Category: Lottery Process

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.

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).

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.

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.

Final Adjustable Block Program Lottery Procedure Document Posted

The Final Lottery Procedure Document for the initial opening of the Adjustable Block Program has been released by the IPA and the Program Administrator. An additional explanatory document providing guidance on certain decisions made by the IPA and the Program Administrator regarding the lottery process can be downloaded here. The IPA and the Program Administrator appreciate all of the stakeholder comments and feedback we have received through the two comment periods held in September and November. Please direct any questions about the final procedure document to the Program Administrator via email, admin@illinoisabp.com, or phone, (877) 783-1820.