subaccounts”). Each Subaccount shall have a separate subaccount (each, a “Cash Subaccount”) where cash allocated to the related Subaccount will be held. Only cash shall be allocated to a Cash Subaccount and no other Recovery Bond Collateral shall be allocated to a Cash Subaccount. References to any Subaccount shall be deemed to include the related Cash Subaccount. For administrative purposes, the Subaccounts may be established by the Indenture Trustee as separate accounts. Such separate accounts will be recognized individually as a Subaccount and collectively as the “Collection Account”. Prior to or concurrently with the issuance of Recovery Bonds, the Member shall deposit into the Capital Subaccount an amount equal to the Required Capital Level. All amounts in the Collection Account not allocated to any other subaccount shall be allocated to the General Subaccount. Any cash transferred to, or arising under, a Subaccount will be held in the related Cash Subaccount. Prior to the Initial Payment Date, all amounts in the Collection Account (other than funds deposited into the Capital Subaccount, up to the Required Capital Level and any Capital Subaccount Investment Earnings) shall be allocated to the General Subaccount. All references to the Collection Account shall be deemed to include reference to all subaccounts contained therein. Withdrawals from and deposits to each of the foregoing subaccounts of the Collection Account shall be made as set forth in Sections 8.02(d) and (e). The Collection Account shall at all times be maintained in an Eligible Account, under the sole dominion and exclusive control of the Indenture Trustee, through the Securities Intermediary, and only the Indenture Trustee shall have access to the Collection Account for the purpose of making deposits in and withdrawals from the Collection Account in accordance with this Indenture. Funds in the Collection Account shall not be commingled with any other moneys. All moneys deposited from time to time in the Collection Account, including amounts not required to pay costs of issuance of Recovery Bonds transferred by the Issuer to the Indenture Trustee, all deposits therein pursuant to this Indenture, and all investments made in Eligible Investments as directed in writing by the Issuer with such moneys, including all income or other gain from such investments other than Capital Subaccount Investment Earnings, shall be held by the Indenture Trustee in the

 

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Collection Account as part of the Recovery Bond Collateral as herein provided. The Securities Intermediary shall have no liability in respect of losses incurred as a result of the liquidation of any Eligible Investment prior to its stated maturity or its date of redemption or the failure of the Issuer or the Servicer to provide timely written investment direction.

(b)    The Securities Intermediary hereby confirms that (i) the Collection Account (other than each Cash Subaccount) is, or at inception will be established as, a “securities account” as such term is defined in Section 8-501(a) of the UCC, (ii) it is a “securities intermediary” (as such term is defined in Section 8-102(a) (14) of the UCC) and is acting in such capacity with respect to such accounts, (iii) the Indenture Trustee for the benefit of the Secured Parties is the sole “entitlement holder” (as such term is defined in Section 8-102(a)(7) of the UCC) with respect to such accounts and no other Person shall have the right to give “entitlement orders” (as such term is defined in Section 8-102(a)(8)) with respect to such Collection Account and (iv) the Securities Intermediary agrees to comply with “entitlement orders” originated by the Indenture Trustee with respect to the Collection Account without further consent of the Issuer or any other Person. The Securities Intermediary hereby further agrees that each item of property (whether investment property, financial asset, security, instrument or cash) received by it will be credited to the Collection Account (and that all cash will be credited to the related Cash Subaccount). Such property, other than cash, shall be treated by it as a Financial Asset. The Indenture Trustee shall cause the Securities Intermediary to hold any Recovery Bond Collateral consisting of money in the applicable Cash Subaccount and the Securities Intermediary hereby confirms that each Cash Subaccount is a “deposit account” within the meaning of Section 9-102(a)(29) of the UCC. The Securities Intermediary further confirms that for purposes of perfecting the security interest in such deposit account, it shall (i) act as the “bank” within the meaning of Section 9-102(a)(8) of the UCC and (ii) comply with instructions originated by the Indenture Trustee directing disposition of the funds in the Cash Subaccount without further consent of the Issuer or any other Person. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, for purposes of the UCC, New York State shall be deemed to be “securities intermediary jurisdiction” within the meaning of Section 8-110(e) of the UCC of the Securities Intermediary and “bank’s jurisdiction” within the meaning of Section 9-304(a) of the UCC of the Securities Intermediary acting as the “bank” and the Collection Account (as well as the securities entitlements related thereto) shall be governed by the laws of the State of New York.

(c)    The Indenture Trustee shall have sole dominion and exclusive control over all moneys in the Collection Account through the Securities Intermediary and shall apply such amounts therein as provided in this Section 8.02. The Indenture Trustee shall also pay from the Collection Account any amounts requested in writing to be paid by or to the Servicer pursuant to Section 6.11(c) of the Servicing Agreement.

(d)    FRC Collections shall be deposited in the General Subaccount as provided in Section 6.11 of the Servicing Agreement. All deposits to and withdrawals from the Collection Account, all allocations to the subaccounts of the Collection Account and any amounts to be paid to the Servicer under Section 8.02(c) shall be made by the Indenture Trustee in accordance with the written instructions provided by the Servicer in the Monthly Servicer’s Certificate, the Servicer’s Certificate or upon other written notice provided by the Servicer pursuant to Section 6.11(a) of the Servicing Agreement, as applicable.

 

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(e)    On each Payment Date (or on any other date as directed by the Servicer with respect to Operating Expenses referred to in clause (iv) payable prior to the next Payment Date), the Indenture Trustee shall apply all amounts on deposit in the Collection Account, including all Investment Earnings thereon, to pay the following amounts, solely in accordance with the Servicer’s Certificate, in the following priority:

 

  (i)

all amounts owed by the Issuer to the Indenture Trustee (including legal fees and expenses and outstanding indemnity amounts) shall be paid to the Indenture Trustee (subject to Section 6.07) in an amount not to exceed annually the amount set forth in the Series Supplement (the “Indenture Trustee Cap”); provided, however, that the Indenture Trustee Cap shall be disregarded and inapplicable upon the acceleration of the Recovery Bonds following the occurrence of an Event of Default;

 

  (ii)

the Servicing Fee with respect to such Payment Date and all unpaid Servicing Fees for prior Payment Dates shall be paid to the Servicer;

 

  (iii)

the Administration Fee for such Payment Date shall be paid to the Administrator and an allocable share of the Independent Manager Fee for such Payment Date shall be paid to the Independent Managers;

 

  (iv)

all other ordinary periodic Operating Expenses for such Payment Date relating to the Recovery Bonds not described above shall be paid to the parties to which such Operating Expenses are owed;

 

  (v)

Periodic Interest for such Payment Date, including any overdue Periodic Interest (together with, to the extent lawful, interest on such overdue Periodic Interest at the applicable Recovery Bond Interest Rate), with respect to the Recovery Bonds shall be paid to the Holders of Recovery Bonds;

 

  (vi)

principal due and payable on the Recovery Bonds as a result of an Event of Default or on the Final Maturity Date of the Recovery Bonds shall be paid to the Holders of Recovery Bonds;

 

  (vii)

Periodic Principal for such Payment Date, including any overdue Periodic Principal, with respect to the Recovery Bonds shall be paid to the Holders of Recovery Bonds, pro rata;

 

  (viii)

any other unpaid fees, expenses and indemnity amounts owed to the Indenture Trustee;

 

  (ix)

any other unpaid Operating Expenses relating to the Recovery Bonds and any remaining amounts owed pursuant to the Basic Documents;

 

  (x)

the amount, if any, by which the Required Capital Level exceeds the amount in the Capital Subaccount as of such Payment Date shall be allocated to the Capital Subaccount;

 

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  (xi)

provided that no Event of Default has occurred and is continuing, release to PG&E an amount representing a return on capital of its Capital Contribution calculated at an annual rate per annum equal to the weighted average interest rate on the Recovery Bonds;

 

  (xii)

the balance, if any, shall be allocated to the Excess Funds Subaccount for distribution on subsequent Payment Dates; and

 

  (xiii)

after principal of and premium, if any, and interest on all the Recovery Bonds, and all of the other foregoing amounts, have been paid in full, including, without limitation, amounts due and payable to the Indenture Trustee under Section 6.07 or otherwise, the balance (including all amounts then held in the Capital Subaccount and the Excess Funds Subaccount), if any, shall be paid to PG&E, free from the Lien of this Indenture and the Series Supplement and credited to Consumers through normal ratemaking processes.

(f)    All payments to the Holders of the Recovery Bonds pursuant to clauses (v), (vi) and (vii) above shall be made to such Holders pro rata based on the respective amounts of interest and/or principal owed, unless, in the case of Recovery Bonds comprised of two or more Tranches, the Series Supplement provides otherwise. Payments in respect of principal of and premium, if any, and interest on any Tranche of Recovery Bonds will be made on a pro rata basis among all the Holders of such Tranche. In the case of an Event of Default, then, in accordance with Section 5.04(c), moneys will be applied pursuant to clauses (v) and (vi), in such order, on a pro rata basis, based upon the interest or the principal owed.

(g)    The amounts paid during any calendar year pursuant to clauses (i), (ii), (iii), (iv) and (viii) may not exceed the amounts approved in the Series Supplement.

(h)    If on any Payment Date funds on deposit in the General Subaccount are insufficient to make the payments contemplated by clauses (i) through (ix) of Section 8.02(e) above, the Indenture Trustee shall (I) first, draw from amounts on deposit in the Excess Funds Subaccount and (II) second, draw from amounts on deposit in the Capital Subaccount, in each case, up to the amount of such shortfall in order to make the payments contemplated by clauses (i) through (ix) of Section 8.02(e). In addition, if on any Payment Date funds on deposit in the General Subaccount are insufficient to make the allocations contemplated by clause (x) above, the Indenture Trustee shall draw from amounts on deposit in the Excess Funds Subaccount to make such allocations.

SECTION 8.03. General Provisions Regarding the Collection Account.

(a)    So long as no Default or Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing, all or a portion of the funds in the Collection Account shall be invested in Eligible Investments and reinvested by the Indenture Trustee upon Issuer Order; provided, however, that (i) such Eligible Investments shall not mature or be redeemed later than the Business Day prior to the next Payment Date or Special Payment Date, if applicable, for the Recovery Bonds and (ii) such Eligible Investments shall not be sold, liquidated or otherwise disposed of at a loss prior to the maturity or the date of redemption thereof. All income or other gain from investments of moneys

 

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deposited in the Collection Account shall be deposited by the Indenture Trustee in such Collection Account, and any loss resulting from such investments shall be charged to such Collection Account. The Issuer will not direct the Indenture Trustee to make any investment of any funds or to sell any investment held in the Collection Account unless the security interest Granted and perfected in such account will continue to be perfected in such investment or the proceeds of such sale, in either case without any further action by any Person, and, in connection with any direction to the Indenture Trustee to make any such investment or sale, if requested by the Indenture Trustee, the Issuer shall deliver to the Indenture Trustee an Opinion of Counsel of external counsel of the Issuer (at the Issuer’s cost and expense) to such effect. In no event shall the Indenture Trustee be liable for the selection of Eligible Investments or for investment losses incurred thereon. The Indenture Trustee shall have no liability in respect of losses incurred as a result of the liquidation of any Eligible Investment prior to its stated maturity or its date of redemption or the failure of the Issuer or the Servicer to provide timely written investment direction. The Indenture Trustee shall have no obligation to invest or reinvest any amounts held hereunder in the absence of written investment direction pursuant to an Issuer Order, in which case such amounts shall remain uninvested.

(b)    Subject to Section 6.01(c), the Indenture Trustee shall not in any way be held liable by reason of any insufficiency in the Collection Account resulting from any loss on any Eligible Investment included therein except for losses attributable to the Indenture Trustee’s failure to make payments on such Eligible Investments issued by the Indenture Trustee, in its commercial capacity as principal obligor and not as trustee, in accordance with their terms.

(c)    If (i) the Issuer shall have failed to give written investment directions for any funds on deposit in the Collection Account to the Indenture Trustee by 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time (or such other time as may be agreed by the Issuer and Indenture Trustee) on any Business Day; or (ii) a Default or Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing with respect to the Recovery Bonds but the Recovery Bonds shall not have been declared due and payable pursuant to Section 5.02, then the Indenture Trustee shall, to the fullest extent practicable, invest and reinvest funds in such Collection Account in the money market fund (described under clause (d) of the definition of “Eligible Investments”) specified in the most recent written investment directions delivered by the Issuer to the Indenture Trustee with respect to such type of Eligible Investments; provided that if the Issuer has never delivered written investment directions to the Indenture Trustee or if the money market fund specified in the most recent written investment directions no longer exists, the Indenture Trustee shall not invest or reinvest such funds in any investments.

(d)    The parties hereto acknowledge that the Servicer may, pursuant to the Servicing Agreement, select Eligible Investments on behalf of the Issuer.

SECTION 8.04. Release of Recovery Bond Collateral.

(a)    So long as the Issuer is not in default hereunder and no Default hereunder would occur as a result of such action, the Issuer, through the Servicer, may collect, sell or otherwise dispose of written-off receivables, at any time and from time to time in the ordinary course of business, without any notice to, or release or consent by, the Indenture Trustee, but only as and to the extent permitted by the Basic Documents; provided, however, that any and all proceeds of such dispositions shall become Recovery Bond Collateral and be deposited to the General Subaccount

 

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immediately upon receipt thereof by the Issuer or any other Person, including the Servicer. Without limiting the foregoing, the Servicer, may, at any time and from time to time without any notice to, or release or consent by, the Indenture Trustee, sell or otherwise dispose of any Recovery Bond Collateral previously written-off as a defaulted or uncollectible account in accordance with the terms of the Servicing Agreement and the requirements of the proviso in the immediately preceding sentence.

(b)    The Indenture Trustee may, and when required by the provisions of this Indenture shall, execute instruments to release property from the Lien of this Indenture, or convey the Indenture Trustee’s interest in the same, in a manner and under circumstances that are not inconsistent with the provisions of this Indenture. No party relying upon an instrument executed by the Indenture Trustee as provided in this Article VIII shall be bound to ascertain the Indenture Trustee’s authority, inquire into the satisfaction of any conditions precedent or see to the application of any moneys. The Indenture Trustee shall release property from the Lien of this Indenture pursuant to this Section 8.04(b) only upon receipt of an Issuer Request accompanied by an Officer’s Certificate, an Opinion of Counsel of external counsel of the Issuer (at the Issuer’s cost and expense) and (if required by the TIA) Independent Certificates in accordance with TIA §§ 314(c) and 314(d)(1) meeting the applicable requirements of Section 10.01.

(c)    The Indenture Trustee shall, at such time as there are no Recovery Bonds Outstanding and all sums payable to the Indenture Trustee pursuant to Section 6.07 or otherwise have been paid, release any remaining portion of the Recovery Bond Collateral that secured the Recovery Bonds from the Lien of this Indenture, release to the Issuer or any other Person entitled thereto any funds or investments then on deposit in or credit to the Collection Account.

SECTION 8.05. Opinion of Counsel.

The Indenture Trustee shall receive at least seven (7) days’ notice when requested by the Issuer to take any action pursuant to Section 8.04, accompanied by copies of any instruments involved, and the Indenture Trustee shall also require, as a condition to such action, an Opinion of Counsel of external counsel of the Issuer, in form and substance satisfactory to the Indenture Trustee, stating the legal effect of any such action, outlining the steps required to complete the same, and concluding that all conditions precedent to the taking of such action have been complied with and such action will not materially and adversely impair the perfection or priority of the remaining security for the Recovery Bonds or the rights of the Holders in contravention of the provisions of this Indenture and the Series Supplement; provided, however, that such Opinion of Counsel shall not be required to express an opinion as to the fair value of the Recovery Bond Collateral. Counsel rendering any such opinion may rely, without independent investigation, on the accuracy and validity of any certificate or other instrument delivered to the Indenture Trustee in connection with any such action.

SECTION 8.06. Reports by Independent Registered Public Accountants.

As of the Closing Date, the Issuer shall appoint a firm of Independent registered public accountants of recognized national reputation for purposes of preparing and delivering the reports or certificates of such accountants required by this Indenture and the Series Supplement. In the event such firm requires the Indenture Trustee to agree to the procedures performed by such firm,

 

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the Issuer shall direct the Indenture Trustee in writing to so agree; it being understood and agreed that the Indenture Trustee will deliver such letter of agreement in conclusive reliance upon the direction of the Issuer, and the Indenture Trustee makes no independent inquiry or investigation to, and shall have no obligation or liability in respect of, the sufficiency, validity or correctness of such procedures. Upon any resignation by, or termination by the Issuer of, such firm the Issuer shall provide written notice thereof to the Indenture Trustee and shall promptly appoint a successor thereto that shall also be a firm of Independent registered public accountants of recognized national reputation. If the Issuer shall fail to appoint a successor to a firm of Independent registered public accountants that has resigned or been terminated within fifteen (15) days after such resignation or termination, the Indenture Trustee shall promptly notify the Issuer of such failure in writing. If the Issuer shall not have appointed a successor within ten (10) days thereafter the Indenture Trustee shall promptly appoint a successor firm of Independent registered public accountants of recognized national reputation; provided that the Indenture Trustee shall have no liability with respect to such appointment. The fees of such Independent registered public accountants and its successor shall be payable by the Issuer as an Operating Expense.

ARTICLE IX

SUPPLEMENTAL INDENTURES

SECTION 9.01. Supplemental Indentures Without Consent of Holders.

(a)    Without the consent of the Holders of any Recovery Bonds but with prior notice to the Rating Agencies, the Issuer and the Indenture Trustee, when authorized by an Issuer Order, at any time and from time to time, may enter into one or more indentures supplemental hereto (which shall conform to the provisions of the TIA as in force at the date of the execution thereof), in form satisfactory to the Indenture Trustee, for any of the following purposes:

 

  (i)

to correct or amplify the description of any property, including, without limitation, the Recovery Bond Collateral, at any time subject to the Lien of this Indenture, or better to assure, convey and confirm unto the Indenture Trustee any property subject or required to be subjected to the Lien of this Indenture and the Series Supplement, or to subject to the Lien of this Indenture and the Series Supplement additional property;

 

  (ii)

to evidence the succession, in compliance with the applicable provisions hereof, of another person to the Issuer, and the assumption by any such successor of the covenants of the Issuer herein and in the Recovery Bonds;

 

  (iii)

to add to the covenants of the Issuer, for the benefit of the Secured Parties, or to surrender any right or power herein conferred upon the Issuer;

 

  (iv)

to convey, transfer, assign, mortgage or pledge any property to or with the Indenture Trustee;

 

  (v)

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  supplemental indenture, including the Series Supplement, or to make any other provisions with respect to matters or questions arising under this Indenture or in any supplemental indenture; provided that (A) such action shall not, as evidenced by an Opinion of Counsel of external counsel of the Issuer, adversely affect in any material respect the interests of the Holders of the Recovery Bonds and (B) the Rating Agency Condition shall have been satisfied with respect thereto;

 

  (vi)

to evidence and provide for the acceptance of the appointment hereunder by a successor trustee with respect to the Recovery Bonds and to add to or change any of the provisions of this Indenture as shall be necessary to facilitate the administration of the trusts hereunder by more than one trustee, pursuant to the requirements of Article VI;

 

  (vii)

to modify, eliminate or add to the provisions of this Indenture to such extent as shall be necessary to effect the qualification of this Indenture under the TIA or under any similar or successor federal statute hereafter enacted and to add to this Indenture such other provisions as may be expressly required by the TIA;

 

  (viii)

to evidence the final terms of the Recovery Bonds in the Series Supplement;

 

  (ix)

to qualify the Recovery Bonds for registration with a Clearing Agency;

 

  (x)

to satisfy any Rating Agency requirements;

 

  (xi)

to make any amendment to this Indenture or the Recovery Bonds relating to the transfer and legending of the Recovery Bonds to comply with applicable securities laws; or

 

  (xii)

to conform the text of this Indenture or the Recovery Bonds to any provision of the registration statement filed by the Issuer with the SEC with respect to the issuance of the Recovery Bonds to the extent that such provision was intended to be a verbatim recitation of a provision of this Indenture or the Recovery Bonds.

