Concurrent with the launch of the Adjustable Block Program for project application opening, the Illinois Power Agency is updating its Distributed Generation Marketing Guidelines. The changes are as follows: References have been inserted throughout the document to the new “Illinois Shines” consumer-facing branding for the program. Additionally, the compliance pathway described at the end of the document has been updated following the finalization of the Distributed Generation Standard Disclosure Forms on December 27, 2018 and the Distributed Generation Contract Requirements on January 23, 2019. The updated document may be found here.
Following the publication of Draft Community Solar Marketing Guidelines and the Draft Community Solar Disclosure Form on November 27, 2018, as well as related stakeholder comments submitted by December 10, 2018, the Illinois Power Agency has developed a final version of the Community Solar Marketing Guidelines and the Community Solar Disclosure Form for the Adjustable Block Program. Those are available here. The final Community Solar Brochure will be published at a later time.
The Illinois Power Agency has updated its Program Guidebook previously published on December 31, 2018. The updated Program Guidebook, and a redline showing changes from the December 31st version, can be found here. Key changes include, among others, (i) an update of several procedures including payments, assignments, and performance evaluation in conformance with the Final REC Delivery Contract published on January 28, 2019; (ii) the availability of an option for projects that receive a Block 3 REC contract as a result of a Block 1 lottery to decline the contract; and (iii) a description of the Agency’s confidentiality policy regarding data submitted through the Program.
The Illinois Adjustable Block Program opened for project applications on January 30, 2019 at 9:00 AM CST. The volume of project applications received for each block in the program are available on the Illinois Adjustable Block Program website dashboard. The dashboard shows megawatt capacity of each block broken down by submission and review status. The dashboard is updated every evening.
To be included in the Block 1 lottery applications must be in by 12:00 PM CST on February 13, 2019. All application fees should be submitted prior to this time if a project is to be considered for the Block 1 lottery.
The Illinois Power Agency, through its Procurement Administrator and Adjustable Block Program (“ABP”) Administrator and in consultation with the Ameren Illinois Company, Commonwealth Edison Company, MidAmerican Energy Company, and the Staff of the Illinois Commerce Commission (as required by the Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan or “Plan”), has now published its Final REC Delivery Contract, which will serve as the standard contract form for the delivery of RECs under the ABP. More information for stakeholders about changes in this final contract compared to the Second Draft REC Contract dated January 11, 2019 can be found in the Final REC Contract Announcement linked below.
The Agency has set the following schedule for the opening of the Adjustable Block Program to project applications:
• Wednesday, January 30, 2019: Adjustable Block Program will open for project applications at 9:00 AM CST
• Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 12:00 PM CST: Deadline for project applications/batches to be submitted in order to qualify for any required lottery in a Group/category combination
Section 6.13 of the Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan states that the IPA and its Program Administrator will develop “a list of contract requirements” to be provided to Approved Vendors. Following publication of the draft contract requirements for distributed generation project installations on December 31, 2018 and subsequent stakeholder feedback, the Final Distributed Generation Contract Requirements have now been published. Further explanation of the application of these requirements is contained at Page 1 of the document.
For clarity, please note that the Final REC Contract is being developed under a separate process and will be published on January 28, 2019.
Stakeholder comments on the Second Draft REC Contract were due on January 18, 2019 and have been posted here. The final REC Contract will be published on January 28, 2019.
The Illinois Power Agency, through its Procurement Administrator and Adjustable Block Program (“ABP”) Administrator and in consultation with the Ameren Illinois Company, Commonwealth Edison Company, MidAmerican Energy Company, and the Staff of the Illinois Commerce Commission (as required by the Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan or “Plan”), has developed a second draft of its ABP REC Delivery Contract (“Second Draft Contract”), which takes into account comments received from stakeholders on the first draft of the ABP REC Contract previously published on December 7, 2018 (“First Draft Contract”).
Comments on this Second Draft Contract are due by 5:00 PM CPT on January 18, 2019 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once finalized, this contract will serve as the standard contract form for the delivery of RECs under the ABP. More information for stakeholders about changes in this draft and next steps in the contract development process can be found in the Second Draft Contract Announcement linked below.
Redline (reflects the differences between the First Draft Contract posted on 7 December 2018 and the Second Draft Contract posted on 11 January 2019)
Stakeholder comments on the draft contract requirements were due on January 7, 2019 and have been posted here. The IPA and the Program Administrator are currently reviewing all comments and will provide additional information regarding the draft contract requirements soon.
Pursuant to Section 16-111.5(b)(5) of the Public Utilities Act and Section 6.14.6 of the Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan, the Staff of the Illinois Commerce Commission developed a Staff Report dated December 10, 2018 detailing the standards that the Commission will use in its review process for Adjustable Block Program project batches, along with the process and timing for this review. The Commission approved this Staff Report at its Regular Open Meeting on December 19, 2018. The Staff Report may be viewed here.