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CDFA Energy & Water Finance Update - September 15, 2020

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September 15, 2020
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USDA Rural Development Invests $371M to Improve Rural Electric Infrastructure in 11 States
USDA Rural Development is investing $371 million to build and improve critical electric infrastructure that will benefit more than 222,000 rural residents and commercial customers in 11 states.

PACENation Announces 2020 PACESetters and PACE Champions
PACENation has announced the recipients of their 2020 PACESetter Awards and honored three PACE Champions for their distinguished leadership in the PACE marketplace, utilizing Property-Assessed Clean Energy financing. Among the 2020 Champions is CDFA member, Connecticut Green Bank.

Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank Finances $30M in Drinking Water Projects
Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank has announced $30 million in below-market rate financing through its Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) for projects across four borrowers, including the Town of Cumberland, the City of Newport, Providence Water Supply Board, and Smithfield Water Supply Board. By financing these projects through RI Infrastructure Bank loan programs, these clients will realize over $10.9 million in lifetime debt-service savings.

Louisiana Governor Aims for Net Zero Greenhouse Gases by 2050
Louisiana's governor, John Bel Edwards, has signed an executive order setting a state goal for net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The order laid out the state's first goal for greenhouse gases that creates a climate initiatives task force to include members from state government, business, environmental justice, Indian tribes, academics, and other areas. A second order creates a state resilience officer and directs all state agencies to work with that person toward protecting and restoring Louisiana's vanishing coast.

Trends in COVID-Era Renewables Tax Credit Proposals
This article summarizes the most recent pandemic-era proposals for wind, solar, and carbon capture federal tax incentives and attempts to discern potential trends for the future.

Philadelphia Daycare First to Go Solar Using C-PACE in Pennsylvania
During Philadelphia Solar Week, the Philadelphia Energy Authority, Greenworks Lending, and the Capers Company LLC announced the financial close of the first project in Pennsylvania to use Commercial Property-Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing for a renewable energy project. This solar system will supply nearly 100% of the daycare facility's energy needs.

Why the District of Columbia is a Leader in Energy Efficiency
In the 2019 scorecard by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Washington, D.C., was named as one of the best cities for energy efficiency and for scaling up local generation of clean energy in the country. Reasons for this include the city's strong focus on buildings, design of programs with people in mind, easily quantified benefits, collective contributions to financing efficiency, and transparency about future efforts.

Four Tools for Increasing Sustainable Energy Financing
Sustainable finance is a key ingredient in the energy transition, but there is a gap between what is available and what is required - and the market needs policy makers to play a role in this transition. Here are four ways to direct finance where it is most needed within a range of policy contexts.

Upcoming Events
Intro Infrastructure Finance WebCourse

CDFA-Bricker PACE Webinar Series: PACE Program Capitalization
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Eastern
PACE program financing can be provided through private third parties, public bonds, or a combination of both, and within those options, there are many creative approaches being implemented across the nation. In 2017, The Kresge Foundation made a $3 million program-related investment into the St. Paul Port Authority's "Trillion BTU" and "MinnPACE" loan programs. This was a first of its kind PRI to help the community on-board PACE. This webinar will explore this and other creative methods that communities can utilize to capitalize their PACE program.

CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series: Manufacturing Bonds for Disaster Response
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 1:00 PM Eastern
During this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series, we will look at how IDBs act as a resilient economic driver by financing the manufacturing facilities that stabilize local economies during crises.

Energy Finance News

Duke Energy Advances Climate Strategy with Electric Vehicles
PR Newswire | Sep. 14 | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Resiliency

Keene, NH Considers Community Power Plan as Key Part of Clean Energy Goals
Sentinel Source | Sep. 12 | Energy Finance | Local Finance Program | Resiliency | Rural Development

Water Well Trust Receives $1M Grant from USDA
City Biz List | Sep. 11 | Infrastructure Finance | Rural Development | U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) | Water Finance | Water Finance

Energy Policy Hangs In The Balance As The U.S. Election Nears
Seeking Alpha | Sep. 11 | Energy Finance | Federal | Green Finance | Legislative | Resiliency

