FAQs

Questions submitted through this site are generally answered by the Procurement Administrator within two business days. A response will be sent directly to the questioner. If a question is not within the scope of the Procurement Administrator’s role or expertise, the Procurement Administrator may, instead of providing an answer, refer the questioner to an alternative source of information. All questions and answers are posted to this site, unless the question and answer repeat information already provided on the FAQ page or generally do not provide additional information that may be relevant to prospective suppliers.

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Block Energy and Capacity FAQs
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FAQ-BEC-1
Q: With reference to the (AIC) Capacity Agreement, please confirm that there are no payment adjustments for ZRCs that are from the compliance zone, which is LRZ 4.

Yes, this is correct. Only ZRCs from outside the compliance zone are subject to payment adjustments under the term of the (AIC) Capacity Agreement.

08-07-2018

FAQ-BEC-2
Q: I understand that there could be a payment adjustment under the (AIC) Capacity Agreement if the ZRCs are not from the compliance zone. Can you provide an example where the adjustment will add to the payment to Seller?

Under the terms of the (AIC) Capacity Agreement, payments to Seller will only be adjusted to reflect an increased payment if the Source Zone ACP is greater than the Compliance Zone ACP where the Compliance Zone is LRZ4. For purposes of the below example, the “ACP” refers to the Auction Clearing Price from the 2019/2020 MISO Planning Resource Auction and the Compliance Zone is LRZ4. See below for a hypothetical example.

No. of ZRCs won by Seller: 25 ZRCs from Zone 3

Average Winning Bid Price under the (AIC) Capacity Agreement: $50/MW-day

Payment to Seller = $50 x 25 ZRCs x 365 = $456,250

MISO 2019/2020 PRA Results:

LRZ 4 ACP = $30/MW-day

LRZ 3 ACP = $100/MW-day

Adjustment to Payment = ($100 – $30) x 25 ZRCs x 365 = $638,750

Adjusted Payment = $456,250 + $638,750 = $1,095,000

08-07-2018

FAQ-BEC-3
Q: I understand that there could be a payment adjustment under the (AIC) Capacity Agreement if the ZRCs are not from the compliance zone. Can you provide an example where the adjustment will result in a reduced payment to Seller?

Under the terms of the (AIC) Capacity Agreement, payments to Seller will be reduced if the Compliance Zone ACP is greater than the Source Zone ACP where the Compliance Zone is LRZ4. If the amount of the payment reduction is greater than the unadjusted payment, then Seller (not Buyer) will have to pay Buyer under the (AIC) Capacity Agreement.  We provide 2 examples below to illustrate this point.

For purposes of the below example, the “ACP” refers to the Auction Clearing Price from the 2019/2020 MISO Planning Resource Auction and the Compliance Zone is LRZ4.

Example 1:  Where the adjustment results in a reduced payment from Buyer to Seller.

No. of ZRCs won by Seller: 25 ZRCs from Zone 3

Average Winning Bid Price under the (AIC) Capacity Agreement: $90/MW-day

Payment to Seller = $90 x 25 ZRCs x 365 days = $821,250

MISO 2019/2020 PRA Results:

LRZ 4 ACP = $100/MW-day

LRZ 3 ACP = $30/MW-day

Adjustment to Payment = – ($100 – $30) x 25 ZRCs x 365 days = – $638,750

Adjusted Payment = $821,250 – $638,750 = $182,500

Example 2:  Where the adjustment results in payment from Seller to Buyer.

No. of ZRCs won by Seller: 25 ZRCs from Zone 3

Average Winning Bid Price under the (AIC) Capacity Agreement: $50/MW-day

Payment to Seller = $50 x 25 ZRCs x 365 days = $456,250

MISO 2019/2020 PRA Results:

LRZ 4 ACP = $100/MW-day

LRZ 3 ACP = $30/MW-day

Adjustment to Payment = – ($100 – $30) x 25 ZRCs x 365 days = – $638,750

Adjusted Payment = $456,250 – $638,750 = – $182,500 (i.e., payment from Seller to Buyer)

08-07-2018

FAQ-BEC-4
Q: If we have an existing fully executed supplier contract with a Company, are we required to execute a new supplier contract if we have winning Bids approved by the Commission in the upcoming procurement events?

If you are a winning bidder in this Fall 2018 BEC RFP, you must execute a new applicable supplier contract(s) regardless of whether you are a winning supplier or not from a prior procurement event.

08-08-2018

FAQ-BEC-5
Q: When will acceptable modifications to the Pre-Bid Letters of Credit for the Fall 2018 Block Energy and Capacity RFP be posted to the procurement website?

Documents containing acceptable modifications to the Pre-Bid Letters of Credit were posted to the Final Materials page of the Fall Block and Energy and Capacity section of the procurement website on August 8, 2018.

08-08-2018

FAQ-BEC-6
Q: Where can I find the banking information needed to complete Paragraph 7 of the Standard Pre-Bid Letters of Credit?

Please send an email to the Procurement Administrator requesting the banking information. In your email, please specify the procurement event for which you would like to receive the banking information.

08-09-2018

FAQ-BEC-7
Q: Where can I find a schedule of events relating to the Fall 2018 Block Energy and Capacity RFP?

Please visit the calendar available here for a schedule of events relating to the Fall 2018 Block Energy and Capacity RFP.

08-13-2018

FAQ-BEC-8
Q: When was the requirement listed in the Second Item of Section 1 of the Part 1 Proposal, Participation in MISO or PJM Markets, introduced to Bidders?

RFP documents that included the requirement listed in the Second Item of Section 1 of the Part 1 Proposal, Participation in MISO or PJM Markets, were posted to the Final Materials page of the Fall Block Energy and Capacity section of the RFP website and made available to Bidders on June 20, 2018. The requirement was also provided to Bidders in the webcast held by the Procurement Administrator on August 7, 2018.

Please see Section IV.1.2 of the RFP Rules for details regarding the requirement listed in the Second Item of Section 1 of the Part 1 Proposal.

08-14-2018

FAQ-BEC-9
Q: Is it possible to meet the requirement listed in the Second Item of Section 1 of the Part 1 Proposal, Participation in MISO or PJM Markets, during the Part 2 Window or must we meet the requirement by the Part 1 Date?

You must meet all requirements of the Part 1 Proposal, including any listed in the Second Item of Section 1 of the Part 1 Proposal, Participation in MISO or PJM Markets, by the Part 1 Date. Please note that Bidders who are currently a Seller to a Company under an applicable supplier contract or have been a Seller to a Company under an applicable supplier contract pursuant to a 2016, 2017, or 2018 procurement event under the BEC RFP or under the Standard Products RFP are exempt from the requirement listed in the Second Item of Section 1 of the Part 1 Proposal.

08-14-2018

FAQ-BEC-10
Q: Do we need a new Pre-Bid Letter of Credit if we participated in the auction earlier this year?

Yes, a new Pre-Bid Letter of Credit will be required given the pre-bid letter of credit for purposes of your participation in the Spring 2018 BEC RFP would have expired or returned to you.

08-14-2018

FAQ-BEC-11
Q: We currently have a Post-Bid Letter of Credit with a Company for blocks won in the Spring 2018 BEC RFP. Do we need a new Post-Bid Letter of Credit for that Company if we are awarded additional blocks pursuant to the Fall 2018 BEC RFP?

The standard form of the Post-Bid Letter of Credit for a Company has not changed between the Spring 2018 and Fall 2018 BEC RFP.  If you have a Post-Bid Letter of Credit with a Company pursuant to an award in the Spring 2018 BEC RFP and you win additional blocks for that same Company in this upcoming RFP, you may use the same Post-Bid Letter of Credit to meet the credit requirements under both the supplier contract from the Spring 2018 BEC RFP and the Fall 2018 BEC RFP, but you may be required to increase the amount of your Post-Bid Letter of Credit to meet the credit requirements.

