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U.S. Infrastructure Landscape: A Bright Horizon Ahead

U.S. Infrastructure Landscape: A Bright Horizon Ahead
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The past few years have witnessed a transformative evolution in the U.S. infrastructure landscape. With marquee legislation like the Infrastructure Investment Jobs Act (IIJA) of 2021 and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022, the universe of investible assets in the infrastructure realm has expanded remarkably. This expansion hasn’t just been limited to legislative activity; high-profile transactions in the market have also played a crucial role in shaping the industry’s future.

The Legislative Boost

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) (P.L. 117-58), also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, infuses a staggering $1.2 trillion into various sectors, including transportation, energy, broadband, and water. Notably, over half of the IIJA funding, amounting to $660 billion, is disbursed by formula, where the law clearly delineates the fund allocation specifics. But beyond these direct formula funds, the IIJA also supports over 100 competitive grant programs.

While the IIJA laid a foundational roadmap, the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) further fostered a market environment favorable for new clean electricity generation’s deployment. This act isn’t just about the top tiers of the industry. It emphasizes funneling funds to the community level, involving community-based organizations like green banks, credit unions, and community development financial institutions. One of the hallmark features of the IRA is its range of consumer rebate provisions and tax credits for residential energy efficiency. It not only makes all consumers eligible for these rebates but also provides enhanced benefits for low-to-moderate income households.

As the gears of these legislations start turning, attention must now pivot to the metrics and measures to gauge the tangible outcomes of investments made through the IIJA and IRA.

Market Transitions

Apart from legislative landmarks, the infrastructure industry has been bustling with significant transactions. Dominion Energy’s decision to sell its 50% stake in the Cove Point LNG facility to Berkshire Hathaway Energy stands as a testimony to the market’s dynamic nature. This liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility located in Maryland, U.S., saw Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway Energy taking a 50% non-controlling partner interest stake for a whopping $3.5 billion.

Similarly, the energy landscape witnessed a pivotal moment when the German multinational energy company RWE acquired ConEdison Clean Energy Businesses (CEB). This move birthed RWE Clean Energy, amalgamating Con Edison CEB with RWE Renewables Americas. Now, with an expansive renewables portfolio of 8 GW of operating assets and a project development pipeline exceeding 24 GW, the company stands as a giant, primarily venturing into onshore wind, solar, and battery storage.

U.S. Infrastructure Landscape: A Bright Horizon Ahead

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Riddhish Rege: Trusted Name in the Infrastructure Investing 

When discussing the infrastructure landscape, it’s essential to highlight the individuals behind its success. One such name that stands out is Riddhish Rege, Senior Associate in JLC Infrastructure’s New York office. Entrusted with responsibilities like deal evaluation, due diligence, and asset management, Mr. Rege brings over seven years of rich experience to the table. His journey includes pivotal roles at renowned institutions like TD Securities, Houlihan Lokey, and J.P. Morgan. A graduate from Brandeis University with a Masters in Economics and Finance and a Bachelors of Commerce in Accounting from Mumbai University, Mr. Rege’s expertise serves as a pillar in the infrastructure investment space.

The Road Ahead

The U.S. infrastructure landscape is at an exciting crossroads. With robust legislative support, a thriving market ecosystem, and experts like Riddhish Rege steering the ship, the horizon promises growth, sustainability, and innovation. When ask for comments, Mr. Rege noted “We (The United States) are at a pivotal point as a country. A majority of existing infrastructure was built decades ago and is either in deteriorating condition or not sufficient to accommodate the population growth that has happened since. Mix this with the effects of Climate Change, while balancing the need for Energy Security, increase in social programs for rehabilitating disadvantaged population, often from the younger and minority sections of society, and need for technology integration, we can easily deduce that Government Investment is not single handedly sufficient for the success of the country and private capital has a big role to play.”

As investments flow in, collaborations form, and strategies evolve, the nation stands poised for an infrastructure revolution that will shape not only its economy but its global standing in the years to come.

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