Q: Where can I find more information on procurement events related to RECs?
Currently, the IPA plans to hold the following procurement events for Renewable Energy Credits in 2019: Low-Income Community Solar Pilot, Utility-Scale Wind, and Community Renewable Generation Program. Please see the information available for these procurement events on each of the dedicated pages on ipa-energyrfp.com. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available. The schedules for these RFPs will be posted to the Calendar page of the procurement website and an announcement will be sent to the registrants for each event at the time of posting.
Additional information pertaining to future REC procurement events can be found in the IPA’s Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan. Information regarding the Adjustable Block Program and the Illinois Solar for All Program can be found on their respective websites:
Q: What is the address for the Illinois Power Agency?
The address for the Illinois Power Agency has changed and is now:
Illinois Power Agency
105 W Madison Street, Suite 1401
Chicago, Illinois 60602
Q: Is there additional information regarding the timeline for the Low-Income Community Solar Pilot procurement?
The Low-Income Community Solar Pilot will be held in 2019. More information will be available soon. The schedule will be posted to the Calendar page of the procurement website and an announcement will be sent to all registrants at that time.
Information pertaining to this procurement will be posted to the dedicated Low-Income Community Solar Pilot page of the procurement website as soon as it becomes available. At this time, please refer to Section 8.6.4 of the Long-Term Plan for additional information.
* This answer was updated on April 17, 201903-19-2019
Q: We want to start preparing our Part 1 Proposal as soon as possible. Is it possible for the Procurement Administrator to post draft of the Inserts and other documents related to the Part 1 Proposal on the Draft Documents page of the Spring Block Energy and Capacity tab of the procurement website?
The Inserts to the Part 1 and Part 2 Forms will not be provided in draft form as only the final versions would be accepted for submission with your Proposal. On the calendar for these procurement events, the Final RFP Documents, including the Inserts, are scheduled to be posted to the Final Materials page of the procurement website by Tuesday, March 26, 2019. However, the Procurement Administrator will endeavor to post the documents related to the Part 1 Proposal ahead of schedule. The Procurement Administrator will send an announcements once these documents are posted.03-19-2019
Q: Will there be another event to procure RECs from brownfield site photovoltaic projects?
A procurement for 80,000 RECs delivered annually from new brownfield site photovoltaic projects was held recently in 2018 under the Brownfield and Utility-Scale Solar RFP. No successful bids were received from brownfield site photovoltaic projects, and thus no projects were selected under this RFP. Information regarding this previous RFP is available on the procurement website here.
While the Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan (“Plan”) does not have specific provisions for this contingency, the IPA is currently considering options related to a potential subsequent procurement. More information will be provided on the procurement website as it becomes available.03-19-2019
Q: Have renewable procurements typically featured a provision for winning REC bidders to negotiate with utilities for a contract to sell the energy? Do winning REC bidders get assistance finding energy offtake contracts?
The renewable procurements are for REC-only contracts. Each bidder is responsible for the sale of other products related to the project including energy.03-19-2019
Q: Has the IPA published the responses to its request for comment on the Brownfield Site Photovoltaic Procurement? Has the IPA responded to these comments?
Q: I am looking at the May 2, 2018 information release where the product is solar RECs from utility-scale projects or brownfield site photovoltaic projects. The average winning price is $5.01/REC. Such a low price would make it challenging to pursue a high-risk project such as one on a brownfield site. Am I interpreting the price information correctly?
As stated on page 87 of the Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan, “The Initial Forward Procurements, conducted in August 2017, March 2018, and April 2018, did not procure any RECs from new brownfield site photovoltaic projects, and the Agency has not otherwise procured any RECs that would satisfy the brownfield site photovoltaic project requirement.” The average winning price of $5.01/REC that you reference was for RECs from utility-scale solar projects only. Under the Initial Forward Procurements, there was no carve-out for brownfield site photovoltaic projects. All RECs from utility-scale solar projects and from brownfield site photovoltaic projects were evaluated together.
