DQE Exhibit 3.1
DUQUESNE LIGHT HOLDINGS, INC.
EFFECTIVE September 30, 2003
SECTION 1. Annual Meeting. The Corporation shall hold an annual
stockholders' meeting for election of Directors at a date, location (within or
outside Pennsylvania) and time set by the Board of Directors.
SECTION 2. Notice of Business to be Presented at the Annual Meeting.
(a) The proposal of business to be considered by the stockholders at
an annual meeting of stockholders may be made (i) pursuant to the Corporation's
notice of meeting, (ii) by or at the direction of the Board of Directors or
(iii) by any stockholder of the Corporation who was a stockholder of record at
the time of giving of notice provided for in this Section, who is entitled to
vote at the meeting and who has complied with the notice procedures set forth in
this Section. For business to be properly brought before an annual meeting by a
stockholder pursuant to clause (iii) of the preceding sentence, such business
must be a proper matter for stockholder action, the stockholder must have given
timely notice thereof in writing to the Secretary of the Corporation and such
notice must comply with the following requirements.
(1) To be timely, a stockholder's notice given pursuant to this
Section must be received at the principal executive offices of the
Corporation, addressed to the Secretary, not less than 120 calendar
days before the anniversary date of the Corporation's proxy statement
released to stockholders in connection with the previous year's annual
meeting or, if none, its most recent previous annual meeting.
Notwithstanding the preceding sentence, if the date of the annual
meeting at which such business is to be presented has been changed by
more than 30 days from the date of the most recent previous annual
meeting, a stockholder's notice shall be considered timely if so
received by the Corporation (i) on or before the later of (x) 150
calendar days before the date of the annual meeting at which such
business is to be presented or (y) 30 days following the first public
announcement by the Corporation of the date of such annual meeting and
(ii) not later than 15 calendar days prior to the scheduled mailing
date of the Corporation's proxy material for such annual meeting. In
no event shall the public announcement of an adjournment of an annual
meeting commence a new time period for the giving of a stockholder's
notice as described above.
(2) A stockholder's notice given pursuant to this Section shall
set forth (A) the name and address of the stockholder who intends to
make the proposal and the classes and numbers of shares of the
Corporation's stock beneficially owned by such stockholder; (B) a
representation that the stockholder is and will at the time of the
annual meeting be a holder of record of stock of the
Corporation entitled to vote at such meeting on the proposal(s)
specified in the notice and intends to appear in person or by proxy at
the meeting to present such proposal(s), (C) a description of the
business the stockholder intends to bring before the meeting,
including the text of any proposal or proposals to be presented for
action by the stockholders, (D) the name and address of any beneficial
owner(s) of the Corporation's stock on whose behalf such business is
to be presented and the class and number of shares beneficially owned
by each such beneficial owner and (E) the reasons for conducting such
business at the meeting and any material interest in such business of
such stockholder or any such beneficial owner.
(b) General. (i) Only such business shall be conducted at a meeting
of stockholders as shall have been brought before the meeting in accordance with
the procedures set forth in this Section. The chair of the meeting shall have
the power and the duty to determine whether any business proposed to be brought
before a meeting was proposed in accordance with the procedures set forth in
this Section and, if any business is not in compliance with this Section, to
declare that such defective proposal shall be disregarded.
(ii) For purposes of this Section, (A) "public announcement" shall
mean disclosure in a press release reported by the PR Newswire, the Dow Jones
News Service, Associated Press or comparable national news service or in a
document publicly filed by the Corporation with the Securities and Exchange
Commission pursuant to Section 13, 14 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of
1934 (the "Exchange Act") and (B) "beneficial ownership" shall be determined in
accordance with Rule 13d-3 under the Exchange Act or any successor rule.
(iii) Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this Section, a
stockholder shall also comply with all applicable requirements of the Exchange
Act and the rules and regulations thereunder with respect to the matters set
forth in this Section. Nothing in this Section shall be deemed to affect any
rights of a stockholder to request inclusion of a proposal in the Corporation's
proxy statement pursuant to Rule 14a-8 under the Exchange Act, or any successor
rule, or to present for action at an annual meeting any proposal so included.
