Category: Guidebook

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 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.

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 illinoisabp.com website with an email notification sent to all those on the illinoisabp.com 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 comments@illinoisabp.com until January 7, 2018 at 5:00 PM CST.