Inside Fashion's Switch to Green Electricity
Vogue Business | Sep. 10 | Energy Finance | Green Finance | International | Resiliency

California PACE Contracts Surpass $362M in 2019
EIN Presswire | Sep. 10 | Energy Finance | Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) | State Finance Program

New Report Finds that Energy Efficiency Reduces Risk of Mortgage Default
Expert Investor | Sep. 10 | Energy Finance | Green Finance | International | Resiliency

Europe's Trillion Euro Climate Finance Plan
Modern Diplomacy | Sep. 9 | Energy Finance | Green Finance | International | Public-Private Partnership (P3) Financing | Resiliency

USDA Invests $8.7M for Energy Projects in Rural Oregon
Argus Observer | Sep. 9 | Access to Capital | Energy Finance | Federal | Food Systems Finance | Rural Development | U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) | Loan Guarantees | Rural Energy Program | USDA Rural Energy for America Program Grants (REAP Grants) | USDA Rural Energy for America Program Guaranteed Loan Program (REAP Loans)

SunPower Launches Some of Industry's Most Affordable Loans for Solar
PR Newswire | Sep. 8 | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Resiliency

Hudson, NY Mayor Signs Measure to Advance C-PACE
HudsonValley360 | Sep. 8 | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Local Finance Program | Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) | Programs

Models for Small Businesses Looking to Finance an On-Site Microgrid
Green Biz | Sep. 4 | Access to Capital | Energy Finance | Foundations | Resiliency

Decarbon8-US Fund Offers 3 New Climatetech Investment Opportunities Open to Everyone
PRNewswire | Sep. 3 | Access to Capital | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs) | Resiliency

$2M Available in Clean Energy Grants in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Business Report | Sep. 1 | Disaster Recovery & Relief | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Resiliency | State Finance Program | COVID-19

Solar and Wind Made Up Two-Thirds of New Global Power Generation Capacity in 2019
Green Tech Media | Sep. 1 | Energy Finance | Green Finance

EPA Awards $38.4M to Maryland for Water Quality Improvement Projects
EPA | Aug. 27 | Brownfield Financing | Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs) | Water Finance

Boston, MA City Councilor Releases 'Green New Deal & Just Recovery' Report
Boston Globe | Aug. 24 | Bond Finance | Disaster Recovery & Relief | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Healthcare | Housing Finance | Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) | Resiliency | Social Finance | Green Bonds | COVID-19 | Green Bonds

Tax Credit Investments Are Environmental, Social, and Governance Investments
Bloomberg Tax | Aug. 20 | Energy Finance | Historic Preservation | Housing Finance | Tax Credits | Renewable Energy Investment Tax Credit (ITC) | Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTCs) | Federal Historic Rehab Tax Credits

For Your Business or Organization, It's Easy Being Green
Connecticut News Project | Aug. 19 | Energy Finance | Tax Credits | Renewable Energy Investment Tax Credit (ITC) | Renewable Energy Investment Tax Credit (ITC)

HOLT Renewables Adds Solar Atop this Industrial Laundry Facility in Texas
Solar Builder | Aug. 19 | Energy Finance | Tax Credits | Renewable Energy Investment Tax Credit (ITC) | Renewable Energy Investment Tax Credit (ITC)

Highlights from the Online Resource Database

CDFA Federal Financing Webinar Series - Resources for Resilient Infrastructure from the DOE
Access to Capital | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Innovation Finance | Tribal Finance
This webinar focused on how rural and native communities can take advantage of financing from the Department of Energy to secure and modernize their critical energy systems.

CDFA-Bricker PACE Webinar Series: Policy and the Future of PACE
Development Finance Toolbox | Energy Finance | Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)
This is the fourth webinar of the 2020 CDFA-Bricker PACE Webinar Series: Policy and the Future of PACE. Speakers included: Jason Tiemeier, Associate, Bricker & Eckler LLP; Clifton Kellogg, Executive Director, C-PACE Alliance; Elyssa Rothe, Director of Policy and Program Development, Greenworks Lending; and Teresa Snyder PhD, Vice President Strategic Growth & Development, Ebee Management Group.

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