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Episode #163 — 04 February 2020 TWDB Chairman Peter Lake Talks Texas Water

with Peter Lake

Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) Chairman Peter Lake joins us to discuss water infrastructure financing in Texas and more. Chairman Lake provides a wide-ranging interview showcasing his knowledge on water infrastructure finance, risk and creditworthiness assessment, opportunities for private capital, water markets, and much, much more.

In this session, you’ll learn about:

  • Pete’s background and how a finance expert wound up on the TWDB
  • TWDB’s SWIFT Program (State Water Implementation Fund for Texas)
  • The TWDB’s regional planning process for water supply
  • Issues in marketing TWDB’s $1 billion bond portfolio to investors
  • Water & its relationship with economic development and the business community
  • Why institutional investors look for positive stories, needed services and creditworthiness when assessing an investment
  • TWDB’s programs assessing borrower creditworthiness and implementing post-loan compliance
  • The increasing role of climate risk and the importance of local participation in climate planning
  • P3s & investment portfolios and the relationship with regulatory risk and technology risk
  • Two examples of opportunities where private capital might be leveraged to create value in water supply by lowering technology and regulatory risk

 

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