08-15-2018

FAQ-BEC-12
Q: Where in the RFP Rules can I find information necessary to provide the Pre-Bid Letter of Credit to each Company for the Fall 2018 procurement events?

Information necessary to provide the Pre-Bid Letter of Credit to the applicable Company can be found in Paragraph V.2.3 (AIC Energy Products/Combinations), Paragraph V.3.3 (ComEd Products/Combinations), and Paragraph V.5.2 (the AIC Capacity Product).

08-15-2018

FAQ-BEC-13
Q: Am I required to submit a Bid Participation Fee for the Fall 2018 Block Energy and Capacity RFP if I paid a Bid Participation Fee during the Spring 2018 Block Energy and Capacity RFP?

No. A Bidder is only required to pay a Bid Participation Fee if it has not paid the Bid Participation Fee pursuant to its participation in a prior IPA procurement event in 2018.

08-15-2018

FAQ-BEC-14
Q: Are redlines available between the final supplier contracts from the Fall 2017 and Fall 2018 procurement events?

Redlines between the final supplier contracts from the Fall 2017 and Fall 2018 procurement events are not available. On June 20, 2018, the Procurement Administrator posted redlines between the final supplier contracts between the Spring 2018 and Fall 2018 procurement events. These documents are available on the Final Materials page of the Fall Block Energy and Capacity section of the RFP website. On February 20, 2018, the Procurement Administrator posted redlines between the draft supplier contracts for the Spring 2018 procurement events and the final supplier contracts from the Fall 2017 procurement events. On March 13, 2018, the Procurement Administrator posted redlines between the draft supplier contracts and the final supplier contracts for the Spring 2018 procurement events for those documents for which minimal changes were made. The documents posted on February 20, 2018 and the documents posted on March 13, 2018 are available on the Previous 2018 Block Energy and Capacity RFPs page of the RFP website. There have been minimal changes between the draft supplier contracts for the Spring 2018 procurement events and the final supplier contracts for the Fall 2018 procurement events.

08-16-2018

FAQ-BEC-15
Q: We are unable to attend bidder training on Thursday, August 30, 2018. Is it possible to schedule an alternative time?

Please email the Procurement Administrator at Illinois-RFP@nera.com if you are unable to attend bidder training and would like to set up an alternative time. In your email, please specify three (3) alternative 20-minute time slots that work for your schedule to participate in bidder training.

08-21-2018

FAQ-BEC-16
Q: Can cash be posted as Pre-Bid Security instead of a Pre-Bid Letter of Credit?

No, cash cannot be used in place of a Pre-Bid Letter of Credit. With the Part 2 Proposal, a Bidder must submit an executed Pre-Bid Letter of Credit for the procurement event(s) in which the Bidder is participating.  Bidders must either use the Standard Pre-Bid Letter of Credit provided as an Appendix to the RFP Rules, or the Pre-Bid Letter of Credit must incorporate only those modifications to the Standard Pre-Bid Letter of Credit approved by a Company and posted to the procurement website.

08-22-2018

FAQ-BEC-17
Q: Is it possible to get a review of the Pre-Bid Letter of Credit prior to issuance by the bank? We have included modifications that were acceptable in a previous procurement event and we want to make sure these remain acceptable.

There is no process for review of draft Pre-Bid Letters of Credit prior to issuance.  A Pre-Bid Letter of Credit submitted for a procurement event must be in the form of the Standard Pre-Bid Letter of Credit for a procurement event or incorporate only modifications approved by a Company and posted to the procurement website. Please check whether the modifications made by your bank are included in the list of modifications posted to the Final Materials page of the Fall Block Energy and Capacity section of the procurement website.

08-22-2018

FAQ-BEC-18
Q: Suppose we win in the upcoming AIC Capacity procurement event. Can you confirm that the due date for supplier contracts to be fully executed is Monday, September 17, 2018 as stated in the calendar posted to the RFP website?

Yes. The due date for supplier contracts to be fully executed by winners in the upcoming AIC Capacity procurement event is Monday, September 17, 2018.

09-05-2018

FAQ-BEC-19
Q: By what time of day must winning suppliers fully execute their contracts on the applicable due date?

As stated in Paragraph VI.2.17 of the RFP Rules, winning Bidders execute the signature pages of the partially executed supplier contract and related documents and send such fully executed signature pages to the applicable Company electronically by 4PM CPT (5 PM EPT) on the second business day after the ICC decision.

09-05-2018

FAQ-BEC-20
Q: Where can I find redlines between the final supplier contracts between the Spring 2018 and Fall 2018 procurement events?

On June 20, 2018, the Procurement Administrator posted redlines between the final supplier contracts between the Spring 2018 and Fall 2018 procurement events. Redlines reflect differences between the final document posted on March 13, 2018 for the Spring 2018 BEC RFP and the final document posted on June 20, 2018 for the Fall 2018 BEC RFP. These documents are available on the Final Materials page of the Fall Block Energy and Capacity section of the RFP website.

09-06-2018

FAQ-BEC-21
Q: What will be the execution date for the Fall 2018 block energy agreements?

The execution date will be the date of the ICC decision on the block energy procurement events (September 14, 2018).

09-13-2018


Utility-Scale Wind FAQs
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FAQ-WND-1
Q: The workshop presentation states that utility-scale projects must be energized no later than three years after Commission decision. Which Commission decision is meant in this context? Is there a separate deadline for first REC delivery?

For a utility-scale wind project to be considered “new”, as specified in the Act, it must be energized no later than three years after the Commission decision on the results of the procurement event for which the project is approved.  Thus this is not a fixed date but a date that will vary depending on the date of a specific procurement event.

Separately from this requirement, the IPA is currently seeking stakeholder input on the deadline for first REC delivery. The IPA’s Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan targets the 2020-2021 Delivery Year for first REC deliveries under the Forward Procurements, but does not indicate a specific date.  Feedback regarding the deadline for first REC delivery is requested under Topic 1 in the IPA’s Request for Comments.

06-22-2018

FAQ-WND-2
Q: Do stakeholders have an opportunity to comment on the delivery obligations for projects selected under the upcoming forward procurements?

The Procurement Administrator will issue an invitation to submit comments on the draft REC Contract, expected on July 13, 2018.  The draft REC Contract will specify the delivery obligations and stakeholders may comment on any of these specific provisions.  If necessary, there will be an additional invitation to comment on the draft REC Contract as it applies to utility-scale solar project and brownfield site photovoltaic projects later in the fall.

06-22-2018

FAQ-WND-3
Q: How is “new” wind project and “new” photovoltaic project defined?

Under Public Act 099-0906 (“Act”), a utility-scale solar project meets the definition of “new photovoltaic projects” if it is energized after June 1, 2017.  This definition does not specify a “no later than” date. The Act defines “new wind projects” as wind renewable energy facilities that are energized after June 1, 2017 for the delivery year commencing June 1, 2017 or within 3 years after the date the Commission approves contracts for subsequent delivery years. The IPA provides its interpretation of these definitions in Section 2.4.2. of its draft Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan available here.

06-22-2018

FAQ-WND-4
Q: Am I correct to infer from the workshop presentation that the structure of the upcoming Forward Procurements follows the structure used for the Initial Forward Procurements?

We are unable to tell exactly to which slide your question refers but we assume that you are referring to the structure of the proposal submission process (slide 20).  This submission process is generally the same across all procurement events held by the IPA.  There has been no change to this structure since the Initial Forward Procurements.

