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|Item 8.01||Other Events.|
Annually, the Essential Board of Directors (the “Board”) consults with the independent compensation consultant retained by the Board’s Executive Compensation Committee, Pay Governance, to review compensation paid with the goals of attracting and retaining high quality directors. Based on advice from Pay Governance and Board deliberation, on December 7, 2022, the Board of Essential Utilities, Inc. (the “Company”), upon the recommendation of the Executive Compensation Committee and the Corporate Governance Committee, approved an increase in the annual equity award for all non-employee directors of $10,000 per year. The increase is effective as of January 1, 2023, when the annual cash retainer will remain at $105,000 and the annual equity award will be increased to $120,000 per year. The updated schedule of non-employee directors’ compensation is attached to this Form 8-K as an exhibit and incorporated by reference herein.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
|10.1||Non-Employee Directors’ Compensation, effective January 1, 2023.|
|104||Cover Page Interactive Data File (formatted as inline XBRL)|
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
ESSENTIAL UTILITIES, INC.
|Dated: December 9, 2022||By:||/s/ Christopher P. Luning|
|Christopher P. Luning|
|Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary|
Essential Utilities, Inc.
Non-Employee Directors’ Compensation, effective January 1, 2023
At its regularly scheduled meeting on December 7, 2022, the Board of Directors of Essential Utilities, Inc., upon the recommendation of its Executive Compensation Committee and its Corporate Governance Committee, approved increases in the annual stock retainer paid to all non-employee directors. Following such approval, the compensation program for non-employee directors of Essential Utilities, Inc. is:
|·||an annual cash retainer of $105,000;|
|·||an additional annual cash retainer for the Chair of the Executive Compensation Committee of $15,000;|
|·||an additional annual cash retainer for the Chair of the Audit Committee of $20,000;|
|·||an additional annual cash retainer for the Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee of $15,000;|
|·||an additional annual cash retainer for the Chair of the Risk Mitigation Committee of $15,000;|
|·||an additional annual cash retainer for the Lead Independent Director of $30,000; and|
|·||an annual stock grant to non-employee directors of $120,000.|
All directors are reimbursed for reasonable expenses incurred in connection with attendance at Board or Committee meetings.