Category: General Program Information

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.

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.

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.

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.

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”.

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.

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 on 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 Tuesday, December 8, 2020 to admin@illinoisabp.com with the subject line “12/9 Webinar Question”.

Requests for Stakeholder Feedback

The Illinois Power Agency has released the following two requests for stakeholder feedback.

Each document provides background on the request and poses a number of questions for stakeholder input.  Responses are requested by December 21, 2020 and instructions for how to respond is included in each document.  After these 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 2 closed

Group B Small DG Block 2 is closed as of November 16, 2020 at 5:00 PM Central Prevailing Time and Group B Small DG Block 3 is now open.

The Program Administrator announced on November 10, 2020 that Group B 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 9, 2020. Group B Small DG applications submitted as part of a paid batch prior to November 16, 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 B 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 52 MW capacity of Group B Small DG Block 2 will be deducted from the original capacity of 13 MW for Group B Small DG Block 3. For example, if an additional 2 MW of capacity is allocated during the soft-close period (for a total of 54 MW of Block 2 capacity), Group B Small DG Block 3 will have an opening capacity of 11 MW, not the original capacity of 13 MW.

The Program Administrator will make a subsequent announcement with the calculation of the preliminary capacity available for Group B Small DG Block 3, factoring in the capacity allocated to Block 2 during its 7-day soft-close period. The final calculation of the opening capacity of Group B Small DG Block 3 will not be known until at least 10 business days have passed from the closure of Block 2. The Program Administrator will announce the opening capacity available for Group B Small DG Block 3 at that time. Capacity allocated to projects in Group B Small DG Blocks 1 or 2 that are subsequently withdrawn will be added to Group B Small DG Block 3 capacity.