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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FAQ-ZEC-1
Q: Should we provide one Proposal for each facility?

No.  Each entity that presents a response to the ZEC RFP and that would, if successful, sign the ZEC Contract is a “Bidder” and submits a single Proposal. A Bidder may present multiple Zero Emission Facilities in its Proposal.

11-17-2017

FAQ-ZEC-2
Q: Is a single officer required to make all of the certifications required by the Proposal? Is that same officer required to be the individual to sign the Bid Form and to execute the ZEC Contract? What process should we follow if the individual who signs the certifications of Section 3 of the Proposal Form and of Attachment #2 is not available to sign the Bid Form or to execute the ZEC Contract?

Yes, a single officer is required to make all of the certifications required by the Proposal, including making the certifications required by the Bid Form. If the Officer of the Bidder who makes the certifications required by Section 3 of the Proposal Form and required by Attachment #2 is no longer available to sign the Bid Form, the Bidder must name a new individual to serve as Officer of the Bidder by providing the contact information required by Section 1 of the Proposal Form and by resubmitting all of the certifications required by the Proposal including the certifications in Section 3 of the Proposal Form and Attachment #2.

The individual named as Officer of the Bidder is also expected, but not required, to be the individual who executes the ZEC Contract. Should the Bidder be notified that it is a winning supplier and the Officer of the Bidder is not available to sign the ZEC Contract, the Bidder should advise the Companies as soon as practicable and provide the name of another individual who is similarly empowered to undertake contracts and bind the Bidder and who will execute the ZEC Contracts.

11-17-2017

FAQ-ZEC-3
Q: When does the Procurement Administrator expect to provide a response to proposed modifications to the Pre-Bid Letters of Credit?

A Bidder may provide comments on or propose modifications to the Standard Pre-Bid letter of Credit for one or more of the Companies. Such Bidder will receive a response indicating whether each proposed modification is acceptable to that Company within two (2) business days.

Before providing such comments, please consult the preliminary list of acceptable modifications applicable to each Company posted to the Final Materials page of the Zero Emission Credits Section of the procurement website. A final list of modifications for use by all Bidders on an optional basis for each Company will be posted no later than December 8, 2017.

11-17-2017

FAQ-ZEC-4
Q: Paragraph III.6.3 states that a Bid Form must be received between 10 AM and 12 PM (noon) on the Bid Date of January 10, 2018. Why is there a set time to submit the Bid Form and can Bidders have additional time if there are deficiencies related to the Bid Form?

A Bid Window of 10 AM and 12 PM (noon) has been set in advance in order to allow individuals representing the Bidder to plan to be available when the Procurement Administrator calls to acknowledge and assess the Bid Form. Once the Bid Form has been received, the Procurement Administrator will acknowledge the receipt of the Bid Form by phone within 15 minutes and provide the assessment of the Bid Form. Bidders are encouraged to submit early in the Bid Window to have time to address any deficiencies. The Procurement Administrator will provide written instructions regarding submission of the Bid Form when the Bid Form is sent to each Bidder.

No late Bid Forms will be accepted and additional time will not be provided.

11-17-2017

FAQ-ZEC-5
Q: We understand that the Procurement Administrator will call Bidders within 15 minutes of receipt of the Bid Form on the Bid Date to acknowledge receipt and provide an assessment of the Bid Form. Can a Bidder request from the Procurement Administrator a written notice via email of receipt or of the assessment of the Bid Form?

The Procurement Administrator will only provide an assessment of the Bid Form via phone within 15 minutes of receipt.  Upon request, the Procurement Administrator can confirm via email receipt of a Bid Form that is complete and consistent with the RFP Rules.  Please note that the Procurement Administrator does not expect to be able to provide such written email confirmation with 15 minutes of receipt of the Bid Form.

11-17-2017

FAQ-ZEC-6
Q: Can you clarify the roles of the Representatives that we name on the Proposal Form?

The Bidder must name one (1) Representative and the Bidder may name up to three (3) additional Representatives on the Proposal Form. The procurement Administrator sends all correspondence related to the procurement event to each of the Representatives, including information required to submit the Bid Form on the Bid Date.

11-17-2017

FAQ-ZEC-7
Q: Is the Representative of the Bidder named in the Proposal Form the individual who will be contacted on the Bid Date with the Procurement Administrator’s assessment of the Bid Form?

Not necessarily.  The Bid Form will require the Bidder to provide contact information for a representative of the Bidder. This is the individual that the Procurement Administrator will call to acknowledge receipt and provide the assessment of the Bid Form. This representative does not have to be one of the Representatives named in the Proposal Form.

11-17-2017

FAQ-ZEC-8
Q: We submitted comments on the draft ZEC Contract. Will we have an opportunity to discuss our comments with the Illinois Power Agency?

Thank you for submitting comments on the draft ZEC Contract. Your comments will be reviewed by representatives from the IPA, AIC, ComEd, MEC, the Procurement Administrator, the Procurement Monitor, and Staff of the Illinois Commerce Commission. The final version of the ZEC Contract, which will account for comments received prior to the deadline of November 10, 2017, is expected to be posted on November 29, 2017.

11-17-2017

FAQ-ZEC-9
Q: Can we submit the Proposal Form or any of the supporting documents before the Proposal Due Date of December 12, 2017?

The Proposal Window opened on November 14, 2017 and Bidders may submit any portion of their Proposal at any time, but in no event later than 12 PM (noon) on December 12, 2017. Bidders may elect to provide a portion of their Proposal prior to the Proposal Due Date for assessment by the Procurement Administrator.

