Certificate Of Incorporation

Certificate of Incorporation of Cinergy Corp.

by Cinergy
April 6th, 2006

Exhibit 3.1

 

CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION

 

OF

 

CINERGY CORP.

 

 

ARTICLE FIRST

 

Name

 

The name of the corporation is Cinergy Corp. (the “Corporation”).

 

 ARTICLE SECOND

 

Registered Office

 

The address of the registered office of the Corporation in the State of Delaware is 1209 Orange Street, in the City of Wilmington, County of New Castle.  The name of its registered agent at that address is The Corporation Trust Company.

 

ARTICLE THIRD

 

Purpose

 

The purpose of the Corporation is to engage in any lawful act or activity for which a corporation may be organized under the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware as set forth in Title 8 of the Delaware Code (the “DGCL”).

 

ARTICLE FOURTH

 

Capital Stock

 

(i)                                     The aggregate number of shares of stock that the Corporation shall have authority to issue is 1,000 shares of Common Stock, par value $.01 per share (the “Common Stock”).

 



 

ARTICLE FIFTH

 

Board of Directors

 

The following provisions are inserted for the management of the business and the conduct of the affairs of the Corporation, and for further definition, limitation and regulation of the powers of the Corporation and of its directors and stockholders:

 

(1)  The business and affairs of the Corporation shall be managed by or under the direction of the Board of Directors.

 

(2)  The directors shall have concurrent power with the stockholders to make, alter, amend, change, add to or repeal the By-Laws of the Corporation.

 

(3)  The number of directors of the Corporation shall be as from time to time fixed by, or in the manner provided in, the By-Laws of the Corporation.  Election of directors need not be by written ballot unless the By-Laws so provide.

 

(4)  A director of the Corporation shall not be personally liable to the Corporation or its stockholders for monetary damages for breach of fiduciary duty as a director, except for liability (i) for any breach of the director’s duty of loyalty to the Corporation or its stockholders, (ii) for acts or omissions not in good faith or which involve intentional misconduct or a knowing violation of law, (iii) under Section 174 of the DGCL, or (iv) for any transaction from which the director derived any improper personal benefit.  If the DGCL is amended after the date of the filing of this Certificate of Incorporation to authorize corporate action further eliminating or limiting the personal liability of directors, then the liability of a director of the Corporation shall be eliminated or limited to the fullest extent permitted by the DGCL, as so amended.  No repeal or modification of this Article FIFTH shall apply to or have any effect on the liability or alleged liability of any director of the Corporation for or with respect to any acts or omissions of such director occurring prior to such repeal or modification.

 

(5)  In addition to the powers and authority hereinbefore or by statute expressly conferred upon them, the directors are hereby

 



 

empowered to exercise all such powers and do all such acts and things as may be exercised or done by the Corporation, subject, nevertheless, to the provisions of the DGCL, this Certificate of Incorporation, and any By-Laws adopted by the stockholders; provided, however, that no By-Laws hereafter adopted by the stockholders shall invalidate any prior act of the directors which would have been valid if such By-Laws had not been adopted.

 

ARTICLE SIXTH

 

Meetings of Stockholders; Books of the Corporation

 

Meetings of stockholders may be held within or without the State of Delaware, as the By-Laws may provide.  The books of the Corporation may be kept (subject to any provision contained in the DGCL) outside the State of Delaware at such place or places as may be designated from time to time by the Board of Directors or in the By-Laws of the Corporation.

 

ARTICLE SEVENTH

 

Amendment of Certificate of Incorporation

 

The Corporation reserves the right to amend, alter, change or repeal any provision contained in this Certificate of Incorporation, in the manner now or hereafter prescribed by statute, and all rights conferred upon stockholders herein are granted subject to this reservation.

 

ARTICLE EIGHTH

 

Liability of Stockholders

 

The holders of the capital stock of the Corporation shall not be personally liable for the payment of the Corporation’s debts, and the private property of the holders of the capital stock of the Corporation shall not be subject to the payment of debts of the Corporation to any extent whatsoever.