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CDFA Energy Finance Update - March 1, 2022

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Los Angeles, CA Could House Nation's Largest Green Hydrogen Infrastructure System
The Southern California Gas Company announced a plan to develop the nation's largest green hydrogen energy infrastructure system – the "Angeles Link" – which would deliver green hydrogen to the Los Angeles Basin region. Southern California Gas will submit the first phase of its plans to the California Public Utilities Commission today.

U.S. DOE Looks to Build Cyber Threat Detection Platform for Electric Grid
The Energy Department is planning to develop a common platform for detecting cyber threats across the nation's patchwork of electric utilities under a new plan galvanized by the bipartisan infrastructure bill and a cross-governmental effort to improve the security of critical operational systems.

ESG Bonds and Green Bonds May Help Colleges' and Universities' Sustainability Plans
As colleges and universities develop and implement sustainability plans to reduce their carbon footprint, there remains the question as to how to fund these sustainability plans. In addition to federal and state grants, there is a new development in the debt market which could also lead to lower interest rates: ESG bonds and Green bonds.

Influx of Federal Money Helps Fund New MBTA Bus Facility in Quincy, MA
Massachusetts is set to see $9.5 billion during the next five years as part of last year's federal infrastructure package. Baker said that more than $5 billion would go toward roads and bridges, $2 billion is for public transportation, and millions are dedicated to regional transit systems and climate resiliency.

House Committee Explores Cryptocurrency Energy Use, ESG Issues, and Opportunities
On January 20, 2022, the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing on the energy consumption associated with cryptocurrency activity. Committee members discussed a wide range of topics: blockchain and its energy impact on the climate, how crypto mining can affect utilities' management of energy resources and ultimately the price consumers pay for their electricity, and much more.

U.S. DOE Awards $25M for Wave Energy Testing at First-in-Nation Oregon Facility
Just south of Newport, a new wave energy facility called PacWave is about a year away from being operational. It will be the first commercial-scale, grid-connected wave energy test site in the U.S. and one of few in the world. Researchers from across the country can test new technology at the wave energy test site Oregon State University is building near Newport.

Financing Complete for Landfill-Gas to Renewable Natural Gas Projects in North Carolina
Greater Commercial Lending (GCL), which provides loans to businesses and organizations in under-served and rural communities, has completed nearly $73 million in financing for two facilities in North Carolina that will turn a natural byproduct of landfills into renewable natural gas. The financing is guaranteed by the USDA and has made an important difference for the projects, from both business and efficiency standpoints.

Great Lakes Platform Helps Connect Green Investors with Regional Projects
The Great Lakes Impact Investment Platform is helping to promote investment opportunities that benefit the environment, including renewable energy, clean water, and ecological restoration. The platform features 40 projects representing nearly $4.5 billion in investments, including household energy efficiency retrofits, coal mine reclamation, and utility-scale solar development.

Upcoming Events
Intro Revolving Loan Fund WebCourse

CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series: Capitalization Strategies & Funding from the American Rescue Plan
Tuesday, March 15, 2022 - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern
During this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series, we will discuss capitalization strategies that communities can use to leverage federal funding to drive long-term private investment.

Advanced Revolving Loan Fund Course
March 30-31, 2022 - Daily: 12:00 - 5:00 PM Eastern
The Advanced Revolving Loan Fund Course builds on CDFA's Intro RLF Course by providing in-depth instruction on loan underwriting and portfolio management. Topics discussed during this course include analyzing borrower documents, performing financial analysis, and making loan decisions based on the mission and lending criteria of your RLF.

Energy Finance News

Cheboygan County, MI Tentatively Looking Into PACE Program
Cheboygan Daily Tribune | Feb. 24 | Economic Development | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) | Rural Development

U.S. DOT Announces Funding to Strengthen Port Infrastructure and Supply Chain Resiliency
U.S. DOT | Feb. 23 | Disaster Recovery & Relief | Economic Development | U.S. Dept. of Transportation (DOT) | Water Finance

Michigan Spending $37M on EV and Other Subsidies
KPVI | Feb. 23 | Brownfield Financing | Energy Finance | Infrastructure Finance | Redevelopment | State Finance Program

Tribal Official Calls on Congress to Fund ‘Critical' Water Infrastructure
Indianz.com | Feb. 22 | Community Development | Infrastructure Finance | Social Finance | Water Finance

Kansas City, MO Officials to Target Federal Infrastructure Funds Along Transit Corridor
The Kansas City Star | Feb. 22 | Economic Development | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Housing Finance | Infrastructure Finance

Louisiana Green Fuels Allocated $250M of PAB
Biomass Magazine | Feb. 22 | Bond Finance | Energy Finance | Green Finance

Great Lakes Restoration Receives $1B for Cleanup
Governing | Feb. 16 | Brownfield Financing | Federal | Redevelopment | U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) | Water Finance

Medical Center in Downtown Los Angeles, CA Taps C-PACE for $10.9M  
CounterpointeSRE | Feb. 16 | Energy Finance | Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)

Financing Battery Storage: Navigating a Maturing Market
pv magazine | Feb. 14 | Energy Finance | Green Finance

Arkansas Governor's Order Sparks Hope of Energy Conservation
KUAR | Feb. 10 | Access to Capital | Energy Finance | Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs)

New York Gets $26M in First Tranche of Funds for Electric Car Charging Stations
New York Post | Feb. 10 | Energy Finance | Infrastructure Finance

Hydrogen Tax Credits Could Help Developers Secure Project Financing
S&P Global | Feb. 9 | Energy Finance | Federal | Tax Credits

The Biden Administration is Spending Billions to Clean Up Toxic Abandoned Coal Mines
Grist | Feb. 9 | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Infrastructure Finance

Green and Sustainable Loans: A Short Explainer
Watson Farley & Williams | Feb. 8 | Energy Finance | Green Finance

Baker-Polito Administration Outlines IIJA Funding Plans for Massachusetts
Mass.gov | Feb. 7 | Economic Development | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Infrastructure Finance

First Green Bank in Nevada Names Founding Executive Director
Sierra Nevada Ally | Feb. 7 | Energy Finance | Green Finance

Getting Ready: Federal Energy Tax Credits You Don't Want to Miss
Seacoastonline | Feb. 1 | Energy Finance | Federal | Tax Credits



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Columbus, OH 43215
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