DG-8: What qualifies as a distributed generation system for purposes of the DG RFP?

There are various requirements for systems in order for them to be eligible to be bid into the Utility Distributed Generation Request for Proposals (“DG RFP”). We recommend that you review the RFP Rules for these requirements once they are posted to the Renewable Energy Resources section of the procurement website.

However, in order to be eligible a system must be a “Distributed renewable energy generation device”. As defined by the Illinois Power Act this means a device that is:

(1) powered by wind, solar thermal energy, photovoltaic cells and panels, biodiesel, crops and untreated and unadulterated organic waste biomass, tree waste, and hydropower that does not involve new construction or significant expansion of hydropower dams;

(2) interconnected at the distribution system level of either an electric utility as defined in this Section, an alternative retail electric supplier as defined in Section 16-102 of the Public Utilities Act, a municipal utility as defined in Section 3-105 of the Public Utilities Act, or a rural electric cooperative as defined in Section 3-119 of the Public Utilities Act;

(3) located on the customer side of the customer’s electric meter and is primarily used to offset that customer’s electricity load; and

(4) limited in nameplate capacity to no more than 2,000 kilowatts.