Month: February 2020

Group B Small DG Block 1 capacity reached

The Illinois Power Agency (“IPA”) and Program Administrator announce that Block 1 for the Group B, Small Distributed Generation (“DG”) project category (i.e. DG projects up to and including 10 kW) has been filled. Block 1 will remain open for 14 days per the Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan’s “soft closing” provision that blocks will be “held open until the later of (i) 45 calendar days after opening, or (ii) when the block is filled (in which case the block would be held open for an additional 14 additional calendar days after it is filled).” This can also be found in Section 1(C)(3)(b) of the Program Guidebook.

Any Group B Small DG applications submitted as part of a paid batch on or prior to February 21, 2020 at 11:59 PM Central Prevailing Time will be allocated to Block 1, provided that the application fee is paid within 10 business days following batch submittal. Once the 14-day window of the soft closing has concluded, Block 1 will be considered closed and Block 2 will open. Any Group B Small DG applications submitted as part of a paid batch after February 21, 2020 at 11:59 PM Central Prevailing Time will be allocated to Block 2 and if approved will receive Block 2 REC pricing.

The Program Administrator will make another announcement on the date of the opening of Block 2 for Group B Small DG.

Please note that this protocol will be followed by the Program Administrator if Group A Small DG category also reaches capacity on or before February 18, 2020, on which date the Illinois Power Agency’s Revised Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan will be approved by the Illinois Commerce Commission (“ICC”). Starting on February 19, 2020, the block closing process will be governed by the IPA’s Revised Plan (see Section 6.3.2) as approved by the ICC.

Waiver of customer email requirement for disclosure forms

In December 2019 the Illinois Power Agency and the Program Administrator announced that they would implement a change to the requirement for a customer email address on Adjustable Block Program Disclosure Forms. This announcement communicated that the requirement to include a customer email address on Adjustable Block Program Disclosure Forms may be waived subject to the condition that a Disclosure Form submitted to the Program without a customer email address must be accompanied by a signed standard waiver. The waiver verifying that the customer does not have an email address must be signed with wet signatures in order for the waiver to be accepted by the Program Administrator.

This standard waiver has been published to the Program website and also can be downloaded from the Additional Terms and Disclosures section of the Disclosure Form entry screen if the customer email field is left blank. If the Approved Vendor elects to include a waiver for the customer email address requirement while entering Disclosure Form information into the ABP portal, the standard waiver must be completed, wet-signed by the customer, the Approved Vendor, and the Designee (if applicable), and uploaded to the Additional Terms and Disclosures section of the Disclosure Form entry screen in the ABP portal in order to submit the Disclosure Form.