Stakeholder Workshop Related to REC Contract Payment Deferral Mechanism for DY 2021-2022
On March 3, 2021, the Illinois Power Agency (“Agency”) filed a petition with the Illinois Commerce Commission (”ICC”) for the reopening of Docket No. 19-0995, the proceeding related to the Revised Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan. This filing demonstrated that due to the widespread project energization delays that resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic, the available renewable portfolio standard (“RPS”) budget for the 2021-2022 delivery year (“DY2021-2022”) could face a funding shortfall. The filing was approved by the Illinois Commerce Commission with modifications on May 27, 2021.
The Agency has announced a stakeholder workshop to be held on August 5, 2021 from 9:30AM-12PM Central Time to discuss a payment deferral mechanism and proposed contract amendments.
On July 30, 2021, the Agency posted a draft of the proposed Payment Deferral Contract Amendment (the “July 2021 Draft Payment Deferral Contract Amendment”). The Agency is seeking feedback on the draft contract amendments with comments due by August 12, 2021. The draft contract amendments are provided as Appendix A and Appendix B to the Request for Stakeholder Comments document. To submit comments on the draft contract amendments, please see the Request for Stakeholder Comments document: click here.
An announcement with participation information was also posted on July 27: click here.
Low-Income Community Solar Pilot – Request for Feedback Process
In 2019, the Illinois Power Agency (“IPA”), through its Procurement Administrator NERA Economic Consulting, conducted a competitive procurement under the Low-Income Community Solar Pilot, a sub-program of the Illinois Solar for All Program. Projects selected through the Low-Income Community Solar Pilot receive a $/REC price determined through a competitive bidding process under 15-year contracts with the IPA. Projects must result in economic benefits for the members of the community in which they are located and must include a partnership with at least one community-based organization. Please refer to Section 8.6.4 of the Revised Long-Term Plan for additional information.
To prepare for a next procurement, the IPA and the Procurement Administrator seek stakeholder feedback on several topics. Responses are due by May 17, 2021 and should be sent to Illinois-RFP@nera.com.
The Stakeholder Request for Feedback, which lists specific questions posed, is available for download here:
Stakeholder Request for Feedback
Comments are welcome from both participants in the first competitive procurement under this sub-program as well as from other interested parties. Commenters need not respond to every question (some may not be applicable) and commenters should not feel limited by these questions in providing feedback.
Documentation pertaining to the procurement held in 2019 is available on the procurement website here: https://www.ipa-energyrfp.com/2019-low-income-community-solar-pilot-procurement-ipa/
Adjustable Block Program or the Illinois Solar for All Program
The information for these Programs is not available on this website. For further information please visit the Illinois Power Agency website here: https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/ipa/Pages/default.aspx
Please visit the website for the Illinois Power Agency Adjustable Block Program here: http://illinoisabp.com/
Please visit the website for the Illinois Power Agency Illinois Solar For All Program here: https://www.illinoissfa.com/
Other useful links will be posted as additional information becomes available.