SECTION 3. Special Meetings. Special meetings of the stockholders may
be called at any time by the Chair (as defined in Article II, Section 1(b)) or
Chief Executive Officer or by the Board of Directors. Only such business shall
be conducted at a special meeting of stockholders as shall have been brought
before the meeting pursuant to the Corporation's notice of meeting.
SECTION 4. Notice of Meetings. Written notice of every meeting of the
stockholders shall be given to each stockholder entitled to vote at such
meeting, at least five days (or such other period as required by statute) before
the meeting, by the Chair or Secretary. Failure to give notice of any annual
meeting or irregularity in the notice shall not affect the validity of any
proceedings at such meeting (other than proceedings of which special notice is
required by law, the Articles or these By-Laws).
SECTION 5. Quorum. At all meetings of stockholders, a majority of the
voting power of the outstanding shares entitled to vote, represented by
stockholders in person or by proxy, shall constitute a quorum.
SECTION 6. Judges of Election. One or more judges of election shall be
appointed by the Board of Directors for any meeting of stockholders. The judges
of election shall act as tellers of any ballot vote taken at the meeting and
certify the result.
SECTION 7. Voting and Proxies. The holders of Series A Preferred Stock
will be entitled to vote on all matters submitted to a vote of the holders of
Common Stock, voting together with the holders of Common Stock as one class.
Each share of Common Stock will be entitled to one vote. Each share of Series A
Preferred Stock will be entitled to three votes per share, subject to certain
adjustments. At meetings for the election of Directors, each stockholder
entitled to vote shall be entitled to votes equal to the number of shares held
multiplied by the number of Directors to be elected, and each stockholder may
cast all votes for a single candidate or distribute them among any two or more
Any stockholder entitled to vote at any meeting of stockholders may
vote either in person or by proxy, but no proxy which is dated more than three
years prior to the meeting at which it is offered shall confer the right to
vote. Every proxy shall be in writing, signed by a stockholder or duly
authorized attorney in fact.
SECTION 8. Order of Business. At all meetings of stockholders, the
order of business shall be, as far as applicable and practicable, as follows:
(2) Proof of giving of the notice of meeting or of waivers thereof.
(3) Submission by the Secretary, or by the judges of election, of a
list of stockholders entitled to vote, present in person or by
(4) If an annual meeting, presentation of unapproved minutes of
preceding meetings and action thereon.
(5) Matters to be voted upon as specified in the notice of meeting.
(7) Unfinished business.
(8) New business.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
SECTION 1. (a) Election and Powers. The business and affairs of the
Corporation shall be managed by its Board of Directors. The Board may exercise
all the powers of the Corporation except such as are by statute, the Articles or
these By-Laws conferred upon or reserved to the stockholders. At each annual
meeting the stockholders shall elect directors of the class whose term then
expires, to hold office until the third succeeding annual meeting. Except as
otherwise expressly provided in the Articles, each director shall hold office
until a successor is elected and qualified, or until such director's earlier
resignation or removal in the manner provided in Section 11 of this Article II.
The number of directors which shall constitute the full Board of Directors shall
be not less than one as fixed by the Board of Directors in the manner provided
in the Articles.
(b) Chairman or Chairwoman of the Board. At its first
meeting following each annual meeting, the Board of Directors shall elect one of
its members to be Chairman or Chairwoman of the Board (the "Chair"). The Board
of Directors shall fill any vacancy in the position of Chair at such time and in
such manner as the Board of Directors shall determine. The Chair may, but need
not, be an officer of or employed in an executive or any other capacity by the
Corporation. The Chair shall preside at any meeting of the stockholders or of
the Board of Directors and shall have all the powers and authority vested in a
presiding officer by law or practice to conduct an orderly meeting. In addition
to any specific powers conferred by these By-Laws, the Chair shall have the
powers and duties assigned by the Board of Directors.
(c) Vice Chairman or Vice Chairwoman of the Board. The Board of
Directors may also elect one of its members to be Vice Chairman or Vice
Chairwoman of the Board (the "Vice Chair"), such election, if any, to take place
at the same time as the election of the Chair. The Board of Directors may fill
any vacancy in the position of Vice Chair at such time and in such manner as the
Board of Directors determines. The Vice Chair may, but need not, be an officer
of or employed in an executive or any other capacity by the Corporation. The
Vice Chair shall, during the absence or disability of the Chair, have the powers
and perform the duties of the Chair. In addition to any specific powers
conferred by these By-Laws, the Vice Chair shall have the powers and duties
assigned by the Board of Directors.
