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CDFA Energy & Water Finance Update - March 20, 2018

CDFA Energy and Water Finance Newsletter
March 20, 2018
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CDFA Releases 2018 Policy Agenda
The Council of Development Finance Agencies is pleased to announce the release of the 2018 CDFA Policy Agenda. The policy areas highlighted seek to address market-based challenges to capital formation, access, and private leverage. To view the agenda, click here.

USDA Seeks Applicants for Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency Projects
Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett has invited applications for loan guarantees and grants for Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvement Projects, which is a part of USDA's Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).

Baker Tilly Capital Provides $1.5M PACE Loan for Hotel Project
Baker Tilly Capital, LLC, a boutique investment bank, recently sourced a $1.5 million Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loan to help turn a vacant warehouse into a new hotel in Madison, Wisconsin, the first closed deal for the PACE Wisconsin program. The project secured a $1.5 million PACE loan and $5.1 million in Historic Tax Credits.

PACE Used to Finance New Grocery Store in MO
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) was recently used to finance a new grocery store in St. Louis, Missouri. This represents the first project to use PACE financing for new construction in Missouri and also the first project to use PACE for new construction retail in the country.

Lessons in Commercial PACE Leadership: The Path from Legislation to Launch
This report from the U. S. Department of Energy and the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy gives an overview of the steps needed to create a successful commercial PACE program.

Four Southern Minnesota Cities Awarded PFA Funding
Four southern Minnesota cities were approved for more than $12 million in grants and loans from the Minnesota Public Facilities Authority (PFA) for projects that will improve wastewater and drinking water facilities.  The PFA awarded funding to Blue Earth, Kasson, Northrop and Welcome.

Northwood, OH, Project Using ESID to Improve Energy Efficiency
Northwood, Ohio, City Council recently established the city as an Energy Special Improvement District (ESID). The designation allows the city to apply for low interest loans for energy efficient projects. Businesses can also apply for funding to invest in energy upgrades.

City of Evanston, IL, Receives SRF Loan for Sewer Infrastructure
The City of Evanston, Illinois, will soon begin rehabilitation of the combined sewer thanks to a low interest loan from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (SRF).

City of Brockton, MA, Receives $16.2M Loan From SRF
The city of Brockton, Massachusetts, is set to receive $4.4 million to upgrade its clear water well that holds processed drinking water. The funding is part of a $16.2 million loan from the state's clean water state revolving fund. 

LA Awards Town of Sunset for $500K SRF for Water Improvements
The Louisiana Department of Health's Office of Public Health awarded a $550,000 loan to the Town of Sunset through the State's Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund. The low-interest subsidized loan will help improve the Town of Sunset's Water System.

Detroit DWSD Launches $5M Annual Green Infrastructure Program
Detroit, Michigan, has unveiled a new Capital Partnership Program to allocate $5 million per year to fund installation of approved Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) projects for non-residential property owners.

Upcoming Events
Intro Tax Credit Finance WebCourse

CDFA Federal Financing Webinar Series
February 28, April 12, June 14, August 16, and October 18, 2018 - 2:00PM Eastern
The CDFA Federal Financing Webinar Series is an exclusive, five-part online offering that will convene finance experts, federal agencies, and local practitioners to discuss the development finance programs offered by the federal government.


Submit Your Proposal to Present at the 2018 CDFA National Summit
CDFA needs your help to source deals, projects and programs and will be accepting submissions for potential deals, projects and program presentations. If selected, each speaker will be given one complimentary registration to attend the CDFA National Summit.

Energy Finance News

Steel, Aluminum Tariffs Create ‘Another Headache' for Renewables
Greentech Media | Mar. 9 | Energy Finance | Tax Credits

Snack Food Manufacturer Hungry to Become More Environmentally Friendly
Novogradac & Company | Mar. 8 | Access to Capital | Energy Finance | Tax Credits | Water Finance | Food Systems Finance

Tax Act May Spur More Investment in RNG, Biogas Projects
Biomass Magazine | Mar. 7 | Energy Finance | Legislative

Adding Batteries to Existing Rooftop Solar Could Qualify for Tax Credit
Inside Climate News | Mar. 6 | Energy Finance | Tax Credits

IA Tax Reform Bill Puts Solar Tax Credit on the Chopping Block
Energy News Network | Mar. 6 | Energy Finance | Tax Credits

Kresge Seeks Climate Change Philanthropy Fellow
The Kresge Foundation | Mar. 1 | Infrastructure Finance | Energy Finance | Water Finance | Infrastructure Finance\Water Finance

C-PACE Approved by Town Meeting in Ridgefield, CT
The Ridgefield Press | Feb. 27 | Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) | Energy Finance | Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)\Programs

Why the First Commercial PACE Securitization was so Small
Asset Securitization Report | Feb. 27 | Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) | Energy Finance

Microgrids to Use Tax Credits to Avoid Tariff
Microgrid Knowledge | Feb. 27 | Access to Capital | Energy Finance | Tax Credits

MD Leading the Charge with Energy Storage Tax Credits
Womble Bond Dickinson | Feb. 23 | Energy Finance | Tax Credits

Ygrene Expands PACE Financing Program into San Francisco Region
PR Newswire | Feb. 21 | Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) | Green Finance | Energy Finance | Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)\Programs

Highlights from the Online Resource Database

Financing Natural Infrastructure for Coastal Flood Damage Reduction
Infrastructure Finance | Water Finance | Bond Finance | Special Assessment Districts | Public-Private Partnership (P3) Financing | Tax Increment Finance (TIF)
This paper explores financial tools for investing in natural infrastructure to reduce current and future risks from flooding. The principal author of this report is Dr. Charles S. Colgan, Director of Research at the Center for the Blue Economy at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

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