Proposal requirements, however, may change.  In particular, the IPA is seeking input on the level of pre-bid collateral and on an appropriate milestone to use to assess project maturity.  Feedback regarding the level of pre-bid collateral is requested under Topic 2 in the IPA’s Request for Comments and feedback regarding an appropriate assessment of project maturity is requested under Topic 4.

06-22-2018

FAQ-WND-5
Q: Can stakeholders comment on credit and collateral provisions, including the level of pre-bid collateral?

Feedback regarding credit and collateral provisions, including the level of pre-bid collateral, is requested under Topic 2 in the IPA’s Request for Comments.

06-22-2018

FAQ-WND-6
Q: Would a Wind Project that is energized in June 2018 be eligible to participate in the Utility-Scale Wind RFP?

It is expected that a Project that is energized in June 2018 would be eligible to participate in the Utility-Scale Wind RFP.

The final RFP Documents, including the RFP Rules, will be issued on Thursday, August 23, 2018.

07-13-2018

FAQ-WND-7
Q: To qualify for the Utility-Scale Wind RFP, is the Project required to be physically located in Illinois? Is the Project required to interconnect with one of the Companies (ComEd, AIC or MEC)? Is the Project required to interconnect with a specific RTO?

Projects located in Illinois will be eligible as will Projects located in a state that is adjacent to Illinois as long as the facility meets the public interest criteria specified in Section 1-75(c)(1)(I) of the IPA Act. Adjacent states include Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana, and Michigan. In its Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan the IPA proposed a methodology and point system for determining whether a project satisfies those public interest criteria and the proposal was approved by the Commission on April 3, 2018.   A Project located in an adjacent state must receive a score of at least 60 points. In order to apply to the Agency for consideration for eligibility, please download and complete the eligibility request spreadsheet posted on the IPA’s website.

There is no requirement to interconnect with one of the Companies (ComEd, AIC or MEC) and there is no requirement to interconnect with a specific RTO. It is expected that in its Proposal, a Bidder will be required to describe the stage of development of the Project including naming the utility or Regional Transmission Organization (e.g., PJM or MISO) to which the Seller has applied or will apply for interconnection. The Procurement Administrator posted preliminary proposal requirements and the draft REC Contract to the dedicated Utility-Scale Wind Procurement page. The final RFP Documents will be posted on August 23, 2018, and will outline the final proposal requirements.

If you have not done so already, please join our mailing list to receive updates and information by completing the automated form on the Register page. An announcement will be sent to the mailing list when the RFP Documents have been issued.

07-18-2018

FAQ-WND-8
Q: When is the Bid Assurance Collateral due for the Utility-Scale Wind RFP?

Bid Assurance Collateral is submitted with the Part 2 Proposal, which is due on the Part 2 Date. The Part 2 Date for the upcoming Utility-Scale Wind RFP is September 26, 2018.

07-24-2018

FAQ-WND-9
Q: In addition to the Bid Assurance Collateral, are there other fees or payments required to participate in the Utility-Scale Wind RFP?

Yes. Each participant is required to pay a non-refundable Bid Participation Fee of $500 as a condition of completing the Part 1 Proposal to the extent that such participant has not already paid a Bid Participation Fee pursuant to its participation in a 2018 procurement event.  A participant that presents several projects is only required to pay a single Bid Participation Fee. The Bid Participation Fee will be used to cover part of the costs of the 2018 procurement events.

The Supplier Fees, which are levied only on those that have bids approved by the Commission, are also used to cover part of the costs of the procurement events. An estimate of the Supplier Fees, which will be in $/REC and which will be applied to the annual quantity of RECs for a winning Project, will be provided during the webcast planned for August 24, 2018.

Additionally, there is a Collateral Requirement under the REC Contract. The Collateral Requirement is posted only if a Project has a winning Bid that is approved by the Commission. The Collateral Requirement is posted upon contract execution.

07-24-2018

FAQ-WND-10
Q: Have the bid assurance collateral amounts been set?

The bid assurance collateral amounts have been set. Each Bidder in the Utility-Scale Wind RFP will be required to provide bid assurance collateral in the form of cash or a letter of credit separately to each of the three Companies (Ameren Illinois Company (“AIC”), Commonwealth Edison Company (“ComEd”), and MidAmerican Energy Company (“MEC”)) for all the Projects for which the Bidder is presenting a Proposal. The required amounts are as follows:

  • $1,600/MW for AIC up to a ceiling of $2,150,000
  • $4,000/MW for ComEd up to a ceiling of $5,500,000
  • $400/MW for MEC up to a ceiling of $350,000.

Additional information on bid assurance collateral requirements will be provided with the final RFP Documents, which will be issued on Thursday, August 23, 2018.

If you have not done so already, please join our mailing list to receive updates and information by completing the automated form on the Register page. An announcement will be sent to the mailing list when the RFP Documents have been issued.

07-27-2018

FAQ-WND-11
Q: When is the Bid Participation Fee due? When are the Supplier Fees due?

The Bid Participation Fee of $500 is submitted with the Part 1 Proposal and is due by the Part 1 Date, September 5, 2018.

The Procurement Administrator will inform Bidders of the amount of the Supplier Fee per REC no later than 6 PM two (2) business days before the Bid Date. Payment of the Supplier Fees to the IPA will be due within seven (7) business days after the date at which the Illinois Commerce Commission (“ICC”) approves the Bids. The ICC decision on the results of the procurement event will take place on Wednesday, October 10, 2018.

Posted 7/27/2018; amended 8/29/2018

08-29-2018

The Draft Wind REC Contract is posted to the Draft Documents subpage to the dedicated Utility-Scale Wind section of the procurement website:

https://www.ipa-energyrfp.com/utility-scale-wind/draft-documents/

08-09-2018

FAQ-WND-13
Q: For purposes of Performance Assurance, is the Collateral Requirement due upon contract execution?

Under the REC Contract, the Performance Assurance in the form of a letter of credit or cash is due shortly after the execution of the REC Contract. In the event Seller fails to provide Performance Assurance within 5 business days, an event of default is deemed to have occurred.

08-27-2018

FAQ-WND-14
Q: What Is the Collateral Requirement under the contract and is that the same as the bid assurance collateral?

No, the Collateral Requirement under each REC Contract is separate from the bid assurance collateral. The Collateral Requirement due under a REC Contract is calculated as $4 x Annual Quantity of such REC contract (rounded up to the nearest $10,000). This is subject to a minimum of $25,000 for the first 10 Delivery Years. After the first 10 Delivery Years during the Delivery Term, if the Collateral Requirement is equal to or less than $25,000, then the Collateral Requirement shall be deemed to be zero.

08-27-2018

FAQ-WND-15
Q: Will the Collateral Requirement increase from $4 per REC of the Annual Quantity after the date of first REC Delivery?

No. The amount will remain constant throughout the term of the contract.

08-27-2018

FAQ-WND-16
Q: When is the bid assurance collateral requirement due and is it on a per REC basis?

The bid assurance collateral is due by the Part 2 Date. The bid assurance collateral is not on a per REC basis, but on a per MW basis calculated based on the aggregate size of all of your Projects combined. Once the aggregate size of all of your Projects is determined, then the bid assurance collateral amount is $1600/MW for AIC, $4000/MW for ComEd, and $400/MW for MEC. The bid assurance collateral in the form of cash or a Pre-Bid Letter of Credit must be sent separately to each of the Companies; namely, AIC, ComEd and MEC.

08-27-2018

FAQ-WND-17
Q: Do RECs produced during testing count, as long as they occur during the 2 months prior to delivery term start?

We are unsure as to the meaning of your question.  Assuming that the Project is established after the ICC approval of the bid results, then the Delivery Term starts on the date of first REC issuance as recorded by the tracking system (GATS or M-RETS).  In this case, there would be no RECs issued prior to the Delivery Term. If the Project is currently operating and is producing RECs, then the Delivery Term starts on the Commission Bid Approval Date and any RECs based on generation that occurred 2 months prior to the Delivery Term start date would be eligible for transfer to the Buyers.

