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SFPUC Announces Latest Details of Green Bond Offerings
Nearly $350 million in funding will benefit water infrastructure improvements and other initiatives that address climate change to be listed on London Stock Exchange
Posted Date: 10/2/2020 10:00 AM

San Francisco, CA – The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) has posted details of its newest bond offerings, which includes a $342 million preliminary taxable green bond to refund bonds related to the agency’s Water System Improvement Program (WSIP) which will also be listed on the London Stock Exchange.

“The SFPUC’s Green Bond Program is a great example of how we embrace the notion of being both environmentally and fiscally responsible,” said SFPUC General Manager Harlan L. Kelly, Jr. “These financing tools help us both fund critical infrastructure projects while also allowing us to adapt to the new realities brought on by climate change. By investing smartly now, we are preparing for the future.”


To reach European investors, this taxable financing will be listed on the London Stock Exchange, a first for a US muni green bond. The offering represents the latest series of the SFPUC’s Green Bonds, an innovative program the proceeds of which are dedicated to fund environmentally beneficial projects like clean water, renewable energy, and other initiatives that mitigate and adapt to the risks of climate change.

Along with the SFPUC, the bond offering is being managed by Goldman Sachs, Bank of America Securities, Morgan Stanley, Siebert Williams Shank and Company, and SMBC Nikko Securities America.


The SFPUC was the first issuer to certify a green bond under the Climate Bonds Water Criteria in 2016, a funding mechanism established by the Climate Bond Initiative (CBI.) An international nonprofit organization, CBI is dedicated to mobilizing the market to invest in climate change solutions. In 2017, the SFPUC was subsequently recognized for its achievements by CBI in its Green Bond Pioneer Awards.

“Offshore listing is another step in the development of the US green municipal market and SFPUC are again leading the way,” said Justine Leigh-Bell, Deputy CEO Climate Bonds Initiative. “Climate impacts and clean water supply are interlinked. We can expect to see more municipal green issuers focused on addressing these twin challenges.”

With its latest offering, the SFPUC will now have offered more than $2.5 billion in green bonds, making it among the global leaders in the field of climate change financing initiatives.


All of the SFPUC’s green bond sale details are available on the agency’s investor portal, which is free and open to the public. Interested investors or residents can access the website to get more information on next week’s bond sale. More information is also available on the agency’s Green Bond report page, which identifies projects, environmental and social impacts, and alignment of projects with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.   


About the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is a department of the City and County of San Francisco. It delivers drinking water to 2.7 million people in the San Francisco Bay Area, collects and treats wastewater for the City and County of San Francisco, and generates clean power for municipal buildings, residential customers, and businesses. Our mission is to provide our customers with high quality, efficient and reliable water, power, and sewer services in a manner that values environmental and community interests and sustains the resources entrusted to our care. Learn more at www.sfwater.org. 


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