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CDFA Energy Finance Update - December 7, 2021

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December 7, 2021
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Large Solar Projects in Southeast Ohio Spur Conflicting Feelings for Local Landowners
Ohio is experiencing a rush of interest from private energy developers looking to build utility-scale solar farms. These projects have raised concerns, often from surrounding landowners, about the impacts they will have on the natural landscape and on property values. Another common concern is the extent to which local communities can weigh in on these projects and how seriously this input is considered. 

New National Electric Vehicle Programs Release Requests for Information
As part of the recently passed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, two new electric vehicle programs will receive funds to address climate change by reducing carbon emissions. The National Electric Vehicle Program will provide funding to the States to strategically deploy EV charging infrastructure. In addition, the new law establishes a Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Program.

EPA Selects 39 Waterworks Projects to Apply for Billions in Financing
Local governments, agencies, and utility companies behind 39 major water and sewer projects in states across the U.S. can move ahead applying for billions of dollars in financing through a federal program that provides low-cost loans for waterworks infrastructure, the Environmental Protection Agency said Friday.

Indianapolis Seeks to Fund Affordable Housing in Hillside Amid Gentrification Fears
The city of Indianapolis is embarking on a plan to fund affordable housing in the greater Martindale-Brightwood area, part of a preemptive effort to prevent gentrification from creeping further into the neighborhood as multi-million dollar development crops up along the Monon Trail. 

King County Sets the Standard for Clean Energy Financing
C-PACER programs, at a basic level, are an important tool to advance decarbonization in buildings because they provide a low-risk and low-cost financing solution for funding the improvements needed to drive down a building's carbon emissions. King County is the fourth county in Washington to pass an ordinance this year establishing a C-PACER program, following Whatcom, Clark, and Thurston counties.

DOE Awards Over $16M for 23 Projects That Will Reduce Carbon Emissions Across the Manufacturing Sector
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the REMADE Institute announced more than $16 million in research and development funding for 23 projects that will reduce energy use and carbon emissions associated with industrial-scale materials production, processing, and recycling. These projects will advance the technology needed to increase the reuse, remanufacturing, recovery, and recycling of industrial materials.

During Tough Times, C-PACE Financing Offers More Potential Ever, Experts Say
Shuttered during the pandemic, the historic Strand Theatre in Pontiac, Michigan, faced an uncertain future. The Strand was able to use C-PACE — commercial property-assessed clean energy financing — to retroactively fund and refinance those investments, essentially rolling the cost into their property taxes to be paid over time and freeing up cash for them to wait out the pandemic.

Four Area Organizations in PA Receive Funding for Community Revitalization Projects
Gov. Tom Wolf recently announced the approval of nearly $36 million to 220 community revitalization projects across the commonwealth through the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP), which supports nonprofits, businesses, and resident projects in distressed areas or low-income neighborhoods.

Patience and Persistence Pay Off as Biden Gets Infrastructure Deal Across Finish Line
President Biden on Friday secured an achievement that had eluded leaders of both parties for years, notching a campaign promise after the House passed a bipartisan agreement that would make major investments in all 50 states for years to come.

Upcoming Events
Intro Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Finance WebCourse

CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series: Affordable Housing Finance - Market Rate/Affordable/Low-Income
Tuesday, December 21, 2021 - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern
Affordable Housing has been a hot button issue over the last few years with a focus on what percentage of affordable housing should comprise a residential development. This session will discuss how various tools such as Low Income Housing Tax Credits and Private Activity Bonds play a role in how these decisions are made.

Fundamentals of Economic Development Finance Course
January 26-27, 2022 - Daily: 12:00 - 5:00 PM Eastern
CDFA's Fundamentals of Economic Development Finance Course is the foundation for all of CDFA's educational offerings. This course helps attendees understand the variety of development finance tools available, from bonds, tax credits and TIF, to federal financing programs, RLFs, and access to capital lending resources.