11-17-2017

FAQ-ZEC-10
Q: The RFP Rules state that the Procurement Administrator will send a Bid Form to each Bidder by January 8, 2018. If we provide Attachment #2 prior to the deadline of January 4, 2018, can we receive our Bid Form prior to that date?

It is possible that Bidders will receive the Bid Form prior to January 8. Once Attachment #2 and all other components of the Proposal have been received from a Bidder and are complete, the Procurement Administrator will endeavour to send the Bid Form within two (2) business days.

11-17-2017

FAQ-ZEC-11
Q: Will an estimate of the Supplier Fee be provided in advance of announcing the final amount?

No.  An estimate of the Supplier Fee will not be provided. The Procurement Administrator will inform Bidders of the amount of the Supplier Fee no later than 6 PM two business days before the Bid Date.

11-17-2017

FAQ-ZEC-12
Q: What will be the Bid Form requirements?

The Bid Form will require a Bidder to provide contact information for a representative of the Bidder. The Bid Form will also require the Bidder to make the certifications provided in Paragraph III.6.2 of the RFP Rules. The Procurement Administrator will provide written instructions for filling out all required information on the Bid Form when the Bid Form is sent to the Bidder.

11-17-2017

FAQ-ZEC-13
Q: Section III.4.3 states that a Bidder may provide comments on or propose modifications to the Standard PRE-Bid Letter of Credit for a Company exclusively by submitting a redline to the POST-Bid Letter of Credit for that Company. Can you confirm that this is a typographical error and that we should submit a redline of the Pre-Bid Letter of Credit with our comments or requests for modifications?

Confirmed. Bidders may provide comments on or propose modifications to the Standard Pre-Bid Letter of Credit for a Company exclusively by submitting a redline of the Pre-Bid Letter of Credit for that Company in Microsoft Word format.

11-20-2017

FAQ-ZEC-14
Q: Will the utilities accept surety bonds for performance assurance?

The utilities will not accept surety bonds for performance assurance.

01-03-2018

FAQ-ZEC-15
Q: Can you also confirm that, if the Collateral Threshold Amount for the Seller in Table 1 is greater than the Collateral Requirement, then a Seller will not need to post any performance assurance (assuming no other relevant credit exposures)?

Under the assumption that there is no other credit exposure to the Buyer arising from contracts entered into by Seller or affiliates of Seller with Buyer, then the Seller’s Collateral Threshold Amount is determined by Table 1 of the ZEC Contract. If the Collateral Threshold Amount is greater than the Collateral Requirement, then a Seller need not post any Performance Assurance. Please see Section 4.3 of the Master ZEC Agreement as amended by the Cover Sheet for more information.

01-03-2018

FAQ-ZEC-16
Q: We note that the ZEC Cost Cap for 2017/2018 is provided in the Zero Emission Standard Procurement Plan. Given that this figure is known, can you please provide the Performance Assurance amounts that would need to be posted to each utility per section 4.3(a) of the ZEC Contract?

Pursuant to the ICC Order approving the Zero Emission Standard Procurement Plan, the calculation of the ZEC Cost Cap must be net of all applicable fees and charges related to the administration of the ZEC Contract. At this time, the estimate of applicable fees and charges related to the administration of the ZEC Contract for the first Delivery Year is not yet available. The calculation will be provided no later than 2 weeks after an ICC approval of the results of the RFP by the ICC. Please see Section 2(e)(xv) of the ZEC Contract and Section 4.3 of the Master ZEC Agreement as amended by the Cover Sheet for more information.

Generally speaking, the Performance Assurance due is the difference between the Collateral Requirement and the Collateral Threshold Amount. For your convenience, we identify some of the components to the calculation of the Performance Assurance due.

The Collateral Threshold Amount is an unsecured credit line that is granted to Seller and is more fully defined in section 4.3(b) of the Master ZEC Agreement. For the first Delivery Year, the Collateral Requirement is equal to 20% of the Annual Contract Value where:

Annual Contract Value = $16.50 x Seller’s Share of Award x Annual Utility Cost-Constrained Quantity;

Annual Utility Cost-Constrained Quantity = ZEC Cost Cap / $16.50; and

ZEC Cost Cap = (applicable Utility ZEC Cost Recovery Rate x Applicable Load) – estimate of all applicable fees and charges related to the administration of the ZEC Contract.

01-03-2018

FAQ-ZEC-17
Q: Is the ZEC Contract with a utility intended to be executed once by a Seller with multiple Zero Emission Facilities or is the Seller executing one ZEC Contract for each Zero Emission Facility? In the latter case, how would the Seller be identified in the ZEC Contract?

A Seller executes with a utility one ZEC Contract for each Zero Emission Facility approved by the Commission. The Seller will be identified as “[Name of Company] for [Name of Zero Emission Facility]” in the introductory paragraph of the ZEC Contract.

01-03-2018

FAQ-ZEC-18
Q: Please provide the final list of acceptable modifications to the Pre-Bid Letter of Credit for each Company.

The final list of acceptable modifications to the Pre-Bid Letter of Credit for each Company are the documents dated November 10, 2017 on the procurement website. There were no modifications added to these lists during the proposal window.

01-10-2018


General FAQs
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FAQ-Gen-1
Q: When are login credentials issued to access the online Part 1 Form prior to a procurement event?

Login credentials are issued the day before the Part 1 Window opens. Returning bidders as well as participants that requested an account for the first time all receive their credentials on the same date. When requesting an account for the first time, participants should ensure that they select the category corresponding to the procurement event of interest at the bottom of the web form.

If you do not receive login credentials on the day before the Part 1 Window opens, please contact us via email (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