08-27-2018

FAQ-WND-18
Q: By way of example, suppose that our Project is a 200 MW utility-scale wind project and that we bid an annual quantity of 550,000 RECs. Does the collateral requirement for the contract period of $4 times the annual quantity apply to each Company separately or to all three Companies together?

Suppose a 200 MW wind Project is selected by the evaluation for an annual quantity of 550,000 RECs and approved by the Commission.  The annual quantity will then be allocated by the Procurement Administrator to each of the three (3) Companies.  Suppose that the quantities to each Company were 300,000 for ComEd, 200,000 to AIC, and 50,000 to MEC.  Then the collateral requirement for each of the three Companies would be $1.2M, $800,000, and $200,000 respectively.  Thus, the collateral requirement across the contracts for all three Companies together would be $2.2M ($1.2M + $800,000 + $200,000 = $4 x 550,000 RECs).

08-31-2018

No, the exact legal name of the Seller does not need to be displayed on the evidence uploaded to the online Part 1 Form to show that the Bid Participation Fee has been paid.  However, to complete the requirements of the Part 1 Proposal, the Procurement Administrator must be able to get confirmation from the Illinois Power Agency (“IPA”) that the IPA has received payment of the Bid Participation Fee.

08-31-2018

FAQ-WND-20
Q: Will the information we submit as part of our Proposal be treated as confidential?

For a procurement event held by a Procurement Administrator on behalf of the Illinois Power Agency, the Commission makes public only the names of the successful bidders and the average of the winning bid prices.  As required by Section 16-111.5(h) of the Public Utilities Act, “all participants in the procurement process shall maintain the confidentiality of all other supplier and bidding information.” Participants include the Procurement Administrator, the Procurement Monitor, the Commission, and the Illinois Power Agency. As further provided for in that section, any such confidential information “shall not be made publicly available and shall not be discoverable by any party in any proceeding, absent a compelling demonstration of need.”

Additionally, for any confidential information shared with the Illinois Power Agency, the Illinois Power Agency is subject to a separate, standalone requirement found in Section 1-120 of the IPA Act (20 ILCS 3855); this Section requires that the Agency “shall provide adequate protection for confidential and proprietary information furnished,  delivered, or filed by any person, corporation, or other entity.” This requirement to provide protection for third-party confidential information submitted to the Agency includes, but is not limited to, situations in which that information is provided to the Agency as part of a competitive procurement process.

08-31-2018

FAQ-WND-21
Q: Can you clarify the timing for the execution of the REC Contract and posting of Performance Assurance?

If a Seller has a Project with approved Bids, by 12 PM CPT (noon) on the first business day after the ICC decision (October 10, 2018), each Company prepares and sends a partially executed electronic copy of the REC Contract and related documents to the Seller. By 12 PM CPT (1 PM Eastern Prevailing Time) on the next business day, the Seller executes the signature pages of the partially executed REC Contracts and related documents and sends such fully executed signature pages to the Company electronically.

Under the REC Contract, the Performance Assurance is due within five (5) business days of a request from the Company.  Such a request can be issued at the start of the formalities for the execution of the REC Contract.  If Seller fails to provide Performance Assurance within 5 business days of this request, an event of default shall be deemed to have occurred.

08-31-2018

FAQ-WND-22
Q: Is there an opportunity to change the Date of First Operation provided in the Part 1 Proposal?

A Bidder is asked for the actual or expected Date of First Operation as a requirement of the Part 1 Proposal. There is no opportunity to change that date at a later time. However, the REC Contract does not require the Seller to commit to a specific date for the start of commercial operations as long as the Date of First Operation (as recorded by PJM EIS GATS or M-RETS) did not occur on or before June 1, 2017 and as long as the Date of First Operation occurs on or before October 10, 2021. The REC Contract defines Force Majeure events that can excuse delay.

08-31-2018

FAQ-WND-23
Q: If in the Part 1 Proposal we provide October 10, 2021 as the expected Date of First Operation, do we incur any penalties under the terms of the REC Contract if the Project starts to operate earlier?

No, under the REC Contract there is no penalty for a Date of First Operation being before October 10, 2021 (provided that this date is not on or before June 1, 2017).

08-31-2018

FAQ-WND-24
Q: If, in the Part 1 Proposal, we provide the Date of First Operation of 12/31/2020, is there a penalty under the REC Contract if the Project comes on line after 12/31/2020 but before the required 10/10/2021?

No. the REC Contract does not require the Seller to commit to a specific date for the start of commercial operations as long as the Date of First Operation (as recorded by PJM EIS GATS or M-RETS) did not occur on or before June 1, 2017 and as long as the Date of First Operation occurs on or before October 10, 2021. The REC Contract defines Force Majeure events that can excuse delay.

08-31-2018

FAQ-WND-25
Q: Can you explain the requirement of the REC Contract that RECs be delivered from a Project within 50% of the land area identified in the original site map provided in the Part 1 Proposal?

Section 5(e) of the Coversheet of the REC Contract requires that “at least 50% of the Project is located within the physical location identified.” This means that at least 50% of the Project, or “subset” from your question, must be located within the physical location identified in the Proposal. With each REC delivery, the Seller will be required to represent this is the case.
This provision ensures that the site provided for the Project as part of the Proposal, and for which a description is provided in Table 1 of the REC Contract, is substantially similar to the site of the Project when such Project is fully developed. The Seller must certify that the RECs delivered come from the Project and that such Project is in majority at the site provided in the Proposal. Thus, the Seller cannot substitute another Project in a different location for the Project presented in its Proposal and the development of the Project at the Proposal stage must be sufficient to substantially describe the site.

08-31-2018

FAQ-WND-26
Q: Are assignments possible under the REC Contract?

The Seller named in the Part 1 Proposal must be the counterparty to all three (3) Companies for delivery of RECs from the Project.

Assignments are possible under the REC Contract. Generally, the Seller may not assign the REC Contract without the prior written consent of the Buyer, which shall not be unreasonably withheld. However, consent of the Buyer is not required for transfer or assignment to an Affiliate of the Seller if the Affiliate’s creditworthiness is equal to or higher than that of the Seller on the Effective Date. The full conditions under which an assignment can occur are provided in Section 9.2, as amended on the cover sheet (page 18 of the REC Contract as posted on August 22).

08-31-2018

FAQ-WND-27
Q: What is the best way to provide site control documentation if the file sizes are large?

Files that are uploaded to the online Part 1 Form, including zip files, are limited to a size of 30Mb. In addition to the three upload links provided under the Fourth Item in Section 2, there are four upload links in Section 6 “Justification of Omissions” that you may use to provide the documentation. Alternatively, you may submit the files to us by email at Illinois-RFP@nera.com. Please note that you may need to send multiple emails.

09-04-2018

FAQ-WND-28
Q: If we already paid the Bid Participation Fee pursuant to participation in a prior 2018 procurement event are we required to pay the fee again? Does it matter if we are submitting as a different Bidder?

The answer depends on if the Bidder has changed. Should you present one or more projects under the Utility-Scale Wind RFP and the Bidder is unchanged, you are not required to pay the Bid Participation Fee in this RFP. If the Bidder changed since the prior 2018 procurement event, however, you will be required to pay the Bid Participation Fee again in this RFP.

09-04-2018

FAQ-WND-29
Q: Where can we find more information on the requirement that a utility-scale wind Project not have its costs recovered through rates regulated by a state?

Please consult Section 4.2 of the IPA’s Long-Term Renewable Resources Plan for an interpretation of this section of the Act and for the manner in which the IPA intends to establish whether a facility’s cost is or is not recovered through rates regulated by a state.

