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Economic Climate and Utility Financial Health

April 20, 2013

Sarah Royster is a graduate student with the UNC School of Public Health pursuing a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering.  She works as a Research Assistant with the Environmental Finance Center. Economic decline in the past decade has created financial … Read more

Financial Health: Running Treatment at Capacity

April 10, 2013

Dayne Batten is a Research Assistant for the EFC and second year MPA student at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Government. Traditional engineering plans suggest that, when customer demand approaches the maximum daily capacity of a utility’s treatment plant, the utility … Read more

Wetland Program Plans as a Sustainable Finance Tool

April 2, 2013

Glenn Barnes is a senior project director at the Environmental Finance Center at The University of North Carolina and is director of the Sustainable Finance for Wetland Programs project. EPA is encouraging all states and tribes to create wetland program … Read more

Cost-Indexed Rate Increases

March 14, 2013

Guest author Peiffer Brandt is the Chief Operating Officer at Raftelis Financial Consultants. “Patrick Cannon… voted twice against raising our water fee.  That means a lot for senior citizens, families, and individuals on fixed income.  He deserves our selective vote.”  … Read more

More on Reserve Funds: How Much Is Too Much?

February 22, 2013

Sarah Royster is a graduate student with the UNC School of Public Health pursuing a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering.  She works as a Research Assistant with the Environmental Finance Center. Restrictions on reserve funds vary greatly from utility to … Read more

Revolving Credit – All Grown Up

February 20, 2013

Jen Weiss is a Finance Analyst at the Environmental Finance Center.  Quick … what do you think of when you hear the word “revolving?”  A revolving door?  A revolving restaurant?  Perhaps a revolving credit card? In the environmental finance world, … Read more

Right-sizing Reserve Funds

February 12, 2013

Jeff Hughes is the Director of the Environmental Finance Center. “How much should our utility maintain in reserves?”  This is one of the most common questions I get from utility managers during my finance courses. It is also one of … Read more