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Q: When will instructions for providing bid assurance collateral be available to Bidders?
A Bidder must submit bid assurance collateral for the Project in the form of cash or of a letter of credit to each of the Companies. Whether providing bid assurance collateral in the form cash or a letter of credit for a Company, the Bidder must follow all instructions provided by the Procurement Administrator for transmission of bid assurance collateral to each Company. Such instructions are provided by the date of the Part 1 Notification, February 25, 2021, but after submission by the Bidder of a Part 1 Proposal.03-03-2021
Q: Can existing Utility-Scale Wind projects qualify to participate in the Utility-Scale Wind RFP?
A Project that first started operations on or before June 1, 2017 is not eligible to participate in the upcoming Utility-Scale Wind RFP.02-18-2021
Q: Do Ameren Illinois Company, Commonwealth Edison Company and MidAmerican Energy Company procure RECs through spot market purchases to meet the goals and targets of the Renewable Portfolio Standard or only through programs and competitive procurement events under the IPA’s Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan?
Please see the most recent Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan available on the Illinois Power Agency’s (IPA) website here for the exhaustive overview of programs and competitive procurement events to procure Renewable Energy Credits (“RECs”) on behalf of Ameren Illinois Company, Commonwealth Edison Company and MidAmerican Energy Companies. As noted in Section 5.2 Background on past REC Procurements conducted by the IPA, the IPA held spot procurements for RECs from 2009-2016. No new spot procurements are currently planned.02-18-2021
Q: Does the Illinois Power Agency procure Renewable Energy Credits (“RECs”) to meet the goals and targets of the Renewable Portfolio Standard for all retail customer load in the state?
Yes. Public Act 99-0906, effective June 1, 2017, requires the Illinois Power Agency to develop a Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan and implement procurement programs and competitive procurement events necessary to meet the goals and targets of the Renewable Portfolio Standard for all retail customer load. The most recent Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan is available on the IPA’s website here and additional information is provided in section 2.3.1 Load Applicable to RPS Goals.02-18-2021
Q: If a Project is qualified via a successful Part 1 Proposal, are we required to submit a Bid for that Project on the Bid Date?
No, a Bidder that has a Project that qualifies via a successful Part 1 Proposal is not required to submit a Bid for that Project on the Bid Date.02-12-2021
Q: What is the project maturity requirement for a project to qualify under the Winter 2021 Utility-Scale Wind RFP?
Please see paragraph IV.2.3. of the RFP Rules, which states “ To demonstrate project maturity, the Bidder must provide, if available for the Project, one of the following:
- the Queue/OASIS ID from PJM and a copy of the completed System Impact Study from PJM for the Project; or
- the Project Number from MISO and a copy of the Preliminary System Impact Study under Definitive Planning Phase 1 (“DPP 1”) under the DPP-2020-Cycle 1 or a later study cycle; or
- the Project Number from MISO and a copy of the fully executed interconnection agreement for the Project; or
- a fully executed interconnection agreement with an electric distribution utility for the Project.
If none of these are available for the Project, or if the Bidder cannot provide a document that shows that the Project is further in the interconnection process, then the Bidder must: (i) describe the stage of development of the Project applicable to the point of interconnection and to the size of the Project; and (ii) demonstrate control for a portion of the Project site that covers an area of at least 40 acres times the Project size as described in Paragraph IV.2.4.”02-12-2021
Q: Can you please provide a redline of the FINAL Winter 2021 Utility-Scale Wind REC Contract posted on January 19, 2021 to the Final Fall 2019 Wind REC Agreement from the Fall 2019 Utility-Scale Wind RFP?
This redline is available at the bottom of the Final Materials page of the procurement website under the header FINAL Winter 2021 Utility-Scale Wind REC Contract. Please note that the base agreement for the redline is a restructured version of the Final Fall 2019 Wind REC Agreement from the Fall 2019 Utility-Scale Wind RFP.02-12-2021
Q: Does the definition of Force Majeure only include a delay associated with processing a permit request, or does it also include the denial of a permit request?
The definition of Force Majeure in the Winter 2021 Utility-Scale Wind Final REC Agreement includes delays associated with processing of permit requests, provided that Seller can demonstrate to Buyer and the IPA that such delay is not primarily attributable to the Seller’s failure to make in a timely manner permitting requests. The denial of a permit request is not included in the definition of Force Majeure.02-09-2021
Q: Where can I find the Utility-Scale Wind RFP bidder information presentation?
The Utility-Scale Wind RFP bidder information presentation and audio recording are available on the Final Materials page of the utility-scale wind section of the procurement website, here.01-24-2021
Q: Will the responses to the feedback solicited by the IPA regarding the “Next Wind Procurement” be posted to the IPA website?
Comments will be posted to the IPA website by Friday, April 10, 2020.04-08-2020