Primarily, the IPA understands that this provision was generally intended to ensure that facilities owned by a vertically integrated utility, for which REC revenues may be incidental to building and financing the facility, would not be eligible. The rate recovery status of a facility in an adjacent state will ordinarily be reviewed by the IPA when the facility applies for eligibility for the utility Renewable Portfolio Standard and the IPA expects to ask for additional documentation at that time. The IPA is not aware of any renewable facilities in Illinois that have their costs recovered through regulated rates.

09-11-2018

FAQ-WND-30
Q: Can you please clarify whether the price paid for RECs from a Project under the REC Contract is a clearing price or whether it is the price included as part of the Bid for that project? What information is released upon approval of the results of the procurement event by the Commission?

A “Bid” includes a price per REC for a given Project as well as an annual quantity of RECs to be delivered from that Project under the REC Contract. If a Project is selected through the RFP and is approved by the Commission, the Seller under the REC Contract is paid the price submitted as part of the Bid for that Project.

At the time of ICC approval of a procurement event, the names of winning Sellers and the average of the winning bid prices are made public. The quantity of RECs procured may also be disclosed in specific circumstances.

09-11-2018

FAQ-WND-31
Q: Is the Part 1 Proposal the only opportunity for us to provide comments to the Pre-Bid and Post-Bid Letters of Credit? When will the final versions of these documents be posted?

A Bidder may provide comments on or propose modifications to the Post-Bid Letter of Credit as appended to the REC Contract or to each Pre-Bid Letter of Credit. These comments or proposed modifications are submitted with the Part 1 Proposal.

The final version of the Standard Pre-Bid Letter of Credit for each Company was posted on August 28, 2018 and the final versions of the Post-Bid Letters of Credit were posted on August 22, 2018. These letters of credit will not change based on comments or proposed modifications submitted during the Part 1 Window. Instead, any comments or proposed modifications may result in an addition to the list of modifications to the Pre-Bid Letter of Credit or list of modifications to the Post-Bid Letter of Credit approved by the Company for use by all Bidders on an optional basis.

09-11-2018

FAQ-WND-32
Q: I was wondering whether the Pre-Bid Letter of Credit expires 17 calendar days or business days after the Bid Date?

The Pre-Bid Letter of Credit under the Utility-Scale Wind RFP expires on October 29, 2018, seventeen business days after the Bid Date.

09-11-2018

FAQ-WND-33
Q: How does the Procurement Administrator determine the percentage of the RECs of each Project that will be allocated to ComEd, AIC, and MEC? Is the allocation available at this time?

The Procurement Administrator allocates Bids selected by the evaluation procedure to each Company in proportion to the Company’s budget. The Procurement Administrator may take other factors into account in determining the allocation across the Companies. The Procurement Administrator will announce the allocation as early as practicable and no later than two (2) business days prior to the Bid Date.

09-11-2018


Brownfield and Utility-Scale Solar FAQs
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FAQ-S&B-1
Q: Are there fundamental differences between the procurement events that will be conducted under the upcoming Forward Procurements and the procurement events that were conducted under the Initial Forward Procurements specifically with regards to brownfield site photovoltaic projects?

Yes. Unlike the Initial Forward Procurement, there is a quantity of 80,000 RECs set aside to be procured specifically from brownfield site photovoltaic projects. In previous events, there was no set aside quantity for brownfield site photovoltaic projects so that RECs from utility-scale solar projects and from brownfield site photovoltaic projects competed against each other.

Additionally, in response to the Illinois Commerce Commission’s Final Order issued on April 3, 2018 (Docket 17-0838), the eligibility requirements for brownfield sites in the IEPA’s Site Remediation Program will change from the requirements under the Initial Forward Procurement. Bidders that present a project regulated under this program will be required to show that the site currently features or featured actual blight or contamination prior to remediation. The IPA is developing these additional requirements and seeks stakeholder input.

On June 15, the Illinois Power Agency posted a Request for Comments to its website here:

https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/ipa/Pages/RenewableResourcesWorkshops.aspx

Feedback regarding additional requirements for IEPA brownfield site eligibility is requested under Topic 5. Stakeholders are requested to send responses to this Request for Comments to Anthony.Star@illinois.gov by June 27, 2018.

06-22-2018

FAQ-S&B-2
Q: The workshop presentation states that utility-scale projects must be energized no later than three years after Commission decision. Which Commission decision is meant in this context? Is there a separate deadline for first REC delivery?

For a utility-scale wind project to be considered “new”, as specified in the Act, it must be energized no later than three years after the Commission decision on the results of the procurement event for which the project is approved.  Thus this is not a fixed date but a date that will vary depending on the date of a specific procurement event.

Separately from this requirement, the IPA is currently seeking stakeholder input on the deadline for first REC delivery. The IPA’s Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan targets the 2020-2021 Delivery Year for first REC deliveries under the Forward Procurements, but does not indicate a specific date.  Feedback regarding the deadline for first REC delivery is requested under Topic 1 in the IPA’s Request for Comments.

06-22-2018

FAQ-S&B-3
Q: Do stakeholders have an opportunity to comment on the delivery obligations for projects selected under the upcoming forward procurements?

The Procurement Administrator will issue an invitation to submit comments on the draft REC Contract, expected on July 13, 2018.  The draft REC Contract will specify the delivery obligations and stakeholders may comment on any of these specific provisions.  If necessary, there will be an additional invitation to comment on the draft REC Contract as it applies to utility-scale solar project and brownfield site photovoltaic projects later in the fall.

06-22-2018

FAQ-S&B-4
Q: How is “new” wind project and “new” photovoltaic project defined?

Under Public Act 099-0906 (“Act”), a utility-scale solar project meets the definition of “new photovoltaic projects” if it is energized after June 1, 2017.  This definition does not specify a “no later than” date. The Act defines “new wind projects” as wind renewable energy facilities that are energized after June 1, 2017 for the delivery year commencing June 1, 2017 or within 3 years after the date the Commission approves contracts for subsequent delivery years. The IPA provides its interpretation of these definitions in Section 2.4.2. of its draft Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan available here.

06-22-2018

FAQ-S&B-5
Q: Am I correct to infer from the workshop presentation that the structure of the upcoming Forward Procurements follows the structure used for the Initial Forward Procurements?

We are unable to tell exactly to which slide your question refers but we assume that you are referring to the structure of the proposal submission process (slide 20).  This submission process is generally the same across all procurement events held by the IPA.  There has been no change to this structure since the Initial Forward Procurements.

Proposal requirements, however, may change.  In particular, the IPA is seeking input on the level of pre-bid collateral and on an appropriate milestone to use to assess project maturity.  Feedback regarding the level of pre-bid collateral is requested under Topic 2 in the IPA’s Request for Comments and feedback regarding an appropriate assessment of project maturity is requested under Topic 4.

06-22-2018

FAQ-S&B-6
Q: Can stakeholders comment on credit and collateral provisions, including the level of pre-bid collateral?

Feedback regarding credit and collateral provisions, including the level of pre-bid collateral, is requested under Topic 2 in the IPA’s Request for Comments.

06-22-2018

FAQ-S&B-7
Q: When will the RFP for the Brownfield and Utility-Scale Solar procurement events be posted?

The RFP documents including the RFP Rules will be posted to the dedicated Brownfield and Utility-Scale Solar Procurement page of the procurement website on October 15, 2018.

The calendar for the Brownfield and Utility-Scale Solar procurement events is now available on the Calendar page of the procurement website:

https://www.ipa-energyrfp.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/IPA-2018-Brownfield-and-Utility-Scale-Solar-Calendar_24-MAY-2018.pdf

07-09-2018

FAQ-S&B-8
Q: If we already provided executed cash return requests during the proposal process, do we still need to provide these documents to the Companies to receive our bid assurance collateral back under the New Solar RFP?

