Category: Distributed Generation

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.

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.

Group A Small DG Block 3 closed

On December 3, 2020 an application was submitted that exceeded the available capacity in Group A 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 the cap of 2 MW of additional Block 3 capacity. The additional capacity allocated to Block 3 is 0.382 MW.

It was previously announced on November 26, 2020 when Group A Small DG Block 2 closed that the Program Administrator would make a subsequent announcement of the opening capacity of Group A Small DG Block 3 after 10 business days had passed to give Approved Vendors sufficient time to pay the application fee for submitted batches. As Block 3 has closed prior to 10 business days passing, there will be no announcement of Block 3’s opening capacity. All subsequently submitted applications for Group A Small DG will be placed on a waitlist. 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 A 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.

Group A Small DG Block 2 closed

Group A Small DG Block 2 is closed as of November 24, 2020 at 5:00 PM Central Prevailing Time and Group A Small DG Block 3 is now open.

The Program Administrator announced on November 17, 2020 that Group A Small DG Block 2 had reached capacity. Per Section 6.3.2 of the Revised Long-Term Plan, this Block was held open for an additional 7 calendar days after reaching capacity on November 17, 2020. Group A Small DG applications submitted as part of a paid batch prior to November 24, 2020 at 5:00 PM Central Prevailing Time were allocated to Block 2, and thus will receive Block 2 pricing, provided that the application fee is paid within 10 business days following batch submittal. Group A Small DG applications submitted as part of a paid batch after that time will be allocated to Block 3.

The capacity allocated to Block 2 during this 7-day soft-close period impacts the capacity available for Block 3. Applications submitted as part of a paid batch during the soft close period that exceed the original 22 MW capacity of Group A Small DG Block 2 will be deducted from the original capacity of 5.5 MW for Group A Small DG Block 3. The capacity submitted during the soft-close period was 5 MW (for a total of 27 MW of Block 2 capacity). Therefore, Group A Small DG Block 3 will have a tentative opening capacity of 0.5 MW, not the original capacity of 5.5 MW.

The final calculation of the opening capacity of Group A Small DG Block 3 will not be known until at least 10 business days have passed from the closure of Block 2 to allow Approved Vendors time to pay application fees. If the application fee for a Block 2 batch is not timely paid, the batch will not be accepted, and the corresponding capacity will be allocated to Block 3. The Program Administrator will announce the opening capacity available for Group A Small DG Block 3 at that time. Capacity allocated to projects in Group A Small DG Blocks 1 or 2 that are subsequently withdrawn will be added to Group A Small DG Block 3 capacity.

However, should Group A Small DG Block 3 reach capacity before the announcement of the opening capacity of Block 3 can be made, the following provision will apply: On the calendar day that an application is submitted whose capacity meets or exceeds the tentative remaining capacity in Group A Small DG Block 3, any project applications received on or prior to 11:59 PM Central Prevailing Time that day that exceed the remaining capacity of that block will be selected until a 2 MW cap is reached. For the application that crosses the 2 MW cap, the entire project will be allocated Block 3 pricing, with all subsequently submitted applications placed on an ordinal waitlist. If the application that crosses the 2 MW cap is part of a multiple-project batch in which all projects in that batch are time-stamped as having been submitted at the same time, such that the determination of which individual application in that batch was the one that crossed the 2 MW cap is not possible, the Approved Vendor may select which applications within that batch will remain under the 2 MW cap, with the remaining applications in that batch placed on the waitlist for that Group/category.

Group B Small DG Block 2 capacity reached

Block 2 for the Group B Small Distributed Generation (“DG”) project category (i.e., DG projects up to and including 10 kW AC) has been filled. Block 2 will remain open for 7 calendar days per the soft-close provision in Section 6.3.2 of the Revised Long-Term Plan approved by the Illinois Commerce Commission on February 18, 2020.