The Indenture Trustee is hereby authorized to join in the execution of any such supplemental indenture and to make any further appropriate agreements and stipulations that may be therein contained.

(b)    The Issuer and the Indenture Trustee, when authorized by an Issuer Order, may, also without the consent of any of the Holders of the Recovery Bonds, enter into an indenture or indentures supplemental hereto for the purpose of adding any provisions to, or changing in any manner or eliminating any of the provisions of, this Indenture or of modifying in any manner the rights of the Holders of the Recovery Bonds under this Indenture; provided, however, that (i) such action shall not, as evidenced by an Opinion of Counsel of nationally recognized counsel of the Issuer experienced in structured finance transactions, adversely affect in any material respect the interests of the Holders and (ii) the Rating Agency Condition shall have been satisfied with respect thereto.

 

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SECTION 9.02. Supplemental Indentures with Consent of Holders.

(a)    The Issuer and the Indenture Trustee, when authorized by an Issuer Order, also may, with prior notice to the Rating Agencies and with the consent of the Holders of not less than a majority of the Outstanding Amount of the Recovery Bonds of each Tranche to be adversely affected, by Act of such Holders delivered to the Issuer and the Indenture Trustee, enter into an indenture or indentures supplemental hereto for the purpose of adding any provisions to, or changing in any manner or eliminating any of the provisions of, this Indenture or of modifying in any manner the rights of the Holders of the Recovery Bonds under this Indenture; provided, however, that no such supplemental indenture shall, without the consent of the Holder of each Outstanding Recovery Bond of each Tranche affected thereby:

 

  (i)

change the date of payment of any installment of principal of or premium, if any, or interest on any Recovery Bond of such Tranche, or reduce the principal amount thereof, the interest rate thereon or premium, if any, with respect thereto, change the provisions of this Indenture and the Series Supplement relating to the application of collections on, or the proceeds of the sale of, the Recovery Bond Collateral to payment of principal of or premium, if any, or interest on the Recovery Bonds, or change any place of payment where, or the coin or currency in which, any Recovery Bond or the interest thereon is payable;

 

  (ii)

reduce the percentage of the Outstanding Amount of the Recovery Bonds or of a Tranche thereof, the consent of the Holders of which is required for any such supplemental indenture, or the consent of the Holders of which is required for any waiver of compliance with certain provisions of this Indenture or certain defaults hereunder and their consequences provided for in this Indenture;

 

  (iii)

reduce the percentage of the Outstanding Amount of the Recovery Bonds required to direct the Indenture Trustee to direct the Issuer to sell or liquidate the Recovery Bond Collateral pursuant to Section 5.04;

 

  (iv)

modify any provision of this Section 9.02 except to increase any percentage specified herein or to provide that those provisions of this Indenture or the other Basic Documents referenced in this Section 9.02 cannot be modified or waived without the consent of the Holder of each Outstanding Recovery Bond affected thereby;

 

  (v)

modify any of the provisions of this Indenture in such manner as to affect the calculation of the amount of any payment of interest, principal or premium, if any, due on any Recovery Bond on any Payment Date (including the calculation of any of the individual components of such calculation) or change the Expected Amortization Schedule or Final Maturity Date of any Tranche of Recovery Bonds;

 

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  (vi)

decrease the Required Capital Level;

 

  (vii)

permit the creation of any Lien ranking prior to or on a parity with the Lien of this Indenture with respect to any part of the Recovery Bond Collateral or, except as otherwise permitted or contemplated herein, terminate the Lien of this Indenture on any property at any time subject hereto or deprive the Holder of any Recovery Bond of the security provided by the Lien of this Indenture;

 

  (viii)

cause any material adverse federal income tax consequence to the Seller, the Issuer, the Managers, the Indenture Trustee or the then existing Holders; or

 

  (ix)

impair the right to institute suit for the enforcement of the provisions of this Indenture regarding payment or application of funds.

(b)    It shall not be necessary for any Act of Holders under this Section 9.02 to approve the particular form of any proposed supplemental indenture, but it shall be sufficient if such Act shall approve the substance thereof.

(c)    Promptly after the execution by the Issuer and the Indenture Trustee of any supplemental indenture pursuant to this Section 9.02, the Issuer shall mail to the Rating Agencies a copy of such supplemental indenture and to the Holders of the Recovery Bonds to which such supplemental indenture relates either a copy of such supplemental indenture or a notice setting forth in general terms the substance of such supplemental indenture. Any failure of the Issuer to mail such notice, or any defect therein, shall not, however, in any way impair or affect the validity of any such supplemental indenture.

SECTION 9.03. Reserved.

SECTION 9.04. Execution of Supplemental Indentures.

In executing any supplemental indenture permitted by this Article IX or the modifications thereby of the trust created by this Indenture, the Indenture Trustee shall be entitled to receive, and subject to Sections 6.01 and 6.02, shall be fully protected in relying upon, an Opinion of Counsel stating that the execution of such supplemental indenture is authorized or permitted by this Indenture and all conditions precedent have been satisfied. The Indenture Trustee may, but shall not be obligated to, enter into any such supplemental indenture that affects the Indenture Trustee’s own rights, duties, liabilities or immunities under this Indenture or otherwise.

SECTION 9.05. Effect of Supplemental Indenture.

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of rights, obligations, duties, liabilities and immunities under this Indenture of the Indenture Trustee, the Issuer and the Holders shall thereafter be determined, exercised and enforced hereunder subject in all respects to such modifications and amendments, and all the terms and conditions of any such supplemental indenture shall be and be deemed to be part of the terms and conditions of this Indenture for any and all purposes.

SECTION 9.06. Conformity with Trust Indenture Act.

Every amendment of this Indenture and every supplemental indenture executed pursuant to this Article IX shall conform to the requirements of the TIA as then in effect so long as this Indenture shall then be qualified under the TIA.

SECTION 9.07. Reference in Recovery Bonds to Supplemental Indentures.

Recovery Bonds authenticated and delivered after the execution of any supplemental indenture pursuant to this Article IX may bear a notation as to any matter provided for in such supplemental indenture. If the Issuer shall so determine, new Recovery Bonds so modified as to conform, in the opinion of the Issuer, to any such supplemental indenture may be prepared and executed by the Issuer and authenticated and delivered by the Indenture Trustee in exchange for Outstanding Recovery Bonds.

ARTICLE X

MISCELLANEOUS

SECTION 10.01. Compliance Certificates and Opinions, etc.

(a)    Upon any application or request by the Issuer to the Indenture Trustee to take any action under any provision of this Indenture, the Issuer shall furnish to the Indenture Trustee (i) an Officer’s Certificate stating that all conditions precedent, if any, provided for in this Indenture relating to the proposed action have been complied with, (ii) an Opinion of Counsel stating that in the opinion of such counsel all such conditions precedent, if any, have been complied with and (iii) (if required by the TIA) an Independent Certificate from a firm of registered public accountants meeting the applicable requirements of this Section 10.01, except that, in the case of any such application or request as to which the furnishing of such documents is specifically required by any provision of this Indenture, no additional certificate or opinion need be furnished.

(b)    Every certificate or opinion with respect to compliance with a condition or covenant provided for in this Indenture shall include:

 

  (i)

a statement that each signatory of such certificate or opinion has read or has caused to be read such covenant or condition and the definitions herein relating thereto;

 

  (ii)

a brief statement as to the nature and scope of the examination or investigation upon which the statements or opinions contained in such certificate or opinion are based;

 

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  (iii)

a statement that, in the opinion of each such signatory, such signatory has made such examination or investigation as is necessary to enable such signatory to express an informed opinion as to whether or not such covenant or condition has been complied with; and

 

  (iv)

a statement as to whether, in the opinion of each such signatory, such condition or covenant has been complied with.

(c)    (i)    Prior to the deposit of any Recovery Bond Collateral or other property or securities with the Indenture Trustee that is to be made the basis for the release of any property or securities subject to the Lien of this Indenture, the Issuer shall, in addition to any obligation imposed in Section 10.01(a) or elsewhere in this Indenture, furnish to the Indenture Trustee an Officer’s Certificate certifying or stating the opinion of each person signing such certificate as to the fair value (within ninety (90) days of such deposit) to the Issuer of the Recovery Bond Collateral or other property or securities to be so deposited.

 

  (ii)

Whenever the Issuer is required to furnish to the Indenture Trustee an Officer’s Certificate certifying or stating the opinion of any signer thereof as to the matters described in clause (c) above, the Issuer shall also deliver to the Indenture Trustee an Independent Certificate as to the same matters, if the fair value to the Issuer of the securities to be so deposited and of all other such securities made the basis of any such withdrawal or release since the commencement of the then-current fiscal year of the Issuer, as set forth in the certificates delivered pursuant to clause (c) above and this clause (ii), is ten percent or more of the Outstanding Amount of the Recovery Bonds, but such a certificate need not be furnished with respect to any securities so deposited, if the fair value thereof to the Issuer as set forth in the related Officer’s Certificate is less than the lesser of (A) $25,000 or (B) one percent of the Outstanding Amount of the Recovery Bonds.

 

  (iii)

Whenever any property or securities are to be released from the Lien of this Indenture other than pursuant to Section 8.02(e), the Issuer shall also furnish to the Indenture Trustee an Officer’s Certificate certifying or stating the opinion of each person signing such certificate as to the fair value (within ninety (90) days of such release) of the property or securities proposed to be released and stating that in the opinion of such person the proposed release will not impair the security under this Indenture in contravention of the provisions hereof.

 

  (iv)

Whenever the Issuer is required to furnish to the Indenture Trustee an Officer’s Certificate certifying or stating the opinion of any signatory thereof as to the matters described in clause (iii) above, the Issuer shall also furnish to the Indenture Trustee an Independent Certificate as to the same matters if the fair value of the property or securities with respect thereto, or securities released from the Lien of this Indenture (other than pursuant to Section 8.02(e)) since the commencement of the then-current calendar year, as set forth in the certificates required by clause (iii) above and this clause

 

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  (iv), equals 10 percent or more of the Outstanding Amount of the Recovery Bonds, but such certificate need not be furnished in the case of any release of property or securities if the fair value thereof as set forth in the related Officer’s Certificate is less than the lesser of (A) $25,000 or (B) one percent of the then Outstanding Amount of the Recovery Bonds.

 

  (v)

Notwithstanding any other provision of this Section 10.01, the Indenture Trustee may (A) collect, liquidate, sell or otherwise dispose of the Recovery Property and the other Recovery Bond Collateral as and to the extent permitted or required by the Basic Documents and (B) make cash payments out of the Collection Account as and to the extent permitted or required by the Basic Documents.

SECTION 10.02. Form of Documents Delivered to Indenture Trustee.

(a)    In any case where several matters are required to be certified by, or covered by an opinion of, any specified Person, it is not necessary that all such matters be certified by, or covered by the opinion of, only one such Person, or that they be so certified or covered by only one document, but one such Person may certify or give an opinion with respect to some matters and one or more other such Persons as to other matters, and any such Person may certify or give an opinion as to such matters in one or several documents.

(b)    Any certificate or opinion of a Responsible Officer of the Issuer may be based, insofar as it relates to legal matters, upon a certificate or opinion of, or representations by, counsel, unless such officer knows, or in the exercise of reasonable care should know, that the certificate or opinion or representations with respect to the matters upon which his or her certificate or opinion is based are erroneous. Any Opinion of Counsel may be based, insofar as it relates to factual matters (including financial and capital markets), upon a certificate or opinion of, or representations by, an officer or officers of the Servicer or the Issuer and other documents necessary and advisable in the judgment of counsel delivering such Opinion of Counsel.

(c)    Whenever in this Indenture, in connection with any application or certificate or report to the Indenture Trustee, it is provided that the Issuer shall deliver any document as a condition of the granting of such application, or as evidence of the Issuer’s compliance with any term hereof, it is intended that the truth and accuracy, at the time of the granting of such application or at the effective date of such certificate or report (as the case may be), of the facts and opinions stated in such document shall in such case be conditions precedent to the right of the Issuer to have such application granted or to the sufficiency of such certificate or report. The foregoing shall not, however, be construed to affect the Indenture Trustee’s right to rely conclusively upon the truth and accuracy of any statement or opinion contained in any such document as provided in Article VI.

(d)    Where any Person is required to make, give or execute two or more applications, requests, consents, certificates, statements, opinions or other instruments under this Indenture, they may, but need not, be consolidated and form one instrument.

 

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SECTION 10.03. Acts of Holders.

(a)    Any request, demand, authorization, direction, notice, consent, waiver or other action provided by this Indenture to be given or taken by Holders may be embodied in and evidenced by one or more instruments of substantially similar tenor signed by such Holders in person or by agents duly appointed in writing; and except as herein otherwise expressly provided such action shall become effective when such instrument or instruments are delivered to the Indenture Trustee, and, where it is hereby expressly required, to the Issuer. Such instrument or instruments (and the action embodied therein and evidenced thereby) are herein sometimes referred to as the “Act” of the Holders signing such instrument or instruments. Proof of execution of any such instrument or of a writing appointing any such agent shall be sufficient for any purpose of this Indenture and (subject to Section 6.01) conclusive in favor of the Indenture Trustee and the Issuer, if made in the manner provided in this Section 10.03.

(b)    The fact and date of the execution by any Person of any such instrument or writing may be proved in any manner that the Indenture Trustee deems sufficient.

(c)    The ownership of Recovery Bonds shall be proved by the Recovery Bond Register.

(d)    Any request, demand, authorization, direction, notice, consent, waiver or other action by the Holder of any Recovery Bonds shall bind the Holder of every Recovery Bond issued upon the registration thereof or in exchange therefor or in lieu thereof, in respect of anything done, omitted or suffered to be done by the Indenture Trustee or the Issuer in reliance thereon, whether or not notation of such action is made upon such Recovery Bond.

SECTION 10.04. Notices, etc., to Indenture Trustee, Issuer and Rating Agencies.

(a)    Any request, demand, authorization, direction, notice, consent, waiver or Act of Holders or other documents provided or permitted by this Indenture to be made upon, given or furnished to or filed with:

 

  (i)

the Indenture Trustee by any Holder or by the Issuer shall be sufficient for every purpose hereunder if made, given, furnished or filed in writing by facsimile or other electronic communication, first-class mail or overnight delivery service to or with the Indenture Trustee at the Corporate Trust Office;

 

  (ii)

the Issuer by the Indenture Trustee or by any Holder shall be sufficient for every purpose hereunder if in writing and mailed, first-class, postage prepaid, to the Issuer addressed to: PG&E Wildfire Recovery Funding LLC at c/o Pacific Gas and Electric Company, 77 Beale Street, P.O. Box 770000, San Francisco, California 94177, Attention: Brian M. Wong, Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Telephone: (415) 973-1000, or at any other address previously furnished in writing to the Indenture Trustee by the Issuer. The Issuer shall promptly transmit any notice received by it from the Holders to the Indenture Trustee; or

 

  (iii)

the CPUC by the Seller, the Issuer or the Indenture Trustee shall be sufficient for every purpose hereunder if in writing and mailed, first-class, postage prepaid, to the CPUC addressed to: California Public Utilities Commission at 505 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, California 94102, Attention: General Counsel, Telephone: (415) 703-2782, Facsimile: (415) 703-1758.

 

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(b)    Notices required to be given to the Rating Agencies by the Issuer or the Indenture Trustee shall be in writing, facsimile, personally delivered or mailed by certified mail, return receipt requested to:

 

  (i)

in the case of Moody’s, to: Moody’s Investors Service, Inc., ABS/RMBS Monitoring Department, 25th Floor, 7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, New York, New York 10007, Email: [email protected] (all such notices to be delivered to Moody’s in writing by email);

 

  (ii)

in the case of Standard & Poor’s, to S&P Global Ratings, a division of S&P Global Inc., Structured Credit Surveillance, 55 Water Street, New York, New York 10041, Telephone: (212) 438-8991, Email: [email protected] (all such notices to be delivered to Standard & Poor’s in writing by email); and

 

  (iii)

as to each of the foregoing, at such other address as shall be designated by written notice to the other parties.

Any notice, report or other communication given hereunder may be in writing and addressed as follows or to the extent receipt is confirmed telephonically sent by Electronic Means to the address provided above.

The Indenture Trustee agrees to accept and act upon instructions or directions pursuant to this Indenture sent by the Issuer by unsecured e-mail, facsimile transmission or other similar unsecured electronic methods; provided, however, that (a) subsequent to such transmission of written instructions, the Issuer shall provide the originally executed instructions or directions to the Indenture Trustee in a timely manner, and (b) such originally executed instructions or directions shall be signed by an authorized representative of the Issuer providing such instructions or directions. If the Issuer elects to give the Indenture Trustee e-mail or facsimile instructions (or instructions by a similar electronic method) and the Indenture Trustee in its discretion elects to act upon such instructions, the Indenture Trustee’s understanding of such instructions shall be deemed controlling. The Indenture Trustee shall not be liable for any losses, costs or expenses arising directly or indirectly from the Indenture Trustee’s reliance upon and compliance with such instructions notwithstanding such instructions conflict or are inconsistent with a subsequent written instruction. The Issuer agrees to assume all risks arising out of the use of such electronic methods to submit instructions and directions to the Indenture Trustee, including without limitation the risk of the Indenture Trustee acting on unauthorized instructions, and the risk or interception and misuse by third parties.

SECTION 10.05. Notices to Holders; Waiver.

(a)    Where this Indenture provides for notice to Holders of any event, such notice shall be sufficiently given (unless otherwise herein expressly provided) if in writing and mailed, first-class, postage prepaid to each Holder affected by such event, at such Holder’s address as it appears

 

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on the Recovery Bond Register, not later than the latest date, and not earlier than the earliest date, prescribed for the giving of such notice. In any case where notice to Holders is given by mail, neither the failure to mail such notice nor any defect in any notice so mailed to any particular Holder shall affect the sufficiency of such notice with respect to other Holders, and any notice that is mailed in the manner herein provided shall conclusively be presumed to have been duly given.

(b)    Where this Indenture provides for notice in any manner, such notice may be waived in writing by any Person entitled to receive such notice, either before or after the event, and such waiver shall be the equivalent of such notice. Waivers of notice by Holders shall be filed with the Indenture Trustee but such filing shall not be a condition precedent to the validity of any action taken in reliance upon such a waiver.

(c)    In case, by reason of the suspension of regular mail service as a result of a strike, work stoppage or similar activity, it shall be impractical to mail notice of any event of Holders when such notice is required to be given pursuant to any provision of this Indenture, then any manner of giving such notice as shall be satisfactory to the Indenture Trustee shall be deemed to be a sufficient giving of such notice.

(d)    Where this Indenture provides for notice to the Rating Agencies, failure to give such notice shall not affect any other rights or obligations created hereunder, and shall not under any circumstance constitute a Default or Event of Default.

SECTION 10.06. Rule 17g-5 Compliance.

The Indenture Trustee agrees that any notice, report, request for satisfaction of the Rating Agency Condition, document or other information provided by the Indenture Trustee to any Rating Agency under this Indenture or any other Basic Document to which it is a party for the purpose of determining or confirming the credit rating of the Recovery Bonds or undertaking credit rating surveillance of the Recovery Bonds shall be provided, substantially concurrently, to the Servicer for posting on a password-protected website (the “17g-5 Website”). The Servicer shall be responsible for posting all of the information on the 17g-5 Website.

