RELIANT ENERGY, INC.
EXECUTIVE SEVERANCE PLAN
(Effective January 1, 2006)
Reliant Energy, Inc., a Delaware
corporation, having established the Reliant Energy, Inc.
Executive Severance Plan, effective January 1, 2006 (the Plan), and having reserved the right
under Section 13 thereof to amend the Plan, does hereby amend the Plan, effective as of January 1,
2006, as follows:
1. The final paragraph of Section 3.4 of the Plan is hereby amended to read as follows:
Notwithstanding the foregoing, the deadline for executing and
returning the Waiver and Release shall be until 5:30 p.m. central
time on the 46th day following the date that the Employee receives
the Plan and Waiver and Release pursuant to Section 3.2 if that 46th
day is after the Employees Termination Date, provided, however,
that in no event shall the Plan and Waiver and Release be provided
to the Employee later than the 10th day after his or her Termination
Date (such that in no event shall the deadline for executing and
returning the Waiver and Release be later than the 56th day after
his or her Termination Date). Each Eligible Employee is advised to
consult an attorney before signing a Waiver and Release.
2. The first sentence of Section 7.1 of the Plan is hereby amended to read as follows:
Within 10 days following the date that a Participant timely returns
an executed Waiver and Release (without having timely revoked it),
the Participants cash Severance Benefit described in Section 5 will
be paid to the Participant in a single lump sum.
3. Section 14 of the Plan is hereby amended by adding the following sentence thereto:
Section 409A of the Code. With respect to any
benefits under the Plan that are subject to Section 409A of the
Code, it is the intent of the Company that the provisions of
the Plan comply with Section 409A of the Code and accompanying
Treasury regulations and guidance, including, without
limitation, in the case of a Participant who is a specified
employee within the meaning of Code Section 409A, a delay of
payment of any such benefits until a date that is six months
and two days after his or her Termination Date (or, if earlier,
the date of his or her death). Accordingly, notwithstanding
any provision in the Plan to the contrary, this Plan will be
interpreted, applied and, to the minimum extent necessary,
unilaterally amended by the Company, in its sole discretion,
without the consent of any Participant, as the Company deems
appropriate for the Plan to satisfy the requirements of Section
409A. The provision of welfare benefits under Section 6.1 of
the Plan that are subject to Section 409A of the Code shall be
made in accordance with Treasury Regulation
§ 1.409A-3(i)(1)(iv) such that the provision of such benefits
will be deemed payable at a specified time or on a fixed
schedule relative to a permissible payment event. The right to
such welfare benefits is not subject to liquidation or exchange
for another benefit.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, Reliant Energy, Inc. has caused these presents to be executed by its duly
authorized officer in a number of copies, all of which shall constitute one and the same
instrument, which may be sufficiently evidenced by any executed copy hereof, this 27 day of
September 2007, but effective as of the date set forth herein.
||RELIANT ENERGY, INC.
||/s/ Karen D. Taylor
||Karen D. Taylor
||Senior Vice President Human Resources