General FAQs

FAQ-GEN-44
Q: Are there any solar forward procurement planned?

At this time, due to budget constraints, there is no planned solar forward procurements.

07-29-2020

Thank you for bringing this to our attention.  As the Act makes clear, a generating unit whose costs were being recovered through rates regulated by Illinois or any other state or states on or after January 1, 2017 is ineligible for RPS compliance.  This is stated in other portions of the Final Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan dated April 20, 2020, such as section 2.3.2.3 (“Through Section 1-75(c)(1)(J), P.A. 99-0906 introduces an additional requirement on generating facilities seeking to generate RECs eligible for the Illinois RPS: “a generating unit whose costs were being recovered through rates regulated by this State or any other state or states on or after January 1, 2017” is ineligible”).  This restriction is discussed at greater length in Section 4.2.

07-29-2020

FAQ-GEN-42
Q: Have the proposal requirements for the next Low-Income Community Solar Pilot Program available?

The Part 1 Proposal requirements used in the 2019 procurement under the Low-Income Community Solar Pilot Project Program are in Article IV of the RFP Rules (https://www.ipa-energyrfp.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Low-Income-Community-Solar-Pilot-RFP-Rules-with-references-corrected-October-30-2019.pdf ).  However, prior to holding the next procurement, the IPA intends to consider changes to the requirements for bidder participation (including the opportunity for stakeholder input) based on a review of the results of the first procurement.  Thus, the 2019 requirements are subject to change and the requirements that will be used in the next procurement are not yet known.

07-20-2020

FAQ-GEN-41
Q: Is there any additional information available regarding the timing of the next Low-Income Community Solar Pilot Program?

The next procurement under the Low-Income Community Solar Pilot Project Program has not yet been scheduled.  The IPA’s Final Revised Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan (“Final Revised Plan”) is dated April 20, 2020 and it states that the IPA(section 8.6.4) will hold another procurement under this program “during either the 2020-2021 or 2021-2022 programs years” where a program year begins on June 1 of a year and ends on May 31 of the following year.

When the next procurement under this program is scheduled, information pertaining to it will be posted to the procurement website.  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. If you are not already registered, please join our mailing list to receive updates and announcements regarding RFPs announced by the Procurement Administrator by completing the Contact Us form here: https://www.ipa-energyrfp.com/contact-us/register/.

07-20-2020

FAQ-GEN-44
Q: Is there an upcoming procurement for RECs from Brownfield Site Photovoltaic Projects?

Currently, there is no procurement for RECs from brownfield site photovoltaic projects scheduled for 2020.  The IPA’s Final Revised Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan (“Final Revised Plan”) is dated April 20, 2020 and it states that (section 5.9.3): “if funds are available and additional Adjustable Block Program procurement quantities are satisfied, the Agency would conduct a procurement for 50,000 RECs delivered annually from Brownfield Site Photovoltaic Projects.”  Section 3.22 of the Final Revised Plan explains the priorities that the IPA would use should additional funds become available.  The Final Revised Plan is available here: https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/ipa/Pages/Renewable_Resources.aspx

If a Brownfield RFP is scheduled, information pertaining to this procurement will be posted to the procurement website.  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. If you are not already registered, please join our mailing list to receive updates and announcements regarding RFPs announced by the Procurement Administrator by completing the Contact Us form here: https://www.ipa-energyrfp.com/contact-us/register/.

07-20-2020

FAQ-GEN-43
Q: Should requests under the Freedom of Information Act be addressed to the Procurement Administrator or directly to the Illinois Power Agency?

Please contact the Illinois Power Agency directly for questions related to FOIA requests.

10-30-2019

FAQ-GEN-42
Q: Where can I find the list of Approved Vendors under the Adjustable Block Program?

Please see the following link for a list of Approved Vendors under the IPA Adjustable Block Program: http://illinoisabp.com/find-a-vendor/

10-07-2019

FAQ-GEN-40
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

03-19-2019

FAQ-GEN-36
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

Please see the Illinois Commerce Commission website https://www.icc.illinois.gov/docket/casedetails.aspx?no=17-0838 for scheduling and procedural information related to the IPA’s Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan.

Revised 7/25/2019 first posted 7/10/2018

07-10-2018

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

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 posted its final Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan on August 6, 2018 and has released 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.

Revised 7/25/2019 first posted 7/09/2018

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 posted its final Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan on August 6, 2018 and has released 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.

Revised 7/25/2019 first posted 7/09/2018

07-09-2018

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

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-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-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. Please see:

https://www2.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/

Revised 7/25/2019 first posted 9/26/2017

09-26-2017

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

All publicly available information regarding the Illinois Power Agency Workshops can be found on the Renewable Resources tab of the IPA’s website:
https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/ipa/Pages/RenewableResourcesWorkshops.aspx

Revised 7/25/2019 first posted 6/25/2017

06-25-2017

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-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-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-4
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-3
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-2
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-1
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