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CDFA Energy Finance Update - November 2, 2021

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November 2, 2021
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Clark County Council, WA OKs Program to Improve Buildings' Energy Efficiency
C-PACER provides low-cost loans to commercial property owners, which can include some agricultural and multifamily housing properties, for energy efficiency and earthquake resiliency improvements. Clark County is the third county in the state to adopt C-PACER.

Allentown, PA is Looking to Close the ‘Digital Divide' by Getting in the Broadband Business
Allentown officials are proposing putting nearly $7 million of the city's $57 million from the American Rescue Plan toward launching a city-provided high-speed broadband service that they hope will benefit Allentown's poorest communities and attract investment to the city.

Illinois Enacts Comprehensive Climate and Clean Energy Legislation
In September, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed the omnibus, 956-page climate and energy legislative package titled the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act. The CEJA expands investments in clean energy and targets a transition to 40% of electricity being provided by renewable energy by 2030, 50% by 2040, and 100% from carbon-free sources by 2050.  

DOE Invests $61M for Smart Buildings That Accelerate Renewable Energy Adoption and Grid Resilience
The U.S. Department of Energy today announced $61 million for 10 pilot projects that will deploy new technology to transform thousands of homes and workplaces into state-of-the-art, energy-efficient buildings. These Connected Communities can interact with the electrical grid to optimize their energy consumption which will substantially decrease their carbon emissions and cut energy costs.

MI Grants $3.6M for Four Detroit Redevelopment Projects
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy has awarded $3.6 million in brownfield grants to four projects for redevelopment of contaminated properties in Detroit. Plans for redevelopment include a multi-tenant industrial facility, a residential/commercial development, the rehabilitation of two historic residences, and a 22-acre park along the Detroit River.

Letting the Sunlight In: When Appalachian Solar Dreams Become Realities
The Appalachian Regional Commission just funded a major regional solar financing program, and a massive solar farm may be coming to Martin County, Kentucky. These projects are part of what advocates say is a regional trend towards a new green energy economy, and a boom in solar that's currently financed by a whirlwind of venture capitalists, federal grants, and regional and local investors.

Maryland Approves $2.6M for Water, Wastewater Infrastructure
Maryland officials have approved more than $2.6 million in grants and loans to reduce water pollution and improve a drinking water system. The projects are to separate a combined sewer system, upgrade an existing wastewater treatment plant and replace a failing asbestos-cement pipe.

U.S. Department of the Treasury Releases Climate Action Plan
The U.S. Department of the Treasury has released the Treasury Climate Action Plan, which is directed by Section 211 of Executive Order 14008 and Treasury's efforts to bolster adaptation and increase resilience of its facilities and operations to the impacts of climate change.

Local, State, and Federal Cooperation Paves Way for New NGA Facility in North St. Louis
Construction on the new Next NGA West, in North St. Louis is well underway in 2021. With a price tag of $1.7 billion, the new campus will include a 700,000-square-foot office building, two parking garages, and a visitor center. Over 3,100 people will work at the complex, bringing life and activity to a corner of the city that had long been economically depressed.

Upcoming Events
CDFA-Bricker PACE Webinar Series: PACE 2.0 - The Next 10 Years

CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series: When it Comes to Financing Smart Cities, What Counts as Smart?
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern
The concept of Smart Cities is no longer brand new, yet most communities are still working to understand what kinds of smart infrastructure they want and need at the local level - and how to pay for it. Join CDFA for this next installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series to learn about what types of smart infrastructure projects are happening around the country and how these efforts are being financed.

Intro Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Finance WebCourse
December 8-9, 2021 - Daily: 12:00 - 5:00 PM Eastern
The Intro Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Finance WebCourse will explore the process of creating, operating, and maintaining a community-based PACE program. This two-day course will feature a comprehensive overview of PACE including program design, capital markets analysis, investor attraction, legal and regulatory considerations, market potential, and operations.