SECTION 2. Eligibility for Election. No person who is an employee of
the Company, except the Chair (who may, but need not, be an employee) or the
Chief Executive Officer, shall be eligible to serve as a Director of the Company
after retiring as an employee. No person over age 72 as of the date of the
Annual Meeting of Stockholders shall be eligible to stand for election to the
Board of Directors.
SECTION 3. Regular Meetings. After each meeting of stockholders at
which directors shall have been elected, the Board of Directors shall meet as
soon as practicable for the purpose of organization and the transaction of other
business. Additional regular meetings shall be held as fixed by the Board of
SECTION 4. Special Meetings. Special meetings of the Board of
Directors shall be held whenever called by the Chair, the Chief Executive
Officer or a majority of the Board of Directors.
SECTION 5. Place of Meetings. The Board of Directors may hold its
regular and special meetings at such places as it designates.
SECTION 6. Notice of Meetings. No notice of regular meetings of the
Board of Directors need be given. Notice of the place, day and hour of every
special meeting shall be given to each director at least one day before the
meeting, by personal delivery, by telephone or by facsimile or electronic
communication, at the director's residence or usual place of business or in the
alternative, by mailing the notice at least three days before the meeting to the
director's last known mailing address. The failure to give notice shall not
affect the validity of any
meeting as to any director who attends the meeting or waives notice in writing.
No notice of adjourned meetings of the Board of Directors need be given. All
regular and special meetings of the Board of Directors shall be general meetings
open for the transaction of any business without special notice of such
SECTION 7. Quorum. At all meetings of the Board of Directors, a
majority of the directors shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of
business. Except in cases in which it is by law, the Articles or these By-Laws
otherwise provided, a majority of the quorum shall decide any questions.
SECTION 8. Vacancies. Vacancies on the Board of Directors shall be
filled as provided in the Articles.
SECTION 9. Compensation. The directors may be compensated for their
services on a periodic basis and/or receive a fixed sum for attendance at each
regular, special or Committee meeting and every adjournment thereof. The amount
shall be fixed by resolution of the Board of Directors. The directors shall be
reimbursed for all reasonable traveling expenses incurred in attending meetings.
Directors who are employees of the Corporation shall not be paid for their
services as directors.
SECTION 10. Removal. Any director, any class of directors or the
entire Board of Directors may be removed as provided in the Articles.
SECTION 11. Indemnification of Directors and Officers.
(a) Right of Indemnification. Except as prohibited by law, every
director and officer of the Corporation shall be entitled as of right to be
indemnified by the Corporation against reasonable expense and any liability paid
or incurred by such person in connection with any actual or threatened claim,
action, suit or proceeding, civil, criminal, administrative, investigative or
other, whether brought by or in the right of the Corporation or otherwise, by
reason of such person being or having been a director or officer of the
Corporation or by reason of the fact that such person is or was serving at the
request of the Corporation as a director, officer, employee, fiduciary or other
representative of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust,
employee benefit plan or other entity (such claim, action, suit or proceeding
hereinafter being referred to as "action"); provided, however, that no such
right of indemnification shall exist with respect to an action brought by a
director or officer against the Corporation (other than a suit for
indemnification as provided in paragraph (b)). Such indemnification shall
include the right to have expenses incurred by such person in connection with an
action paid in advance by the Corporation prior to final disposition of such
action, subject to such conditions as may be prescribed by law. Persons who are
not directors or officers of the Corporation may be similarly indemnified in
respect of service to the Corporation or to another such entity at the request
of the Corporation to the extent the Board of Directors at any time denominates
such person as entitled to the benefits of this Section. As used herein,
"expense" shall include fees and expenses of counsel selected by such person;
and "liability" shall include amounts of judgments, excise taxes, fines and
penalties, and amounts paid in settlement.