Yes, if a Bidder provided cash as bid assurance collateral under the New Solar RFP, such Bidder is required to provide fully executed requests for the return of cash to each Company. The return of cash is initiated by the Company on the date at which such executed request is received.

07-09-2018

FAQ-S&B-9
Q: When will bid assurance collateral be returned to Bidders with Project(s) that were not selected in the New Solar RFP?

Under the New Solar RFP, if a Project is not selected in either of the two procurement events, cash provided as bid assurance collateral will be returned as soon as practicable after the Commission decision on the second procurement event (assuming that the Company has received proper documentation from the Bidder). A Letter of Credit provided as bid assurance collateral will be left to expire as part of its terms.

07-09-2018

FAQ-S&B-10
Q: Should we submit an amendment to our Pre-Bid Letter of Credit directly to the Company or to the Illinois Power Agency?

Any amendment to your Pre-Bid Letter of Credit should be provided directly to the Company.

07-09-2018

FAQ-S&B-11
Q: In addition to providing the fully executed requests for the return of cash, are there any additional steps that a Bidder is required to take to initiate the return of cash by the Companies?

No, if a Bidder provided cash as bid assurance collateral under the New Solar RFP, such Bidder is required to provide fully executed requests for the return of cash to each Company. The return of cash is initiated by the Company on the date at which such executed request is received.

07-09-2018

FAQ-S&B-12
Q: Were RECs from brownfield site photovoltaic projects procured in the second procurement event under the New Solar RFP? It is not clear from the Information Release posted on May 2, 2018. Also, please provide some additional details on upcoming brownfield site photovoltaic project procurements.

The Procurement Administrator released the results of the New Solar RFP in accordance with Section 16-111.5(h) of the Public Utilities Act and prior Commission Orders, and no additional information is available.

In its draft Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan, the Illinois Power Agency (“IPA”) proposed to hold a forward procurement for Brownfield Solar in 2018. This procurement was approved by the Illinois Commerce Commission in its Final Order released on April 3, 2018. Unlike the Initial Forward Procurement, there is a quantity of 80,000 RECs set aside to be procured specifically from brownfield site photovoltaic projects. In previous events, there was no set aside quantity for brownfield site photovoltaic projects so that RECs from utility-scale solar projects and from brownfield site photovoltaic projects competed against each other.

The calendar for this procurement is available on the Calendar page of the procurement website:

https://www.ipa-energyrfp.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/IPA-2018-Brownfield-and-Utility-Scale-Solar-Calendar_24-MAY-2018.pdf

For additional information, please check the dedicated Brownfield and Utility-Scale Solar Procurement page of the procurement website, which will be updated as more information becomes available:

https://www.ipa-energyrfp.com/brownfield-and-utility-scale-solar/

07-10-2018

FAQ-S&B-13
Q: Have the collateral requirements under the REC Contract been finalized?

The Procurement Administrator will post the draft REC Contract along with an invitation to submit comments on Friday, July 13, 2018.  The draft REC Contract will specify the collateral requirement and stakeholders may comment on any specific provisions.  If necessary, there will be an additional invitation to comment on the draft REC Contract as it applies to utility-scale solar projects and brownfield site photovoltaic projects later in the fall. The final REC Contract for the Utility-Scale Wind RFP will be posted on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, and the final REC Contract for the Brownfield and Utility-Scale Solar RFP will be posted on Monday, October 15, 2018.

If you have not done so already, please join our mailing list to receive updates and information by completing the automated form on the Register page. An announcement will be sent to the mailing list when the draft REC Contract and invitation to submit comments have been posted.

07-10-2018

FAQ-S&B-14
Q: Must both the bid assurance collateral and the collateral requirement under the contract be posted by the Bid Date?

Bid Assurance Collateral is submitted with the Part 2 Proposal, which is due on the Part 2 Date. The Part 2 Date for the upcoming Brownfield and Utility-Scale Solar procurement events is November 14, 2018.

The Collateral Requirement is posted only if a Project has a winning Bid that is approved by the Commission. The Collateral Requirement is posted upon contract execution.

While these dates have been published on the Calendar page of the RFP website, the RFP Rules and other documents have not yet been posted. The RFP Documents will be issued on October 16, 2018 and a webcast, which will provide details on both the bid assurance collateral and credit requirements under the contract, will be held on October 17, 2018.

If you have not done so already, please join our mailing list to receive updates and information by completing the automated form on the Register page. An announcement will be sent to the mailing list when the webcast is announced and again when the RFP Documents have been issued.

07-10-2018

FAQ-S&B-15
Q: Can you please provide a copy of any specifications and/or documents associated with the Brownfield and Utility-Scale Solar RFP?

The Procurement Administrator posted the draft REC Contract along with an invitation to submit comments on Friday, July 13, 2018 to the dedicated Brownfield and Utility-Scale Solar Procurement page of the procurement website here:

https://www.ipa-energyrfp.com/brownfield-and-utility-scale-solar/

The Procurement Administrator will post preliminary proposal documents by Thursday, August 30, 2018 and will issue the RFP Documents by Tuesday, October 16, 2018. These documents will be posted to the same page.

If you have not done so already, please join our mailing list to receive updates and information by completing the automated form on the Register page. An announcement will be sent to the mailing list when the preliminary proposal documents and the RFP Documents have been issued.

07-18-2018

FAQ-S&B-16
Q: Are comments on the draft Solar REC Contract due on Monday, July 23, 2018 or is the executed version of the Solar REC Contract due?

Monday, July 23, 2018 is the deadline to submit comments on the draft Solar REC Contract for the procurement events under the Brownfield and Utility-Scale Solar RFP. This draft Solar REC Contract is proposed to be the standard contract form between each winning supplier and Ameren Illinois Company, Commonwealth Edison Company or MidAmerican Energy Company. An executed version of the REC Contract is not due at this time.

The draft Solar REC Contract and the Invitation to Comment, which includes a description of the timeline and process for providing comments, are available on the dedicated Brownfield and Utility-Scale Solar RFP page here:

https://www.ipa-energyrfp.com/brownfield-and-utility-scale-solar/draft-documents/

07-23-2018

FAQ-S&B-17
Q: If we do not submit comments on the draft Solar REC Contract are we still eligible to participate in the procurement events under the Brownfield and Utility-Scale Solar RFP?

Participation in the comment process for the draft Solar REC Contract is optional. An entity that does not submit comments is not ineligible to participate in the procurement events under the Brownfield and Utility-Scale Solar RFP for that reason.

07-23-2018

FAQ-S&B-18
Q: Will there be any competitive procurements for solar projects under 2MW this Fall?

The Brownfield and Utility-Scale Solar Procurement seeks to procure 2 million RECs delivered annually from new utility-scale solar projects (projects over 2 MW); and 80,000 RECs delivered annually from new brownfield site photovoltaic projects. There is no size requirement related to brownfield site photovoltaic projects.

For information pertaining to the Adjustable Block Program proposed as part of the Illinois Power Agency’s Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan (“LTRRPP”), please visit the IPA’s website: https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/ipa/Pages/Renewable_Resources.aspx

07-31-2018

FAQ-S&B-19
Q: I participated in a prior procurement event. Which of the accounts that I was issued at the time will remain valid for the upcoming Brownfield and Utility-Scale Solar RFP?

If you qualified a solar or brownfield project in a prior procurement event, all accounts provided to you under Wind and Solar RFP and/or the New Solar RFP remain valid.  If you are presenting a Project to the Brownfield and Utility-Scale Solar RFP that you presented in a prior procurement event using a particular account, we encourage you to use the same account for presenting this Project again in the upcoming RFP.  The accounts previously issued to you will be unlocked for your use prior to Thursday, October 18, 2018, the date of the opening of the Part 1 Window for the Brownfield and Utility-Scale Solar RFP.

