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CDFA Energy & Water Finance Update - August 20, 2019

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August 20, 2019
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USDA Invests $181M in Loans for Rural Electric Upgrades
U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service Administrator Chad Rupe announced that USDA is investing $181 million to upgrade rural electric systems in 10 states. The funding includes $7.7 million to finance smart grid technologies that improve system operations and monitor grid security.

NJ Resources to Issue $150M of Green Bonds
New Jersey Resources (NJR) announced it has entered into an agreement to issue $150 million of Green Bonds, with $50 million issued on July 17, 2019, and $100 million expected to be issued on or about August 15, 2019. This is NJR's first issuance of Green Bonds and underscores the company's commitment to clean energy projects.

UAMS Looks at $156M Building Project
If the $156 million project's financing -- proposed through a University of Arkansas System revenue bond issue -- is approved, it will be the first brick-and-mortar expansion of the Little Rock campus since its new hospital opened in 2009.

PA Invests $136M in Water Infrastructure
Pennsylvania has announced the investment of $136 million for water infrastructure improvements. The funding, provided by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority, will go to 17 projects in counties throughout the state for drinking water, wastewater, stormwater, and other improvements.

Bay Area Rapid Transit Issues $674M in Green Bonds
San Francisco's Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) is issuing $674 million total in General Obligation Green bonds through negotiated sale. Most of the proceeds are being used to finance improvements to BART facilities.

American Campus Communities Partners With University of Illinois to Open New Living-Learning Center
When students arrive at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) campus next month, nearly 550 will move into its newest building, the Academic and Residential Complex, where they will have the opportunity to take classes in new spaces that foster learning through technology and collaborative design.

More Than $400M Available for USDA REAP Loan Guarantees
The USDA is encouraging rural small businesses and agricultural producers to apply for financing in a key USDA program that provides loan guarantees to help rural small businesses lower their energy costs. USDA accepts applications for REAP funding year-round. Potential applicants should contact their state USDA Rural Development office for additional information.

USDA Invests in $135M Rural Water and Wastewater Infrastructure
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Service Administrator Chad Rupe announced that USDA is investing $135 million in 49 projects to improve rural water infrastructure in 24 states. USDA is making the investments through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program.

Upcoming Events
CDFA National Development Finance Summit

CDFA-Bricker PACE Webinar Series: PACE 101: The Basics of PACE Financing
August 21, 2019 - 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Eastern
In this webinar, learn about the basic principles of PACE financing from experts from across the field. Topics covered include the origins of PACE financing, PACE laws, current market trends, eligible technologies including energy efficiency and alternative energy technologies, and basic financing concepts.

CDFA-Bricker PACE Webinar Series: PACE Transactions
September 11, 2019 - 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Eastern
In this webinar, PACE professionals including legal counsel, PACE administrators, and PACE capital providers explain how transactions form and are shepherded through various stages including concept, design, underwriting, approvals, and closing.  Hear about how programs intake projects and what practical considerations apply to programs such as roles of professionals, project administration, closing fees, ongoing collection and debt servicing, and post-closing compliance.

Energy Finance News

Opportunity Zones Could Provide Major Boost for Clean Energy, Sustainable Development
GreenBiz | Aug. 17 | Energy Finance | Opportunity Zones | Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)

2018 NADB Green Bond Impact Report
North American Development Bank | Aug. 15 | Bond Finance | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Infrastructure Finance

PR Restructures 200 Delinquent State RLFs
Water & Wastes Digest | Aug. 15 | Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs) | U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) | Water Finance

Frontenac, MS Approves Seeking Funds for Water Project
Morning Sun | Aug. 13 | Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs) | Water Finance

EPA Helps Puerto Rico with Funds for Water and Sewer Repairs
EPA | Aug. 12 | Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs) | Water Finance

AR Communities Receive Loans for Water, Sewer Projects
Magnolia Reporter | Aug. 9 | Infrastructure Finance | Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs) | Water Finance

Aitkin, MN Approved for $1.9M Water Infrastructure Loan
Brainerd Dispatch | Aug. 8 | Access to Capital | Community Development | Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs) | Water Finance

Texas Extends Tax Support for Solar Power, Increases Transparency
pv magazine USA | Aug. 7 | Energy Finance | Incentives

MA SRF Supports $12M Water Filtration Project in Hyannis
Cape Cod Times | Aug. 6 | Infrastructure Finance | Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs) | Water Finance

Maine Water Seeks $5M Bond for New Biddeford Water Plant
Journal Tribune | Aug. 5 | Bond Finance | Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs) | Water Finance

Senate Bill Offers Tax Credit For Conversion Of Waste Heat
Law 360 Tax Authority | Aug. 5 | Energy Finance | Federal | Legislative | Tax Credits

Thibodaux, LA to Issue Bonds for Water Treatment Plant
Houma Today | Aug. 4 | Bond Finance | Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs) | Water Finance

$5M Bond Requested for New Biddeford, ME Water Plant
Journal Tribune | Aug. 1 | Bond Finance | Water Finance

Orofino, ID Uses RLF for City Water Improvements
Clear Water Tribune | Jul. 31 | Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs) | Water Finance

NY and NYC Emerging Sustainable Finance Programs to Change Commercial Real Estate Conversations
Greenroofs.com | Jul. 31 | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Housing Finance | Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)

Red Lodge, MT Receives Loan to Finance Drinking Water System
KULR8.com | Jul. 29 | Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs) | Water Finance

EPA Awards Wyoming $859K Grant to Protect Water Quality
EPA | Jul. 24 | Water Finance

DOE Announces $16M in Funding for Tribal Energy Infrastructure Projects
Smart Energy | Jul. 24 | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Tribal Finance | U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE)

$50M Senior Living Center Planned in Glen Carbon, IL
The Telegraph | Jul. 18 | Bond Finance | Community Development | Energy Finance | Housing Finance | Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)

EPA Announces $218M Water Infrastructure Loan to Silicon Valley
EPA | Jul. 17 | Access to Capital | Community Development | Federal | Infrastructure Finance | U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) | Water Finance

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