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P3 Connect Introduction to WIFIA Denver, CO July 29, 2014. Background . Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014 was signed by the President on June 10, 2014 Title V of WRRDA contained the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA)

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p3 connect introduction to wifia denver co july 29 2014
P3 Connect

Introduction to WIFIA

Denver, CO

July 29, 2014

background
Background
  • Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014 was signed by the President on June 10, 2014
  • Title V of WRRDA contained the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA)
  • WIFIA is modeled on the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) of 1998
  • TIFIA provides federal credit assistance in the form of loans, guarantees, or lines of credit for eligible transportation projects
  • TIFIA has provided over $16 billion in assistance since 1999 to projects costing nearly $60 billion
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Introduction to WIFIA
  • Innovative financing mechanism for water-related infrastructure
  • National or Regional significance
  • Attempts to fill in a perceived gap left open by the SRF programs by providing subsidized financing for large projects
  • Funds are appropriated to provide a reserve subsidy for credit assistance, not for direct outlays to projects (TIFIA averages 10:1)
  • Credit assistance can be in the form of loans or guarantees
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Introduction to WIFIA
  • Eligible projects include:
    • CWSRF eligible projects
    • DWSRF eligible projects
    • Projects for enhanced energy efficiency at drinking water and wastewater facilities
    • Brackish or seawater desalination, aquifer recharge, water recycling
    • Acquisition of property if it is integral to the project or will mitigate the environmental impact of a project
    • Bundled SRF projects under one application
    • A combination of projects secured by a common security pledge
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Introduction to WIFIA
  • To be considered eligible a project and borrower must be deemed creditworthy
  • Projects must be reasonably anticipated to cost no less than $20 million
    • $5 million for small community projects
    • Any amount if bundled into a single application for at least $20 million
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Introduction to WIFIA
  • 15% percent set-aside for small communities
    • Population no greater than 25,000
    • After June 1 of the year of appropriation set-aside expires
  • Maximum amount of loan may not exceed 49% of eligible project costs
  • Up to 25% of the funds available may be used for projects to fund in excess of 49% of the project costs
  • Davis-Bacon and American Iron and Steel apply in the same manner as under the SRF programs
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Introduction to WIFIA
  • Interest rate is no less than the yield on Treasury securities of a similar maturity to the loan in question on the date of execution
  • Loans may be for 35 years or the useful life of the project, whichever is less
  • WIFIA loans may be used to meet the non-federal share requirement of project costs
  • Total amount of federal assistance shall not exceed 80 percent of the total project costs
  • Repayments must begin no later than 5 years after substantial completion of the project
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Potential for P3
  • Eligible recipients of WIFIA financing:
    • Corporations
    • Partnerships
    • Joint ventures
    • Trusts
    • Federal, State, or local government entities, agencies, or instrumentalities
    • Tribal governments or consortiums of tribal governments
    • State infrastructure financing authorities.
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Potential for P3
  • Tax-Exempt Financing:
    • Not allowed as part of the finance package
    • Does taxable debt or private equity fill the gap?
  • Typically 49% of costs will be the maximum WIFIA involvement
wifia panel
WIFIA Panel
  • Tom Curtis, Deputy Executive Director, American Water Works Association
    • The need for investment in water infrastructure and the genesis of WIFIA
  • Aurel Arndt, Chief Executive Officer, Lehigh County Authority
    • A potential model for WIFIA/P3 financing
  • Brent Diemer, Vice President, CH2M Hill, Water and Energy Division
    • How P3s relate to the water infrastructure sector and the potential for WIFIA
  • Elizabeth Corr, Associate Division Director, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, EPA
    • EPA perspective and next steps on implementation
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