You will receive an email from the Procurement Administrator prior to Thursday, October 18, 2018 inquiring whether you still have your login credentials or whether you need these re-issued.  If you are presenting additional Projects, please let us know so that we may issue additional accounts to you.

08-31-2018

FAQ-S&B-20
Q: Could you please let us know the amount of bid assurance collateral that will be required by the Fall 2018 Brownfield and Utility-Scale Solar RFP?

The RFP Documents for the Fall 2018 Brownfield and Utility-Scale Solar RFP are expected to be posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2018. We take note of your request and the Procurement Administrator will endeavor to provide participants an early release information that includes the amount of bid assurance collateral.

09-11-2018


General FAQs
Click on the question to see the answer:

FAQ-Gen-1
Q: How soon after a request to access the online form are login credentials issued by the Procurement Administrator?

Participants that request an account for the first time receive their login credentials generally within two (2) business days of making a request. When requesting an account for the first time, participants should ensure that they select the procurement event to which they want to submit a Proposal at the top of the web form.  If you cannot locate those login credentials, please request that they be re-issued by contacting the Procurement Administrator via email at Illinois-RFP@nera.com. Please include your name, phone number, company name, and email address in your communication to us.

Returning bidders can use the same login credentials that were issued to them in a prior procurement event.  If you cannot locate those login credentials, please request that they be re-issued by contacting the Procurement Administrator via email at Illinois-RFP@nera.com. Please include your name, phone number, company name, and email address in your communication to us.

02-27-2017

FAQ-Gen-2
Q: Can we use the “ask a question” form to ask general questions or only to ask information specifically about the procurement events?

This website is for the IPA’s procurement events of electric supply and renewable energy products.  The “ask a question” form is expected to be used by suppliers that are looking for information relevant to their participation in these procurement events. While we respond to all stakeholders that submit questions, we do not respond to general questions or provide general information that is not specific to the IPA’s procurement events.

02-27-2017

FAQ-Gen-3
Q: Where can I find the results from previous RFPs?

Results are posted to the top of each archived RFP page here:
https://www.ipa-energyrfp.com/previous-rfps/

Results are also posted to the Illinois Commerce Commission website here:
https://www.icc.illinois.gov/electricity/workshops/

02-27-2017

FAQ-Gen-4
Q: Where can I find information regarding past RFPs?

Up to procurement events from 2012, links to the RFPs are provided in two columns, one for ComEd and one for Ameren Illinois, at this link:

https://www.ipa-energyrfp.com/previous-rfps/

For the procurement events from 2014 onward, links to the RFPs are provided for all participating utilities at the top of this page:

https://www.ipa-energyrfp.com/previous-rfps/

For instance, the information related to the 2015 energy and capacity procurements are here:

https://www.ipa-energyrfp.com/2015-standard-products-section/

02-27-2017

FAQ-Gen-5
Q: Will there be a further procurement event under the Supplemental Photovoltaic Procurement Plan? What are other renewable energy procurements are planned thus far for 2017?

The Supplemental Photovoltaic Procurement Plan developed by the IPA and approved by the Illinois Commerce Commission allows for a possible fourth procurement event in Spring 2017, called the Supplemental Photovoltaic Contingency Procurement. The Agency has determined that it is not necessary to conduct a Supplemental Photovoltaic Contingency Procurement.

The following renewable energy procurement events for 2017 are planned and tentative schedules have been released:

  • Two procurements for distributed renewable generation resources on behalf of Ameren Illinois, ComEd, and MidAmerican pursuant to the Agency’s 2017 Procurement Plan. The first of these procurement events is planned for this Spring and the schedule is available here:

   https://www.ipa-energyrfp.com/calendar/

  • Once Public Act 99-0906 becomes effective on June 1, 2017, the IPA expects to conduct an initial forward procurement event for Wind/Solar in summer 2017. The expected schedule, which is provided here:

   https://www.illinois.gov/sites/ipa/Documents/2017-Schedule-Announcement.pdf

   has bidder registration beginning June 22, 2017 and a Bid Date of August 10, 2017.

Additional forward solar procurement events will be scheduled at a later date. All such schedules will be posted to the Calendar page of the procurement website.

If you have not already done so, we suggest that you complete the form to Register to receive updates and information regarding the RFPs. These updates will include announcements of upcoming procurement events.

02-28-2017

FAQ-Gen-6
Q: If two affiliates participate in different procurement events in a given year, do they pay a single bid participation fee or would each entity pay its own bid participation fee?

The two entities would be submitting separate proposals for different procurement events and each entity would pay its own bid participation fee.

03-02-2017

FAQ-Gen-7
Q: Is there information available at this point on how the programs to be held under Public Act 099-0906 will be implemented?

At this time, there is no implementation information regarding the programs to be held under Public Act 099-0906. This Act was signed into law on December 7, 2016 and will go into effect on June 1, 2017. The link below is to the bill itself:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/99/PDF/099-0906.pdf

03-09-2017

FAQ-Gen-8
Q: How can we contact the Procurement Administrator by phone?

If you wish to speak to the Procurement Administrator, please send us an email with the topic of your question and your phone number. The appropriate individual from the Procurement Administrator will give you a call at the number you provided.

03-20-2017

FAQ-Gen-9
Q: Can you provide an overview of the product from the 2016 capacity procurement event for Ameren Illinois Company (“AIC”)? Were bidders required to identify the capacity resources as part of the RFP?

Under the 2016 capacity procurement event for AIC, there was no requirement for identifying resources within the proposal submitted in response to the Standard Products RFP. However, the winning bidder was responsible for the registration of the Planning Resources in MISO and for all obligations associated with such Planning Resources to ensure that the Zonal Resource Credits (“ZRCs”) delivered to AIC have good and marketable titles.

The product for bid was annual ZRCs, as such term is defined in MISO’s Business Practice Manuals and MISO’s Open Access Transmission, Energy and Operating Reserve Market Tariff for a given planning year. A target of ZRCs to be procured was established as a given percentage of AIC’s requirement in that planning year.   A winning bidder would be required to deliver the contracted quantity of ZRCs by submitting the appropriate transactions in the Module E Capacity Tracking Tool. The amount paid to the winning bidder was the average of the winning bidder’s own approved Bids for all ZRCs in that planning year, in $/MW-Day, multiplied by the number of ZRCs delivered, multiplied by the number of calendar days in the Planning Year. If any of the ZRCs were not located in Local Resource Zone 4, which is the zone in which AIC capacity obligations reside, the payment to the winning bidder was adjusted as follows. If the clearing price of the MISO Planning Resource auction for LRZ 4 was greater than the clearing price of source zone for the ZRCs, then the payment would be reduced by the difference in the clearing prices between the two zones multiplied by the quantity of ZRCs. Conversely, if the clearing price of the MISO Planning Resource auction for LRZ 4 was less than the clearing price of source zone for the ZRCs, then the payment would be increased by the difference in the clearing prices between the two zones multiplied by the quantity of ZRCs.

03-23-2017

FAQ-Gen-10
Q: Is information available regarding the Fall 2017 AIC capacity procurement event? What are the changes that are expected compared to the Fall 2016 AIC capacity procurement event?

Information regarding the Fall 2017 AIC capacity procurement event is not yet available. The 2017 Procurement Plan does not propose changes to the process that was used for the Fall 2016 AIC capacity procurement event, for which documents are available under the “Previous RFP” section of the procurement website (in the Fall 2016 Standard Products RFP).

