Author: Program Administrator

Adjustable Block Program Discretionary Capacity Allocation

The IPA and the Program Administrator announce the allocation of the remaining 25% of Program capacity (approximately 166.5 MW). The Agency has allocated the remaining Adjustable Block Program capacity in a manner which it believes best accommodates the considerations applicable to its allocation. The discretionary allocations for each Group/category along with the Agency’s rationale for this decision can be found in the Allocation of Adjustable Block Program Discretionary Capacity Rationale document.

The Agency and the Program Administrator appreciate the hard work and massive commitment of resources provided by Approved Vendors and other parties in preparing the project applications received during the program’s launch. While we understand that not every stakeholder will agree with this allocation of discretionary capacity, it is the product of attempting to balance competing concerns against the backdrop of a limited budget. Not all applicant projects can be supported in the program’s first phase, and we hope to support many additional projects in future years.

Group B Large DG Block 2 Closing

The Illinois Power Agency (“IPA”) and Program Administrator announce that Block 2 for the Group B, Large Distributed Generation (“DG”) project category (i.e. DG projects from 10 kW-2MW) is closing. Block 2 will remain open for the next 14 days per the Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan’s “soft closing” concept which states 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).”

Block 2 will close Friday, April 5, 2019 at 5:00 PM Central Prevailing Time. Assuming available capacity, projects in batches submitted during this 14-day window will receive Block 2 pricing if the project application is approved by the Program Administrator, with approval subject to the availability of capacity within this category (capped by the combined capacity of Blocks 2 and 3) plus any discretionary capacity allocated to Group B, Large DG that is announced. Once the 14-day window has concluded, Block 2 will be considered closed and Block 3 will open, to the extent that any Block 3 capacity remains available. Once the combined capacity of Blocks 1-3 has been reached, batches will be considered on a first come/first served basis, and will be deemed eligible for any Block 4 discretionary capacity allocated to the Group B, Large DG category on that basis should the Agency allocate discretionary capacity to Group B, Large DG.

Consistent with the process described in the paragraph A.2 of the Program Guidebook, all Group B, Large DG projects that applied to the Adjustable Block Program in the first 14 days after Program opening (January 30, 2019) will receive Block 1 pricing if the project application is approved. Because the capacity of project applications received during those 14 days (approximately 97 MW) was at least 100% and under 200% of Block 1 capacity, Block 2 in the Group B, Large DG category opened automatically after the first 14 days.

The IPA expects to announce its allocation of discretionary capacity next week, which will provide additional Program capacity at Block 4 pricing.

As a reminder, Group A, Large DG, and both Group A and Group B, Community Solar categories will be subject to the lottery procedures, with each of those three lotteries scheduled for April 10, 2019. Groups A and B, Small DG remain open in Block 1.

Update on Adjustable Block Program Lottery Date

The Illinois Power Agency and the Adjustable Block Program Administrator announce that the Adjustable Block Program lottery will be rescheduled from March 21, 2019 to April 10, 2019.

Based on processing the Part 1 project applications submitted during the first 14 days of the Adjustable Block Program, the Program Administrator has determined that additional time will be required to ensure a complete and comprehensive review of all applications prior to the lottery required for each of three Group/category combinations (Group A – Large DG; Group A – Community Solar; Group B – Community Solar), while still providing the 14-day cure period for projects that require additional information or clarification. The initial review of applications has required a more complex and extensive review and approval process than originally anticipated, and the Program Administrator seeks to ensure that there is adequate time to obtain all information required to ensure that every application submitted in time for the lottery is adequately reviewed and each project is duly qualified for participation.

We appreciate your patience and apologize for this delay, but believe that through the additional time allowed by an April 10, 2019 lottery date, no additional delays are likely to be required.

Tentative Lottery Date Announced and Status Update on Block 1 Applications

The Illinois Power Agency and the Program Administrator wish to announce that based upon Part 1 project applications submitted during the first 14 days of the Adjustable Block Program, it appears that there will be lotteries for the following Group/category combinations:

Group A – Large DG (133 MW of applications received)

Group A – Community Solar (940 MW of applications received)

Group B – Community Solar (864 MW of applications received)

According to Section A.1 of the Lottery Procedure, a lottery would be triggered in a Group/category combination if the applications during the first 14 days totaled over 200% of the size of the applicable Block 1.  For Group A, Block 1 in any category is 22 MW, while for Group B, Block 1 in any category is 52 MW.  Therefore, the applicable thresholds for a lottery were 44 MW of applications in a Group A category and 104 MW of applications in a Group B category.

The tentative date for the lottery is March 21, 2019. More details on the lottery will be released in the coming weeks.

Group B – Large DG, Block 1 received approximately 97 MW of applications by February 13th at noon. If all of those applications are approved, approximately 7 MW of capacity will remain in Block 2 (in addition to 13 MW in Block 3). However, until all these applications have been reviewed it is not possible to definitively determine how much of Block 2 remains open or even if Block 1 has been filled. The Program Administrator intends to announce that Block 1 has been filled when at least 52 MW of applications have been approved and Block 2 will remain open for at least 45 days from that date, based on Sections A.2.a and C.4 of the Lottery Procedure. The Program Administrator will announce the remaining total of Block 2 when all applications received by February 13th at noon have been reviewed.

For each of Groups A and B – Small DG, Block 1 was not filled (approximately 4 MW of applications received in each Group) and remains open.

The project application portal will remain open for application submittals. However, for the Group/category combinations that will have lotteries, 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.

The IPA and the Program Administrator appreciate all of the hard work of Approved Vendors and other parties in preparing the over 3,000 project applications received during the first 14 days of the program.

Community Solar Brochure and Spanish DG Brochure Released

The Illinois Shines Community Solar informational brochure is now live and accessible on both the Adjustable Block Program website and Illinois Shines website.

Additionally, for Approved Vendors that work with primarily Spanish speaking customers, the Illinois Shines Distributed Generation informational brochure is now live and accessible in Spanish on both the Adjustable Block Program website and Illinois Shines website.

A Spanish version of the Illinois Shines Community Solar informational brochure is currently being developed and will be available in the near future.

Illinois Adjustable Block Program Lottery Deadline-Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 12:00 PM CST

The deadline to ensure that Illinois Adjustable Block Program project applications are included in any potential lottery, if needed within a Group/category combination, is 12:00 PM (noon) CST on February 13, 2019.  All batches that have been created within the application portal by the deadline will be reviewed by the Program Administrator for inclusion in a potential lottery.  All application fee payments must have been initiated by the deadline of 12:00 PM CST on February 13, 2019.

After the lottery deadline has passed, the application portal will remain open to new applications for all Group/category combinations, in accordance with the Program Guidebook.  The volume of project applications received for each Group and project category in the program are available on the Illinois Adjustable Block Program website dashboard.

Distributed Generation Marketing Guidelines

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.

Community Solar Marketing Guidelines and the Community Solar Disclosure Form Published

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.