Utility-Scale Wind Procurement

Public Act 99-0906 was signed into law on December 7, 2016 and became effective June 1, 2017. This legislation called for the Illinois Power Agency (“IPA”) to develop a Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan and update it on a biennial basis.  The initial Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan (“Long-Term Plan”) was developed in 2017 and finalized in 2018. In accordance with Section 16-111.5(b)(5)(ii)(B) of the Public Utilities Act, the IPA developed its first revision to its Long-Term Plan, the Revised Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan (“Revised Long-Term Plan”) in 2019 and  the Illinois Commerce Commission issued a Final Order approving it on February 18, 2020. The IPA published its Final Revised Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan (“Final Revised Long-Term Plan”), consistent with the Commission’s Order, on April 20, 2020.  In accordance with the Final Revised Long-Term Plan, the IPA will hold a utility-scale wind procurement event.  This procurement event will be held in early 2021.  This event will seek to procure 1 million RECs delivered annually from new utility-scale wind projects (projects over 2 MW) under fifteen-year contracts.

In March 2020, the IPA sought feedback on any barriers that may have limited successful participation in prior utility-scale wind procurements.  Responses to the IPA’s request for feedback can be found here.

On August 13, 2020, the Procurement Administrator posted DRAFT preliminary proposal requirements, which includes tentative key dates for this procurement event, to the Draft Documents page of this Utility-Scale Wind section of the procurement website.

On September 8, 2020, the Procurement Administrator posted a DRAFT Wind REC Contract and an Invitation to Comment on the Contract Form and Proposal Requirements to the Draft Documents page of this Utility-Scale Wind section of the procurement website.

Deadlines and dates of main events for this procurement event will be provided on the Calendar Page as they become available.

You may register to receive announcements for the Utility-Scale Wind RFP through the Register Page by selecting the “Utility-Scale Wind” option. 

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