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CDFA Energy & Water Finance Update - September 17, 2019

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September 17, 2019
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Stevens Institute to Construct Three Buildings Using $270M in Bonds
The Stevens Institute of Technology is scheduled to construct two student residential towers and a three-story university center through $270 million in bonds approved by the NJ Educational Facilities Authority. The NJEFA says the financing is anticipated to include a tax-exempt and a taxable series of bonds, all or a portion of which are authorized to be issued as Green Bonds.

Entrepreneurs Launch Clean Energy-Powered Affordable Housing Startup in Chicago, IL
Robert "A.J." Patton and Erica Johnson are launching a company that they hope will provide quality housing to lower-income residents in Chicago, and avoid gentrification, by harnessing the potential of energy efficiency and solar. At the same time, they plan to provide jobs for low-income and minority residents who are disproportionately left out of the clean energy economy.

An Innovative Focus for the Eagle Knitting Mills Building
Developer Wangard Partners Inc. aims to create a STEM-focused innovation ecosystem. The project, known as Eagleknit, will support this ecosystem environment with: A shared community facility and training room; workforce development; education for STEM fields and trades; minority-focused businesses; and start-up and entrepreneur space.

DE Rolls Out PACE Program Allowing Businesses to Pay for Energy Efficiency Projects 
Energize Delaware and New Castle County officials announced the launch of an initiative that will allow commercial and industrial property owners to finance energy-efficient and clean energy projects. Projects that qualify under the statewide Delaware Property Assessed Clean Energy (D-PACE) program will be financed through a voluntary assessment on property tax bills.

Nassau County Approves $408M Bond For Sewage Conveyance Project
The Nassau County Legislature approved a $408 million bond resolution that will help fund the Bay Park Conveyance Project — a plan to stop discharging treated sewage into the Reynolds Channel and divert it to the Cedar Creek Sewage Treatment Plant, which discharges into the ocean. The bond builds on the $830 million in state and federal money already invested in the project.

The Conservation Fund Announces Commencement Of Green Bond Offering
The Conservation Fund (TCF) announced that it is commencing an offering of taxable Green Bonds of approximately $100 to $150 million. Proceeds from the offering will be used primarily to increase the scale of its conservation initiative, dedicated to mitigating climate change and protecting natural ecosystems.

TWDB Approves $800K To Woodloch, TX For Disaster Recovery
The Texas Water Development Board approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of $800,000 in loan forgiveness from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund to the Town of Woodloch in Montgomery County. The City will use the assistance to finance planning, design, and construction costs associated with a Hurricane Harvey.

U.S. Wind Industry to Maintain Momentum
The United States currently has the second-largest wind energy market in the world after China. According to the American Wind Energy Association, wind power is expanding rapidly in many regions across the nation which ramped up wind energy project development activities in the second quarter of 2019.

In Chicago, IL, a New Financing Tool for Clean Energy and Efficiency Upgrades
Amped Kitchens is opening a Chicago "apartment building for kitchens" where companies can rent space to cook food to be sold to major grocery chains and other customers, based on its successful model in California. 

Upcoming Events
CDFA National Development Finance Summit

Ohio Invests: Opportunity Zones & Development Finance (2019)
September 26, 2019 - Columbus, OH
Join the Ohio Invests: Opportunity Zones & Development Finance conference on September 26, 2019 for a special one-day event in Columbus. This event will feature a number of economic development finance experts from around the state discussing Opportunity Zones and the Development Finance tools, authorities, resources and approaches, and how these can affect the Ohio economy going forward.

CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series: Analysis of the 2018 CDFA Volume Cap Report and Capital Markets Review
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 1:00 PM Eastern
During this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series, we will examine the recently released Volume Cap Report in fine detail as well as discuss the fourth-quarter outlook of the capital markets.

Energy Finance News

MA Governor Proposes $8.4M to Test Well Water for PFAS
Mass Live | Sep. 16 | Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs) | Water Finance

Encore Renewable Energy to Step Up Repurposing Property for Clean Power
Altenergymag | Sep. 16 | Brownfield Financing | Energy Finance | Green Finance

EPA Approves West Virginia Plan to Improve Water Quality
EPA | Sep. 13 | Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs) | Water Finance

New Brewpub and Brewery Coming to Centerville, OH
Dayton Business Journal | Sep. 13 | Energy Finance | Food Systems Finance | Green Finance | Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)

IN Finance Authority Adds WIFIA Bonds to Water Infrastructure Funding Options
The Bond Buyer | Sep. 13 | Bond Finance | State Finance Program | Water Finance

Green is Good – Green Bonds Continue Growth
JDSupra | Sep. 13 | Bond Finance | Energy Finance | Green Finance

EPA Awards Iowa DNR Over $3.5M to Protect Water Quality
EPA | Sep. 12 | Water Finance

PACE Financing Will Help Power Growth in The City of Syracuse, NY
Urban CNY News | Sep. 12 | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)

EPA Supporting Pennsylvania In Implementing Chesapeake Bay Restoration
EPA | Sep. 12 | Water Finance

CounterpointeSRE Announces Expedited Financing Process
Cision | Sep. 10 | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)

Will NC Reverse Course on Renewable Energy Tax Credits?
The Laurinburg Exchange | Sep. 9 | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Tax Credits

White Oak Global Advisors Announces Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing Program
Yahoo Finance | Sep. 5 | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)

A Greenhouse Large Enough to Feed the Eastern Seaboard
The New York Times | Sep. 3 | Access to Capital | Agriculture Finance | Energy Finance | Food Systems Finance

Yonkers, NY Offers Financial Solutions for Clean Energy Projects
Yonkers Times | Sep. 3 | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)

NM Forgoes Green Bonds on Energy Efficiency Projects
U.S. News | Sep. 3 | Bond Finance | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs)

New Franklin, OH Passes County Residential Energy Program
Akron.com | Aug. 30 | Community Development | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)

Logan County, CO Commissioners Mull Clean Energy Initiative
Journal-Advocate | Aug. 30 | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)

DE Looking to Use State Funds for Drinking Water Upgrades in Low-Income Communities
Delaware Public Media | Aug. 30 | Infrastructure Finance | Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs) | Water Finance

Covanta Receives $50M in Tax-Exempt Green Bonds
Waste Today | Aug. 29 | Bond Finance | Energy Finance | Green Finance

Financing for Sewer Plant in John Day, OR Top $13M
Blue Mountain Eagle | Aug. 28 | Brownfield Financing | Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs) | Water Finance

Making Solar Power More Accessible to Low-Income Residents in NV
Las Vegas Sun | Aug. 26 | Community Development | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)

Rocky Mountain House, CO Making Moves to be Environmental Leader
rdnewsNOW | Aug. 23 | Community Development | Energy Finance | Opportunity Zones | Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)

Fairview Heights, MO Considers Proposal to Establish PACE
St.LouisPublicRadio | Aug. 23 | Community Development | Energy Finance | Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)

NJ Awards Burlington City $6.5M in Loans for Water System Work
Burlington County Times | Aug. 22 | Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs) | State Finance Program | Water Finance

Highlights from the Online Resource Database

Clean Energy For Low Income Communities Toolkit
Community Development | Energy Finance | Green Finance | U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE)
The Clean Energy for Low Income Communities Accelerator (CELICA) was a voluntary partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and state and local governments to lower energy bills for low-income communities.

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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