The final agenda has been posted here for the Illinois Power Agency’s Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan workshops on Thursday, June 20, 2019 and Wednesday, June 26, 2019.
The Illinois Power Agency will be holding two days of workshops in June to give stakeholders an opportunity to provide input to the Agency as it prepares the biennial update to the Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan. The updated Plan is expected to be released for public comment in August. After each workshop the Agency plans to issue a Request for Comments on selected topics for which the Agency seeks additional information.
Workshop One, Thursday, June 20, 2019
Morning: Overview of the RPS and the Long-Term Plan; RPS Budgets; Utility-Scale Procurements
Afternoon: Illinois Solar for All
Workshop Two, Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Morning: Adjustable Block Program structure; REC Pricing Model; Distributed Generation
Afternoon: Community Solar, Consumer Protections
Workshops will be held in the Bilandic Building, 160 North LaSalle St, 5th Floor Auditorium, Chicago. (A Government-issued ID is required to enter this building.) A call-in option will also be available.
The Agency will release more detailed Agendas prior to each workshop date.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On December 7, 2018, the Program Administrator posted to the www.illinoisabp.com website a draft of the Adjustable Block Program REC Contract (the “DRAFT REC Contract”). The DRAFT REC Contract is proposed to be the standard contract form for the Adjustable Block Program between each Approved Vendor and Ameren Illinois Company (“AIC”), Commonwealth Edison Company (“ComEd”) or MidAmerican Energy Company (“MEC”). Except as otherwise expressly set forth in the Draft REC Contract, the Draft REC Contract is governed by all the terms and conditions of the form of the agreement entitled “Master Renewable Energy Certificate Purchase and Sale Agreement,” which is attached thereto.
The Program Administrator invites interested parties to submit their comments on the DRAFT REC Contract. All comments received in accordance with the process outlined below will be reviewed by representatives from the IPA, the Program Administrator, AIC, ComEd, MEC, Staff of the ICC and NERA Economic Consulting. The timeline and process for interested parties to provide comments is as follows:
- Please submit your comments on the DRAFT REC Contract by email to the Program Administrator at: email@example.com
- Please provide telephone and email contact information in the event that the Program Administrator seeks clarification regarding your comments.
- Each of your comments must be clearly indicated with tracked changes in Microsoft Word. We strongly encourage you to provide explanatory notes either in a separate document or highlighted in tracked changes.
The deadline to provide comments is 12 PM (Noon) Central Prevailing Time (“CPT”) on Wednesday, December 19, 2018.
Written comments submitted to the Program Administrator according to the process above and submitted prior to the deadline will be posted to the illinoisabp.com website and made publicly available. The Program Administrator will redact the name of the submitter but will not attempt to redact any information that may otherwise identify the submitter.
Please direct all questions to the Program Administrator at: firstname.lastname@example.org
To facilitate the review of the Draft REC Contract by interested parties, we provide the following notes:
(a) The REC Contract contains eight exhibits as follows:
• Exhibit A – Form of Product Order
• Exhibit B – Bi-Annual System Status Form
• Exhibit C – Community Solar Quarterly Report
• Exhibit D – REC Annual Report
• Exhibit E – Form of Letters of Credit
• Exhibit F – Delivery Schedule Example
• Exhibit G – Surplus RECs and Drawdown Payments Example
• Exhibit H – Master REC Purchase and Sale Agreement (“Master REC Agreement”)
(b) The REC Contract constitutes the “Cover Sheet,” and modifies the terms of the Master REC Agreement (Exhibit H). The exhibits and the guidance notes appended to the end of the Master REC Agreement shall not apply; and the only exhibits that are applicable are those indicated in (a) above.
(c) Capitalized terms used in the REC Contract are provided in pages 11-18 of the Cover Sheet. Capitalized terms used and not otherwise defined in the Cover Sheet or modified by the Cover Sheet shall have the same meaning as in the Master REC Agreement.
(d) The REC Contract may include multiple Transactions. One batch of systems submitted by Seller and approved by the ICC corresponds to one Transaction, and the key terms of such Transaction (such as pricing and size of the Designated Systems within the batch) are specified in the Product Order applicable to such Transaction.
(e) The form of the Product Order is provided in Exhibit A, and each Product Order contains two (2) schedules, Schedule A and Schedule B. Schedule A to a Product Order shall include summary information of each Designated System proposed by Seller under the ABP for which batch has been approved by the ICC for inclusion in the REC Contract. Once a Designated System is Energized, the IPA or its designee shall prepare and complete Schedule B to the Product Order for such Designated System, which includes updated summary information related to the Designated System, and which shall be the basis for determining applicable payments under the REC Contract.
A copy of the final approved plan for the Adjustable Block Program has been posted on the Illinois ABP website. Click here to view the plan. The chapters of the plan relevant to the Adjustable Block Program are Chapter 6 and Chapter 7.
The program tentatively expects to begin accepting Approved Vendor applications on November 1, 2018 and will open to project applications on January 15, 2019.