SECTION 10.07. Conflict with Trust Indenture Act.

(a)    If any provision hereof limits, qualifies or conflicts with another provision hereof that is required to be included in this Indenture by any of the provisions of the TIA, such required provision shall control.

(b)    The provisions of TIA §§ 310 through 317 that impose duties on any person (including the provisions automatically deemed included herein unless expressly excluded by this Indenture) are a part of and govern this Indenture, whether or not physically contained herein.

SECTION 10.08. Effect of Headings and Table of Contents.

The Article and Section headings herein and the Table of Contents are for convenience only and shall not affect the construction hereof.

 

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SECTION 10.09. Successors and Assigns.

All covenants and agreements in this Indenture and the Recovery Bonds by the Issuer shall bind its successors and assigns, whether so expressed or not. All agreements of the Indenture Trustee in this Indenture shall bind its successors.

SECTION 10.10. Severability.

Any provision in this Indenture or in the Recovery Bonds that is prohibited or unenforceable in any jurisdiction shall, as to such jurisdiction, be ineffective to the extent of such prohibition or unenforceability without invalidating the remainder of such provision (if any) or the remaining provisions hereof (unless such construction shall be unreasonable), and any such prohibition or unenforceability in any jurisdiction shall not invalidate or render unenforceable such provision in any other jurisdiction.

SECTION 10.11. Benefits of Indenture.

Nothing in this Indenture or in the Recovery Bonds, express or implied, shall give to any Person, other than the parties hereto and their successors hereunder, and the Holders, and any other party secured hereunder, and any other Person with an ownership interest in any part of the Recovery Bond Collateral, any benefit or any legal or equitable right, remedy or claim under this Indenture.

SECTION 10.12. Legal Holidays.

In any case where the date on which any payment is due shall not be a Business Day, then (notwithstanding any other provision of the Recovery Bonds or this Indenture) payment need not be made on such date, but may be made on the next succeeding Business Day with the same force and effect as if made on the date on which nominally due, and no interest shall accrue for the period from and after any such nominal date.

SECTION 10.13. GOVERNING LAW; WAIVER OF JURY TRIAL.

THIS INDENTURE SHALL BE GOVERNED BY AND CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, WITHOUT REFERENCE TO ITS CONFLICT OF LAW PROVISIONS, AND THE OBLIGATIONS, RIGHTS AND REMEDIES OF THE PARTIES HEREUNDER SHALL BE DETERMINED IN ACCORDANCE WITH SUCH LAWS. EACH OF THE ISSUER AND THE INDENTURE TRUSTEE AND EACH HOLDER (BY ITS ACCEPTANCE OF THE RECOVERY BONDS) IRREVOCABLY WAIVES, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT THAT IT MAY EFFECTIVELY DO SO UNDER APPLICABLE LAW, TRIAL BY JURY.

SECTION 10.14. Counterparts.

This Indenture may be executed in any number of counterparts, each of which so executed shall be deemed to be an original, but all such counterparts shall together constitute but one and the same instrument. The Issuer and Indenture Trustee agree that this Indenture may be electronically signed, that any digital or electronic signatures (including pdf, facsimile or electronically imaged signatures provided by DocuSign or any other digital signature provider as specified in writing to the Indenture Trustee) appearing on this Indenture are the same as

 

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handwritten signatures for the purposes of validity, enforceability and admissibility, and that delivery of any such electronic signature to, or a signed copy of, this Indenture may be made by facsimile, email or other electronic transmission. The Issuer agrees to assume all risks arising out of the use of digital signatures and electronic methods of submitting such signatures to the Indenture Trustee, including without limitation the risk of the Indenture Trustee acting upon documents with unauthorized signatures and the risk of interception and misuse by third parties.

SECTION 10.15. Recording of Indenture.

If this Indenture is subject to recording in any appropriate public recording offices, such recording is to be effected by the Issuer and at its expense accompanied by an Opinion of Counsel at the Issuer’s cost and expense (which shall be external counsel of the Issuer) to the effect that such recording is necessary either for the protection of the Holders or any other Person secured hereunder or for the enforcement of any right or remedy granted to the Indenture Trustee under this Indenture.

SECTION 10.16. Issuer Obligation.

No recourse may be taken, directly or indirectly, with respect to the obligations of the Issuer or the Indenture Trustee on the Recovery Bonds or under this Indenture or any certificate or other writing delivered in connection herewith or therewith, against (I) any owner of a membership interest in the Issuer (including PG&E) or (II) any shareholder, partner, owner, beneficiary, agent, officer, director or employee of the Indenture Trustee, the Managers or any owner of a membership interest in the Issuer (including PG&E) in its respective individual capacity, or of any successor or assign of any of them in their respective individual or corporate capacities, except as any such Person may have expressly agreed in writing. Each Holder by accepting a Recovery Bond specifically confirms the nonrecourse nature of these obligations, and waives and releases all such liability. The waiver and release are part of the consideration for issuance of the Recovery Bonds.

SECTION 10.17. Inspection.

The Issuer agrees that, on reasonable prior notice, it will permit, subject to the requirements of applicable law and the CPUC Regulations, any representative of the Indenture Trustee, during the Issuer’s normal business hours, to examine all the books of account, records, reports, and other papers of the Issuer, to make copies and extracts therefrom, to cause such books to be audited by Independent certified public accountants, and to discuss the Issuer’s affairs, finances and accounts with the Issuer’s officers, employees, and Independent certified public accountants, all at such reasonable times and as often as may be reasonably requested. The Indenture Trustee shall and shall cause its representatives to hold in confidence all such information except to the extent disclosure may be required by law (and all reasonable applications for confidential treatment are unavailing) and except to the extent that the Indenture Trustee may reasonably determine that such disclosure is consistent with its obligations hereunder. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, the foregoing shall not be construed to prohibit (i) disclosure of any and all information that is or becomes publicly known, or information obtained by the Indenture Trustee from sources other than the Issuer, provided such parties are rightfully in possession of such information and are not subject to a duty of confidentiality, (ii) disclosure of any and all information (A) if required to do so by any applicable statute, law, rule or regulation, (B) pursuant to any subpoena, civil

 

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investigative demand or similar demand or request of any court or regulatory authority exercising its proper jurisdiction, (C) in any preliminary or final offering circular, registration statement or contract or other document pertaining to the transactions contemplated by this Indenture or the Basic Documents approved in advance by the Issuer or (D) to any affiliate, independent or internal auditor, agent, employee or attorney of the Indenture Trustee having a need to know the same, provided, that such parties agree to be bound by the confidentiality provisions contained in this Section 10.17, or (iii) any other disclosure authorized by the Issuer.

SECTION 10.18. No Petition.

The Indenture Trustee, by entering into this Indenture, and each Holder, by accepting a Recovery Bond (or interest therein) issued hereunder, hereby covenant and agree that, subject to the CPUC’s right to order the sequestration and payment of revenues arising with respect to the Recovery Property notwithstanding any bankruptcy, reorganization or other insolvency proceedings with respect to the debtor, pledgor or transferor of the Recovery Property pursuant to Section 850.3(e) and (g) of the Wildfire Financing Law, they shall not, prior to the date which is one year and one day after the termination of this Indenture, acquiesce, petition or otherwise invoke or cause the Issuer or any Manager to invoke the process of any court or government authority for the purpose of commencing or sustaining a case against the Issuer under any insolvency law or appointing a receiver, liquidator, assignee, trustee, custodian, sequestrator or other similar official of the Issuer or any substantial part of its respective property, or ordering the dissolution, winding up or liquidation of the affairs of the Issuer. Nothing in this paragraph shall preclude, or be deemed to estop, such Holder or the Indenture Trustee (a) from taking or omitting to take any action prior to such date in (i) any case or proceeding voluntarily filed or commenced by or on behalf of the Issuer under or pursuant to any such law or (ii) any involuntary case or proceeding pertaining to the Issuer which is filed or commenced by or on behalf of a Person other than such Holder and is not joined in by such Holder (or any Person to which such holder shall have assigned, transferred or otherwise conveyed any part of the obligations of the Issuer hereunder) under or pursuant to any such law, or (b) from commencing or prosecuting any legal action which is not an involuntary case or proceeding under or pursuant to any such law against the Issuer or any of its properties.

SECTION 10.19. Securities Intermediary.

The Securities Intermediary, in acting under this Indenture, is entitled to all rights, benefits, protections, immunities and indemnities accorded The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A., a national banking association, in its capacity as Indenture Trustee under this Indenture.

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Issuer, the Indenture Trustee and the Securities Intermediary have caused this Indenture to be duly executed by their respective officers thereunto duly authorized and duly attested, all as of the day and year first above written.

 

PG&E WILDFIRE RECOVERY FUNDING LLC,

as Issuer

By:  

                    

  Name:    Monica Klemann
  Title:    Manager, Treasurer and Secretary
THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON TRUST COMPANY, N.A., as Indenture Trustee and as Securities Intermediary
By:  

                    

  Name:    David Hill
  Title:    Vice President

 

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EXHIBIT A

FORM OF RECOVERY BOND

UNLESS AND UNTIL IT IS EXCHANGED IN WHOLE OR IN PART FOR SECURITIES IN DEFINITIVE REGISTERED FORM, THIS SECURITY MAY NOT BE TRANSFERRED EXCEPT AS A WHOLE BY THE DEPOSITARY TO THE NOMINEE OF THE DEPOSITARY OR BY A NOMINEE OF THE DEPOSITARY TO THE DEPOSITARY OR ANOTHER NOMINEE OF THE DEPOSITARY OR BY THE DEPOSITARY OR ANY SUCH NOMINEE TO A SUCCESSOR DEPOSITARY OR A NOMINEE OF SUCH SUCCESSOR DEPOSITARY. UNLESS THIS SECURITY IS PRESENTED BY AN AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE OF THE DEPOSITORY TRUST COMPANY, A NEW YORK CORPORATION (“DTC”), TO THE ISSUER OR ITS AGENT FOR REGISTRATION OF TRANSFER, EXCHANGE OR PAYMENT, AND ANY SECURITY ISSUED IS REGISTERED IN THE NAME OF CEDE & CO. OR IN SUCH OTHER NAME AS IS REQUESTED BY AN AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE OF DTC (AND ANY PAYMENT IS MADE TO CEDE & CO. OR TO SUCH OTHER ENTITY AS IS REQUESTED BY AN AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE OF DTC), ANY TRANSFER, PLEDGE OR OTHER USE HEREOF FOR VALUE OR OTHERWISE BY OR TO ANY PERSON IS WRONGFUL INASMUCH AS THE REGISTERED OWNER HEREOF, CEDE & CO., HAS AN INTEREST HEREIN.

THE PRINCIPAL OF THIS BOND WILL BE PAID IN INSTALLMENTS AS SET FORTH HEREIN. ACCORDINGLY, THE OUTSTANDING PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF THIS BOND AT ANY TIME MAY BE LESS THAN THE AMOUNT SHOWN ON THE FACE HEREOF.

THE HOLDER OF THIS BOND HAS NO RECOURSE TO THE ISSUER HEREOF AND AGREES TO LOOK ONLY TO THE RECOVERY BOND COLLATERAL, AS DESCRIBED IN THE INDENTURE REFERRED TO ON THE REVERSE HEREOF FOR PAYMENT OF ANY AMOUNTS DUE HEREUNDER. IN THE EVENT THAT THE RECOVERY BOND COLLATERAL PLEDGED TO SECURE THIS BOND HAS BEEN EXHAUSTED AND THIS BOND HAS NOT BEEN PAID IN FULL, THEN ANY AND ALL AMOUNTS REMAINING DUE ON THIS BOND SHALL BE EXTINGUISHED AND THIS BOND SHALL BE CANCELLED. TO THE EXTENT THAT UNDER ANY APPLICABLE LAW THE HOLDER OF THIS BOND OR THE OWNER OF A SECURITY ENTITLEMENT HERETO IS DEEMED TO HAVE AN INTEREST IN OTHER ISSUER ASSETS, THE HOLDER HEREOF AND THE OWNER OF A SECURITY ENTITLEMENT HERETO ARE EACH DEEMED TO HAVE AGREED THAT THEIR INTEREST IN SUCH OTHER ISSUER ASSETS IS FULLY SUBORDINATE TO THE CLAIM AGAINST SUCH OTHER ISSUER ASSETS OF THE PLEDGEES OR GRANTEES TO WHICH SUCH OTHER ISSUER ASSETS ARE PLEDGED OR GRANTED AND ARE FURTHER DEEMED TO HAVE AGREED THAT THIS AGREEMENT SHALL CONSTITUTE A SUBORDINATION AGREEMENT FOR PURPOSE OF SECTION 510(a) OF THE UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY CODE.

THE HOLDER OF THIS BOND, BY ACCEPTING THIS BOND, HEREBY COVENANTS AND AGREES, AND EACH OWNER OF A SECURITY ENTITLEMENT

 

EXHIBIT A-1


HERETO, BY ACCEPTING SUCH SECURITY ENTITLEMENT, IS DEEMED TO COVENANT AND AGREE, WITH THE ISSUER, THE INDENTURE TRUSTEE AND EACH OTHER THAT NOTWITHSTANDING ANY PRIOR TERMINATION OF THE INDENTURE, BUT SUBJECT TO THE CPUC’S RIGHT TO ORDER THE SEQUESTRATION AND PAYMENT OF REVENUES ARISING WITH RESPECT TO THE RECOVERY PROPERTY NOTWITHSTANDING ANY BANKRUPTCY, REORGANIZATION OR OTHER INSOLVENCY PROCEEDINGS WITH RESPECT TO THE DEBTOR, PLEDGOR OR TRANSFEROR OF THE RECOVERY PROPERTY PURSUANT TO SECTION 850.3(e) AND (g) OF THE CALIFORNIA PUBLIC UTILITIES CODE, THEY SHALL NOT, PRIOR TO THE DATE THAT IS ONE YEAR AND ONE DAY AFTER THE TERMINATION OF THE INDENTURE, ACQUIESCE, PETITION OR OTHERWISE INVOKE OR CAUSE THE ISSUER TO INVOKE THE PROCESS OF ANY COURT OR GOVERNMENTAL AUTHORITY FOR THE PURPOSE OF COMMENCING OR SUSTAINING A CASE AGAINST THE ISSUER UNDER ANY FEDERAL OR STATE BANKRUPTCY, INSOLVENCY OR SIMILAR LAW OR APPOINTING A RECEIVER, LIQUIDATOR, ASSIGNEE, TRUSTEE, CUSTODIAN, SEQUESTRATOR OR OTHER SIMILAR OFFICIAL OF THE ISSUER OR ANY SUBSTANTIAL PART OF THE PROPERTY OF THE ISSUER OR ORDERING THE WINDING UP OR LIQUIDATION OF THE AFFAIRS OF THE ISSUER. THE HOLDER OF THIS BOND HEREBY FURTHER COVENANTS AND AGREES, AND EACH OWNER OF A SECURITY ENTITLEMENT HERETO IS HEREBY DEEMED TO COVENANT AND AGREE, WITH THE ISSUER, THE INDENTURE TRUSTEE AND EACH OTHER THAT THEY SHALL NOT COOPERATE WITH OR ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO FILE A BANKRUPTCY PETITION AGAINST THE ISSUER DURING THE SAME PERIOD. NOTHING IN THIS PARAGRAPH SHALL PRECLUDE, OR BE DEEMED TO ESTOP, THE HOLDER OF THIS BOND OR OWNER OF A SECURITY ENTITLEMENT HERETO (A) FROM TAKING OR OMITTING TO TAKE ANY ACTION PRIOR TO SUCH DATE IN (I) ANY CASE OR PROCEEDING VOLUNTARILY FILED OR COMMENCED BY OR ON BEHALF OF THE ISSUER UNDER OR PURSUANT TO ANY SUCH LAW OR (II) ANY INVOLUNTARY CASE OR PROCEEDING PERTAINING TO THE ISSUER THAT IS FILED OR COMMENCED BY OR ON BEHALF OF A PERSON OTHER THAN THE HOLDER OF THIS BOND OR OWNER OF A SECURITY ENTITLEMENT HERETO AND IS NOT JOINED IN BY THE HOLDER OF THIS BOND (OR ANY PERSON TO WHICH SUCH HOLDER SHALL HAVE ASSIGNED, TRANSFERRED OR OTHERWISE CONVEYED ANY PART OF THE OBLIGATIONS OF THE ISSUER HEREUNDER) OR OWNER OF A SECURITY ENTITLEMENT HERETO UNDER OR PURSUANT TO ANY SUCH LAW, OR (B) FROM COMMENCING OR PROSECUTING ANY LEGAL ACTION THAT IS NOT AN INVOLUNTARY CASE OR PROCEEDING UNDER OR PURSUANT TO ANY SUCH LAW AGAINST THE ISSUER OR ANY OF ITS PROPERTIES.

NEITHER THE FULL FAITH AND CREDIT NOR THE TAXING POWER OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA IS PLEDGED TO THE PAYMENT OF THE PRINCIPAL OF, OR INTEREST ON, THIS BOND.

 

REGISTERED No.            $            
SEE REVERSE FOR CERTAIN DEFINITIONS
      CUSIP NO.

 

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THE PRINCIPAL OF THIS TRANCHE [ - ] RECOVERY BOND (“THIS TRANCHE [ - ] RECOVERY BOND”) WILL BE PAID IN INSTALLMENTS AS SET FORTH HEREIN. ACCORDINGLY, THE OUTSTANDING PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF THIS TRANCHE [ - ] RECOVERY BOND AT ANY TIME MAY BE LESS THAN THE AMOUNT SHOWN ON THE FACE HEREOF. THE HOLDER OF THIS RECOVERY BOND HAS NO RECOURSE TO THE ISSUER HEREOF AND AGREES TO LOOK ONLY TO THE RECOVERY BOND COLLATERAL, AS DESCRIBED IN THE INDENTURE, FOR PAYMENT OF ANY AMOUNTS DUE HEREUNDER. ALL OBLIGATIONS OF THE ISSUER OF THIS TRANCHE [ - ] RECOVERY BOND UNDER THE TERMS OF THE INDENTURE WILL BE RELEASED AND DISCHARGED UPON PAYMENT IN FULL HEREOF OR AS OTHERWISE PROVIDED IN SECTION 3.11(b) OR ARTICLE IV OF THE INDENTURE. THE HOLDER OF THIS TRANCHE [ - ] RECOVERY BOND HEREBY COVENANTS AND AGREES THAT PRIOR TO THE DATE WHICH IS ONE (1) YEAR AND ONE (1) DAY AFTER THE PAYMENT IN FULL OF THE TRANCHE [ - ] RECOVERY BONDS, IT WILL NOT INSTITUTE AGAINST, OR JOIN ANY OTHER PERSON IN INSTITUTING AGAINST, THE ISSUER ANY BANKRUPTCY, REORGANIZATION, ARRANGEMENT, INSOLVENCY OR LIQUIDATION PROCEEDINGS OR OTHER SIMILAR PROCEEDING UNDER THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES OR ANY STATE OF THE UNITED STATES. NOTHING IN THIS PARAGRAPH SHALL PRECLUDE, OR BE DEEMED TO ESTOP, SUCH HOLDER a. FROM TAKING OR OMITTING TO TAKE ANY ACTION PRIOR TO SUCH DATE IN i. ANY CASE OR PROCEEDING VOLUNTARILY FILED OR COMMENCED BY OR ON BEHALF OF THE ISSUER UNDER OR PURSUANT TO ANY SUCH LAW OR ii. ANY INVOLUNTARY CASE OR PROCEEDING PERTAINING TO THE ISSUER WHICH IS FILED OR COMMENCED BY OR ON BEHALF OF A PERSON OTHER THAN SUCH HOLDER AND IS NOT JOINED IN BY SUCH HOLDER (OR ANY PERSON TO WHICH SUCH HOLDER SHALL HAVE ASSIGNED, TRANSFERRED OR OTHERWISE CONVEYED ANY PART OF THE OBLIGATIONS OF THE ISSUER HEREUNDER) UNDER OR PURSUANT TO ANY SUCH LAW, OR b. FROM COMMENCING OR PROSECUTING ANY LEGAL ACTION WHICH IS NOT AN INVOLUNTARY CASE OR PROCEEDING UNDER OR PURSUANT TO ANY SUCH LAW AGAINST THE ISSUER OR ANY OF ITS PROPERTIES.