Group B Small DG batches submitted prior to November 16, 2020 at 5:00 PM Central Prevailing Time will be allocated to Block 2, provided that the application fee is paid within 10 business days following submittal. Once the 7-day window of the soft-close has concluded, Block 2 will be considered closed and Block 3 will open. Group B Small DG applications submitted on or after November 16, 2020 at 5:00 PM Central Prevailing Time will be allocated to Block 3 and if verified will receive Block 3 REC pricing. The Program Administrator will make another announcement on the date of the opening of Block 3 for Group B Small DG.

The capacity allocated to Block 2 during this soft-close period impacts the capacity available for Block 3. Any applications submitted as part of a paid batch during the soft close period that exceed the capacity of Group B Small DG Block 2 will be deducted from the 13 MW capacity of Group B Small DG Block 3. For example, if 2 MW of capacity in excess of the capacity of Group B Block 2 is allocated during the soft-close period, Group B Small DG Block 3 will have an opening capacity of 11 MW, rather than the initial capacity noted above.

If capacity allocated during the soft-close period exceeds the total capacity of Group B Block 3, the submitted application that exceeds that capacity, as well as all other applications submitted in a paid batch prior to 11:59 PM Central Prevailing Time on the date of capacity being exceeded, will be allocated to Block 3 up to a cap of 2 MW of additional Block 3 capacity (this 2 MW cap is similar to the previously announced Block Closing Protocol released in anticipation of the closing of Large DG Block 4, which included a cap of 5 MW, with this difference in size intended to better match the smaller size of Small DG Block 3). This 2 MW cap would likewise apply to the closing of Block 3 if the soft closing of Block 2 does not exceed Block 3 capacity.

All subsequently submitted applications will be placed on a waitlist as the Block will be considered closed.  At this time, there is no schedule for opening future Small DG blocks under Group B.

Change to ABP Metering Requirements

The metering requirements for Adjustable Block Program projects have been updated as described in Section 6.12.2 of the IPA’s Revised Long-Term Plan. Previously, all systems registered in M-RETS were required to utilize an ANSI C.12 certified revenue grade meter regardless of system size. M-RETS has updated their operating rules to no longer require revenue grade meters and therefore the ABP metering requirements now reflect that change.

Systems registered in M-RETS now follow the same ABP metering requirements as applies to systems registered in GATS, which are as follows:

  • Systems over 25 kW must utilize a new meter that meets ANSI C.12 standards.
  • Systems over 10 kW and less than 25 kW in size must utilize a meter that meets ANSI C.12 standards. Meters that are refurbished (and certified by the meter supplier) are allowed.
  • Systems of 10 kW in size and below must utilize either a meter that is accurate to +/‐ 5% (including refurbished and certified meters), or an inverter that is specified by the manufacturer to be accurate to +/‐5%. The inverter must be UL‐certified and must include either a digital or web‐based output display.

Please contact the Program Administrator at admin@illinoisabp.com or (877) 783-1820 with any questions.

Request for Comments – Draft Marketing Guidelines and Community Solar Disclosure Form

The IPA is seeking public comments on the Adjustable Block Program Draft Marketing Guidelines (Distributed Generation and Community Solar), as well as the Adjustable Block Program Community Solar Disclosure Form. The request for comment announcements, as well as the relevant documents for review can all be found at this link.

The IPA is seeking feedback on edits that include provisions on the HEAT Act (Public Act 101-0590), as well as other changes to both the Distributed Generation and Community Solar Marketing Guidelines.

The IPA is seeking feedback on the Community Solar Disclosure Form as it relates to subscriber acquisition processes.

Stakeholder feedback is due no later than Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 5:00 PM CST. Please send your comments and/or questions to IPA.Solar@illinois.gov.

 

Group A Small DG Block 1 closed

Group A Small DG Block 1 is closed as of March 31, 2020 at 5:00 PM Central Prevailing Time and Group A Small DG Block 2 is now open.

