W&S-1: Will it be a requirement of the Wind and Solar procurement event (Initial Forward Procurement) that projects be located in Illinois?

No, projects may be located in Illinois or in a State that is adjacent to Illinois. However, for renewable energy credits to qualify for the Illinois RPS for projects located in a state adjacent to Illinois, then the project must meet the public interest criteria specified in Section 1-75(c)(1)(I) of the IPA Act. All further information related to application of the public interest criteria will be first proposed in the Illinois Power Agency’s long-term renewable resources procurement plan (due to be released within 120 days of June 1, 2017), with the Illinois Commerce Commission having final approval of the application of these criteria through its administrative order approving the IPA’s plan. Please review Section 5(d) of the REC Contract regarding the consequences for an adjacent-state project being subsequently found to be ineligible for the Illinois RPS under application of the public interest criteria.

Revised 8-01-2017 first posted 6-09-2017