Category: Guidebook

Program Guidebook Updated

The Illinois Power Agency has updated its Program Guidebook previously published on December 31, 2018.  The updated Program Guidebook, and a redline showing changes from the December 31st version, can be found here.  Key changes include, among others, (i) an update of several procedures including payments, assignments, and performance evaluation in conformance with the Final REC Delivery Contract published on January 28, 2019; (ii) the availability of an option for projects that receive a Block 3 REC contract as a result of a Block 1 lottery to decline the contract; and (iii) a description of the Agency’s confidentiality policy regarding data submitted through the Program.

Final Distributed Generation Contract Requirements Posted

Section 6.13 of the Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan states that the IPA and its Program Administrator will develop “a list of contract requirements” to be provided to Approved Vendors. Following publication of the draft contract requirements for distributed generation project installations on December 31, 2018 and subsequent stakeholder feedback, the Final Distributed Generation Contract Requirements have now been published.  Further explanation of the application of these requirements is contained at Page 1 of the document.

For clarity, please note that the Final REC Contract is being developed under a separate process and will be published on January 28, 2019.

Illinois Commerce Commission’s Staff Report on Batch Approval Available

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.

Final Program Guidebook Released

The final program guidebook has been released by the IPA and the Program Administrator.

Please note that the standard REC contract between Approved Vendors and the Utilities is still in the stakeholder development process. Changes to the contract may require changes to sections of the guidebook to ensure consistency. Such changes would be handled per chapter 8 of the guidebook with an update, which would be published on the website with an email notification sent to all those on the mailing list. The version on the program guidebook posted on the Illinois ABP website will always be the latest version.

Also, please note that the final lottery procedures published on November 28, 2018 have been updated with some minor clerical corrections and a clarification of the application of the developer cap. The revised language is in the final program guidebook.

Draft Contract Requirements Released for Stakeholder Comment

Section 6.13 of the Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan (“the Plan”) states that the IPA and its Program Administrator will develop “a list of contract requirements” to be provided to Approved Vendors. A draft list of contract requirements has now been released for stakeholder comment. The Program Administrator will accept comments on the draft contract requirements by email at until January 7, 2018 at 5:00 PM CST.  

Invitation to Comment on the Contract Form

On December 7, 2018, the Program Administrator posted to the 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:
  • 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 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:


Explanatory Notes

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.


Recordings and Presentations from November 30th Stakeholder Meeting Now Available

The  Illinois Power Agency and the Program Administrator held two stakeholder meetings in Chicago on November 30, 2018. The first meeting covered the draft community solar marketing guidelines, draft brochure, and draft community solar consumer protection disclosure forms. The second meeting covered the draft program guidebook.

Click here to view a full recording of the first stakeholder meeting that covered the community solar draft documents.  You can also download a copy of the presentation used during this meeting.

Click here to view a full recording of the second stakeholder meeting that covered the draft program guidebook. A copy of the presentation is also available for download.

The Program Administrator will accept comments on both the community solar draft documents and the draft program guidebook by email at until December 10, 2018 at 5:00 PM CST.  

Reminder: November 30, 2018 Workshop on Community Solar Disclosure Forms & Program Guidebook

The Illinois Power Agency and the Adjustable Block Program Administrator will be holding two stakeholder meetings tomorrow, November 30, 2018. An agenda for the meeting can be found here.  The first meeting will be held from 10:00 AM –12:00 PM CST and cover draft community solar marketing guidelines, draft brochure, and community solar consumer protection disclosure forms. The second meeting will be held from 1:00-5:00 PM CST and cover the draft program guidebook.  Both meetings will be held at the following location:

James R. Thompson Center
Assembly Hall, Lower Level
100 West Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601

The meetings are also available via webinar and audio:

Community Solar Marketing Guidelines & Material 10:00-12:00
Meeting accessible via webinar at:
Audio: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8665 and Meeting ID: 219 694 470

Program Guidebook 1:00-5:00
Meeting accessible via webinar at:
Audio: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8665 and Meeting ID: 671 109 232

A recording of the webinars and copies of the presentations will be made available on the website.

Please contact the Program Administrator via email at or via telephone at 877-783-1820 with questions about the meeting.