The Program Administrator announced on March 25, 2020 that Group A Small DG Block 1 had reached capacity. Per Section 6.3.2 of the Revised Long-Term Plan, this Block was held open for an additional 7 calendar days.  Any Group A Small DG applications submitted as part of a paid batch on or prior to March 31, 2020 at 4:59 PM Central Prevailing Time were allocated to Block 1, and thus will receive Block 1 pricing, provided that the application fee is paid within 10 business days following batch submittal. Any Group A Small DG applications submitted as part of a paid batch after that time will be allocated to Block 2.

The capacity allocated to Block 1 during this 7-day soft-close period impacts the capacity available for Block 2. Any applications submitted as part of a paid batch during the soft close period that exceed the original 22 MW capacity of Group A Small DG Block 1 will be deducted from the original capacity of 22 MW for Group A Small DG Block 2. For example, if an additional 2 MW of capacity is allocated during the soft-close period (for a total of 24 MW of Block 1 capacity), Group A Small DG Block 2 will have an opening capacity of 20 MW, not the original capacity of 22 MW.

The Program Administrator will make a subsequent announcement with the preliminary calculation of the capacity available for Group A Small DG Block 2, factoring in the capacity allocated to Block 1 during its 7-day soft-close period. The final calculation of the opening capacity of Group A Small DG Block 2 will not be known until at least 10 business days have passed from the closure of Block 1. The Program Administrator will announce the opening capacity available for Group B Small DG Block 2 at that time. Capacity allocated to projects in Group A Small DG Block 1 that are subsequently withdrawn will be added to Group A Small DG Block 2 capacity.

Reminders regarding energization extension requests and force majeure

The Illinois Power Agency and the Adjustable Block Program Administrator recognize that the COVID-19 crisis is creating uncertainties that could impact performance under Adjustable Block Program contracts. (See also the Agency’s March 20, 2020 announcement.)

Should Approved Vendors consider requesting extensions to energization deadlines and requests for force majeure, the Agency has the following procedural reminders.

Format

  • In general, requests should be made by submitting a formal letter on company letterhead in PDF format. Please include any applicable supporting documentation. Communicating that request by email is generally appropriate.
  • Please note that an energization deadline extension request is distinct from requesting the recognition of a force majeure event, and any request should clearly specify what relief is being requested and what specific clause of the contract is being invoked.

Energization deadline extensions

  • Several options for extension of energization deadlines are available; please see Section 5(b) of the REC Contract, starting on page 3.
  • Under Section 5(b), extension requests must be “made in writing by Seller to Buyer and the IPA.”  For the IPA, please email the request to IPA.Solar@illinois.gov.  For the Buyer, please refer to the contact sheet found within the contract itself.

Force Majeure

  • For any Approved Vendor seeking the recognition of a force majeure event under an Adjustable Bock Program REC delivery contract (see Article 6 as amended starting on page 30), the force majeure notification “must be made to both the Buyer and the IPA.”
  • In providing notification to the IPA, please email the request to IPA.Solar@illinois.gov.  For the Buyer, please refer to the contact sheet found within the contract itself.

 

Group A Small DG Block 1 capacity reached

The Illinois Power Agency (“IPA”) and Program Administrator announce that Block 1 for the Group A Small Distributed Generation (“DG”) project category (i.e. DG projects up to and including 10 kWac) has been filled. Block 1 will remain open for 7 calendar days per the soft-close provision in Section 6.3.2 of the Revised Long-Term Plan approved by the Illinois Commerce Commission on February 18, 2020.

Any Group A Small DG batches submitted prior to March 31, 2020 at 5:00 PM Central Prevailing Time will be allocated to Block 1, provided that the application fee is paid within 10 business days following submittal. Once the 7-day window of the soft-close has concluded, Block 1 will be considered closed and Block 2 will open. Any Group A Small DG applications submitted on or after March 31, 2020 at 5:00 PM Central Prevailing Time will be allocated to Block 2 and if verified will receive Block 2 REC pricing.

The Program Administrator will make another announcement on the date of the opening of Block 2 for Group A Small DG.