(b) Right of Claimant to Bring Suit. If a claim under paragraph (a)
of this Section is not paid in full by the Corporation within thirty days after
a written claim has been
received by the Corporation, the claimant may at any time thereafter bring suit
against the Corporation to recover the unpaid amount of the claim, and, if
successful in whole or in part, the claimant shall also be entitled to be paid
the expense of prosecuting such claim. It shall be a defense to any such action
that the conduct of the claimant was such that under Pennsylvania law the
Corporation would be prohibited from indemnifying the claimant for the amount
claimed, but the burden of proving such defense shall be on the Corporation.
Neither the failure of the Corporation (including its Board of Directors,
independent legal counsel and its stockholders) to have made a determination
prior to the commencement of such action that indemnification of the claimant is
proper in the circumstances because the conduct of the claimant was not such
that indemnification would be prohibited by law, nor an actual determination by
the Corporation (including its Board of Directors, independent legal counsel or
its stockholders) that the conduct of the claimant was such that indemnification
would be prohibited by law, shall be a defense to the action or create a
presumption that the conduct of the claimant was such that indemnification would
be prohibited by law.
(c) Insurance and Funding. The Corporation may purchase and maintain
insurance to protect itself and any person eligible to be indemnified hereunder
against any liability or expense asserted or incurred by such person in
connection with any action, whether or not the Corporation would have the power
to indemnify such person against such liability or expense by law or under the
provisions of this Section 11. The Corporation may create a trust fund, grant a
security interest, cause a letter of credit to be issued or use other means
(whether or not similar to the foregoing) to ensure the payment of such sums as
may become necessary to effect indemnification as provided herein.
(d) Non-Exclusivity; Nature and Extent of Rights. The right of
indemnification provided for herein (1) shall not be exclusive of any other
rights, whether existing now or later, to which those seeking indemnification
may be entitled under any agreement, by-law or charter provision, vote of
stockholders or directors or otherwise, (2) shall be deemed to create
contractual rights in favor of persons entitled to indemnification, (3) shall
continue as to persons who have ceased to have the status pursuant to which they
were entitled or were denominated as entitled to indemnification and shall inure
to the benefit of the heirs and legal representatives of persons entitled to
indemnification hereunder and (4) shall be applicable to actions, suits or
proceedings commenced after adoption, whether arising from acts or omissions
occurring before or after the adoption hereof. The right of indemnification may
not be amended, modified or repealed so as to limit the indemnification provided
herein with respect to any acts or omissions occurring prior to the adoption of
any such amendment or repeal.
SECTION 12. Personal Liability of Directors.
(a) To the fullest extent that the laws of the Commonwealth of
Pennsylvania, as in effect on January 27, 1987 or as thereafter amended, permit
elimination or limitation of the liability of directors, no director of the
Corporation shall be personally liable for monetary damages as such for any
action taken, or any failure to take any action, as a director.
(b) This Section 12 shall not apply to any action filed prior to
January 27, 1987, nor to any breach of performance or failure of performance of
duty by a director occurring prior to January 27, 1987. Any amendment or repeal
of this Section 13 which has the
effect of increasing director liability shall operate prospectively only, and
shall not affect action taken, or any failure to act, prior to its adoption.
SECTION 13. Applicable Law. Pennsylvania Business Corporation Law of
1988, as amended, Title 15, Part II, Subpart B, Article C, Chapter 25,
Subchapters G through J, shall not apply to the Corporation.
Committees. The Board of Directors may by resolution designate and
discontinue such standing or special committees, including an Executive
Committee, as it deems desirable. Each committee shall have such powers and
perform such duties, not inconsistent with law, as may be assigned by the Board
SECTION 1. Officers. The officers of the Corporation shall be a Chief
Executive Officer, a President, one or more Vice Presidents, a Secretary, a
Treasurer and a Controller, and may include a Chief Operating Officer. The Chief
Executive Officer shall be chosen from among the directors. The officers shall
be elected annually by the Board of Directors at its first meeting following the
annual meeting, and each such officer shall hold office until the corresponding
meeting in the next year and until a successor has been duly chosen and
qualified, or until such officer's earlier death, resignation or removal. Any
vacancy in the above offices may be filled for the unexpired portion of the term
by the Board of Directors, at any regular or special meeting.
