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REQUEST FOR COMMENTS: ABP Draft Project Information Release Protocols

The IPA is seeking stakeholder feedback on a protocol to make select project information publicly available with updates offered across regular intervals. The IPA has drafted Draft Project Information Release Protocols to govern what information about applicants and approved projects will be made publicly available, including the form of such disclosures and the intervals for updates.

Comments on this draft are due by Friday, May 31, 2019 at 5pm CDT to Brian.Granahan@Illinois.gov.

Group A and B Large DG are open for Block 4

The Illinois Power Agency and Program Administrator announce that the Group A, Large Distributed Generation (“DG”) project category (i.e. DG projects from 10 kW-2MW) and the Group B, Large DG project category are currently open for Block 4 pricing.

Projects that applied by February 13 in the Group A, Large DG project category were selected for Blocks 1 and 3 via lottery on April 10. Concurrently, remaining projects were selected for Block 4 via the Agency’s allocation of discretionary capacity. This project category currently is accepting project submissions for the remaining Block 4 capacity.

The Group B, Large DG project category closed for Block 2 pricing on Friday, April 5, 2019. As anticipated, as a result of the capacity of project submissions received for Blocks 1 and 2 by that date, this project category has skipped over Block 3. As of the closing of Block 2, this project category currently is accepting project submissions for the remaining Block 4 capacity.

The Program Dashboard shows the total capacity of applications received in each of Group A, Large DG and Group B, Large DG, broken down by application status.  As a reminder, the Agency’s April 3, 2019 allocation of discretionary capacity brings Group A, Large DG to a total capacity of 141 MW across Blocks 1-4 and Group B, Large DG to a total capacity of 150 MW across Blocks 1-4.

Program Guidebook Updated

The Illinois Power Agency has updated its Program Guidebook previously published on January 31, 2019. The updated Program Guidebook and a redline showing changes from the January 31st version can be found here. Key changes include, among others, (i) an addition of the section titled “Violation of Consumer Protections, Marketing Guidelines, or other Program Requirements”, starting on page 25, which details the process that will be followed when Approved Vendors (or their agents or designees) do not abide by Program guidelines; (ii) clarifying language added regarding the allocation of discretionary capacity; and (iii) clarifying language added regarding changes in system capacity factors from Part I of the application to Part II.

Adjustable Block Program Lottery Event Details

Adjustable Block Program Lottery Event Details

The Illinois Power Agency and the Program Administrator announce the following details for the Adjustable Block Program lottery to be held on April 10, 2019.

As previously announced, lotteries will be held for the following Groups/categories: Group A – Large Distributed Generation (“DG”), Group A – Community Solar, and Group B – Community Solar.

Event details

LocationDate and Time
James R. Thompson Center Auditorium
100 W Randolph St, Lower Level
Chicago, IL 60601
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
1:00 PM CDT – 2:00 PM CDT

If you cannot attend in person, a toll-free call-in number is available to listen to the proceedings:

888-494-4032; Access Code: 9897235124

Order/Explanation of the Lottery Event

The Lottery Event will start with a brief overview of the lottery process and then lotteries will be conducted in the following order:

  1. Group A – Large DG
  2. Group A – Community Solar
    1. Projects that have committed to at least 50% small subscribers (50% of the combined capacity of Blocks 1 and 2)
    2. All remaining unselected projects (50% of the combined capacity of Blocks 1 and 2
  3. Group B – Community Solar
    1. Projects that have committed to at least 50% small subscribers (50% of the combined capacity of Blocks 1 and 2)
    2. All remaining unselected projects (50% of the combined capacity of Blocks 1 and 2)

The selection of projects for the lottery will be conducted using the algorithm explained in further detail below. For each lottery, once the algorithm has been run, the results will be displayed with all projects listed by ordinal rank, including indications of projects selected (including specific pricing) and projects placed on the waitlist. A hard copy of the results will be printed, signed, and retained by the IPA (to back up the electronic records).

All Approved Vendors with projects in the lottery will be informed immediately after the lottery event by e-mail of the ordinal rank and selected, or not-selected, status of their project(s). This information will also be displayed on their online dashboard. A public copy of the results will also be posted on the illinoisabp.com website immediately after the lottery event.

For the results of the lottery that will be posted to the program website, each project participating in the lottery will be listed by the project name provided by the Approved Vendor, selection status, the project size, the physical address, the name of the Approved Vendor, any small subscriber commitment status (community solar only), any voluntarily provided utility interconnection queue number, and the random ordinal number assigned to the project.

Algorithm/Project Selection

The algorithm used for the selection of projects is written the programming language PHP and the database language MySQL. The algorithm uses the SQL rand() function seeded by the microsecond time the lottery button was pushed to order the results.

Projects will be selected based upon their ordinal rank. Projects selected up to the combined capacity of Blocks 1 and 2 for the Group/category will receive Block 1 pricing. Projects selected up to the capacity of Block 3 will receive Block 3 pricing. Any projects selected through the allocation of discretionary capacity will receive Block 4 pricing. Additional information on the allocation of discretionary capacity will be announced shortly.

As noted above, for community solar, the lottery is run in two phases, once for projects that have committed to 50% small subscribers for half the capacity available for that Group, and then again for all non-selected projects from the first phase and the remaining projects that did not make a small subscriber commitment.

Contracts for selected projects are subject to approval by the Illinois Commerce Commission.

Applications received after February 13

The project application portal will remain open for application submittals. However, for the Group/category combinations for which a lottery is being held, any applications submitted after the 12:00 noon, February 13, 2019 deadline for the lottery will be chronologically placed on the waiting list behind projects submitted to, but not selected in, the lottery. Due to the large number of projects submitted to those Group/category combinations, the waitlist in these Group/category combinations may be significantly long. Please keep this in mind in submitting future applications to these Group/category combinations. Group A and Group B – Small DG both remain open in Block 1, and Group B – Large DG remains open in Block 2 through April 5, 2019 (subject to available capacity).