Public Utility Finance

House approves FY18 spending bill, EPA cuts

House approves FY18 spending bill, EPA cuts

September 19, 2017 at 4:10 pm 0 comments

The House of Representatives this month passed an omnibus appropriations bill that, if enacted, would provide funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a range of other federal departments and agencies for the duration of the 2018 fiscal year. But the bill is not expected to see furtherRead More

Water leaders, finance experts converge at 2017 Water Finance Conference

Water leaders, finance experts converge at 2017 Water Finance Conference

September 5, 2017 at 11:36 am 0 comments

Last week, the third annual Water Finance Conference gathered water finance professionals from across the country for a discussion around the most critical issue facing the future of water infrastructure in the United States — funding. The two-day event, held Aug. 28-29 at the Harley-Davidson Museum® in Milwaukee, presented a candid lookRead More

DC Water gets S&P Green Evaluation

DC Water gets S&P Green Evaluation

July 31, 2017 at 6:25 am 0 comments

The District of Columbia Water & Sewer Authority (DC Water) has become the first U.S. municipal issuer to receive S&P Global’s Green Evaluation, scoring  E1 (the highest score on S&P Global’s scale of E1-E4) and 92/100. The Green Evaluation was assigned to $100 million in series 2017A public utility seniorRead More

EPA selects 12 entities for first WIFIA applications

EPA selects 12 entities for first WIFIA applications

July 24, 2017 at 10:08 am 0 comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has invited 12 projects in nine states to apply for Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loans. These potential applicants were selected from a group of projects that represent large and small communities from across the United States that submitted letters of interest toRead More

2017 Water Finance Conference agenda to highlight integrated financing, future of U.S. infrastructure

2017 Water Finance Conference agenda to highlight integrated financing, future of U.S. infrastructure

July 24, 2017 at 6:00 am 0 comments

The agenda for the third annual Water Finance Conference, being held Aug. 28-29, 2017 at the Harley-Davidson Museum® in Milwaukee, Wis., will feature a variety of technical presentations covering current funding challenges facing water and wastewater utilities, punctuated by the growing need for new, integrated approaches against the backdrop ofRead More

Mayors Take the Lead on Water Infrastructure

Mayors Take the Lead on Water Infrastructure

June 21, 2017 at 7:00 am 0 comments

Roundtable 2017 Editor’s Note — This issue marks the return of our popular Mayors Roundtable feature. Mayors are essential to a city’s water infrastructure agenda, involved in budgetary decisions and strategic planning, often in the face of financial challenges, economic uncertainty and regulatory constraints. They are held accountable when problemsRead More

Lawmakers pan proposed EPA budget cuts

Lawmakers pan proposed EPA budget cuts

June 21, 2017 at 6:55 am 0 comments

The Trump Administration’s FY18 budget plan for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) faced criticism from both sides of the aisle last week during an appropriations subcommittee hearing on the proposal. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said that while the administration favors “clean water and fixing our outdated infrastructure,” the agency is implementingRead More

Interest Rates: A Barometer of Pressure or a Thermometer of Heat?

Interest Rates: A Barometer of Pressure or a Thermometer of Heat?

June 20, 2017 at 9:34 am 0 comments

By David Clamage Historians have suggested that the concept of charging interest today for the use of money, goods or services to be repaid in the future goes back thousands of years, when a farmer could borrow a seed to grow wheat and repay that loan with “interest” in theRead More

AWWA urges increased WIFIA funding as demand grows

AWWA urges increased WIFIA funding as demand grows

May 4, 2017 at 9:44 am 0 comments

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) celebrated news that 43 entities have expressed interest in loans through the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) and urged increased funding to confront the U.S. water infrastructure challenge. AWWA, the chief architect of the WIFIA program, continues to advocate for WIFIA andRead More

Fitch: WIFIA could provide long overdue boost to water projects

Fitch: WIFIA could provide long overdue boost to water projects

May 4, 2017 at 8:45 am 0 comments

According to a new report from Fitch Ratings, water and sewer utilities throughout the country are faced with aging infrastructure and a rather large price tag to rectify it, which could pave the way for substantially more investment in the space. The California drought, the Flint, Mich., toxic water crisisRead More

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