SECTION 2. Chief Executive Officer. The Chief Executive Officer shall
carry out the policies approved by the Board of Directors. In addition to any
specific powers conferred by these By-Laws, the Chief Executive Officer shall
have supervision over, and shall exercise general executive powers concerning,
all the operations and business of the Corporation. The Chief Executive Officer
shall also have and exercise such powers and duties as assigned by the Board of
Directors and may delegate executive and other powers and duties to any other
officer. At the request or in the absence or disability of the Chair and the
Vice Chair, the Chief Executive Officer shall preside at any meeting of the
stockholders or of the Board of Directors.
SECTION 3. President, Chief Operating Officer and Vice Presidents.
The President, Chief Operating Officer and each Vice President shall have and
exercise such powers and duties assigned to each by the Board of Directors or
the Chief Executive Officer.
SECTION 4. Secretary. The Secretary shall perform all duties incident
to the office of a secretary of a corporation, and such other duties as assigned
by the Board of Directors or the Chief Executive Officer.
SECTION 5. Treasurer. The Treasurer shall perform all the duties
incident to the office of a treasurer of a corporation, and such other duties as
assigned by the Board of Directors or the Chief Executive Officer.
SECTION 6. Controller. The Controller shall perform all duties
incident to the office of a controller of a corporation, and such other duties
as assigned by the Board of Directors or the Chief Executive Officer.
SECTION 7. Assistant Officers. The Board of Directors may elect one
or more assistant officers. In addition, the Chief Executive Officer, the
President, the Chief Operating Officer and each Vice President may appoint one
or more assistant officers. Each assistant officer shall hold office for such
period and shall have such authority and perform such duties as the Board of
Directors or the Chief Executive Officer may prescribe.
SECTION 8. Certain Powers of Officers. Except in cases in which the
signing and execution shall have been expressly delegated by the Board of
Directors to some other officer, employee or agent of the Corporation, the Chief
Executive Officer or President or Chief Operating Officer or a Vice President
may sign and execute in the name of the Corporation all authorized deeds,
mortgages, bonds, contracts or other instruments; provided, however, that any
such officer may delegate to any General Manager or Manager reporting to such
officer authority to sign and execute in the name of the Corporation all
authorized contracts and similar instruments pursuant to a policy approved by
the Board of Directors.
SECTION 9. Compensation. Unless such power is otherwise delegated by
law or by the rules of any stock exchange on which the Corporation's securities
are listed, the Board of Directors shall have the power to fix the compensation
of the Chief Executive Officer, President, Chief Operating Officer and any Vice
President of the Corporation. Unless such power is otherwise delegated by law or
by the rules of any stock exchange on which the Corporation's securities are
listed, the Chief Executive Officer shall have the power to fix the compensation
of the Secretary, the Treasurer, the Controller and assistant officers.
SECTION 1. Certificates. Every stockholder shall be entitled to a
certificate or certificates of stock of the Corporation in a form prescribed by
the Board of Directors, duly numbered and sealed with the corporate seal of the
Corporation, and setting forth the number and kind of shares represented
thereby; provided however, that the Board of Directors shall have the power to
provide for uncertificated shares of any class or series of stock or any part
thereof. The certificates shall be signed, by facsimile or otherwise, by the
Chief Executive Officer, the President, the Chief Operating Officer or a Vice
President and by the Treasurer or the Secretary and shall bear the corporate
seal, which may be a facsimile, engraved or printed. The Board of Directors may
also appoint one or more Transfer Agents and/or Registrars for its stock of any
class and may require stock certificates to be countersigned, by facsimile or
otherwise, and/or registered by one or more of such Transfer Agents and/or
Registrars. In case any officer, Transfer Agent or Registrar who has signed or
whose facsimile signature or authentication has been placed upon any share
certificate shall have ceased to be such officer,
Transfer Agent or Registrar because of death, resignation or otherwise, before
the certificate is issued, the certificate may be issued with the same effect as
if the officer, Transfer Agent or Registrar had not ceased to be such at the
date of its issue.
SECTION 2. Transfer of Shares. The Board of Directors shall have
power and authority to make all rules and regulations concerning the issue,
transfer, and registration of certificates of stock.
