Author: Program Administrator

Posting of Stakeholder Feedback and Request for Updated Comments

On November 23, 2020 The Illinois Power Agency published the following requests for stakeholder feedback:

The stakeholder comments received regarding Project Selection for Future Community Solar Blocks are posted here.

The stakeholder comments received regarding REC Pricing for Future Adjustable Block Program Blocks are posted here.

The Illinois Power Agency and the Adjustable Block Program Administrator would like to thank all stakeholders that provided initial comments. If stakeholders would like to update their comments in light of any recent developments, or comment on other stakeholder’s comments, please provide those comments by February 8, 2021.

The Agency expects to release strawman proposals related to these in early March and will schedule virtual workshops to discuss those proposals at that time.

Please note that these feedback processes do not mean that the Agency is able to open new blocks of capacity for 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, which has not happened to date.

Group A and Group B Small DG waitlists posted

The Program Administrator has posted spreadsheets of the waitlists for the Group A Small DG and Group B Small DG categories on the Small DG dashboard page. These files will be refreshed daily.

Please refer to the announcements on the Program website for more details on the closure of Group A Small DG Block 3 posted on December 4, 2020, the closure of Group B Small DG Block 3 posted on December 15, 2020, and the more general block closing protocol posted on February 26, 2020.

Release of ABP Community Solar Subscriber Management Functionality

The Program Administrator has released subscriber management functionality for Approved Vendors that have ICC approved community solar projects and their CS Subscriber Agent Designees. This functionality facilitates the management of subscriber information for community solar projects in the ABP portal.

Please see a detailed explanation of the new subscriber management functionality 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.

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.