Month: December 2020

Implementation Schedule for the Revised Community Solar Disclosure Form

The Program Administrator previously solicited stakeholder input on proposed revisions to the Community Solar Disclosure form and on November 18, 2020 announced the final scope of nature of those changes. A template of the revised disclosure form was released December 8, 2020. The Program Administrator is currently programing the functionality to support the revised disclosure form and associated changes to the subscriber registration process in the Adjustable Block Program portal .

The Program Administrator is planning for a February 9, 2021 cutover in the ABP portal from the current Community Disclosure Form to the revised Community Solar Disclosure Form. This will include updated data fields and options, a new format for the generated form, and updated API and CSV upload functionality. In preparation for that cutover, the Program Administrator plans to release an updated version of the API to all API users on January 18, 2021 for beta testing, and to release a new version of the CSV upload guide on January 25, 2021.

Disclosure forms generated prior to the cutover date will remain valid, however any disclosure forms started in the portal but not completed (and thus generated for a subscriber signature) by the cutover date will need to be reentered after the cutover date in the updated portal in order to be completed and generated.

Implementation of additional API functionality to allow for the generation of the Revised Disclosure Form outside of the portal is expected to be released by February 23, 2021.

If you have any questions about the implementation schedule for the new Community Solar Disclosure Form, please email the Program Administrator at admin@illinoisabp.com or call 877-783-1820.

Public Designee Database Now Available on ABP Websites

The Revised Long-Term Plan describes a requirement for Approved Vendor Designees (i.e., third-party entities working with Approved Vendors that have direct interaction with end-use customers) to register and be listed on the ABP and Illinois Shines websites along with the Approved Vendors with which they’re working. The listing of Designees allows potential customers to be able to verify that a company that reaches out to them is actually a Program participant registered with the Program (and likewise will be able to review if they are listed in the Program’s consumer complaint database or the disciplinary actions report).

The Program Administrator has published a searchable Designee database available on both the ABP website (view the database here) and the Illinois Shines website (view the database here). All registered Designees have been added to this publicly facing Designee database, and the database will be updated continually to reflect new Designees. Approved Vendors and Designees can approve and remove Designees within their portal as needed, and these changes will be reflected in the Designee database.

If you have any questions about becoming a registered Designee or the Designee database, please email the Program Administrator at admin@illinoisabp.com or call 877-783-1820.

Release of New Batching Functionality in the ABP Portal

The Program Administrator has created a new dashboard to allow Approved Vendors to actively manage the batching of their project applications prior to batches being submitted to the ICC for approval. This dashboard was created to fully implement the batching process outlined in a previous announcement and replaces the interim batching process communicated to Approved Vendors on April 24, 2020 and that has been in use since that date.

Please see a detailed explanation of the new batching functionality and process changes as well as a training document that walks through the changes.

If you have any questions regarding this new portal functionality please reach out to the Program Administrator at admin@illinoisabp.com or at 877-783-1820.

Stakeholder Feedback – Due Today

As a reminder, the Illinois Power Agency has requested stakeholder feedback on the following topics:

Please respond with any feedback no later than today, December 21, 2020.

Instructions for how to respond is included in each document, linked above.  After responses are received, the Agency expects to hold virtual workshops to discuss written feedback and seek additional feedback prior to finalization of any new selection criteria or prices.

* Please note that these feedback processes do not mean that the Agency is planning to open new blocks of the Adjustable Block Program. As outlined extensively in Chapter 3 of the IPA’s Revised Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan, obtaining RPS funding necessary for opening additional blocks in 2021 would require passing new legislation.

Group B Small DG Block 3 closed

On December 14, 2020 an application was submitted that exceeded the available capacity in Group B Small DG Block 3. This application and all other applications for this Group/category submitted in a paid batch on or prior to 11:59 PM Central Prevailing Time on that date were allocated to Block 3 up to a cap of 2 MW of additional Block 3 capacity, with the application that crossed the 2 MW cap allocated to Block 3 in its entirety. The additional capacity allocated to Block 3 is 1.547 MW.

All subsequently submitted applications for Group B Small DG will be placed on a waitlist as the Block is now closed. Please refer to the announcement of the Block closing protocol on illinoisabp.com for more details on waitlist management.

