Technical Assistance

Intro Energy & Water Finance WebCourse
August 7-8, 2024
Daily: 12:00-5:00 PM Eastern


Energy development & water finance are the fastest growing areas of development finance nationwide. From new production facilities and renewable energy source development to the retrofitting and renovation of existing infrastructure to support efficient energy & water projects, this finance has become a driving force in the economic development community.

CDFA’s Intro Energy & Water Finance Course explores the wide range of tools available for financing energy & water projects, including bonds, tax credits, revolving loan funds, grant programs, and more. This course will cover how new energy production/generation, energy efficiency, retrofitting and support programs are used throughout the country to encourage investment in large and small projects alike.

The Intro Energy & Water Finance Course begins with an overview of the complex energy development industry and introduces attendees to the terminology and technology driving this movement. We’ll then examine the entire spectrum of energy financing solutions from bonds to revolving loan funds and innovative incentive programs available to businesses, home owners, development professionals, investors, and government entities.

Day two of the Intro Energy & Water Finance Course will focus on financing water infrastructure development. Because water financing has become one of the critical financing needs in the development finance industry, speakers will explore programs and resources available through the federal government to support water infrastructure development. This course is essential for public leaders, economic development professionals, financial experts, and anyone working to address energy development challenges.

This course qualifies for the CDFA Training Institute's Development Finance Certified Professional (DFCP) Program. Join us online, and start down the road to personal and professional advancement today.


Course Objectives

  • Gain knowledge and insight into the complex energy and water financing industries
  • Learn about the application of state and federal finance programs for energy and water infrastructure
  • Interact with leading development finance professionals from around the country
  • Review best practices and case studies that can be implemented in your community
  • Gain a greater understanding of the partnership opportunities for energy and water development

Topics Covered

  • Energy and water industry overviews
  • Legal and regulatory considerations
  • Understanding various financing programs for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water sustainability initiatives
  • Tax-exempt and taxable bonds for energy and water development
  • Loan programs
  • Tax credits and other incentive programs supporting energy and water infrastructure
  • Innovative approaches and case studies

Who Should Attend?

  • Bond issuers
  • Economic development professionals
  • Community development professionals
  • Broker, dealers and underwriters
  • Elected officials
  • Government and nonprofit finance officers
  • Corporate trustees
  • Legal counsel
  • Underwriters
  • Commercial bankers
  • Accountants

Course Advisor

Zeyu Zhang Zeyu Zhang
Council of Development Finance Agencies
Manager, Research & Technical Assistance
Zeyu Zhang is a Manager of Research & Technical Assistance for the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA). Her focus areas include bond, infrastructure finance, energy, PACE, and P3. She contributes to the team by managing federal programs,... (More)


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The Intro Energy & Water Finance Course will take place on Zoom. The course will meet each day from 12:00-5:00 PM Eastern. Attendees must have access to a computer and the internet to attend the course.


This training course qualifies for the CDFA Training Institute's Development Finance Certified Professional (DFCP) Program. Start down the road to personal and professional advancement today.

Scholarships are available to attend this event. Learn more about the CDFA Scholarship Program, and submit your application today.

CDFA permits only one person to log in and participate in the course. If multiple people are accessing the course without paying to attend, we will terminate the connection and access. CDFA offers group discounts for organizations that wish to register multiple people.
Standard Rates
CDFA Member: $375
Non-Member: $500