This was not the case for the Brownfield and Utility-Scale Solar RFP. Under this procurement event, utility-scale solar projects and from brownfield site photovoltaic projects were evaluated separately. Ultimately, no successful bids were received from brownfield site photovoltaic projects and thus no such projects were selected.
The IPA is now seeking feedback on any barriers that may have limited successful participation in the Brownfield Procurement. A document listing specific questions that the Agency has posed is available on their website here.02-19-2019
Q: Please provide me a detailed summary of those projects that submitted a proposal and precisely why those projects were not successful.
The results of the Brownfield and Utility-Scale Solar RFP were released on December 4, 2018. No successful bids were received from brownfield site photovoltaic projects, and thus no projects were selected under the Brownfield and Utility-Scale Solar RFP.
For competitive procurements, such as the Brownfield and Utility-Scale Solar RFP, Section 16.111.5(h) of the Public Utilities Act provides as follows:
“The names of the successful bidders and the load weighted average of the winning bid prices for each contract type and for each contract term shall be made available to the public at the time of Commission approval of a procurement event. The Commission, the procurement monitor, the procurement administrator, the Illinois Power Agency, and all participants in the procurement process shall maintain the confidentiality of all other supplier and bidding information in a manner consistent with all applicable laws, rules, regulations, and tariffs. Confidential information, including the confidential reports submitted by the procurement administrator and procurement monitor pursuant to subsection (f) of this Section, shall not be made publicly available and shall not be discoverable by any party in any proceeding, absent a compelling demonstration of need, nor shall those reports be admissible in any proceeding other than one for law enforcement purposes.”
This section allows only the names of successful bidders and the weighted average of the winning bid prices to be made publicly available. Further, provided that there are at least three successful suppliers, prior Commission Orders allow the quantities awarded also to be made publicly available. Information, including “a detailed summary of the projects that submitted” a proposal, is considered confidential and cannot be provided.
In terms of why those projects were not successful, the following explanation for how this outcome could arise was provided at the time. Section 1-75(c)(1)(D) of the IPA Act requires that proposed REC prices cannot exceed benchmarks based on market prices or other publicly available data for the region. Benchmarks are established by the Procurement Administrator, in consultation with the IPA, the Procurement Monitor, and the Staff of the Illinois Commerce Commission, and are subject to the review and approval of the Commission. Benchmark prices are specific to each category of product being procured, and to protect the integrity of the IPA’s competitive procurement processes, all aspects of the benchmark development process (including the resulting benchmark prices) are treated as confidential.
Consequently, each bid submitted must first meet or beat the benchmark price applicable to that category before proceeding to evaluation. Bids not exceeding the benchmark price for that category are then ranked in order of price per REC, starting with the lowest price, until the annual REC delivery target for that category is met or until all bids that meet or beat the benchmark price have been ranked. These bids are selected and identified by the Procurement Administrator to the Commission as winning bids.02-19-2019
Q: Are there any competitive procurements currently scheduled for 2019?
There are currently no competitive procurements scheduled for 2019. If you have not already done so, please join our mailing list to receive updates and announcements regarding RFPs announced on this website by completing the form here:
Q: Where can I access scheduling and procedural information related to the IPA’s Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan?
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
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/Procurement07-09-2018
Q: Can you please provide details related to the Illinois Power Agency’s Adjustable Block Program?
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
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
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:
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:
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
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
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:
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
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:
for information about the IPA’s plan under development. You may also register to receive announcements from the Procurement Administrator by registering here:
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
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
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
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:
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
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
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
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:
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
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:
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
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
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
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:
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
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:
- 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:
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
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
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
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:
For the procurement events from 2014 onward, links to the RFPs are provided for all participating utilities at the top of this page:
For instance, the information related to the 2015 energy and capacity procurements are here:
Q: Where can I find the results from previous RFPs?
Results are posted to the top of each archived RFP page here:
Results are also posted to the Illinois Commerce Commission website here: