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CDFA Energy Finance Update - January 2, 2024

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January 2, 2024
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Join CDFA for the Return of the Fundamentals of Economic Development Finance Course
Join CDFA as we kick off the new year with the return of the Fundamentals of Economic Development Finance Course on January 24-25, 2024! This course is the foundation for all of CDFA's educational offerings and will help attendees understand the variety of development finance tools available including bonds, tax credits, tax increment financing (TIF), federal financing programs, RLFs, Opportunity Zones, and access to capital lending resources.

CDFA is Hiring a New Vice President of Development Finance
The Council of Development Finance Agencies is now accepting applications for Vice President, Development Finance. This position leads CDFA's development finance practice and is responsible for ensuring CDFA delivers on its research projects, resource collection, educational offerings, partnerships, and content creation. Want to join the CDFA family in Columbus, Ohio? Email your cover letter, resume, salary request, and three professional references to jobs@cdfa.net.

Wagoner County, OK Approves C-PACE Program in Effort to Promote Growth
In a significant move towards fostering economic growth and promoting sustainable development, Wagoner County announces the approval of the Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy program (C-PACE). Administered through INCOG, the C-PACE program, designed to facilitate energy-efficient upgrades in commercial buildings, enables property owners to access long-term financing for qualified projects.

IRA Grant Could Help Low-Income Residents in New Hampshire Go Solar
New Hampshire's Department of Energy has requested a $70 million federal grant to expand community solar programs for low-income residents, an infusion of funds that supporters say could lower energy bills, accelerate decarbonization, and perhaps even catalyze the development of much-needed affordable housing.

U.S. Department of Energy Awards $3M for Clean Energy to Tribal Colleges, Universities
The U.S. Department of Energy is allocating $3 million to help two tribal college campuses shift to clean energy. The funding will assist Blackfeet Community College in Montana and Turtle Mountain Community College in North Dakota in lowering their operating expenses and building a solid foundation for clean energy education. These colleges will then serve as examples for others to follow in adopting clean energy practices.

HUD Awards $174M for Green and Resilient Retrofit Program
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced $173.9 million in new loans and grants under the Green and Resilient Retrofit Program's Comprehensive and Elements categories, which is funded under the Inflation Reduction Act. The awards will support energy efficiency, electrification, clean energy, low embodied carbon materials, and climate resilience improvements in 30 HUD-assisted multifamily properties for low-income individuals and families.

PACE Financing Renewed in Placer County, CA for Homeowners to Fund Energy Projects
Homeowners in the unincorporated areas of Placer County can continue to access Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) home improvement financing through Home Run Financing, in accordance with a unanimous vote by the Placer County Board of Supervisors. The Board voted to extend approval for another five years, showing confidence in the program and an appreciation for its benefits for Placer County homeowners.

Michigan Enacts One of The Boldest Energy Laws-100% Clean Energy Standard by 2040
Clean energy legislation seven years in the making was signed into law after the Michigan governor convened a big gathering in Detroit to commemorate the big day. Proponents of the massive overhaul say it will reduce pollution in communities, boost savings on energy costs, and add thousands of new jobs while setting the state's climate agenda toward producing 100% of its energy from carbon-free sources by 2040.

Upcoming Events
Fundamentals of Economic Development Finance WebCourse

Intro Bond Finance WebCourse
March 4-5, 2024 - Daily: 12:00-5:00 PM Eastern
The Intro Bond Finance Course provides an in-depth look at governmental and qualified private activity bonds, with a focus on industrial development bonds (IDBs), 501(c)(3) non-profit bonds, exempt facility bonds, and other special bond programs authorized by the federal government.

Advanced Bond Finance WebCourse
March 6-7, 2024 - Daily: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM Eastern
The Advanced Bond Finance Course is designed for professionals who already have an understanding of tax-exempt financing and seek detailed instruction on complex financing techniques. Expert speakers will explore topics including the application of financial derivatives, advance refundings, investing bond proceeds, and how to spot arbitrage issues.

Energy Finance News

Florida Counties Say PACE Home Loan Program Needs More Consumer Protections
Tampa Bay Times | Dec. 27, 2023 | Energy Finance | Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)

Environmental, Social, and Governance Principles and the Inflation Reduction Act
ADP | Dec. 27, 2023 | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Incentives | Social Finance | Tax Credits

U.S. Department of Energy Provides $40M for Clean Energy Workforce
U.S. Department of Energy | Dec. 22, 2023 | Development Finance Toolbox | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Legislative | U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE)

Sharyland, TX Receives $17M WIFIA Loan for Drinking Water Project
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency | Dec. 22, 2023 | Access to Capital | Development Finance Toolbox | Federal | Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs) | U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) | Water Finance | WIFIA

Inflation Reduction Act: New Guidance on Section 45X Manufacturing Tax Credits
JD Supra | Dec. 19, 2023 | Energy Finance | Tax Credits | U.S. Dept. of Treasury

U.S. Treasury Unveils Rules for Clean Energy Manufacturing Subsidy
Reuters | Dec. 18, 2023 | Energy Finance | Tax Credits | U.S. Dept. of Treasury

Capital Markets Warm to C-PACE Financing Amid Growing Stress
Rebusiness Online | Dec. 18, 2023 | Energy Finance | Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)

Greenbacker Secures $92M Financing for Storage and Solar Portfolio
GlobeNewswire | Dec. 18, 2023 | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Tax Credits

USDA Provides Millions to Vermont and New Hampshire for Rural Energy Programs
VermontBiz | Dec. 15, 2023 | Energy Finance | Infrastructure Finance | Rural Development

White House Announces 10-Year Partnership in Pacific Northwest With States, Tribes
The White House | Dec. 14, 2023 | Energy Finance | Federal | Green Finance | Infrastructure Finance | Rural Development | Tribal Finance

Treasury, IRS Release Proposed Guidance for Advanced Manufacturing Production Credit
U.S. Department of the Treasury | Dec. 14, 2023 | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Internal Revenue Service (IRS) | Tax Credits | U.S. Dept. of Treasury

Nuveen Green Capital Aims to Make C-PACE a Foundational Piece of Every Capital Stack
The Real Deal | Dec. 13, 2023 | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)

Wayne County, MI Promotes Clean Energy Program with Detroit's Cambria Hotel
Fox 2 | Dec. 13, 2023 | Economic Development | Energy Finance | Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)

Gila River Indian Community Receives $5.6M for Canal-Solar Panel Project
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation | Dec. 8, 2023 | Access to Capital | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Legislative | Tribal Finance

How States Can Unlock Equitable Electrification With IRA Home Rebates
USGBC | Dec. 5, 2023 | Energy Finance | Housing Finance | Resiliency | Rural Development | Tax Credits | U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE)

$30.7M in Grants to Support Water Systems in Small, Rural Communities
U.S. EPA | Dec. 4, 2023 | Rural Development | U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) | Water Finance

Remarkable Demand for Solar and Wind Energy in Low-Income Communities
U.S. Department of the Treasury | Dec. 4, 2023 | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Resiliency | Social Finance | Tax Credits | U.S. Dept. of Treasury

The Council of Development Finance Agencies is a national association dedicated to the advancement of development finance concerns and interests. CDFA is comprised of the nation's leading and most knowledgeable members of the development finance community representing public, private, and non-profit entities alike. For more information visit CDFA.net or email info@cdfa.net

Council of Development Finance Agencies
100 E. Broad Street, Suite 1200
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 705-1300


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