At this time there is not a schedule for the opening of a future block of capacity for Group B Small DG. As outlined extensively in Chapter 3 of the IPA’s Revised Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan, obtaining RPS funding necessary for opening additional blocks in 2021 would require passing new legislation.

Stakeholder Feedback Reminder

As a reminder, the Illinois Power Agency has requested stakeholder feedback on the following topics:

Please respond with any feedback no later than December 21, 2020. Stakeholders are encouraged to submit feedback as far in advance of the deadline as possible.

Instructions for how to respond is included in each document, linked above.  After responses are received, the Agency expects to hold virtual workshops to discuss written feedback and seek additional feedback prior to finalization of any new selection criteria or prices.

* Please note that these feedback processes do not mean that the Agency is planning to open new blocks of the Adjustable Block Program. As outlined extensively in Chapter 3 of the IPA’s Revised Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan, obtaining RPS funding necessary for opening additional blocks in 2021 would require passing new legislation.

ABP Stakeholder Webinar Documents Posted & Designee Registration Reminder

The ABP Stakeholder webinar recording and slide deck from December 9, 2020 have been posted here under the links for “Recording for Adjustable Block Program Informational Webinar (December 2020)” and “Slide Deck for Adjustable Block Program Informational Webinar (December 2020)”.

As discussed during the webinar, the deadline for existing Designees of an Approved Vendor to register is Thursday, December 10, 2020 to remain in compliance with Program requirements. Any new Designees must register with the Program prior to working with an Approved Vendor.

Revised Community Solar Disclosure Form Template

The Program Administrator previously announced on November 18, 2020 that it would release a template of the revised Community Solar Disclosure Form in advance of its implementation in the ABP portal. The revised version of the Community Solar Disclosure Form is not yet available for use but this template is provided here to give Approved Vendors and their Designees an idea of what the document will look like once it’s live. Please note that this is a single example of the document for which project specifications are provided. As the document contains dynamic text elements, other examples of the document may look different.

The template of the revised Community Solar Disclosure Form can be found here.

ABP Stakeholder Webinar – Wednesday, December 9, 2020

As a reminder, the Program Administrator and IPA will be holding an informational webinar for Approved Vendors, Designees, and other interested stakeholders tomorrow, Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 12:00 PM Central. Stakeholders are encouraged to attend this webinar to learn more about Program requirements and what is next for the Program.

Attendees may register for the webinar via the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYkc-6tpzwsH9w24VxGrFvVsnhSRKoYqHa6. If you are not able to attend this webinar, it will be recorded and posted to the ABP website for easy access and review.

If you have any questions that you would like the Program Administrator and IPA to address during the webinar, please email them no later than today, Tuesday, December 8, 2020 to admin@illinoisabp.com with the subject line “12/9 Webinar Question”.

ABP Community Solar Waitlists Updated

Section 6.3.3.1.1 of the IPA’s Revised Long-Term Plan requires that for waitlisted community solar projects to remain on the waitlist, Approved Vendors would have to provide documentation of having maintained site control and any applicable land use permits. These documents were required to be submitted to the Program Administrator by May 18, 2020.

The Program Administrator has now completed its review of the documents submitted by Approved Vendors and has posted updated community solar waitlists to the ABP community solar dashboard page. As a result of this process, the Group A community solar waitlist has decreased from 450 projects to 357 projects and the Group B community solar waitlist has decreased from 347 projects to 304 projects.

The Program Administrator would like to thank all of the Approved Vendors who have responded over the past several months to requests for clarifications and additional verification documentation as part of the process to ensure that this was a comprehensive and complete review process.

Under Section 6.3.3.1.2 of the Revised Long-Term Plan, should funding become available to open new Adjustable Block Program blocks, 50% of any new community solar capacity will be allocated in accordance with the current ordinal community solar waitlists, for which these updated waitlists would be used. Please note that this does not mean that the Agency is planning to open new blocks of the Adjustable Block Program at this time. As outlined extensively in Chapter 3 of the Revised Long-Term Plan, obtaining RPS funding necessary for opening additional blocks in 2021 requires the passage of new legislation.