03-23-2017

FAQ-Gen-11
Q: Is there a REC RFP this year in the same format as was used in the last two years?

There is no procurement event planned for 2017 using the exact format of the REC RFP From the past two years.  Please see the tentative schedule of the IPA for other renewable energy events:

https://www.illinois.gov/sites/ipa/Documents/2017-Schedule-Announcement.pdf

04-02-2017

FAQ-Gen-12
Q: Will my login credentials change in the Fall for a procurement event under the same RFP?

The Procurement Administrator will provide login credentials for the Fall RFP a day prior to the opening of the Part 1 Window. We will confirm at that time either that the login credentials will remain the same or provide you with updated credentials.

04-03-2017

FAQ-Gen-13
Q: Is there a target for the Initial Forward Wind/Solar RFP scheduled for Q3 of 2017?

This information is not yet available. When available, the information will be posted to the procurement website and may be sent in an announcement to website registrants. You can register to receive announcements from the Procurement Administrator here:

https://www.ipa-energyrfp.com/contact-us/register/

04-03-2017

FAQ-Gen-14
Q: Where are the materials from the workshops held by the IPA posted and will these include recordings of the workshops?

All materials from the workshops held by the IPA will be posted to the Illinois Power Agency’s (“IPA”) website at: https://www.illinois.gov/sites/ipa/. These materials include the presentations but not recordings of the workshops.

05-17-2017

FAQ-Gen-15
Q: Will the utilities be purchasing energy or capacity in addition to the RECs through the Wind and Solar Initial Forward Procurements?

No, the Initial Forward Procurements will only procure RECs.

05-17-2017

FAQ-Gen-16
Q: Can you please provide the addresses for the procurement website and for the IPA’s website?

You can access the procurement website at: https://www.ipa-energyrfp.com/.  You can access the IPA website at: https://www.illinois.gov/sites/ipa/Pages/default.aspx.

06-13-2017

FAQ-Gen-17
Q: Where can I find information regarding the workshops held by the Illinois Power Agency in May?

All publicly available information regarding the Illinois Power Agency Workshops held on May 10, May 17, May 18, and May 24 can be found on the Renewable Resources tab of the IPA’s website:
https://www.illinois.gov/sites/ipa/Pages/RenewableResourcesWorkshops.aspx

06-25-2017

FAQ-Gen-18
Q: Are the questions submitted via this portal public or private?

The Procurement Administrator responds to questions directly to the questioner. The question and answer are then posted to the FAQs page of the procurement website so that all interested parties have access to the same information. Aspects of the question and/or answer that might identify the questioner are removed before posting, to the extent practicable.

08-04-2017

FAQ-Gen-19
Q: Does the Procurement Administrator make available the slides from bidder information webcasts?

Yes, for each procurement event for which a bidder information webcast is held, the presentation and audio recording are posted to the Final Materials page of the applicable section of the website.

09-18-2017

FAQ-Gen-20
Q: Are the responses for questions asked during the bidder information webcast posted to the website?

Yes, questions received during the bidder information webcast and responses provided are posted to the FAQ page of the IPA procurement website under the appropriate section for the RFP.

09-18-2017

FAQ-Gen-21
Q: Has a schedule been announced for future procurements of utility-scale solar? If not how can I get information in the future?

No schedule has yet been announced for future procurements of utility-scale solar. The Fall Utility DG RFP is for systems limited in size to 2 MW.  Please see:

https://www.illinois.gov/sites/ipa/Pages/Plans-Under-Development.aspx

for information about the IPA’s plan under development. You may also register to receive announcements from the Procurement Administrator by registering here:

https://www.ipa-energyrfp.com/contact-us/register/

09-26-2017

FAQ-Gen-22
Q: If we are unable to meet a deadline set by the Procurement Administrator because of special, extraordinary circumstances, how should we proceed?

Please contact the Procurement Administrator if you will not be able to meet a deadline because of special and extraordinary circumstances.

10-04-2017

FAQ-Gen-23
Q: How can I register to receive announcements about upcoming RFPs?

To receive updates and information regarding the RFPs, please use our automated form to register to our mailing list here:

https://www.ipa-energyrfp.com/contact-us/register/

10-11-2017

FAQ-Gen-24
Q: Are details available on the Adjustable Block Program?

The Illinois Commerce Commission (“Commission”) will render a decision on the Adjustable Block Program proposed as part of the Illinois Power Agency’s Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan (“LTRRPP”), and this decision is expected on April 3, 2018. The Commission may change in whole or in part the proposal made by Illinois Power Agency with regard to the Adjustable Block Program.

The details of the Adjustable Block Program will not be provided on this website once the Commission renders its decision and the Procurement Administrator will not respond to questions in this regard. Please refer to the IPA’s website, https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/ipa/Pages/default.aspx, where the LTRRPP as approved by the Commission will be posted once it becomes available.

02-02-2018

FAQ-Gen-25
Q: Are details available on the Low-Income Community Solar Pilot program?

The Low-Income Community Solar Pilot project is proposed as part of the Illinois Power Agency’s Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan (“LTRRPP”). The Illinois Commerce Commission (“Commission”) will render a decision on the LTRRPP and this decision is expected on April 3, 2018. The Commission may change in whole or in part the proposal made by Illinois Power Agency with regard to this pilot project.   Details on this pilot project are not yet available.

02-02-2018

FAQ-Gen-26
Q: Are there procurement events that offer REC payments for terms longer than five years?

The contracts under the 2017-2018 Initial Forward Procurements, which encompasses the Summer 2017 Wind and Solar RFP and the two procurement events under the Spring 2018 New Solar RFP, are for a 15 year term. The second procurement event under the Spring 2018 New Solar RFP will begin with a webcast on Thursday, March 29, 2018. Additional information is available on the New Solar tab of the procurement website.

Prior to these procurements, the Illinois Power Agency held a long-term renewable energy procurement in 2010 for 20-year contracts. Additional information on this RFP is available here:

http://www.comed-energyrfp.com/2010-RFP/ltdocuments.asp

03-22-2018

FAQ-Gen-27
Q: Are there programs for novel energy efficiency products at ComEd?

While we are still waiting for further information and we may supplement this response at a later time, we draw your attention to ComEd’s custom incentive program for energy efficiency:

https://www.comed.com/WaysToSave/ForYourBusiness/Pages/Custom.aspx

03-23-2018

Your question appears to pertain to the Adjustable Block Program proposed as part of the Illinois Power Agency’s Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan (“LTRRPP”).  The Illinois Commerce Commission (“Commission”) released its Final Order on the LTRRPP on April 3, 2018 approving this program. The IPA will post its final Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan in the coming weeks and will release additional information about this program on its website: https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/ipa/Pages/default.aspx.

The details of the Adjustable Block Program will not be provided on this website and the Procurement Administrator will not respond to questions in this regard.

07-09-2018

FAQ-Gen-29
Q: Will there be opportunities for Community Solar to participate in the Illinois Power Agency’s Adjustable Block Program?

There will be opportunities for Community Solar to participate in the Illinois Power Agency’s Adjustable Block Program. The IPA will post its final Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan in the coming weeks and will release additional information about this program on its website: https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/ipa/Pages/default.aspx.

The details of the Adjustable Block Program will not be provided on this website and the Procurement Administrator will not respond to questions in this regard.

07-09-2018

FAQ-Gen-30
Q: Can you provide a list of preferred SREC brokers?

The purpose of this website is to provide information to suppliers participating in the IPA’s procurement event.  We do not have a list of preferred brokers. The Illinois Solar Energy Association has information for homeowners generally: http://www.illinoissolar.org/Procurement

07-09-2018

Please see the Illinois Commerce Commission website (Docket 17-0838) for scheduling and procedural information related to the IPA’s Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan.

07-10-2018