Energy Finance News

Hamilton's Randle Reef Project Wins Brownfield Remediation Award
Global News | Dec. 6 | Brownfield Financing | International | Redevelopment | Water Finance

EPA Invites 39 New Projects to Apply for Water Infrastructure Loans
U.S. EPA | Dec. 6 | Federal | Infrastructure Finance | U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) | Water Finance

USDA Invests $633M in Climate-Smart and Resilient Infrastructure for People in Rural Communities
USDA | Dec. 3 | Access to Capital | Community Development | Disaster Recovery & Relief | Energy Finance | Federal | Resiliency | Rural Development | U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA)

Boise to Access Federal Loan Program for Sewer Upgrades, Hoping for Savings for Residents
BoiseDev | Dec. 3 | Bond Finance | Infrastructure Finance | Public-Private Partnership (P3) Financing | U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) | Water Finance

ND Eyes Federal Money for Expansion of Oil Well Plugging Program
KPVI-DT | Nov. 28 | Brownfield Financing | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Infrastructure Finance

Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act: Selected Changes Impacting P3s
The National Law Review | Nov. 24 | Bond Finance | Economic Development | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Infrastructure Finance | Legislative | Public-Private Partnership (P3) Financing | Water Finance

Water Agency in Wyoming Seeks $281M for Dams, Other Projects
Laramie Boomerang | Nov. 24 | Agriculture Finance | Infrastructure Finance | Water Finance

Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Invests Billions in CCUS
JD Supra | Nov. 22 | Economic Development | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Infrastructure Finance

Finding the Funding for Rural Outposts in America's EV Grid
Governing | Nov. 22 | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Infrastructure Finance | Rural Development | Tax Credits

Improved Public Transit, Lead Pipe Replacement, Clean Water Protections on the Way, Thanks to Infrastructure Bill
Cleveland.com | Nov. 21 | Economic Development | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Infrastructure Finance | Water Finance

Developing WIFIA's Guarantee Capabilities for Taxable Municipal Bonds
Water World | Nov. 20 | Bond Finance | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Infrastructure Finance | Legislative | Water Finance

House Passes $1.7T Build Back Better Act Containing LIHTC, NHTC, NMTC, Renewable Energy Provisions
Novogradac | Nov. 19 | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Infrastructure Finance | Legislative | Resiliency | Social Finance | Tax Credits

Expansion of Qualified Private Activity Bond Categories Under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act
JD Supra | Nov. 18 | Bond Finance | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Infrastructure Finance | Legislative | Water Finance

Comprehensive $1.2T Infrastructure Bill to Provide Critical Support for Clean Energy
JD Supra | Nov. 17 | Access to Capital | Energy Finance | Federal | Infrastructure Finance | Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs)

DOE Celebrates Signing of Landmark Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal
U.S. Department of Energy | Nov. 16 | Energy Finance | Federal | Green Finance | Infrastructure Finance | U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE)

Here's What Arizona is Allocated Under $1T Infrastructure Bill
KTAR News | Nov. 15 | Access to Capital | Infrastructure Finance | Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs) | Water Finance | Water Finance | State Revolving Fund

Baltimore's First ‘Zero-Energy' Development Coming to Penn North Neighborhood
Baltimore Sun | Nov. 15 | Energy Finance | Opportunity Zones

Tennessee Announces $42M in Water Loans
Water World | Nov. 12 | Access to Capital | Infrastructure Finance | Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs) | Water Finance | Water Finance | State Revolving Fund

$1T Infrastructure Bill Benefits Valley Ag and Rural Communities
Your Central Valley | Nov. 8 | Agriculture Finance | Infrastructure Finance | Legislative | Rural Development | Water Finance

Bellville, OH Awarded Grant for Palm Park Sewer Project
Mansfield News Journal | Nov. 8 | Infrastructure Finance | Water Finance

Highlights from the Online Resource Database

Local and Regional Infrastructure Interactive Map - Kinder Institute
Economic Development | Energy Finance | Infrastructure Finance | Rural Development | Urban Development | Water Finance
The Kinder Institute Local and Regional Infrastructure Database contains more than 1,800 planned infrastructure projects identified by surveying local and regional leaders, reviewing capital investment documents, and using other sources. This interactive map allows users to explore the data.

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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