WND-7: To qualify for the Utility-Scale Wind RFP, is the Project required to be physically located in Illinois? Is the Project required to interconnect with one of the Companies (ComEd, AIC or MEC)? Is the Project required to interconnect with a specific RTO?

Projects located in Illinois will be eligible as will Projects located in a state that is adjacent to Illinois as long as the facility meets the public interest criteria specified in Section 1-75(c)(1)(I) of the IPA Act. Adjacent states include Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana, and Michigan. In its Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan the IPA proposed a methodology and point system for determining whether a project satisfies those public interest criteria and the proposal was approved by the Commission on April 3, 2018.   A Project located in an adjacent state must receive a score of at least 60 points. In order to apply to the Agency for consideration for eligibility, please download and complete the eligibility request spreadsheet posted on the IPA’s website.

There is no requirement to interconnect with one of the Companies (ComEd, AIC or MEC) and there is no requirement to interconnect with a specific RTO. It is expected that in its Proposal, a Bidder will be required to describe the stage of development of the Project including naming the utility or Regional Transmission Organization (e.g., PJM or MISO) to which the Seller has applied or will apply for interconnection. The Procurement Administrator posted preliminary proposal requirements and the draft REC Contract to the dedicated Utility-Scale Wind Procurement page. The final RFP Documents will be posted on August 23, 2018, and will outline the final proposal requirements.

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