PG&E Wildfire Recovery Funding LLC SENIOR SECURED RECOVERY BONDS, TRANCHE [ - ].

 

INTEREST

RATE       

   ORIGINAL PRINCIPAL
AMOUNT
     FINAL MATURITY
DATE
 
     
     
     
     

PG&E Wildfire Recovery Funding LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (herein referred to as the “Issuer”), for value received, hereby promises to pay to [                ], or registered assigns, the Original Principal Amount shown above [in semi-annual installments] on the Payment Dates and in the amounts specified on the reverse hereof or, if less, the amounts determined

 

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pursuant to Section 8.02 of the Indenture, in each year, commencing on the date determined as provided on the reverse hereof and ending on or before the Final Maturity Date shown above and to pay interest, at the Interest Rate shown above, on each                      and                      or if any such day is not a Business Day, the next succeeding Business Day, commencing on [    ] and continuing until the earlier of the payment in full of the principal hereof and the Final Maturity Date (each a “Payment Date”), on the principal amount of this Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bond (hereinafter referred to as this “Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bond”). Interest on this Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bond will accrue for each Payment Date from the most recent Payment Date on which interest has been paid to but excluding such Payment Date or, if no interest has yet been paid, from the date of issuance. Interest will be computed on the basis of a 360-day year of twelve 30-day months. Such principal of and interest on this Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bond shall be paid in the manner specified on the reverse hereof.

The principal of and interest on this Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bond are payable in such coin or currency of the United States of America as at the time of payment is legal tender for payment of public and private debts. All payments made by the Issuer with respect to this Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bond shall be applied first to interest due and payable on this Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bond as provided above and then to the unpaid principal of and premium, if any, on this Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bond, all in the manner set forth in the Indenture.

Reference is made to the further provisions of this Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bond set forth on the reverse hereof, which shall have the same effect as though fully set forth on the face of this Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bond.

Unless the certificate of authentication hereon has been executed by the Indenture Trustee whose name appears below by manual or electronic signature, this Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bond shall not be entitled to any benefit under the Indenture referred to on the reverse hereof, or be valid or obligatory for any purpose.

[Signature Page Follows]

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Issuer has caused this instrument to be signed, manually, electronically or in facsimile, by its Responsible Officer.

 

Date:                          PG&E Wildfire Recovery Funding LLC
    By:  

                    

      Name:  
      Title:  

 

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INDENTURE TRUSTEE’S CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICATION

Dated:             ,         

This is one of the Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bonds, designated above and referred to in the within-mentioned Indenture.

 

The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A., as Indenture Trustee
By:  

                    

  Name:  
  Title:  

 

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REVERSE OF RECOVERY BOND* 1

This Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bond is one of a duly authorized issue of Recovery Bonds of the Issuer (herein called the “Recovery Bonds”), issued and which Recovery Bonds are issuable in one or more Tranches, and the Recovery Bonds consists of [    ] Tranches, including this Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bond (herein called the “Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bonds”), all issued and to be issued under that certain Indenture dated as of July 20, 2022, (as supplemented by the Series Supplement (as defined below), the “Indenture”), between the Issuer and The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A., in its capacity as indenture trustee (the “Indenture Trustee”, which term includes any successor indenture trustee under the Indenture) and in its separate capacity as a securities intermediary (the “Securities Intermediary”, which term includes any successor securities intermediary under the Indenture), to which Indenture and all indentures supplemental thereto reference is hereby made for a statement of the respective rights and obligations thereunder of the Issuer, the Indenture Trustee and the Holders of the Recovery Bonds. For purposes herein, “Series Supplement” means that certain Series Supplement dated as of July 20, 2022, between the Issuer and the Indenture Trustee. All terms used in this Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bond that are defined in the Indenture, as amended, restated, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time, shall have the meanings assigned to such terms in the Indenture.

The Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bonds, the other Tranches of Recovery Bonds (all of such Tranches being referred to herein as “Recovery Bonds”) are and will be equally and ratably secured by the Recovery Bond Collateral pledged as security therefor as provided in the Indenture.

The principal of this Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bond shall be payable on each Payment Date only to the extent that amounts in the Collection Account are available therefor, and only until the outstanding principal balance thereof on the preceding Payment Date (after giving effect to all payments of principal, if any, made on the preceding Payment Date) has been reduced to the principal balance specified in the Expected Amortization Schedule which is attached to the Series Supplement as Schedule A, unless payable earlier because an Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing and the Indenture Trustee or the Bondholders representing not less than a majority of the Outstanding Amount of the Recovery Bonds have declared the Recovery Bonds to be immediately due and payable in accordance with Section 5.02 of the Indenture (unless such declaration shall have been rescinded and annulled in accordance with Section 5.02 of the Indenture). However, actual principal payments may be made in lesser than expected amounts and at later than expected times as determined pursuant to Section 8.02 of the Indenture. The entire unpaid principal amount of this Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bond shall be due and payable on the Final Maturity Date hereof. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the entire unpaid principal amount

 

*

The form of the reverse of a Recovery Bond is substantially as follows, unless otherwise specified in the Series Supplement.

 

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of the Recovery Bonds shall be due and payable, if not then previously paid, on the date on which an Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing and the Indenture Trustee or the Holders of the Recovery Bonds representing not less than a majority of the Outstanding Amount of the Recovery Bonds have declared the Recovery Bonds to be immediately due and payable in the manner provided in Section 5.02 of the Indenture (unless such declaration shall have been rescinded and annulled in accordance with Section 5.02 of the Indenture). All principal payments on the Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bonds shall be made pro rata to the Tranche [ - ] Holders entitled thereto based on the respective principal amounts of the Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bonds held by them.

Payments of interest on this Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bond due and payable on each Payment Date, together with the installment of principal or premium, if any, shall be made by wire transfer to an account maintained by the Person whose name appears as the Registered Holder of this Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bond (or one or more Predecessor Recovery Bonds) on the Recovery Bond Register as of the close of business on the Record Date or in such other manner as may be provided in the Indenture or the Series Supplement, except that if this Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bond is held in Book-Entry Form, payments will be made by wire transfer in immediately available funds to the account designated by the Holder of the applicable Global Recovery Bond evidencing this Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bond unless and until such Global Recovery Bond is exchanged for Definitive Recovery Bonds (in which event payments shall be made as provided above), and except for the final installment of principal and premium, if any, payable with respect to this Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bond on a Payment Date which shall be payable as provided below. Any reduction in the principal amount of this Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bond (or any one or more Predecessor Recovery Bonds) effected by any payments made on any Payment Date shall be binding upon all future Holders of this Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bond and of any Recovery Bond issued upon the registration of transfer hereof or in exchange hereof or in lieu hereof, whether or not noted hereon. If funds are expected to be available, as provided in the Indenture, for payment in full of the then remaining unpaid principal amount of this Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bond on a Payment Date, then the Indenture Trustee, in the name of and on behalf of the Issuer, will notify the Person who was the Registered Holder hereof as of the Record Date preceding such Payment Date by notice sent no later than five (5) days prior to such final Payment Date and shall specify that such final installment will be payable only upon presentation and surrender of this Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bond and shall specify the place where this Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bond may be presented and surrendered for payment of such installment.

The Issuer shall pay interest on overdue installments of interest at the Recovery Bond Interest Rate to the extent lawful.

This Recovery Bond is a “recovery bond” as such term is defined in the Wildfire Financing Law. Principal and interest due and payable on this Recovery Bond are payable from and secured primarily by Recovery Property created and established by the Financing Order obtained from the Public Utilities Commission of California pursuant to the Wildfire Financing Law. Recovery Property consists of the rights and interests of the Seller in the Financing Order, including the right to impose, collect and recover certain charges (defined in the Wildfire Financing Law as “fixed recovery charges” to be included in regular electric utility bills of existing and future electric service Consumers within the service territory of PG&E or its successors or assigns, as more fully described in the Financing Order.

 

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The Wildfire Financing Law provides that: “The State of California does hereby pledge and agree with the electrical corporation, owners of recovery property, financing entities, and holders of recovery bonds that the state shall neither limit nor alter, except as otherwise provided with respect to the true-up adjustment of the fixed recovery charges pursuant to subdivision (g) of Section 850.1, the fixed recovery charges, any associated fixed recovery tax amounts, recovery property, financing orders, or any rights under a financing order until the recovery bonds, together with the interest on the recovery bonds and associated financing costs, are fully paid and discharged, and any associated fixed recovery tax amounts have been satisfied or, in the alternative, have been refinanced through an additional issue of recovery bonds, provided that nothing contained in this section shall preclude the limitation or alteration if and when adequate provision shall be made by law for the protection of the electrical corporation and of owners and holders of the recovery bonds. The financing entity is authorized to include this pledge and undertaking for the state in these recovery bonds.”

The Wildfire Financing Law further provides that: “Neither the full faith and credit nor the taxing power of the State of California is pledged to the payment of the principal of, or interest on, this bond. The issuance of recovery bonds under this article [of the Wildfire Financing Law] shall not directly, indirectly, or contingently obligate the state or any political subdivision thereof to levy or to pledge any form of taxation therefor or to make any appropriation for their payment.”

The Issuer and PG&E hereby acknowledge that the purchase of this Recovery Bond by the Holder hereof or the purchase of any beneficial interest herein by any Person are made in reliance on the foregoing pledge.

As provided in the Indenture and subject to certain limitations set forth therein, the transfer of this Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bond may be registered on the Recovery Bond Register upon surrender of this Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bond for registration of transfer at the office or agency designated by the Issuer pursuant to the Indenture, duly endorsed by, or accompanied by (A) a written instrument of transfer in form satisfactory to the Indenture Trustee duly executed by the Holder hereof or such Holder’s attorney duly authorized in writing, with such signature guaranteed by an institution which is a member of one of the following recognized Signature Guaranty Programs: (I) The Securities Transfer Agent Medallion Program (STAMP); (II) The New York Stock Exchange Medallion Program (MSP); (III) The Stock Exchange Medallion Program (SEMP); or (IV) in such other guarantee program acceptable to the Indenture Trustee, and (B) such other documents as the Indenture Trustee may require, and thereupon one or more new Tranche    [ - ] Recovery Bonds of Minimum Denominations and in the same aggregate principal amount will be issued to the designated transferee or transferees. No service charge will be charged for any registration of transfer or exchange of this Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bond, but the transferor may be required to pay a sum sufficient to cover any tax or other governmental charge that may be imposed in connection with any such registration of transfer or exchange, other than exchanges pursuant to Sections 2.04 or 2.06 of the Indenture not involving any transfer.

 

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Each Recovery Bond holder, by acceptance of a Recovery Bond, covenants and agrees that no recourse may be taken, directly or indirectly, with respect to the obligations of the Issuer or the Indenture Trustee on the Recovery Bonds or under the Indenture or any certificate or other writing delivered in connection therewith, against (I) any owner of a membership interest in the Issuer (including PG&E) or (II) any shareholder, partner, owner, beneficiary, agent, officer or employee of the Indenture Trustee, the Managers or any owner of a membership interest in the Issuer (including PG&E) in its respective individual or corporate capacities, or of any successor or assign of any of them in their individual or corporate capacities, except as any such Person may have expressly agreed in writing. Each Holder by accepting a Recovery Bond specifically confirms the nonrecourse nature of these obligations, and waives and releases all such liability. The waiver and release are part of the consideration for issuance of the Recovery Bonds.

Prior to the due presentment for registration of transfer of this Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bond, the Issuer, the Indenture Trustee and any agent of the Issuer or the Indenture Trustee may treat the Person in whose name this Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bond is registered (as of the day of determination) as the owner hereof for the purpose of receiving payments of principal of and premium, if any, and interest on this Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bond and for all other purposes whatsoever, whether or not this Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bond be overdue, and neither the Issuer, the Indenture Trustee nor any such agent shall be affected by notice to the contrary.

The Indenture permits, with certain exceptions as therein provided, the amendment thereof and the modification of the rights and obligations of the Issuer and the rights of the Holders of the Recovery Bonds under the Indenture at any time by the Issuer with the consent of the Bondholders representing not less than a majority of the Outstanding Amount of all Recovery Bonds at the time outstanding of each Tranche to be affected. The Indenture also contains provisions permitting the Bondholders representing specified percentages of the Outstanding Amount of the Recovery Bonds, on behalf of the Holders of all the Recovery Bonds, to waive compliance by the Issuer with certain provisions of the Indenture and certain past defaults under the Indenture and their consequences. Any such consent or waiver by the Holder of this Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bond (or any one of more Predecessor Recovery Bonds) shall be conclusive and binding upon such Holder and upon all future Holders of this Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bond and of any Recovery Bond issued upon the registration of transfer hereof or in exchange hereof or in lieu hereof whether or not notation of such consent or waiver is made upon this Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bond. The Indenture also permits the Indenture Trustee to amend or waive certain terms and conditions set forth in the Indenture without the consent of Holders of the Recovery Bonds issued thereunder.

The Indenture contains provisions for defeasance at any time of (A) the entire indebtedness of the Issuer on this Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bond and (B) certain restrictive covenants and the related Events of Default, upon compliance by the Issuer with certain conditions set forth herein, which provisions apply to this Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bond.

The term “Issuer” as used in this Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bond includes any successor to the Issuer under the Indenture.

 

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The Issuer is permitted by the Indenture, under certain circumstances, to merge or consolidate, subject to the rights of the Indenture Trustee and the Bondholders under the Indenture.

The Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bonds are issuable only in registered form in denominations as provided in the Indenture and the Series Supplement subject to certain limitations therein set forth.

This Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bond, the Indenture and the Series Supplement shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of CALIFORNIA, without reference to its conflict of law provisions, AND THE OBLIGATIONS, RIGHTS AND REMEDIES OF THE PARTIES HEREUNDER AND THEREUNDER SHALL BE DETERMINED IN ACCORDANCE WITH SUCH LAWS.

No reference herein to the Indenture and no provision of this Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bond or of the Indenture shall alter or impair the obligation, which is absolute and unconditional, to pay the principal of and interest on this Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bond at the times, place, and rate, and in the coin or currency herein prescribed.

The Issuer and the Indenture Trustee, by entering into the Indenture, and the Holders and any Persons holding a beneficial interest in any Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bond, by acquiring any Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bond or interest therein, (I) express their intention that, solely for the purpose of federal taxes and, to the extent consistent with applicable state, local and other tax law, solely for the purpose of state, local and other taxes, the Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bonds qualify under applicable tax law as indebtedness of the sole owner of the Issuer secured by the Recovery Bond Collateral and (II) solely for purposes of federal taxes and, to the extent consistent with applicable state, local and other tax law, solely for purposes of state, local and other taxes, so long as any of the Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bonds are outstanding, agree to treat the Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bonds as indebtedness of the sole owner of the Issuer secured by the Recovery Bond Collateral unless otherwise required by appropriate taxing authorities.

ABBREVIATIONS

The following abbreviations, when used in the inscription of the face of this Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bond, shall be construed as though they were written out in full according to applicable laws or regulations.

 

TEN COM

   as tenants in common

TEN ENT

   as tenants by the entireties

JT TEN

   as joint tenants with right of survivorship and not as tenants in common

UNIF GIFT MIN ACT

  

                                                 Custodian                                                     

         (Custodian)                                                                  (minor)

  

Under Uniform Gifts to Minor Act (                                         )

                                                                                      (State)

Additional abbreviations may also be used though not in the above list.

 

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ASSIGNMENT

Social Security or taxpayer I.D. or other identifying number of assignee                     

FOR VALUE RECEIVED, the undersigned2 hereby sells, assigns and transfers unto

(name and address of assignee)

the within Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bond and all rights thereunder, and hereby irrevocably constitutes and appoints                 , attorney, to transfer said Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bond on the books kept for registration thereof, with full power of substitution in the premises.

 

         Dated:                           

 

      Signature Guaranteed:
     

 

 

 

2

RECOVERY BOND: The signature to this assignment must correspond with the name of the registered owner as it appears on the face of the within Tranche [ - ] Recovery Bond in every particular, without alteration, enlargement or any change whatsoever.

NOTE: Signature(s) must be guaranteed by an institution which is a member of one of the following recognized Signature Guaranty Programs: (I) The Securities Transfer Agent Medallion Program (STAMP), (II) The New York Stock Exchange Medallion Program (MSP), (III) the Stock Exchange Medallion Program (SEMP) or (IV) such other guarantee program acceptable to the Indenture Trustee.

 

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EXHIBIT B

FORM OF SERIES SUPPLEMENT

This SERIES SUPPLEMENT dated as of [            ], 2022 (this “Supplement”), by and between PG&E Wildfire Recovery Funding LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (the “Issuer”), and THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON TRUST COMPANY, N.A., a national banking association (“BANK”), in its capacity as indenture trustee (the “Indenture Trustee”) for the benefit of the Secured Parties under the Indenture dated as of [            ], 2022 (the “Indenture”), by and between the Issuer and the BANK, in its capacity as Indenture Trustee and in its separate capacity as a securities intermediary.

PRELIMINARY STATEMENT

Section 9.01 of the Indenture provides, among other things, that the Issuer and the Indenture Trustee may at any time enter into an indenture supplemental to the Indenture for the purposes of authorizing the issuance by the Issuer of the Recovery Bonds and specifying the terms thereof. The Issuer has duly authorized the creation of the Recovery Bonds with an initial aggregate principal amount of $[        ] to be known as PG&E Wildfire Recovery Funding LLC Recovery Bonds (the “Recovery Bonds”), and the Issuer and the Indenture Trustee are executing and delivering this Supplement in order to provide for the Recovery Bonds.

All terms used in this Supplement that are defined in the Indenture, either directly or by reference therein, have the meanings assigned to them therein, except to the extent such terms are defined or modified in this Supplement or the context clearly requires otherwise. In the event that any term or provision contained herein shall conflict with or be inconsistent with any term or provision contained in the Indenture, the terms and provisions of this Supplement shall govern.