Energy Finance News

New Wastewater Treatment Plant Under Construction in Arkansas
Fox13 | Nov. 1 | Infrastructure Finance | Water Finance

EPA Announces $224M Water Infrastructure Loan for Climate Resilience in Los Angeles, CA
U.S. EPA | Oct. 29 | Federal | Infrastructure Finance | U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) | Urban Development | Water Finance

The Hawaii County Council Eyes State Support for Wastewater Issues
Hawaii Tribune Herald | Oct. 21 | Infrastructure Finance | Public-Private Partnership (P3) Financing | State Finance Program | Water Finance

RI Infrastructure Bank Approves $11M Loan for Warwick Sewer Lines
Providence Business Journal | Oct. 20 | Access to Capital | Community Development | Economic Development | Infrastructure Finance | Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs) | Water Finance | Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs) | Water Finance | State Revolving Fund

Michigan Senate Weighs $2.5B 'Transformational' Water Plan
Detroit News | Oct. 20 | Access to Capital | Community Development | Disaster Recovery & Relief | Economic Development | Infrastructure Finance | Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs) | Social Finance | Water Finance

Ecostrat Announces Newest BDO Zone Designation in Siloam Springs, AR
Ecostrat | Oct. 19 | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Member News

USDA Invests $272M to Improve Rural Water Infrastructure in Rural Communities Across the Country
USDA | Oct. 14 | Access to Capital | Federal | Infrastructure Finance | Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs) | Rural Development | U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) | Water Finance

Over $6M Coming to Otsego Township, MI as Part of Broader Rural Development Investments
WKZO | Oct. 14 | Access to Capital | Federal | Rural Development | U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) | Water Finance

Ripple Partners Nelnet for Green Energy, Announces $44M Fund
Coinspeaker | Oct. 13 | Bond Finance | Energy Finance | Green Finance

Convergent Acquires 5 MW/20 MWh Energy Storage Project in NYC
PV Magazine | Oct. 11 | Energy Finance | Green Finance | Infrastructure Finance

EPA Strategic Plan Touts Climate, Environmental Justice Goals
E&E News | Oct. 11 | Brownfield Financing | Federal | Green Finance | Infrastructure Finance | Legislative | Redevelopment | Water Finance

UNM to Receive $4M in EPA Funding for Small, Rural, and Tribal Wastewater Systems
The University of New Mexico | Oct. 7 | Bond Finance | Energy Finance | Infrastructure Finance | Water Finance

Local Minnesota Cities Receive Millions for Water Infrastructure Improvements
KNSI | Oct. 7 | Access to Capital | Infrastructure Finance | Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs) | Water Finance | Water Finance

University New Mexico to Receive $4 Million in EPA Funding for Small, Rural, and Tribal Wastewater Systems
UNM Newsroom | Oct. 7 | Access to Capital | Economic Development | Education | Infrastructure Finance | Rural Development | Tribal Finance | Water Finance

Sheldon, lA Council to Put ARP Funds to Tower
N'West lowa | Oct. 6 | Bond Finance | Disaster Recovery & Relief | Infrastructure Finance | Tax Increment Finance (TIF) | Water Finance | COVID-19

Nearly Two Dozen Communities Awarded State Water Infrastructure Fund Grants
Indiana Environmental Reporter | Oct. 5 | Energy Finance | Infrastructure Finance

Solar Energy Project Planned in Girard, Another Still Planned in Southern Erie County
GoErie | Oct. 5 | Energy Finance | Infrastructure Finance

Iowa Energy Center Launches Revolving Loan Program for Energy Infrastructure Projects
Business Record | Oct. 4 | Access to Capital | Energy Finance | Infrastructure Finance | Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs)

In Illinois, Energy Law's Coal-to-Solar Commitments Spark Hope, Skepticism
Energy News Network | Oct. 4 | Brownfield Financing | Economic Development | Energy Finance | Redevelopment | State Finance Program

Meet the Virginia Conservationist Trying to Turn Old Coalfields Into Solar Farms
Energy News Network | Oct. 4 | Brownfield Financing | Energy Finance | Infrastructure Finance | Redevelopment | Rural Development


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 selected using other sources. This interactive map allows users to explore the data.


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