SECTION 3. Record Dates. The Board of Directors shall have the
authority to fix in advance a date, not exceeding ninety (90) days preceding any
meeting of stockholders, or the date for payment of any dividend, or the date
for the allotment of rights, or the date when any change, conversion, or
exchange of capital stock shall go into effect (each a "stockholder event"), as
a record date, in connection with such stockholder event, and in such case only
such stockholders as shall be stockholders of record on the date so fixed shall
be entitled to participate in such stockholder event, notwithstanding any
transfer of any stock on the books of the Corporation after any such record
SECTION 4. Mutilated, Lost or Destroyed Certificates.
The holder of any certificate representing shares of stock of the Corporation
shall immediately notify the Corporation of any mutilation, loss or destruction
thereof, and the Board of Directors may, in its discretion, cause one or more
new certificates, for the same number of shares in the aggregate, to be issued
to such holder upon the surrender of the mutilated certificate, or in case of
loss or destruction of the certificate, upon satisfactory proof of such loss or
destruction and the deposit of indemnity by way of bond or otherwise, in such
form and amount and with such sureties or security as the Board of Directors may
require to indemnify the Corporation against loss or liability by reason of the
issuance of such new certificate or certificates, and the failure of such holder
to comply with such requirements shall constitute a waiver by such holder of any
right to receive such new certificate or certificates.
DIVIDENDS AND FINANCE
SECTION 1. Dividends. Subject to the provisions of the Articles, the
Board of Directors, or an authorized Committee may, in its discretion, declare
what, if any, dividends shall be paid upon the stock of the Corporation. Except
as otherwise provided by the Articles, dividends shall be payable upon such
dates as the Board of Directors may designate. Before payment of any dividend
there may be set aside out of any funds of the Corporation available for
dividends such sum or sums as the Directors, in their absolute discretion, think
proper as a reserve fund to meet contingencies, for equalizing dividends, or for
repairing or maintaining any property of the Corporation, or for such other
purposes as the Directors shall think conducive to the interests of the
Corporation, and the Directors may abolish any such reserve in the manner in
which it is created.
SECTION 2. Checks, Drafts, Etc. Unless otherwise provided by
resolution of the Board of Directors, all checks, drafts, or orders for the
payment of money, notes, and other evidences of indebtedness, issued in the name
of the Corporation, shall be signed by the
Treasurer or an Assistant Treasurer and countersigned by the Chief Executive
Officer, the President, the Chief Operating Officer or a Vice President.
SECTION 3. Fiscal Year. The fiscal year of the Corporation shall be
the calendar year, unless otherwise provided by the Board of Directors.
SECTION 1. Seal. The Corporate Seal of the Corporation shall contain
within a circle the words "Duquesne Light Holdings, Inc.", and in an inner
circle the words "Corporate Seal".
SECTION 2. Inspection of Books and Records. The Board of Directors
may determine whether and, if allowed, when and under what conditions and
regulations, the books and records of the Corporation shall be open to the
inspection of stock-holders, and the rights of stockholders in this respect are
and shall be limited accordingly, except as otherwise provided by statute. No
stockholder has the right to inspect any book or record or receive any statement
for an improper purpose.
SECTION 3. Bonds. The Board of Directors may require any officers,
agents, or employees of the Corporation to give a bond to the Corporation,
conditioned upon the faithful discharge of their duties, with one or more
sureties and in such amount as may be satisfactory to the Board of Directors.
SECTION 4. Voting Upon Stock in Other Corporations. Any stock in
other corporations, which may be held by the Corporation, may be represented and
voted at any meeting of stockholders of such other corporations by the Chief
Executive Officer, the President, the Chief Operating Officer or a Vice
President of the Corporation or by proxy executed in the name of the Corporation
by the Chief Executive Officer, the President, the Chief Operating Officer or a
SECTION 5. Amendments. Except as provided by the Articles or by
statute, the authority to adopt, amend and repeal the By-Laws is exclusively
vested in the Board of Directors.
SECTION 6. Participation in Meeting by Telephone. One or more
Directors may participate in a meeting of the Board of Directors or a committee
of the Board of Directors by means of a conference telephone or similar
communications equipment by means of which all persons participating in the
meeting can communicate with each other.
SECTION 7. Informal Action by Directors or Committees.
Any action which may be taken at a meeting of the Board of Directors or a
committee of the Board of Directors may be taken without a meeting if a consent
or consents in writing setting forth the action so taken shall be signed by all
of the Directors or the members of the committee and shall be filed with the
Secretary of the Corporation.