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WRRDA: New and Improved Funding for Water Infrastructure

May 28, 2014

This morning, legislation sits on the President of the United States’ desk that will advance policies and funding for the nation’s water infrastructure. Assuming he signs it, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014 will authorize funding … Continued

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 … Continued

State Green Banks: Funding a Greener Tomorrow, Today

January 30, 2013

Chris Kenrick is a Research Assistant at the Environmental Finance Center and is pursuing dual master’s degrees in information science and public administration. If any of you are like me, then you probably spent a good portion of last Monday waiting … Continued

Don’t Chicken Out on Financial Policies

November 20, 2012

Stacey Isaac Berahzer is a Senior Project Director for the Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina, and works from a satellite office in Georgia. We recently facilitated the first “Peer2Peer Exchange” where utility officials from ten of … Continued

Three States, Three Different Statutory Frameworks for PACE Programs

October 4, 2012

Matt Harris is the Marketing and Outreach Coordinator for the Environmental Finance Center. Adam Parker and Jeff Hughes wrote the paper referenced below, which is available on the Environmental Finance Center website at: http://efc.unc.edu/publications.html#PACE While watching the presidential debate last … Continued

The Success Story of One Water Utility’s Financial Policies

August 1, 2012

Guest author Peiffer Brandt is Chief Operating Officer at Raftelis Financial Consultants. “With our concerted conservation efforts, our focus on local water supply development, and the recession . . . we’re selling a lot less water than we originally anticipated,” said … Continued