GRANTING CLAUSE

With respect to the Recovery Bonds, the Issuer hereby Grants to the Indenture Trustee, as Indenture Trustee for the benefit of the Secured Parties of the Recovery Bonds, a Lien on and a security interest in and to all of the Issuer’s right, title and interest (whether now owned or hereafter acquired or arising) in, to and under all of the following property (such property, collectively, the “Recovery Bond Collateral”): (a) the Recovery Property created under and pursuant to the Financing Order, and transferred by the Seller to the Issuer pursuant to the Sale Agreement (including, to the fullest extent permitted by law, the right, title, and interest of the Issuer (i) in and to the Fixed Recovery Charges, including all rights to True-Up Adjustments to the Fixed Recovery Charges in accordance with the Wildfire Financing Law and the Financing Order and (ii) to be paid the amount that is determined in a Financing Order to be the amount that the Seller and Issuer is lawfully entitled to receive pursuant to the provisions of the Wildfire Financing Law and the proceeds thereof, and in and to all revenues, collections, claims, payments, moneys, or proceeds of or arising from the Fixed Recovery Charges; (b) the Sale Agreement and all property and interests in property transferred under the Sale Agreement with respect to the Recovery Property and the Recovery Bonds, (c) the Servicing Agreement, the Administration Agreement and any subservicing, agency, intercreditor, administration or collection agreements executed in connection therewith, to the extent related to the foregoing Recovery Property and the Recovery

 

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Bonds, (d) the Collection Account, all subaccounts thereof and all amounts of cash, instruments, investment property or other assets on deposit therein or credited thereto from time to time and all Financial Assets and securities entitlements carried therein or credited thereto, (e) all rights to compel the Servicer to file for and obtain adjustments to the Fixed Recovery Charges in accordance with Section 850.1(g) of the Wildfire Financing Law, the Financing Order or any Tariff filed in connection therewith, (f) all present and future claims, demands, causes and choses in action in respect of any or all of the foregoing, whether such claims, demands, causes and choses in action constitute Recovery Property, accounts, general intangibles, instruments, contract rights, chattel paper or proceeds of such items or any other form of property, (g) all accounts, chattel paper, deposit accounts, documents, general intangibles, goods, instruments, investment property, letters of credit, letters-of-credit rights, money, commercial tort claims and supporting obligations related to the foregoing, (h) all payments on or under, and all proceeds in respect of, any or all of the foregoing; it being understood that the following do not constitute Recovery Bond Collateral: amounts deposited with the Issuer on the Closing Date, required for payment of costs of issuance with respect to the Recovery Bonds (together with any interest earnings thereon), it being understood that such amounts described in this clause shall not be subject to Section 3.17 of the Indenture.

The foregoing Grant is made in trust to secure the payment of principal of and premium, if any, interest on, and any other amounts owing in respect of, the Recovery Bonds and all fees, expenses, counsel fees and other amounts due and payable to the Indenture Trustee equally and ratably without prejudice, priority or distinction, except as expressly provided in the Indenture, to secure compliance with the provisions of the Indenture with respect to the Recovery Bonds, all as provided in the Indenture and to secure the performance by the Issuer of all of its obligations under the Indenture (collectively, the “Secured Obligations”). The Indenture and this Series Supplement constitute a security agreement within the meaning of the Wildfire Financing Law and under the UCC to the extent that the provisions of the UCC are applicable hereto.

The Indenture Trustee, as indenture trustee on behalf of the Secured Parties of the Recovery Bonds, acknowledges such Grant and accepts the trusts under this Supplement and the Indenture in accordance with the provisions of this Supplement and the Indenture.

SECTION 1. Designation. The Recovery Bonds shall be designated generally as the Senior Secured Recovery Bonds, Series [            ], and further denominated as Tranches [            ] through [            ].

SECTION 2. Initial Principal Amount; Recovery Bond Interest Rate; Scheduled Payment Date; Final Maturity Date. The Recovery Bonds of each Tranche shall have the initial principal amount, bear interest at the rates per annum and shall have the Scheduled Final Payment Dates and the Final Maturity Dates set forth below:

 

Tranche

   Initial Principal
Amount
     Recovery Bond
Interest Rate
     Scheduled Final
Payment Date
    

Final Maturity
Date

           
           
           

 

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The Recovery Bond Interest Rate shall be computed on the basis of a 360-day year of twelve 30-day months.

SECTION 3. Authentication Date; Payment Dates; Expected Amortization Schedule for Principal; Periodic Interest; No Premium; Other Terms.

(a)     Authentication Date. The Recovery Bonds that are authenticated and delivered by the Indenture Trustee to or upon the order of the Issuer on [            ] (the “Closing Date”) shall have as their date of authentication [                ].

(b)     Payment Dates. The Payment Dates for the Recovery Bonds are [                    ] and [                    ] of each year or, if any such date is not a Business Day, the next succeeding Business Day, commencing on [            ] (the “Initial Payment Date”) and continuing until the earlier of repayment of the Tranche [            ] Recovery Bonds in full and the Final Maturity Date Tranche [            ] Recovery Bonds.

(c)     Expected Amortization Schedule for Principal. Unless an Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing on each Payment Date, the Indenture Trustee shall distribute to the Holders of record as of the related Record Date amounts payable pursuant to Section 8.02(e) of the Indenture as principal, in the following order and priority: [(1) to the holders of the Tranche A-1 Recovery Bonds, until the Outstanding Amount of such Tranche of Recovery Bonds thereof has been reduced to zero; (2) to the holders of the Tranche A-2 Recovery Bonds, until the Outstanding Amount of such Tranche of Recovery Bonds thereof has been reduced to zero; (3) to the holders of the Tranche A-3 Recovery Bonds, until the Outstanding Amount of such Tranche of Recovery Bonds thereof has been reduced to zero; provided, however, that in no event shall a principal payment pursuant to this Section 3(c) on any Tranche on a Payment Date be greater than the amount necessary to reduce the Outstanding Amount of such Tranche of Recovery Bonds to the amount specified in the Expected Amortization Schedule set forth on Schedule A hereto for such Tranche and Payment Date.

(d)     Periodic Interest. Periodic Interest will be payable on each Tranche of the Recovery Bonds on each Payment Date in an amount equal to one-half of the product of (i) the applicable Recovery Bond Interest Rate and (ii) the Outstanding Amount of the related Tranche of Recovery Bonds as of the close of business on the preceding Payment Date after giving effect to all payments of principal made to the Holders of the related Tranche of Recovery Bonds on such preceding Payment Date; provided, however, that with respect to the Initial Payment Date, or, if no payment has yet been made, interest on the outstanding principal balance will accrue from and including the Closing Date to, but excluding, the following Payment Date.

(e)     Book-Entry Recovery Bonds. The Recovery Bonds shall be Book-Entry Recovery Bonds and the applicable provisions of Section 2.11 of the Indenture shall apply to the Recovery Bonds.

(f)    Indenture Trustee Cap. The amount payable with respect to the Recovery Bonds pursuant to Section 8.02(e)(i) shall not exceed $200,000 annually; provided, however, that the Indenture Trustee Cap shall be disregarded and inapplicable upon the acceleration of the Recovery Bonds following the occurrence of an Event of Default.

 

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SECTION 4. Minimum Denominations. The Recovery Bonds shall be issuable in the Minimum Denomination and integral multiples of $1,000 in excess thereof.

SECTION 5. Certain Defined Terms. Article I of the Indenture provides that the meanings of certain defined terms used in the Indenture shall be as defined in Appendix A attached to the Indenture. Additionally, Article II of the Indenture provides certain terms will have the meanings specified in the related Supplement. With respect to the Recovery Bonds, the following definitions shall apply:

Initial Payment Date” has the meaning specified in Section 3 of this Supplement.

Minimum Denomination” shall mean $2,000.

Recovery Bond Interest Rate” has the meaning specified in Section 2 of this Supplement.

Payment Date” has the meaning specified in Section 3(b) of this Supplement.

Periodic Interest” has the meaning specified in Section 3(d) of this Supplement.

Closing Date” has the meaning specified in Section 3(a) of this Supplement.

SECTION 6. Delivery and Payment for the Recovery Bonds; Form of the Recovery Bonds. The Indenture Trustee shall deliver the Recovery Bonds to the Issuer when authenticated in accordance with Section 2.03 of the Indenture. The Recovery Bonds of each Tranche shall be in the form of Exhibits A-1 through A-3 hereto.

SECTION 7. Ratification of Agreement. As supplemented by this Supplement, the Indenture is in all respects ratified and confirmed and the Indenture, as so supplemented by this Supplement, shall be read, taken, and construed as one and the same instrument. This Supplement amends, modifies and supplemented the Indenture only in so far as it relates to the Recovery Bonds.

SECTION 8. Counterparts. This Supplement may be executed in any number of counterparts, each of which so executed shall be deemed to be an original, but all of such counterparts shall together constitute but one and the same instrument.

SECTION 9. GOVERNING LAW; WAIVER OF JURY TRIAL. THIS SUPPLEMENT SHALL BE CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, WITHOUT REFERENCE TO ITS CONFLICT OF LAW PROVISIONS, AND THE OBLIGATIONS, RIGHTS AND REMEDIES OF THE PARTIES HEREUNDER AND THEREUNDER SHALL BE DETERMINED IN ACCORDANCE WITH SUCH LAWS. EACH OF THE ISSUER AND THE INDENTURE TRUSTEE AND EACH HOLDER (BY ITS ACCEPTANCE OF THE RECOVERY BONDS) IRREVOCABLY WAIVES, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT THAT IT MAY EFFECTIVELY DO SO UNDER APPLICABLE LAW, TRIAL BY JURY.

SECTION 10. Issuer Obligation. No recourse may be taken directly or indirectly, by the Holders with respect to the obligations of the Issuer on the Recovery Bonds, under the Indenture

 

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or under this Supplement or any certificate or other writing delivered in connection herewith or therewith, against (i) any owner of a beneficial interest in the Issuer (including PG&E) or (ii) any shareholder, partner, owner, beneficiary, agent, officer, director, employee or agent of the Indenture Trustee, the Managers or any owner of a beneficial interest in the Issuer (including PG&E) in its individual capacity, or of any successor or assign of any of them in their respective individual or corporate capacities, except as any such Person may have expressly agreed. Each Holder by accepting a Recovery Bond specifically confirms the nonrecourse nature of these obligations, and waives and releases all such liability. The waiver and release are part of the consideration for issuance of the Recovery Bonds.

[Signature Page Follows]

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Issuer and the Indenture Trustee have caused this Supplement to be duly executed by their respective officers thereunto duly authorized as of the first day of the month and year first above written.

 

ISSUER:
PG&E Wildfire Recovery Funding LLC
a Delaware limited liability company
By:  

 

  Name:
  Title:
INDENTURE TRUSTEE:
The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A., not in its individual capacity but solely as Indenture Trustee
By:  

 

  Name:
  Title:

Signature Page to Series Supplement

 

EXHIBIT B-6


SCHEDULE A

EXPECTED AMORTIZATION SCHEDULE

OUTSTANDING PRINCIPAL BALANCE

 

DATE    TRANCHE      TRANCHE      TRANCHE  

Closing Date

   $                    $                    $                

             , 20    

        

             , 20    

        

             , 20    

        

             , 20    

        

 

EXHIBIT B-7


EXHIBIT A-1

FORM OF TRANCHE [            ] RECOVERY BOND

[to be attached]

 

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EXHIBIT C

SERVICING CRITERIA TO BE ADDRESSED

BY INDENTURE TRUSTEE IN ASSESSMENT OF COMPLIANCE

 

Reg AB

Reference

  

Servicing Criteria

  

Applicable

Indenture Trustee

Responsibility

   General Servicing Considerations   
1122(d)(1)(i)    Policies and procedures are instituted to monitor any performance or other triggers and events of default in accordance with the transaction agreements.   
1122(d)(1)(ii)    If any material servicing activities are outsourced to third parties, policies and procedures are instituted to monitor the third party’s performance and compliance with such servicing activities.   
1122(d)(1)(iii)    Any requirements in the transaction agreements to maintain a back-up servicer for pool assets are maintained.   
1122(d)(1)(iv)    A fidelity bond and errors and omissions policy is in effect on the party participating in the servicing function throughout the reporting period in the amount of coverage required by and otherwise in accordance with the terms of the transaction agreements.   
1122(d)(1)(v)    Aggregation of information, as applicable, is mathematically accurate and the information conveyed accurately reflects the information.   
   Cash Collection and Administration   
1122(d)(2)(i)    Payments on pool assets are deposited into the appropriate custodial bank accounts and related bank clearing accounts no more than two business days of receipt, or such other number of days specified in the transaction agreements.    X
1122(d)(2)(ii)    Disbursements made via wire transfer on behalf of an obligor or to an investor are made only by authorized personnel.    X
1122(d)(2)(iii)    Advances of funds or guarantees regarding collections, cash flows or distributions, and any interest or other fees charged for such advances, are made, reviewed and approved as specified in the transaction agreements.   
1122(d)(2)(iv)    The related accounts for the transaction, such as cash reserve accounts or accounts established as a form of overcollateralization, are separately maintained (e.g., with respect to commingling of cash) as set forth in the transaction agreements.    X

 

EXHIBIT C-1


Reg AB

Reference

  

Servicing Criteria

  

Applicable

Indenture Trustee

Responsibility

1122(d)(2)(v)    Each custodial account is maintained at a federally insured depository institution as set forth in the transaction agreements. For purposes of this criterion, “federally insured depository institution” with respect to a foreign financial institution means a foreign financial institution that meets the requirements of Rule 13k-1(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act.    X
1122(d)(2)(vi)    Unissued checks are safeguarded so as to prevent unauthorized access.   
1122(d)(2)(vii)    Reconciliations are prepared on a monthly basis for all asset-backed securities related bank accounts, including custodial accounts and related bank clearing accounts. These reconciliations a. are mathematically accurate; b. are prepared within 30 calendar days after the bank statement cutoff date, or such other number of days specified in the transaction agreements; c. are reviewed and approved by someone other than the person who prepared the reconciliation; and d. contain explanations for reconciling items. These reconciling items are resolved within 90 calendar days of their original identification, or such other number of days specified in the transaction agreements.   
   Investor Remittances and Reporting   
1122(d)(3)(i)    Reports to investors, including those to be filed with the Commission, are maintained in accordance with the transaction agreements and applicable Commission requirements. Specifically, such reports a. are prepared in accordance with timeframes and other terms set forth in the transaction agreements; b. provide information calculated in accordance with the terms specified in the transaction agreements; c. are filed with the Commission as required by its rules and regulations; and d. agree with investors’ or the trustee’s records as to the total unpaid principal balance and number of pool assets serviced by the servicer.   
1122(d)(3)(ii)    Amounts due to investors are allocated and remitted in accordance with timeframes, distribution priority and other terms set forth in the transaction agreements.    X
1122(d)(3)(iii)    Disbursements made to an investor are posted within two business days to the servicer’s investor records, or such other number of days specified in the transaction agreements.    X
1122(d)(3)(iv)    Amounts remitted to investors per the investor reports agree with cancelled checks, or other form of payment, or custodial bank statements.    X
   Pool Asset Administration   
1122(d)(4)(i)    Collateral or security on pool assets is maintained as required by the transaction agreements or related documents.   

 

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Reg AB

Reference

  

Servicing Criteria

  

Applicable

Indenture Trustee

Responsibility

1122(d)(4)(ii)    Pool assets and related documents are safeguarded as required by the transaction agreements.   
1122(d)(4)(iii)    Any additions, removals or substitutions to the asset pool are made, reviewed and approved in accordance with any conditions or requirements in the transaction agreements.   
1122(d)(4)(iv)    Payments on pool assets, including any payoffs, made in accordance with the related pool asset documents are posted to the servicer’s obligor records maintained no more than two business days after receipt, or such other number of days specified in the transaction agreements, and allocated to principal, interest or other items (e.g., escrow) in accordance with the related pool asset documents.   
1122(d)(4)(v)    The servicer’s records regarding the pool assets agree with the servicer’s records with respect to an obligor’s unpaid principal balance.   
1122(d)(4)(vi)    Changes with respect to the terms or status of an obligor’s pool assets (e.g., loan modifications or re-agings) are made, reviewed and approved by authorized personnel in accordance with the transaction agreements and related pool asset documents.   
1122(d)(4)(vii)    Loss mitigation or recovery actions (e.g., forbearance plans, modifications and deeds in lieu of foreclosure, foreclosures and repossessions, as applicable) are initiated, conducted and concluded in accordance with the timeframes or other requirements established by the transaction agreements.   
1122(d)(4)(viii)    Records documenting collection efforts are maintained during the period any pool asset is delinquent in accordance with the transaction agreements. Such records are maintained on at least a monthly basis, or such other period specified in the transaction agreements, and describe the entity’s activities in monitoring delinquent pool assets including, for example, phone calls, letters and payment rescheduling plans in cases where delinquency is deemed temporary (e.g., illness or unemployment).   
1122(d)(4)(ix)    Adjustments to interest rates or rates of return for pool assets with variable rates are computed based on the related pool asset documents.   
1122(d)(4)(x)    Regarding any funds held in trust for an obligor (such as escrow accounts): a. such funds are analyzed, in accordance with the obligor’s pool asset documents, on at least an annual basis, or such other period specified in the transaction agreements; b. interest on such funds is paid, or credited, to obligors in accordance with applicable pool asset documents and state laws; and c. such funds are returned to the obligor within 30 calendar days of full repayment of the related pool assets, or such other number of days specified in the transaction agreements.   

 

EXHIBIT C-3


Reg AB

Reference

  

Servicing Criteria

  

Applicable

Indenture Trustee

Responsibility

1122(d)(4)(xi)    Payments made on behalf of an obligor (such as tax or insurance payments) are made on or before the related penalty or expiration dates, as indicated on the appropriate bills or notices for such payments, provided that such support has been received by the servicer at least 30 calendar days prior to these dates, or such other number of days specified in the transaction agreements.   
1122(d)(4)(xii)    Any late payment penalties in connection with any payment to be made on behalf of an obligor are paid from the servicer’s funds and not charged to the obligor, unless the late payment was due to the obligor’s error or omission.   
1122(d)(4)(xiii)    Disbursements made on behalf of an obligor are posted within two business days to the obligor’s records maintained by the servicer, or such other number of days specified in the transaction agreements.   
1122(d)(4)(xiv)    Delinquencies, charge-offs and uncollectible accounts are recognized and recorded in accordance with the transaction agreements.   
1122(d)(4)(xv)    Any external enhancement or other support, identified in Item 1114(a)(1) through (3) or Item 1115 of Regulation AB, is maintained as set forth in the transaction agreements.   

 

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APPENDIX A

DEFINITIONS

This is Appendix A to the Indenture.

A.     Defined Terms. As used in the Indenture, the Sale Agreement, the LLC Agreement, the Servicing Agreement, the Series Supplement or any other Basic Document as hereinafter defined, as the case may be (unless the context requires a different meaning), the following terms have the following meanings:

17g-5 Website” has the meaning specified in Section 10.06 of the Indenture.

Account Records” has the meaning specified in Section 1(a)(i) of the Administration Agreement.

Act” has the meaning specified in Section 10.03(a) of the Indenture.

Actual FRC Collections” means, if no Servicer Default has occurred and is continuing, the calculation of the collections of the Fixed Recovery Charges by the Servicer made in accordance with Section 6(e) of Annex I to the Servicing Agreement, and, if a Servicer Default has occurred and is continuing, a calculation of the collections of the Fixed Recovery Charges by the Servicer made in accordance with Section 6.11(c) of the Servicing Agreement.

Additional Other Recovery Bonds” means any series of recovery bonds (as defined in the Wildfire Financing Law) and any other recovery bonds described in any similar securitization statute issued by the Issuer or any other issuing entity that is an affiliate of PG&E after the date hereof pursuant to any Subsequent Indenture and in accordance with the related Subsequent Financing Order to recover costs eligible to be financed under the Wildfire Financing Law or such other securitization statute and as determined reasonable by the CPUC.

Additional Recovery Bonds” means any series of “recovery bonds” (as defined in the Wildfire Financing Law) issued by the Issuer or any other issuing entity that is an affiliate of PG&E after the date hereof pursuant to any Subsequent Indenture and in accordance with the Financing Order.

Adjustment Date” means the effective date of any Advice Letter, including an Annual Adjustment Date.

Administration Agreement” means the Administration Agreement, dated as of July 20, 2022, by and between PG&E and the Issuer, as the same may be amended, restated, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time.

Administration Fee” has the meaning specified in Section 2 of the Administration Agreement.


Administrator” means PG&E, as Administrator under the Administration Agreement, or any successor Administrator to the extent permitted under the Administration Agreement.

