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Commentary: Now is the time to amend WIFIA

Commentary: Now is the time to amend WIFIA

October 2, 2023 at 6:05 am 0 comments

By John Ryan Congress certainly looks like an exciting place this fall, with plenty of political fireworks and intense drama over spending. But there’s no doubt legislators and their constituents will also want to see progress on some basic things that are clearly beneficial, aren’tRead More

Revisiting WIFIA Sub-UST Interest Rates for SRFs

Revisiting WIFIA Sub-UST Interest Rates for SRFs

July 31, 2023 at 12:15 pm 0 comments

By John Ryan The WIFIA loan program offers an interest rate derived from current U.S. Treasury (UST) yields at loan closing. Other large-scale federal infrastructure loan programs like TIFIA and CIFIA do the same. The underlying idea is that the loan should cover the government’sRead More

EPA’s 100th WIFIA loan to invest in Santa Clara County, California

EPA’s 100th WIFIA loan to invest in Santa Clara County, California

March 7, 2023 at 2:00 pm 0 comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced two Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loans totaling $115 million to Santa Clara Valley Water District in Santa Clara County, California, to improve resiliency of the system’s water infrastructure. The announcement marks the 99th and 100th loansRead More

Six FCRA Criteria for Federally Involved Projects

Six FCRA Criteria for Federally Involved Projects

February 15, 2023 at 11:34 am 0 comments

By John Ryan Stakeholders of the U.S. EPA WIFIA loan program will recall that the program ran into a serious-sounding issue about correct budgeting a few years ago. The issue arises when a WIFIA loan is made to an infrastructure project that has some degreeRead More

Adding the Limited Buydown to WIFIA Loans

Adding the Limited Buydown to WIFIA Loans

January 16, 2023 at 7:45 am 0 comments

By John Ryan The EPA’s WIFIA loan program offers several interest rate management features that are highly beneficial for large-scale infrastructure financings, including a U.S. Treasury-based fixed-rate lock for construction and permanent drawdowns, post-execution rate resets until draw, and no-penalty cancellation and prepayment. All areRead More

Extend WIFIA’s Maximum Term…As a First Step

Extend WIFIA’s Maximum Term…As a First Step

August 8, 2022 at 9:17 am 0 comments

By John Ryan U.S. public infrastructure renewal was never going to be easy, but several current trends suggest that it will soon be even more challenging. Federal infrastructure loan programs are a proven policy tool, and their capabilities should be expanded in specific and practicalRead More

The WIFIA Loan Program Can Go Far. It Should Go Together.

The WIFIA Loan Program Can Go Far. It Should Go Together.

February 7, 2022 at 9:28 am 0 comments

By Chad Praul & John Ryan “If you need to go fast, go alone. If you need to go far, go together.” Classic proverbs about everyday life aren’t usually relevant to topics like innovative federal financing for U.S. public infrastructure renewal. But here’s an exception:  the U.S.Read More

Increasing State Revolving Fund Capacity through Leveraging

Increasing State Revolving Fund Capacity through Leveraging

July 9, 2021 at 8:16 am 0 comments

Editor’s Note: This article is a follow-up to a piece in the April issue discussing how innovative features of the WIFIA program can help expand SRF loan capacity. By Katy Hansen, Sridhar Vedachalam & John Ryan In 2008, Iowa state lawmakers were determined to financeRead More

Data Visualization for WIFIA Loan Benefits

Data Visualization for WIFIA Loan Benefits

April 27, 2021 at 11:00 am 0 comments

The U.S. EPA’s Water Infrastructure Financing and Innovative Act (WIFIA) loan program delivers a lot of financial value to qualified water infrastructure projects. Could some of that value be used beyond the project itself for innovative initiatives that address local water-related issues — water equityRead More

Can Innovative WIFIA Features Help Expand SRF Loan Capacity?

Can Innovative WIFIA Features Help Expand SRF Loan Capacity?

April 16, 2021 at 11:39 am 1 comment

By John Ryan In its 2020 annual report, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan program describes itself as a “government bank with unique flexibilities.” Can those flexibilities be useful for Clean and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRFs)Read More