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BEC-47: Does the Procurement Administrator recommend whether the ICC accept or reject individual Bids for a Product and Company or the Least Cost Package for a Company?

In regards to procurement events held for block energy, the Procurement Administrator provides a recommendation to the Commission for each procurement event (i.e. a separate recommendation for each of the procurement events for ComEd, AIC and MEC). Section 16-111.5 of the Act requires that “Within 2 business days after opening the sealed bids, the procurement … Continue reading Does the Procurement Administrator recommend whether the ICC accept or reject individual Bids for a Product and Company or the Least Cost Package for a Company?

BEC-40: Are the benchmarks that will be used in the evaluation of bids under the Supplemental RFP market-based?

Section 16-111.5 of the Act states that the procurement process shall include “(3) Establishment of a market-based price benchmark. As part of the development of the procurement process, the procurement administrator, in consultation with the Commission staff, Agency staff, and the procurement monitor, shall establish benchmarks for evaluating the final prices in the contracts for … Continue reading Are the benchmarks that will be used in the evaluation of bids under the Supplemental RFP market-based?

BEC-38: Is the Procurement Administrator’s confidential report on the result of the April 18 Procurement Events available? Is there any publicly available information discussing why the April 18 Procurement Events failed to fully meet the expected load requirements of AIC, ComEd, and MEC (each a “Company”)?

The Procurement Administrator’s confidential report on the results of the April 18 Procurement Events is not publicly available. The April 18 Procurement Events failed to fully meet the expected load requirements of AIC, ComEd, and MEC. In accordance with Section 16-111.5 of the Act, the Procurement Administrator, the Procurement Monitor, and ICC Staff met within … Continue reading Is the Procurement Administrator’s confidential report on the result of the April 18 Procurement Events available? Is there any publicly available information discussing why the April 18 Procurement Events failed to fully meet the expected load requirements of AIC, ComEd, and MEC (each a “Company”)?

BEC-37: Where can I find information on evaluation procedure and benchmarks relevant to the procurement events held under the Spring 2022 Block Energy and Capacity RFP?

As stated in Paragraph I.2.11 of the Spring 2022 Block Energy and Capacity RFP Rules, “The evaluation of Bids for a Company in its procurement event for Energy Products proceeds in two steps. In the first step, all Bids that fail to meet the benchmarks are eliminated. In accordance with the Act, benchmarks are established … Continue reading Where can I find information on evaluation procedure and benchmarks relevant to the procurement events held under the Spring 2022 Block Energy and Capacity RFP?

BEC-35: Why would Bids submitted in the April 18 Procurement Events under the Spring 2022 BEC RFP not be selected during the bid evaluation? Do the Companies (AIC, ComEd, and MEC) take part in the evaluation and selection of Bids?

The Companies are not involved in the evaluation and selection of Bids. The evaluation of Bids for a Company in its procurement event for Energy Products proceeds in two steps. In the first step, all Bids that fail to meet the benchmarks are eliminated. In the second step, the Procurement Administrator evaluates the Bids that … Continue reading Why would Bids submitted in the April 18 Procurement Events under the Spring 2022 BEC RFP not be selected during the bid evaluation? Do the Companies (AIC, ComEd, and MEC) take part in the evaluation and selection of Bids?

Indexed REC-17: Can the evaluation procedure select an annual quantity of RECs between the minimum quantity and full quantity provided in the Bid?

The evaluation of the Bids, which is fully described in Paragraph VI.2.10 of the Final Indexed REC RFP Rules, implies that the number of RECs from the highest-priced Project selected may be less than the full quantity (a “partial award”). For this reason, a Bidder must specify, in addition to the annual full quantity that … Continue reading Can the evaluation procedure select an annual quantity of RECs between the minimum quantity and full quantity provided in the Bid?

Indexed REC-12: Can you confirm that the Forward Price Curve will not be used to establish an annual cost cap for utility REC purchases in the Spring 2022 Indexed REC RFP?

On January 24, 2022, the Procurement Administrator posted a revised version of the Preliminary Proposal Requirements and Key Contract Terms originally posted on December 6, 2021. As noted in the revised version, the original document described the forward price curve as a way to calculate an annual payment cap under the Indexed REC Contract. This … Continue reading Can you confirm that the Forward Price Curve will not be used to establish an annual cost cap for utility REC purchases in the Spring 2022 Indexed REC RFP?

Indexed REC-10: Slides 14 and 71 of the bidder information webcast from March 22, 2022 describe the bid evaluation for the Spring 2022 Indexed REC RFP as based on price only. On the other hand, Section 5.4.3 of the 2022 Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan (2022 Long-Term Plan) that was filed for Commission approval dated March 21, 2022 describes additional bid evaluation preferences applicable to competitive procurements for indexed renewable energy credits from utility-scale wind, utility-scale solar, and brownfield site photovoltaic sites. Will the bid evaluation preferences described in the filing (2022 Long-Term Plan) apply for purposes of bid evaluation in this Spring 2022 Indexed REC RFP?

The IPA Act, as amended by Public Act 102-0662, requires the IPA to conduct at least one subsequent forward procurement for indexed renewable energy credits within 240 days of September 15, 2021, the effective date of Public Act 102-0662. The IPA must do so notwithstanding whether the Commission has approved the 2022 Long-Term Renewable Resources … Continue reading Slides 14 and 71 of the bidder information webcast from March 22, 2022 describe the bid evaluation for the Spring 2022 Indexed REC RFP as based on price only. On the other hand, Section 5.4.3 of the 2022 Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan (2022 Long-Term Plan) that was filed for Commission approval dated March 21, 2022 describes additional bid evaluation preferences applicable to competitive procurements for indexed renewable energy credits from utility-scale wind, utility-scale solar, and brownfield site photovoltaic sites. Will the bid evaluation preferences described in the filing (2022 Long-Term Plan) apply for purposes of bid evaluation in this Spring 2022 Indexed REC RFP?