Advice Letter” means any filing made to the CPUC by the Servicer on behalf of the Issuer with respect to the Fixed Recovery Charges or any True-Up Adjustment in the form of an advice letter, including the Issuance Advice Letter, any Routine Annual True-Up Mechanism Advice Letter, any Routine Semi-Annual True-Up Mechanism Advice Letter, any Routine Interim True-Up Mechanism Advice Letter, or any Non-Routine True-Up Mechanism Advice Letter.

Affiliate” means, with respect to any specified Person, any other Person controlling or controlled by or under common control with such specified Person. For the purposes of this definition, “control” when used with respect to any specified Person means the power to direct the management and policies of such Person, directly or indirectly, whether through the ownership of voting securities, by contract or otherwise; and the terms “controlling” and “controlled” have meanings correlative to the foregoing.

Annual Accountant’s Report” has the meaning specified in Section 3.04 of the Servicing Agreement.

Annual Adjustment Date” means the date on which a Routine Annual True-Up Adjustment becomes effective in accordance with Section 4.01(b)(i) of the Servicing Agreement.

Applicable ESP” means, with respect to each Consumer, the ESP, if any, providing “direct access” service to that Consumer.

Applicable MDMA” has the meaning specified in Section 1 of Annex I attached to the Servicing Agreement.

Application” means the Application of PG&E for a Financing Order to securitize regulatory assets and other Recovery Costs filed by PG&E with the CPUC dated January 6, 2021 pursuant to the Wildfire Financing Law, or any subsequent similar Application of PG&E.

Bankruptcy” has the meaning specified in Section 9.01 of the LLC Agreement.

Bankruptcy Code” means Title 11 of the United States Code (11 U.S.C. §§ 101 et seq.), as amended from time to time.

Basic Documents” means the Indenture, the Administration Agreement, the Sale Agreement, the Certificate of Formation, the LLC Agreement, the Servicing Agreement, the Series Supplement, the Letter of Representations, the Underwriting Agreement and all other documents and certificates delivered in connection therewith.

Billed FRCs” has the meaning specified in Annex I to the Servicing Agreement.

Billing Commencement Date” means the date specified in the Issuance Advice Letter on which the Servicer will commence billing the Fixed Recovery Charges.

 

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Bills” means each of the regular monthly bills, the summary bills, the opening bills and the closing bills issued to Consumers or ESPs by PG&E on its own behalf and in its capacity as Servicer.

Book-Entry Form” means, with respect to any Recovery Bond, that such Recovery Bond is not certificated and the ownership and transfers thereof shall be made through book entries by a Clearing Agency as described in Section 2.11 of the Indenture and the Series Supplement pursuant to which such Recovery Bond was issued.

Book-Entry Recovery Bonds” means any Recovery Bonds issued in Book-Entry Form; provided, however, that after the occurrence of a condition whereupon book-entry registration and transfer are no longer permitted and Definitive Recovery Bonds are to be issued to the Holder of such Recovery Bonds, such Recovery Bonds shall no longer be “Book-Entry Recovery Bonds”.

Business Day” means any day other than a Saturday, a Sunday or a day on which banking institutions in San Francisco, California or New York, New York, are, or DTC or the Corporate Trust Office is, authorized or obligated by law, regulation or executive order to remain closed.

CA UCC” means the Uniform Commercial Code as in effect on the date hereof in the State of California.

Calculation Cut-Off Date” means a date, specified in an Advice Letter, on which the balance held to the credit of the Collection Account is ascertained.

Capital Contribution” means the amount of cash contributed to the Issuer by PG&E as specified in the LLC Agreement.

Capital Subaccount” has the meaning specified in Section 8.02(a) of the Indenture.

CARE” means the California Alternative Rates for Energy program under the Public Utilities Code.

Cash Flow Model” means the cash flow model approved in the Financing Order, as the same may be revised from time to time in connection with a Non-Routine True-Up Adjustment.

Cash Subaccount” has the meaning specified in Section 8.02(a) of the Indenture.

Certificate of Formation” means the Certificate of Formation filed with the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware on March 8, 2022 pursuant to which the Issuer was formed.

Claim” means a “claim” as defined in Section 101(5) of the Bankruptcy Code.

Clearing Agency” means an organization registered as a “clearing agency” pursuant to Section 17A of the Exchange Act.

 

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Clearing Agency Participant” means a securities broker, dealer, bank, trust company, clearing corporation or other financial institution or other Person for whom from time to time a Clearing Agency effects book entry transfers and pledges of securities deposited with the Clearing Agency.

Closing Date” means, July 20, 2022, the date on which the Recovery Bonds are to be originally issued in accordance with Section 2.10 of the Indenture and the Series Supplement.

Code” means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.

Collection Account” means the account established and maintained by the Indenture Trustee in accordance with Section 8.02(a) of the Indenture and any subaccounts contained therein.

Collection Curve” means the collections curve that is expressed as a percentage measured at each of six consecutive 30-day intervals and represents the ratio of accumulative daily collections to the total amount billed to a sample customer population.

Collection Period” means any period commencing on the first Servicer Business Day of any billing period and ending on the last Servicer Business Day of such billing period.

Commission” has the meaning specified in Section 1(a)(ii) of the Administration Agreement.

Company Minutes” has the meaning specified in Section 1(a)(iv) of the Administration Agreement.

Corporate Trust Office” means the office of the Indenture Trustee at which, at any particular time, its corporate trust business shall be administered, which office (for all purposes other than registration of transfer of Recovery Bonds) as of the Closing Date is located at The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A., Attn: ABS Structured Finance, 2 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 700, Chicago, IL 60602, and for registration of transfers of Recovery Bonds, the office as of the Closing Date is located at The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A., Attn: ABS Structured Finance, 2 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 700, Chicago, IL 60602, or at such other address as the Indenture Trustee may designate from time to time by notice to the Holders of Recovery Bonds and the Issuer, or the principal corporate trust office of any successor trustee by like notice.

Covenant Defeasance Option” has the meaning specified in Section 4.01(b) of the Indenture.

Consumers” means the existing and future consumers of electricity that has been transmitted or distributed by means of electric transmission or distribution facilities, whether those facilities are owned by the consumer, PG&E or any other party, to the extent those existing and future consumers of electricity are located in the service territory in which the Seller provided electric distribution service as of May 6, 2021, other than consumers of electricity exempted from the obligation to pay Fixed Recovery Charges under Section 850.1(l) of the Public Utilities Code.

 

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CPUC” means the Public Utilities Commission of California, or any Governmental Authority succeeding to the duties of such agency.

CPUC Regulations” means the regulations, including proposed or temporary regulations, promulgated under the Public Utilities Code.

Daily Remittance” has the meaning specified in Section 6.11(a) of the Servicing Agreement.

Default” means any occurrence that is, or with notice or the lapse of time or both would become, an Event of Default as defined in Section 5.01 of the Indenture.

Definitive Recovery Bonds” means Recovery Bonds issued in definitive form in accordance with Section 2.13 of the Indenture.

Depositor” means PG&E, in its capacity as depositor of the Recovery Property.

DTC” means The Depository Trust Company or any successor thereto.

Electronic Means” means telephone, telecopy, telegraph, telex, internet, electronic mail, facsimile transmission or any other similar means of electronic communication. Any communication by telephone as an Electronic Means shall be promptly confirmed in writing or by one of the other means of electronic communication authorized herein.

Eligible Account” means a segregated non-interest-bearing trust account with an Eligible Institution.

Eligible Institution” means:

(a)    the corporate trust department of the Indenture Trustee, so long as any of the securities of the Indenture Trustee have (i) either a short-term credit rating from Moody’s of at least “P-1” or a long-term unsecured debt rating from Moody’s of at least “A2” and (ii) a credit rating from S&P of at least “A”; or

(b)    a depository institution organized under the laws of the United States of America or any state (or any domestic branch of a foreign bank) (i) that has either (A) a long-term issuer rating of “AA—” or higher by S&P and “A2” or higher by Moody’s, or (B) a short-term issuer rating of “A-1” or higher by S&P and “P-1” or higher by Moody’s, or any other long-term, short-term or certificate of deposit rating acceptable to the Rating Agencies, and (ii) whose deposits are insured by the FDIC.

If so qualified under clause (b) above, the Indenture Trustee may be considered an Eligible Institution for the purposes of clause (a) of this definition.

Eligible Investments” mean instruments or investment property which evidence:

(a)    direct obligations of, or obligations fully and unconditionally guaranteed as to timely payment by, the United States of America;

 

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(b)     demand or time deposits of, unsecured certificates of deposit of, money market deposit accounts of or bankers’ acceptances issued by, any depository institution (including the Indenture Trustee, acting in its commercial capacity) incorporated or organized under the laws of the United States of America or any state thereof and subject to the supervision and examination by U.S. federal or state banking authorities, so long as the commercial paper or other short-term debt obligations of such depository institution are, at the time of deposit, rated at least “A-1” and “P-1” or their equivalents by each of S&P and Moody’s, or such lower rating as will not result in the downgrading or withdrawal of the Recovery Bonds;

(c)    commercial paper (including commercial paper of the Indenture Trustee, acting in its commercial capacity, and other than commercial paper issued by PG&E or any of its affiliates) having, at the time of investment or contractual commitment to invest, a rating of at least “A-1” and “P-1” or their equivalents by each of S&P and Moody’s or such lower rating as will not result in the downgrading or withdrawal of the ratings of the Recovery Bonds;

(d)    investments in money market funds which have a rating in the highest investment category granted thereby (including funds for which the Indenture Trustee or any of its affiliates is investment manager or advisor) from Moody’s and S&P;

(e)    repurchase obligations with respect to any security that is a direct obligations of, or fully guaranteed by, the United States of America or certain of its agencies or instrumentalities, entered into with Eligible Institutions;

(f)    repurchase obligations with respect to any security or whole loan entered into with an Eligible Institution or with a registered broker-dealer acting as principal and that meets certain ratings criteria; and

(g)    (i) a broker/dealer (acting as principal) registered as a broker or dealer under Section 15 of the Exchange Act (any such broker/dealer being referred to in this definition as a “broker/dealer”), the unsecured short-term debt obligations of which are rated at least “P-1” by Moody’s and “A-1+” by S&P at the time of entering into such repurchase obligation; or (ii) an unrated broker/dealer, acting as principal, that is a wholly-owned subsidiary of a non-bank or bank holding company the unsecured short-term debt obligations of which are rated at least “P-1” by Moody’s and “A-1+” by S&P at the time of purchase so long as the obligations of such unrated broker/dealer are unconditionally guaranteed by such non-bank or bank holding company.

Notwithstanding the foregoing: (1) no securities or investments which mature in 30 days or more will be Eligible Investments unless the issuer thereof has either a short-term unsecured debt rating of at least “P-1” from Moody’s or a long-term unsecured debt rating of at least “A1” from Moody’s; (2) no securities or investments described in bullet points (b) through (d) above which have maturities of more than 30 days but less than or equal to 3 months will be Eligible Investments unless the issuer thereof has a long-term unsecured debt rating of at least “A1” from Moody’s and a short-term unsecured debt rating of at least “P-1” from Moody’s; (3) no securities or investments described in bullet points (b) through (d) above which have maturities of more than

 

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3 months will be Eligible Investments unless the issuer thereof has a long-term unsecured debt rating of at least “A1” from Moody’s and a short-term unsecured debt rating of at least “P-1” from Moody’s; (4) no securities or investments described in bullet points (b) through (d) above which have a maturity of 60 days or less will be Eligible Investments unless such securities have a rating from S&P of at least “A-1”; and (5) no securities or investments described in bullet points (b) through (d) above which have a maturity of more than 60 days will be Eligible Investments unless such securities have a rating from S&P of at least “AA-”, “A-1+” or “AAAm”.

ESP” means an alternative energy service provider who has entered into an ESP Service Agreement with the Seller.

ESP Service Agreement” means an agreement between an ESP and the Seller for the provision of “direct access” service to Consumers in accordance with CPUC Decision 97-10-087 and subsequent decisions.

Estimated FRC Collections” means the payments in respect of Fixed Recovery Charges which are deemed to have been received by the Servicer, directly or indirectly (including through a ESP), from or on behalf of Consumers, calculated in accordance with Section 6(e) of Annex I of the Servicing Agreement.

Event of Default” has the meaning specified in Section 5.01 of the Indenture.

Excess Funds Subaccount” has the meaning specified in Section 8.02(a) of the Indenture.

Excess Remittance” means the amount, if any, calculated for a particular Reconciliation Period, by which all Estimated FRC Collections remitted to the Collection Account during such Reconciliation Period exceed Actual FRC Collections received by the Servicer during such Reconciliation Period.

Exchange Act” means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.

Exempted Consumers” means Consumers who participate in the CARE program and/or the FERA program.

Expected Amortization Schedule” means, with respect to any Tranche, the expected amortization schedule related thereto set forth in the Series Supplement.

FDIC” means the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any successor thereto.

Federal Book-Entry Regulations” means 31 C.F.R. Part 357 et seq. (Department of Treasury).

Federal Book-Entry Securities” means securities issued in book-entry form by the United States Treasury.

Federal Funds Rate” means, for any period, a fluctuating interest rate per annum equal for each day during such period to the weighted average of the rates on overnight federal

 

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funds transactions with members of the Federal Reserve System arranged by federal funds brokers, as published for such day (or, if such day is not a Business Day, for the next preceding Business Day) by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, or, if such rate is not so published for any day that is a Business Day, the average of the quotations for such day on such transactions received by the Servicer from three (3) federal funds brokers of recognized standing selected by it.

FERA” means the Family Electric Rate Assistance program under the Public Utilities Code.

Final” means, with respect to the Financing Order, that the Financing Order has become final, is not being appealed and that the time for filing an appeal therefrom has expired.

Final Maturity Date” means, with respect to each Tranche of Recovery Bonds, the Final Maturity Date therefor, as specified in the Series Supplement.

Financial Asset” means “financial asset” as set forth in Section 8-102(a)(9) of the CA UCC.

Financing Order” means the order of the CPUC, D. 21-05-015, issued on May 11, 2021, which became effective on February 28, 2022.

First Payment Period” means the period commencing on an Adjustment Date (or for the period immediately after the issuance of the Recovery Bonds, the Closing Date) through and including the next Payment Date.

Fixed Recovery Charge” means any fixed recovery charge as defined in Section 850(b)(7) of the Wildfire Financing Law which is authorized by the Financing Order.

Fixed Recovery Charge Payments” means the payments made by Consumers based on the Fixed Recovery Charges.

FRC Collections” means Fixed Recovery Charges revenues received by the Servicer to be remitted to the Collection Account.

FRTAs” means fixed recovery tax amounts authorized by the Financing Order.

Full Consolidated ESP Billing” has the meaning specified in Section 1 of Annex I attached to the Servicing Agreement.

General Subaccount” has the meaning specified in Section 8.02(a) of the Indenture.

Global Recovery Bond” means a Recovery Bond to be issued to the Holders thereof in Book-Entry Form, which Global Recovery Bond shall be issued to the Clearing Agency, or its nominee, in accordance with Section 2.11 of the Indenture and the Series Supplement.

Governmental Authority” means any nation or government, any federal, state, local or other political subdivision thereof and any court, administrative agency or other instrumentality or entity exercising executive, legislative, judicial, regulatory or administrative function of government.

 

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Grant” means mortgage, pledge, bargain, sell, warrant, alienate, remise, release, convey, grant, transfer, create, and grant a lien upon and a security interest in and right of set-off against, deposit, set over and confirm pursuant to the Indenture and the Series Supplement. A Grant of the Recovery Bond Collateral or of any other agreement or instrument included therein shall include all rights, powers and options (but none of the obligations) of the Granting party thereunder, including the immediate and continuing right to claim for, collect, receive and give receipt for payments in respect of the Recovery Bond Collateral and all other moneys payable thereunder, to give and receive notices and other communications, to make waivers or other agreements, to exercise all rights and options, to bring Proceedings in the name of the Granting party or otherwise and generally to do and receive anything that the Granting party is or may be entitled to do or receive thereunder or with respect thereto.

Holder” or “Bondholder” means the Person in whose name a Recovery Bond is registered on the Recovery Bond Register.

Indemnified Losses” has the meaning specified in Section 5.03 of the Servicing Agreement.

Indemnified Person” has the meaning specified in Section 6.02 of the Servicing Agreement.

Indenture” means the Indenture, dated as of July 20, 2022, by and between the Issuer and The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A., a national banking association, as Indenture Trustee and as Securities Intermediary as originally executed and, as from time to time supplemented or amended by the Series Supplement or indentures supplemental thereto entered into pursuant to the applicable provisions of the Indenture, as so supplemented or amended, or both, and shall include the forms and terms of the Recovery Bonds established thereunder.

Indenture Trustee” means The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A., a national banking association, as indenture trustee for the benefit of the Secured Parties, or any successor indenture trustee under the Indenture.

Independent” means, when used with respect to any specified Person, that the Person (a) is in fact independent of the Issuer, any other obligor on the Recovery Bonds, the Seller, the Servicer and any Affiliate of any of the foregoing Persons, (b) does not have any direct financial interest or any material indirect financial interest in the Issuer, any such other obligor, the Seller, the Servicer or any Affiliate of any of the foregoing Persons and (c) is not connected with the Issuer, any such other obligor, the Seller, the Servicer or any Affiliate of any of the foregoing Persons as an officer, employee, promoter, underwriter, trustee, partner, director (other than as an independent director or manager) or Person performing similar functions.

Independent Certificate” means a certificate or opinion to be delivered to the Indenture Trustee under the circumstances described in, and otherwise complying with, the applicable requirements of Section 10.01 of the Indenture, made by an Independent appraiser or

 

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other expert appointed by an Issuer Order and consented to by the Indenture Trustee, and such opinion or certificate shall state that the signer has read the definition of “Independent” in the Indenture and that the signer is Independent within the meaning thereof.

Independent Manager” has the meaning specified in Section 4.01(a) of the LLC Agreement.

Independent Manager Fee” has the meaning specified in Section 4.01(a) of the LLC Agreement.

Initial Payment Date” has the meaning specified in Section 3 of the Series Supplement.

Insolvency Event” means, with respect to a specified Person, (a) the filing of a decree or order for relief by a court having jurisdiction in the premises in respect of such Person or any substantial part of its property in an involuntary case under any applicable federal or state bankruptcy, insolvency or other similar law now or hereafter in effect, or appointing a receiver, liquidator, assignee, custodian, trustee, sequestrator or similar official for such Person or for any substantial part of its property, or ordering the winding-up or liquidation of such Person’s affairs, and such decree or order shall remain unstayed and in effect for a period of sixty (60) consecutive days; or (b) the commencement by such Person of a voluntary case under any applicable federal or state bankruptcy, insolvency or other similar law now or hereafter in effect, or the consent by such Person to the entry of an order for relief in an involuntary case under any such law, or the consent by such Person to the appointment of or taking possession by a receiver, liquidator, assignee, custodian, trustee, sequestrator or similar official for such Person or for any substantial part of its property, or the making by such Person of any general assignment for the benefit of creditors, or the failure by such Person generally to pay its debts as such debts become due, or the taking of action by such Person in furtherance of any of the foregoing.

Internal Revenue Service” means the Internal Revenue Service of the United States of America.

Investment Company Act” means the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended.

Investment Earnings” means investment earnings on funds deposited in the Collection Account net of losses and investment expenses.

Issuance Advice Letter” means the Issuance Advice Letter filed with the CPUC pursuant to the Wildfire Financing Law and the Financing Order with respect to the Recovery Bonds.

Issuer” means PG&E Wildfire Recovery Funding LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, named as such in the Indenture until a successor replaces it and, thereafter, means the successor and, for purposes of any provision contained herein and required by the TIA, each other obligor on the Recovery Bonds.

 

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Issuer Documents” has the meaning specified in Section 1(a)(iv) of the Administration Agreement.

Issuer Order” and “Issuer Request” mean a written order or request signed in the name of the Issuer by any one of its Responsible Officers and delivered to the Indenture Trustee or Paying Agent, as applicable.

Legal Defeasance Option” has the meaning specified in Section 4.01(b) of the Indenture.

Letter of Representations” means any applicable agreement between the Issuer and the applicable Clearing Agency, with respect to such Clearing Agency’s rights and obligations (in its capacity as a Clearing Agency) with respect to any Book-Entry Recovery Bonds, as the same may be amended, supplemented, restated or otherwise modified from time to time.

Lien” means, with respect to any asset, any security interest, lien, mortgage, leasehold mortgage, charge, pledge, hypothecation, claim, equity or encumbrance of any kind.

LLC Act” means the Delaware Limited Liability Company Act, as amended.

LLC Agreement” means the Amended and Restated Limited Liability Company Agreement of PG&E Wildfire Recovery Funding LLC, effective as of May 3, 2022, as the same may be amended, restated, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time.

Manager” means each manager of the Issuer under the LLC Agreement.

Member” has the meaning specified in the first paragraph of the LLC Agreement.

Minimum Denomination” means, with respect to any Recovery Bond, the minimum denomination therefor specified in the Series Supplement, which minimum denomination shall be not less than $2,000, except for one Recovery Bond of each tranche which may be of smaller denomination, and, except as otherwise provided in the Series Supplement, integral multiples of $1,000 in excess thereof.

Monthly Servicer’s Certificate” means a certificate, substantially in the form of Exhibit A to the Servicing Agreement, completed and executed by a Responsible Officer of the Servicer pursuant to Section 4.01(c)(iv) of the Servicing Agreement.

Moody’s” means Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. or any successor thereto. References to Moody’s are effective so long as Moody’s is a Rating Agency.

Non-Routine True-Up Adjustment” means each adjustment to the Fixed Recovery Charges made pursuant to the terms of a Non-Routine True-Up Mechanism Advice Letter in accordance with Section 4.01(b)(iv) of the Servicing Agreement.

Non-Routine True-Up Effective Date” has the meaning specified in Section 4.01(b)(iv) of the Servicing Agreement.

 

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Non-Routine True-Up Mechanism Advice Letter” means the Advice Letter substantially in the form of Exhibit E to the Servicing Agreement filed in connection with a Non-Routine True-Up Adjustment.

Notice of Default” has the meaning specified in Section 5.01 of the Indenture.

Notice Parties” means those Persons who are required to receive notice of filings made with the CPUC pursuant to A. 21-01-004.

Officer’s Certificate” means a certificate signed by a Responsible Officer of the Issuer under the circumstances described in, and otherwise complying with, the applicable requirements of Section 10.01 of the Indenture, and delivered to the Indenture Trustee. Unless otherwise specified, any reference in the Indenture to an Officer’s Certificate shall be to an Officer’s Certificate of any Responsible Officer of the party delivering such certificate.

Operating Expenses” means all unreimbursed fees, costs and expenses of the Issuer, including all amounts owed by the Issuer to the Indenture Trustee, any Manager, the Servicing Fee, the Administration Fee, legal and accounting fees, Rating Agency fees, costs and expenses of the Issuer and PG&E, the return on equity due PG&E for its Capital Contribution and any franchise taxes owed on investment income in the Collection Account.

Opinion of Counsel” means one or more written opinions of counsel who may, except as otherwise expressly provided in the Basic Documents, be employees of or counsel to the party providing such opinion of counsel, which counsel shall be reasonably acceptable to the party receiving such opinion of counsel, and shall be in form and substance reasonably acceptable to such party. Any Opinion of Counsel may be based, insofar as it relates to factual matters (including financial and capital markets), upon a certificate or opinion or, or representations by, an officer or officer of the Servicer or the Issuer and other documents necessary and advisable in the judgment of counsel delivering such opinion.

Outstanding” means, as of the date of determination, all Recovery Bonds theretofore authenticated and delivered under this Indenture except:

(a)     Recovery Bonds theretofore canceled by the Recovery Bond Registrar or delivered to the Recovery Bond Registrar for cancellation;

(b)     Recovery Bonds or portions thereof the payment for which money in the necessary amount has been theretofore deposited with the Indenture Trustee or any Paying Agent in trust for the Holders of such Recovery Bonds; and

(c)     Recovery Bonds in exchange for or in lieu of other Recovery Bonds which have been issued pursuant to this Indenture unless proof satisfactory to the Indenture Trustee is presented that any such Recovery Bonds are held by a Protected Purchaser;

provided that in determining whether the Holders of the requisite Outstanding Amount of the Recovery Bonds or any Tranche thereof have given any request, demand, authorization, direction, notice, consent or waiver hereunder or under any Basic Document, Recovery Bonds owned by the Issuer, any other obligor upon the Recovery Bonds, the Member, the Seller, the Servicer or any

 

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Affiliate of any of the foregoing Persons shall be disregarded and deemed not to be Outstanding, except that, in determining whether the Indenture Trustee shall be protected in relying upon any such request, demand, authorization, direction, notice, consent or waiver, only Recovery Bonds that the Indenture Trustee actually knows to be so owned shall be so disregarded. Recovery Bonds so owned that have been pledged in good faith may be regarded as Outstanding if the pledgee establishes to the satisfaction of the Indenture Trustee the pledgee’s right so to act with respect to such Recovery Bonds and that the pledgee is not the Issuer, any other obligor upon the Recovery Bonds, the Member, the Seller, the Servicer or any Affiliate of any of the foregoing Persons.

Outstanding Amount” means the aggregate principal amount of all Recovery Bonds or, if the context requires, all Recovery Bonds of a Tranche, Outstanding at the date of determination.

Partial Consolidated ESP Billing” has the meaning specified in Section 1 of Annex I attached to the Servicing Agreement.

Paying Agent” means with respect to the Indenture, the Indenture Trustee and any other Person appointed as a paying agent for the Recovery Bonds pursuant to the Indenture.

Payment Date” means, with respect to any Tranche of Recovery Bonds, the dates specified in the Series Supplement; provided that if any such date is not a Business Day, the Payment Date shall be the Business Day immediately succeeding such date.

Payment Period” means, as of any date of calculation, a period commencing on a Payment Date through and including the next succeeding Payment Date.

Periodic Billing Requirement” means, for any Payment Period, the aggregate amount of Fixed Recovery Charges calculated by the Servicer, using write-offs and Average Days Sales Outstanding data as necessary to be billed during such period in order to collect the Periodic Payment Requirement on a timely basis.

Periodic Interest” means, with respect to any Payment Date, the periodic interest for such Payment Date as specified in the Series Supplement.

Periodic Payment Requirement” means, for any Payment Period, the total dollar amount required to pay all scheduled (or legally due) payments of Periodic Principal and Periodic Interest on the Recovery Bonds and all Operating Expenses.

Periodic Principal” means, with respect to any Payment Date, the excess, if any, of the Outstanding Amount of Recovery Bonds over the outstanding Unrecovered Balance specified for such Payment Date on the Expected Amortization Schedule.

Permitted Lien” means the Lien created by the Indenture.

Person” means any individual, corporation, limited liability company, estate, partnership, joint venture, association, joint stock company, trust (including any beneficiary thereof), unincorporated organization or government or any agency or political subdivision thereof.

 

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PG&E” means Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a California corporation, and any of its successors or permitted assigns.

Predecessor Recovery Bond” means, with respect to any particular Recovery Bond, every previous Recovery Bond evidencing all or a portion of the same debt as that evidenced by such particular Recovery Bond, and, for the purpose of this definition, any Recovery Bond authenticated and delivered under Section 2.06 of the Indenture in lieu of a mutilated, lost, destroyed or stolen Recovery Bond shall be deemed to evidence the same debt as the mutilated, lost, destroyed or stolen Recovery Bond.

Premises” has the meaning specified in Section 1(g) of the Administration Agreement.

Proceeding” means any suit in equity, action at law or other judicial or administrative proceeding.

Prospectus” means the prospectus dated July 13, 2022 relating to the Recovery Bonds.

Protected Purchaser” has the meaning specified in Section 8-303 of the UCC.

Public Utilities Code” means the California Public Utilities Code, as amended from time to time.

Quarterly Adjustment Date” means, the date on which a Routine Annual True-Up Adjustment becomes effective in accordance with Section 4.01(b)(i) of the Servicing Agreement.

Rating Agency” means, with respect to any Tranche of Recovery Bonds, any of Moody’s or Standard & Poor’s which provides a rating with respect to such Tranche of Recovery Bonds. If no such organization or successor is any longer in existence, “Rating Agency” shall be a nationally recognized statistical rating organization or other comparable Person designated by the Issuer, notice of which designation shall be given to the Indenture Trustee and the Servicer.

Rating Agency Condition” means, with respect to any action, not less than ten (10) Business Days’ prior written notification to each Rating Agency of such action, and written confirmation from each of Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s to the Servicer, the Indenture Trustee and the Issuer that such action will not result in a suspension, reduction or withdrawal of the then current rating by such Rating Agency of any Tranche of Recovery Bonds and that prior to the taking of the proposed action no other Rating Agency shall have provided written notice to the Issuer that such action has resulted or would result in the suspension, reduction or withdrawal of the then current rating of any Tranche of Recovery Bonds; provided, that if within such ten (10) Business Day period, any Rating Agency (other than Standard & Poor’s) has neither replied to such notification nor responded in a manner that indicates that such Rating Agency is reviewing and considering the notification, then (i) the Issuer shall be required to confirm that such Rating Agency has received the Rating Agency Condition request, and if it has, promptly request the related Rating Agency Condition confirmation and (ii) if the Rating Agency neither replies to such notification nor responds in a manner that indicates it is reviewing and considering the notification within five (5) Business Days following such second (2nd) request, the applicable Rating Agency

 

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Condition requirement shall not be deemed to apply to such Rating Agency. For the purposes of this definition, any confirmation, request, acknowledgment or approval that is required to be in writing may be in the form of electronic mail or a press release (which may contain a general waiver of a Rating Agency’s right to review or consent).

Reconciliation Certificate” means, with respect to any Payment Date, a certificate in the form of the Reconciliation Certificate attached as Exhibit G to the Servicing Agreement and delivered to the Indenture Trustee in accordance with Sections 4.01(c)(iv) and 6.11(c) of the Servicing Agreement for such Payment Date.

Reconciliation Period” means, with respect to any date of calculation, a period commencing on the second preceding Payment Date through and including the next preceding Payment Date.

Record Date” means, with respect to a Payment Date, in the case of Definitive Recovery Bonds, the close of business on the last day of the calendar month preceding the calendar month in which such Payment Date occurs, and in the case of Book-Entry Recovery Bonds, one Business Day prior to the applicable Payment Date.

Recovery Bonds” means the Recovery Bonds authorized by the Financing Order and issued under the Indenture.

Recovery Bond Collateral” has the meaning specified in the preamble of the Indenture.

Recovery Bond Interest Rate” means, with respect to any Tranche of Recovery Bonds, the rate at which interest accrues on the Recovery Bonds of such Tranche, as specified in the Series Supplement.

Recovery Bond Register” means the register maintained pursuant to Section 2.05 of the Indenture, providing for the registration of the Recovery Bonds and transfers and exchanges thereof.

Recovery Bond Registrar” means the registrar at any time of the Recovery Bond Register, appointed pursuant to Section 2.05 of the Indenture.

Recovery Costs” means all Recovery Costs as defined in Section 850(b)(10) of the Wildfire Financing Law.

Recovery Property” means all recovery property as defined in Section 850(b)(11) of the Wildfire Financing Law created pursuant to the Financing Order and sold or otherwise conveyed to the Issuer under the Sale Agreement, including the right to impose, collect and receive the Fixed Recovery Charges authorized in the Financing Order. As used in the Basic Documents, the term “Recovery Property” when used with respect to PG&E includes the contract rights of PG&E that exist prior to the time that such rights are first transferred in connection with the issuance of the Recovery Bonds, at which time they become recovery property in accordance with Section 850.1(g) of the Wildfire Financing Law.

 

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Recovery Property Records” has the meaning specified in Section 5.01 of the Servicing Agreement.

Registered Holder” means the Person in whose name a Recovery Bond is registered on the Recovery Bond Register.

Registration Statement” means the registration statement, Form SF-1 Registration Nos. 333-265457 and 333-265457-01, filed with the SEC for registration under the Securities Act relating to the offering and sale of the Recovery Bonds, and including all amendments thereto.

Regulation AB” means the rules of the SEC promulgated under Subpart 229.1100 – Asset Backed Securities (Regulation AB), 17 C.F.R. §§ 229.1100-229.1125, as such may be amended from time to time.

Reimbursable Expenses” has the meaning specified in Section 2 of the Administration Agreement.

Released Parties” has the meaning specified in Section 6.02(e) of the Servicing Agreement.

Remittance Shortfall” means the amount, if any, calculated for a particular Reconciliation Period, by which Actual FRC Collections received by the Servicer during such Reconciliation Period exceed all Estimated FRC Collections remitted to the Collection Account during such Reconciliation Period.

Required Capital Level” means an amount equal to 0.50% of the initial principal amount of the Recovery Bonds, or such other amount as may be permitted or required under the Financing Order and applicable Internal Revenue Service rulings, deposited into the Capital Subaccount by the Member prior to or upon the issuance of the Recovery Bonds.

Requirement of Law” means any foreign, federal, state or local laws, statutes, regulations, rules, codes or ordinances enacted, adopted, issued or promulgated by any Governmental Authority or common law.

Responsible Officer” means with respect to (a) the Issuer, any Manager or any duly authorized officer; (b) the Indenture Trustee, any officer within the Corporate Trust Office of such trustee (including the President, any Vice President, Assistant Vice President, Secretary or Assistant Treasurer, Trust Officer or any other officer of the Indenture Trustee customarily performing functions similar to those performed by persons who at the time shall be such officers, respectively), and that has direct responsibility for the administration of the Indenture and also, with respect to a particular matter, any other officer to whom such matter is referred to because of such officer’s knowledge and familiarity with the particular subject; (c) any corporation (other than the Indenture Trustee), the Chief Executive Officer, the President, any Vice President, the Chief Financial Officer, the Treasurer, the Assistant Treasurer or any other duly authorized officer of such Person who has been authorized to act in the circumstances; (d) any partnership, any general partner thereof; and (e) any other Person (other than an individual or the Indenture Trustee), any duly authorized officer or member of such Person, as the context may require, who is authorized to act in matters relating to such Person.

 

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Retirement of the Recovery Bonds” means any day on which the final distribution is made to the Indenture Trustee in respect of the last Outstanding Recovery Bonds.

Routine Annual True-Up Adjustment” means each adjustment to the Fixed Recovery Charges made pursuant to the terms of an Annual True-Up Mechanism Advice Letter in accordance with Section 4.01(b)(i) of the Servicing Agreement.

Routine Annual True-Up Mechanism Advice Letter” means the Advice Letter substantially in the form of Exhibit D to the Servicing Agreement filed in connection with a Routine Annual True-Up Adjustment.

Routine Semi-Annual True-Up Adjustment” means each adjustment to the Fixed Recovery Charges made pursuant to the terms of a Routine Semi-Annual True-Up Mechanism Advice Letter in accordance with Section 4.01(b)(ii) of the Servicing Agreement.

Routine Semi-Annual True-Up Mechanism Advice Letter” means the Advice Letter substantially in the form of Exhibit D to the Servicing Agreement filed in connection with a Routine Semi-Annual True-Up Adjustment.

Routine Interim True-Up Adjustment” means each adjustment to the Fixed Recovery Charges made pursuant to the terms of an Interim True-Up Mechanism Advice Letter in accordance with Section 4.01(b)(iii) of the Servicing Agreement.

Routine Interim True-Up Mechanism Advice Letter” means the Advice Letter substantially in the form of Exhibit D to the Servicing Agreement filed in connection with a Routine Interim True-Up Adjustment.

Sale Agreement” means the Recovery Property Purchase and Sale Agreement, dated as of July 20, 2022, by and between PG&E and the Issuer, as the same may be amended, restated, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time.

Scheduled Final Payment Date” means with respect to each Tranche of Recovery Bonds, the date when all interest and principal is scheduled to be paid with respect to that Tranche in accordance with the Expected Amortization Schedule, as specified in the Series Supplement. For the avoidance of doubt, the Scheduled Final Payment Date with respect to any Tranche shall be the last Scheduled Payment Date set forth in the Expected Amortization Schedule relating to such Tranche. The “last Scheduled Final Payment Date” means the Scheduled Final Payment Date of the last maturing Tranche of Recovery Bonds.

Scheduled Payment Date” has the meaning specified in the Series Supplement with respect to each Tranche of Recovery Bonds.

SEC” means the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

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Second Payment Period” means the period commencing on the day following the First Payment Period through and including the next Payment Date on the Recovery Bonds.

Secretary of State” means the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware or the Secretary of State of the State of California, as the case may be, or any Governmental Authority succeeding to the duties of such offices.

Secured Obligations” has the meaning specified in the Series Supplement, a form of which is attached as Exhibit B to the Indenture.

Secured Parties” means the Indenture Trustee, the Bondholders and any credit enhancer described in the Series Supplement.

Securities Account” means the Collection Account (to the extent it constitutes a securities account as defined in the CA UCC and Federal Book-Entry Regulations).

Securities Act” means the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

Securities Intermediary” means The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A., a national banking association, solely in the capacity of a “securities intermediary” as defined in the CA UCC and Federal Book-Entry Regulations or any successor securities intermediary under the Indenture.

Security Entitlement” means “security entitlement” (as defined in Section 8-102(a)(17) of the CA UCC) with respect to Financial Assets now or hereafter credited to the Securities Account and, with respect to Federal Book-Entry Regulations, with respect to Federal Book-Entry Securities now or hereafter credited to the Securities Account, as applicable.

Seller” has the meaning specified in the preamble to the Sale Agreement.

Series” means any series of “recovery bonds” (as defined in the Wildfire Financing Law) issued by the Issuer under this Indenture or any Subsequent Indenture, including the Recovery Bonds and any Additional Recovery Bonds or Additional Other Recovery Bonds.

Series Supplement” means the indenture supplemental to the Indenture in the form attached as Exhibit B to the Indenture that authorizes the issuance of the Recovery Bonds.

Servicer” means PG&E, as Servicer under the Servicing Agreement, or any successor Servicer to the extent permitted under the Servicing Agreement.

Servicer Business Day” means any day other than a Saturday, Sunday or holiday on which the Servicer maintains normal office hours and conducts business.

Servicer Default” has the meaning specified in Section 7.01 of the Servicing Agreement.

Servicer Policies and Practices” has the meaning specified in Section 1 of Annex I attached to the Servicing Agreement.

 

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Servicer’s Certificate” means a certificate, substantially in the form of Exhibit B to the Servicing Agreement, completed and executed by a Responsible Officer of the Servicer pursuant to Section 4.01(c)(ii) of the Servicing Agreement.

Servicer’s Regulation AB Certificate” means the certificate referred to in Section 3.03 of the Servicing Agreement and substantially in the form of Exhibit B attached to the Servicing Agreement.

Servicing Agreement” means the Recovery Property Servicing Agreement, dated as of July 20, 2022, by and between the Issuer and PG&E, as the same may be amended, restated, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time.

Servicing Fee” means the fee payable to the Servicer on each Payment Date for services rendered during the period from, but not including, the preceding Payment Date (or from the Closing Date in the case of the first Payment Date) to and including the current Payment Date, determined pursuant to Section 6.06 of the Servicing Agreement.

Special Member” has the meaning specified in Section 1.02(b) of the LLC Agreement.

Special Payment” means with respect to any Tranche of Recovery Bonds, any payment of principal of or interest on (including any interest accruing upon default), or any other amount in respect of, the Recovery Bonds of such Tranche that is not actually paid within five (5) days of the Payment Date applicable thereto.

Special Payment Date” means the date on which a Special Payment is to be made by the Indenture Trustee to the Holders.

Special Purpose Provisions” has the meaning specified in Section 11.02 of the LLC Agreement.

Special Record Date” means with respect to any Special Payment Date, the close of business on the fifteenth (15th) day (whether or not a Business Day) preceding such Special Payment Date.

Standard & Poor’s” or “S&P” means S&P Global Ratings, a division of S&P Global Inc., or any successor thereto. References to S&P are effective so long as S&P is a Rating Agency.

State” means any one of the fifty states of the United States of America, or the District of Columbia.

State Pledge” means the pledge of the State of California as set forth in Section 850.1(e) of the Wildfire Financing Law.

Subsequent Financing Order” means a financing order of the CPUC under the Wildfire Financing Law issued to PG&E subsequent to the Financing Order.

 

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Subaccounts” has the meaning specified in Section 8.02(a) of the Indenture.

Subsequent Indenture” means any indenture by and between the Issuer and an indenture trustee subsequent to this Indenture, pursuant to which any Series of Additional Recovery Bonds or Additional Other Recovery Bonds is issued by the Issuer.

Successor Servicer” has the meaning specified in Section 3.07(e) of the Indenture.

Tariff” means the Tariff filed with the CPUC pursuant to the Wildfire Financing Law to evidence the Fixed Recovery Charges pursuant to the Financing Order.

Tax Return” has the meaning specified in Section 1(a)(iii) of the Administration Agreement.

Temporary Recovery Bonds” means Recovery Bonds executed, and upon the receipt of an Issuer Order, authenticated and delivered by the Indenture Trustee pending the preparation of Definitive Recovery Bonds pursuant to Section 2.04 of the Indenture.

Termination Notice” has the meaning specified in Section 7.01 of the Servicing Agreement.

Tranche” means any one of the tranches of Recovery Bonds.

Treasury Regulations” means the regulations, including proposed or temporary regulations, promulgated under the Code. References herein to specific provisions of proposed or temporary regulations shall include analogous provisions of final Treasury Regulations or other successor Treasury Regulations.

True-Up Adjustment” means any Routine Annual True-Up Adjustment, Routine Semi-Annual True-Up Adjustment, Routine Interim True-Up Adjustment, or Non-Routine True-Up Adjustment, as the case may be.

Trust Indenture Act” or “TIA” means the Trust Indenture Act of 1939, as amended by the Trust Indenture Reform Act of 1990, as in force on the Closing Date, unless otherwise specifically provided.

UCC” means, unless the context otherwise requires, the Uniform Commercial Code, as in effect in the relevant jurisdiction, as amended from time to time.

Underwriters” means the underwriters who purchase Recovery Bonds of any Tranche from the Issuer and sell such Recovery Bonds in a public offering.

Underwriting Agreement” means the Underwriting Agreement, dated as of July 13, 2022, by and among the Issuer, PG&E and the representatives of the several Underwriters named therein, as the same may be amended, supplemented or modified from time to time, with respect to the issuance of the Recovery Bonds.

 

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Unrecovered Balance” means, as of any Payment Date, the sum of the outstanding principal amount of the Recovery Bonds less the amount in the Excess Funds Subaccount available to make principal payments on the Recovery Bonds.

U.S. Government Obligations” means direct obligations (or certificates representing an ownership interest in such obligations) of the United States of America (including any agency or instrumentality thereof) for the payment of which the full faith and credit of the United States of America is pledged and which are not callable at the option of the issuer thereof.

Weighted Average Days Sales Outstanding” means the weighted average number of days PG&E’s monthly bills to Consumers remain outstanding during the calendar year immediately preceding the calculation thereof, or for such other period specified in an Advice Letter or Reconciliation Certificate, pursuant to the Servicing Agreement.

Wildfire Financing Law” means Division 1, Part 1, Chapter 4, Article 5.8 of the California Public Utilities Code, §§ 850 – 850.8, in each case as amended from time to time.

B.     Other Terms. All accounting terms not specifically defined herein shall be construed in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles. To the extent that the definitions of accounting terms in any Basic Document are inconsistent with the meanings of such terms under generally accepted accounting principles or regulatory accounting principles, the definitions contained in such Basic Document shall control. As used in the Basic Documents, the term “including” means “including without limitation,” and other forms of the verb “to include” have correlative meanings. All references to any Person shall include such Person’s permitted successors.

C.     Computation of Time Periods. Unless otherwise stated in any of the Basic Documents, as the case may be, in the computation of a period of time from a specified date to a later specified date, the word “from” means “from and including” and the words “to” and “until” each means “to but excluding”.

D.     Reference; Captions. The words “hereof”, “herein” and “hereunder” and words of similar import when used in any Basic Document shall refer to such Basic Document as a whole and not to any particular provision of such Basic Document; and references to “Section”, “subsection”, “Schedule” and “Exhibit” in any Basic Document are references to Sections, subsections, Schedules and Exhibits in or to such Basic Document unless otherwise specified in such Basic Document. The various captions (including the tables of contents) in each Basic Document are provided solely for convenience of reference and shall not affect the meaning or interpretation of any Basic Document.

E.     The definitions contained in this Appendix A are applicable to the singular as well as the plural forms of such terms and to the masculine as well as to the feminine and neuter forms of such terms.

 

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Exhibit 4.2

SERIES SUPPLEMENT

This SERIES SUPPLEMENT dated as of July 20, 2022 (this “Supplement”), by and between PG&E Wildfire Recovery Funding LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (the “Issuer”), and THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON TRUST COMPANY, N.A., a national banking association (“BANK”), in its capacity as indenture trustee (the “Indenture Trustee”) for the benefit of the Secured Parties under the Indenture dated as of July 20, 2022 (the “Indenture”), by and between the Issuer and the BANK, in its capacity as Indenture Trustee and in its separate capacity as a securities intermediary.

PRELIMINARY STATEMENT

Section 9.01 of the Indenture provides, among other things, that the Issuer and the Indenture Trustee may at any time enter into an indenture supplemental to the Indenture for the purposes of authorizing the issuance by the Issuer of the Recovery Bonds and specifying the terms thereof. The Issuer has duly authorized the creation of the Recovery Bonds with an initial aggregate principal amount of $3,900,000,000 to be known as PG&E Wildfire Recovery Funding LLC Recovery Bonds (the “Recovery Bonds”), and the Issuer and the Indenture Trustee are executing and delivering this Supplement in order to provide for the Recovery Bonds.

All terms used in this Supplement that are defined in the Indenture, either directly or by reference therein, have the meanings assigned to them therein, except to the extent such terms are defined or modified in this Supplement or the context clearly requires otherwise. In the event that any term or provision contained herein shall conflict with or be inconsistent with any term or provision contained in the Indenture, the terms and provisions of this Supplement shall govern.

GRANTING CLAUSE

With respect to the Recovery Bonds, the Issuer hereby Grants to the Indenture Trustee, as Indenture Trustee for the benefit of the Secured Parties of the Recovery Bonds, a Lien on and a security interest in and to all of the Issuer’s right, title and interest (whether now owned or hereafter acquired or arising) in, to and under all of the following property (such property, collectively, the “Recovery Bond Collateral”): (a) the Recovery Property created under and pursuant to the Financing Order, and transferred by the Seller to the Issuer pursuant to the Sale Agreement (including, to the fullest extent permitted by law, the right, title, and interest of the Issuer (i) in and to the Fixed Recovery Charges, including all rights to True-Up Adjustments to the Fixed Recovery Charges in accordance with the Wildfire Financing Law and the Financing Order and (ii) to be paid the amount that is determined in a Financing Order to be the amount that the Seller and Issuer is lawfully entitled to receive pursuant to the provisions of the Wildfire Financing Law and the proceeds thereof, and in and to all revenues, collections, claims, payments, moneys, or proceeds of or arising from the Fixed Recovery Charges; (b) the Sale Agreement and all property and interests in property transferred under the Sale Agreement with respect to the Recovery Property and the Recovery Bonds, (c) the Servicing Agreement, the Administration Agreement and any subservicing, agency, intercreditor, administration or collection agreements executed in connection therewith, to the extent related to the foregoing Recovery Property and the Recovery Bonds, (d) the Collection Account, all subaccounts thereof and all amounts of cash, instruments, investment property or other assets on deposit therein or

 

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credited thereto from time to time and all Financial Assets and securities entitlements carried therein or credited thereto, (e) all rights to compel the Servicer to file for and obtain adjustments to the Fixed Recovery Charges in accordance with Section 850.1(g) of the Wildfire Financing Law, the Financing Order or any Tariff filed in connection therewith, (f) all present and future claims, demands, causes and choses in action in respect of any or all of the foregoing, whether such claims, demands, causes and choses in action constitute Recovery Property, accounts, general intangibles, instruments, contract rights, chattel paper or proceeds of such items or any other form of property, (g) all accounts, chattel paper, deposit accounts, documents, general intangibles, goods, instruments, investment property, letters of credit, letters-of-credit rights, money, commercial tort claims and supporting obligations related to the foregoing, (h) all payments on or under, and all proceeds in respect of, any or all of the foregoing; it being understood that the following do not constitute Recovery Bond Collateral: amounts deposited with the Issuer on the Closing Date, required for payment of costs of issuance with respect to the Recovery Bonds (together with any interest earnings thereon), it being understood that such amounts described in this clause shall not be subject to Section 3.17 of the Indenture.

The foregoing Grant is made in trust to secure the payment of principal of and premium, if any, interest on, and any other amounts owing in respect of, the Recovery Bonds and all fees, expenses, counsel fees and other amounts due and payable to the Indenture Trustee equally and ratably without prejudice, priority or distinction, except as expressly provided in the Indenture, to secure compliance with the provisions of the Indenture with respect to the Recovery Bonds, all as provided in the Indenture and to secure the performance by the Issuer of all of its obligations under the Indenture (collectively, the “Secured Obligations”). The Indenture and this Series Supplement constitute a security agreement within the meaning of the Wildfire Financing Law and under the UCC to the extent that the provisions of the UCC are applicable hereto.

The Indenture Trustee, as indenture trustee on behalf of the Secured Parties of the Recovery Bonds, acknowledges such Grant and accepts the trusts under this Supplement and the Indenture in accordance with the provisions of this Supplement and the Indenture.

SECTION 1. Designation. The Recovery Bonds shall be designated generally as the Senior Secured Recovery Bonds, Series 2022-B, and further denominated as Tranches A-1 through A-5.

SECTION 2. Initial Principal Amount; Recovery Bond Interest Rate; Scheduled Payment Date; Final Maturity Date. The Recovery Bonds of each Tranche shall have the initial principal amount, bear interest at the rates per annum and shall have the Scheduled Final Payment Dates and the Final Maturity Dates set forth below:

 

Tranche

   Initial Principal
Amount
     Recovery Bond
Interest Rate
    Scheduled Final
Payment Date
     Final Maturity
Date
 

A-1

   $ 613,080,000        4.022     06/01/2031        06/01/2033  

A-2

   $ 600,000,000        4.722     06/01/2037        06/01/2039  

A-3

   $ 500,040,000        5.081     06/01/2041        06/01/2043  

A-4

   $ 1,149,960,000        5.212     12/01/2047        12/01/2049  

A-5

   $ 1,036,920,000        5.099     06/01/2052        06/01/2054  

 

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The Recovery Bond Interest Rate shall be computed on the basis of a 360-day year of twelve 30-day months.

SECTION 3. Authentication Date; Payment Dates; Expected Amortization Schedule for Principal; Periodic Interest; No Premium; Other Terms.

(a) Authentication Date. The Recovery Bonds that are authenticated and delivered by the Indenture Trustee to or upon the order of the Issuer on July 20, 2022 (the “Closing Date”) shall have as their date of authentication July 20, 2022.

(b) Payment Dates. The Payment Dates for the Recovery Bonds are June 1 and December 1 of each year or, if any such date is not a Business Day, the next succeeding Business Day, commencing on June 1, 2023 (the “Initial Payment Date”) and continuing until the earlier of repayment of the Tranche A-5 Recovery Bonds in full and the Final Maturity Date Tranche A-5 Recovery Bonds.

(c) Expected Amortization Schedule for Principal. Unless an Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing on each Payment Date, the Indenture Trustee shall distribute to the Holders of record as of the related Record Date amounts payable pursuant to Section 8.02(e) of the Indenture as principal, in the following order and priority: (1) to the holders of the Tranche A-1 Recovery Bonds, until the Outstanding Amount of such Tranche of Recovery Bonds thereof has been reduced to zero; (2) to the holders of the Tranche A-2 Recovery Bonds, until the Outstanding Amount of such Tranche of Recovery Bonds thereof has been reduced to zero; (3) to the holders of the Tranche A-3 Recovery Bonds, until the Outstanding Amount of such Tranche of Recovery Bonds thereof has been reduced to zero; (4) to the holders of the Tranche A-4 Recovery Bonds, until the Outstanding Amount of such Tranche of Recovery Bonds thereof has been reduced to zero; (5) to the holders of the Tranche A-5 Recovery Bonds, until the Outstanding Amount of such Tranche of Recovery Bonds thereof has been reduced to zero; provided, however, that in no event shall a principal payment pursuant to this Section 3(c) on any Tranche on a Payment Date be greater than the amount necessary to reduce the Outstanding Amount of such Tranche of Recovery Bonds to the amount specified in the Expected Amortization Schedule set forth on Schedule A hereto for such Tranche and Payment Date.

(d) Periodic Interest. Periodic Interest will be payable on each Tranche of the Recovery Bonds on each Payment Date in an amount equal to one-half of the product of (i) the applicable Recovery Bond Interest Rate and (ii) the Outstanding Amount of the related Tranche of Recovery Bonds as of the close of business on the preceding Payment Date after giving effect to all payments of principal made to the Holders of the related Tranche of Recovery Bonds on such preceding Payment Date; provided, however, that with respect to the Initial Payment Date, or, if no payment has yet been made, interest on the outstanding principal balance will accrue from and including the Closing Date to, but excluding, the following Payment Date.

(e) Book-Entry Recovery Bonds. The Recovery Bonds shall be Book-Entry Recovery Bonds and the applicable provisions of Section 2.11 of the Indenture shall apply to the Recovery Bonds.

 

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(f) Indenture Trustee Cap. The amount payable with respect to the Recovery Bonds pursuant to Section 8.02(e)(i) shall not exceed $200,000 annually; provided, however, that the Indenture Trustee Cap shall be disregarded and inapplicable upon the acceleration of the Recovery Bonds following the occurrence of an Event of Default.

SECTION 4. Minimum Denominations. The Recovery Bonds shall be issuable in the Minimum Denomination and integral multiples of $1,000 in excess thereof.

SECTION 5. Certain Defined Terms. Article I of the Indenture provides that the meanings of certain defined terms used in the Indenture shall be as defined in Appendix A attached to the Indenture. Additionally, Article II of the Indenture provides certain terms will have the meanings specified in the related Supplement. With respect to the Recovery Bonds, the following definitions shall apply:

Initial Payment Date” has the meaning specified in Section 3 of this Supplement.

Minimum Denomination” shall mean $2,000.

Recovery Bond Interest Rate” has the meaning specified in Section 2 of this Supplement.

Payment Date” has the meaning specified in Section 3(b) of this Supplement.

Periodic Interest” has the meaning specified in Section 3(d) of this Supplement.

Closing Date” has the meaning specified in Section 3(a) of this Supplement.

SECTION 6. Delivery and Payment for the Recovery Bonds; Form of the Recovery Bonds. The Indenture Trustee shall deliver the Recovery Bonds to the Issuer when authenticated in accordance with Section 2.03 of the Indenture. The Recovery Bonds of each Tranche shall be in the form of Exhibits A-1 through A-5 hereto.

SECTION 7. Ratification of Agreement. As supplemented by this Supplement, the Indenture is in all respects ratified and confirmed and the Indenture, as so supplemented by this Supplement, shall be read, taken, and construed as one and the same instrument. This Supplement amends, modifies and supplemented the Indenture only in so far as it relates to the Recovery Bonds.

SECTION 8. Counterparts. This Supplement may be executed in any number of counterparts, each of which so executed shall be deemed to be an original, but all of such counterparts shall together constitute but one and the same instrument.

SECTION 9. GOVERNING LAW; WAIVER OF JURY TRIAL. THIS SUPPLEMENT SHALL BE CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, WITHOUT REFERENCE TO ITS CONFLICT OF LAW PROVISIONS, AND THE OBLIGATIONS, RIGHTS AND REMEDIES OF THE PARTIES HEREUNDER AND THEREUNDER SHALL BE DETERMINED IN ACCORDANCE WITH SUCH LAWS. EACH OF THE ISSUER AND THE INDENTURE TRUSTEE AND EACH HOLDER (BY ITS ACCEPTANCE OF THE RECOVERY BONDS) IRREVOCABLY WAIVES, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT THAT IT MAY EFFECTIVELY DO SO UNDER APPLICABLE LAW, TRIAL BY JURY.

 

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SECTION 10. Issuer Obligation. No recourse may be taken directly or indirectly, by the Holders with respect to the obligations of the Issuer on the Recovery Bonds, under the Indenture or under this Supplement or any certificate or other writing delivered in connection herewith or therewith, against (i) any owner of a beneficial interest in the Issuer (including PG&E) or (ii) any shareholder, partner, owner, beneficiary, agent, officer, director, employee or agent of the Indenture Trustee, the Managers or any owner of a beneficial interest in the Issuer (including PG&E) in its individual capacity, or of any successor or assign of any of them in their respective individual or corporate capacities, except as any such Person may have expressly agreed. Each Holder by accepting a Recovery Bond specifically confirms the nonrecourse nature of these obligations, and waives and releases all such liability. The waiver and release are part of the consideration for issuance of the Recovery Bonds.

[Signature Page Follows]

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Issuer and the Indenture Trustee have caused this Supplement to be duly executed by their respective officers thereunto duly authorized as of the first day of the month and year first above written.

 

ISSUER:
PG&E Wildfire Recovery Funding LLC
a Delaware limited liability company
By:  

 

  Name: Monica Klemann
  Title:   Manager, Treasurer and Secretary
INDENTURE TRUSTEE:
The Bank of New York Mellon Trust
Company, N.A., not in its individual capacity
but solely as Indenture Trustee
By:  

 

  Name: David Hill
  Title:   Vice President

Signature Page to Series Supplement

 

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SCHEDULE A

EXPECTED AMORTIZATION SCHEDULE

OUTSTANDING PRINCIPAL BALANCE

 

Semi-Annual

Payment Date

   Tranche A-1
Principal
     Tranche A-2
Principal
     Tranche A-3
Principal
     Tranche A-4
Principal
     Tranche A-5
Principal
 

Closing Date

   $ 613,080,000      $ 600,000,000      $ 500,040,000      $ 1,149,960,000      $ 1,036,920,000  

06/01/2023

   $ 576,590,692      $ 600,000,000      $ 500,040,000      $ 1,149,960,000      $ 1,036,920,000  

12/01/2023

   $ 545,225,081      $ 600,000,000      $ 500,040,000      $ 1,149,960,000      $ 1,036,920,000  

06/01/2024

   $ 513,188,246      $ 600,000,000      $ 500,040,000      $ 1,149,960,000      $ 1,036,920,000  

12/01/2024

   $ 480,465,823      $ 600,000,000      $ 500,040,000      $ 1,149,960,000      $ 1,036,920,000  

06/01/2025

   $ 447,043,139      $ 600,000,000      $ 500,040,000      $ 1,149,960,000      $ 1,036,920,000