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ABP Designee Registration Requirement and Functionality Training Presentation Recording and Slide Deck

A webinar to introduce the Designee registration functionality and provide training on how to use it was recorded October 23, 2020 to ensure that all entities are prepared to utilize the functionality before it goes live. Approved Vendors and Designees may access the recorded presentation and slide deck here.  Please note that answers to questions asked during the webinar will be posted next week by the Program Administrator.

New Designees must register prior to working with any Approved Vendor. Existing designees of an Approved Vendor must register by Thursday, December 10, 2020 (which is 45 calendar days from the October 26, 2020 release of the Designee Registration functionality) to remain in compliance with Program requirements.

Approved Vendors are responsible for ensuring that both their Designees and Designees of their Designees register with the Program. Approved Vendors who fail to do so may be subject to disciplinary action. For example, if an Approved Vendor has an installer as a Designee, and that installer hires a lead generation firm to assist with marketing, the Approved Vendor is responsible for ensuring that the lead generation firm (in addition to the installer) registers with the Program. One benefit to Approved Vendors through this system is that they will know which downstream firms are working with their direct Designees and may be able to better monitor those firms’ behavior, as the Approved Vendor ultimately is responsible that each of the entities under its umbrella complies with Program requirements.

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

Removal of the Standard Capacity Factors on November 5, 2020

The use of a standard capacity factor will be removed as an option for the method of production estimation used for applications in the ABP portal on November 5, 2020. After that date Approved Vendors will be able to select from the option of either a capacity factor calculated in the portal using PVWatts or proposing an alternative capacity factor. This change is being made to comport with the provisions of Section 6.14.5 of the Revised Long-Term Plan which removed references to the use of standard capacity factors (which had been an option in the Initial Long-Term Plan). This change will not impact project applications submitted prior to that date that utilized a standard capacity factor.

The removal of the standard capacity factors will become effective on November 5, 2020.

Designee Registration Portal Training – Friday Oct 23

Section 6.9.1 of the IPA’s Revised Long-Term Plan created a new requirement for Approved Vendor Designees (i.e., third-party entities working with Approved Vendors that have direct interaction with end-use customers) to register with the Adjustable Block Program. Designees may register under one or more of the following roles: Disclosure Form Designee, Community Solar Subscriber Agent, Installer, Marketing or Sales Organization.

The Program Administrator has created a new Designee registration functionality that is expected to be released through the ABP portal on Monday, October 26, 2020. A webinar to introduce this new functionality and provide training on how to use it will take place on Friday, October 23, 2020 at 1:00 PM Central Standard Time.

Please use the following link to register for the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYofu2oqjkvGtHYwGVr0wQku6H-4O1QsydL

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. If you are not able to attend this training webinar, it will be recorded and posted to the ABP website for easy access and review.

Please note that all Designees, that work within the ABP, must complete the designee registration no later than Thursday, December 10, 2020, which is 45 days from the release date of this functionality.

Release of Revised ABP Distributed Generation Marketing Guidelines

The revised Adjustable Block Program Distributed Generation Marketing Guidelines are now finalized and posted here along with a redline document that compares the changes between the original version published on January 31, 2019 and this revised version.*

These revised guidelines apply to all distributed generation sales and marketing activity moving forward. Approved Vendors and those operating on their behalf are expected to be familiar with the updates made in this new version of the marketing guidelines and adhere to all requirements outlined in the document. Consistent with the ICC’s Order in Docket No. 19-0995, there will be a grace period of 45 calendar days from September 16, 2020 before any disciplinary action is taken for violations of new requirements found in these guidelines.

The revision of the ABP Community Solar Marketing Guidelines is still in process and is anticipated to be finalized in September 2020.  Please note that there will be significant differences between the Distributed Generation and the Community Solar Marketing Guidelines; Approved Vendors thus should not use the revised Distributed Generation Marketing Guidelines as indicative of pending changes for community solar.

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

*Please note that the changes reflected in the redline comparison may seem far more extensive than the actual changes as there was a significant amount of reorganization of text between this version of the document and the January 31, 2019 version.

Second Draft REC Contract Workshop

On September, 11, the Illinois Power Agency, in conjunction with NERA Economic Consulting and the Adjustable Block Program Administrator, InClime, held a Virtual Stakeholder Workshop to discuss the Second Draft of the Refreshed REC Contract that was posted on September 4, 2020 alongside a request for stakeholder comments. The Webinar can be viewed below and the PowerPoint viewed in the presentation can be viewed by clicking here.

 

Stakeholder Comments – Draft Program Guidebook

The Illinois Power Agency published a request for stakeholder feedback regarding the Draft Program Guidebook in August, 2020. The deadline for submitting comments was extended to Friday, September 4, 2020. The stakeholder comments regarding the Draft Program Guidebook are posted below:
The Adjustable Block Program Administrator would like to thank all stakeholders that provided comments on the request for stakeholder feedback regarding the Draft Program Guidebook. We are reviewing the comments and will release a final Guidebook within a few weeks, after reviewing the stakeholder feedback.

Request for Stakeholder Comments – Second Draft of the Refreshed ABP REC Contract

The Illinois Power Agency is seeking feedback on the second draft of the refreshed Adjustable Block Program REC contract with comments due by September 18, 2020. The second draft of the refreshed REC contract, a comparison of the second draft of the refreshed REC contract and the first draft of the refreshed REC Contract, and a Request for Stakeholder Comments document can be found at www.illinoisabp.com/rec-contract. Please see the Request for Stakeholder Comments for additional background and information, and details on a virtual workshop scheduled for Friday, September 11, 2020 at 10:00 AM Central Standard Time.

Update on Waitlisted ABP Community Solar Projects – Site Control Documentation and Land Use Permit Review

Section 6.3.3.1.1 of the IPA’s Revised Long-Term Plan required that Approved Vendors with waitlisted community solar projects provide documentation that those Approved Vendors have maintained site control and any applicable land use permits for waitlisted systems.  Those submittals were required by May 18, 2020.

This communication is merely to provide an update that the Program Administrator’s comprehensive review of documentation submitted has and that the review of submitted documentation is ongoing. The Program Administrator has completed review of projects’ submittals and anticipates completion of process by the end of September.  Once completed, and eligibility to remain on waitlists determined, the Program Administrator will release updated Group A and Group B community solar waitlists.

In the interim, please reach out to admin@illinoisabp.com or (877) 783-1820 with any questions.

Draft REC Contract Workshop #2

On August 7, the Illinois Power Agency, in conjunction with NERA Economic Consulting and the Adjustable Block Program Administrator, InClime, held the second of two online workshops to discuss the Draft REC contract that was posted on July 24th, alongside a request for stakeholder comments. The webinar can be viewed below, and the PowerPoint presentation shown in the webinar can be viewed by clicking here.