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  • 23 Nov 2021 11:38 AM | Anonymous

    As authorized under the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (Public Act 102-0662), the Adjustable Block Program will reopen to project applications on December 14, 2021. REC pricing for this new Program capacity has been developed consistent with the Act’s requirements, and block reopening REC prices have been published on the ABP website.

    Please note that these REC prices are only applicable to new capacity available resultant from program reopening under Public Act 102-0662. The Agency plans to reexamine REC pricing for all subsequent annual blocks of the Adjustable Block Program through updates to its Long-Term Renewable Resource Procurement Plan. A draft version of that updated Plan will be published on January 13, 2022 and Commission approval of that updated Plan is expected by July of 2022.

  • 17 Nov 2021 11:49 AM | Anonymous

    Public Act 102-0662 (the “Climate and Equitable Jobs Act”) was signed into law and became effective on September 15, 2021. The IPA Act, as amended by Public Act 102-0662, establishes a subsequent forward procurement for indexed renewable energy credits from new utility-scale wind projects, new utility-scale solar projects, and new brownfield site photovoltaic projects. 

    The schedule for the Indexed Wind, Solar, and Brownfield REC RFP is posted to the Calendar page of the procurement website. Preliminary proposal requirements will be posted on Friday, December 3, 2021.  To receive updates and information regarding the Indexed REC RFP, please register here.


  • 16 Nov 2021 4:25 PM | Anonymous

    The Illinois Power Agency has issued Requests for Stakeholder Feedback on various topics as the Agency prepares to develop the 2022 Revised Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan. These Stakeholder Requests for Feedback covers topics that focus on new elements of the Plan that implement provisions of the recently enacted Public Act 102-0662 (the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act). The linked documents below provide background on the various requests and pose numerous questions for stakeholder input. Stakeholders can respond to as few or as many of these topics as they see fit.

    Feedback on the topics outlined below are due by 5:00 PM Central Prevailing Time (“CPT”) on Friday, December 3, 2021. Responses to this Request for Stakeholder Feedback should be emailed to IPA.ContactUs@Illinois.gov . Details for how to submit responses are found in each individual document. Responses will be made public and published on the Renewable Resources Workshop page of the Agency’s website.

    Stakeholder Feedback Request Documents


    1. High Level RPS Questions

    2. Utility Scale Questions

    3. Self-Direct Questions

    4. Adjustable Block Program Questions

    5. Illinois Solar for All Questions

    6. Consumer Protection Questions

    7. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Questions

    8. REC Price Questions

    Stakeholder Workshops

    To facilitate feedback, the IPA will hold virtual workshops on Thursday, November 18, 2021. Registration is required to attend the workshops. Please click the following links for registration:

    Workshop Session 1

    Thursday, November 18, 2021

    9am - Noon

    REGISTER HERE

    • High Level RPS Questions
    • Utility Scale Questions
    • Self-Direct Questions
    • REC Price Questions
    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Questions

    Workshop Session 2

    Thursday, November 18, 2021

    1pm -4pm

    REGISTER HERE

    • Illinois Solar for All Questions
    • Adjustable Block Program Questions
    • Consumer Protection Questions
  • 25 Oct 2021 1:39 PM | Anonymous

    Recordings and slides for IPA Stakeholder workshops and webinars can be found here.

    Recordings and slides for IPA Power Hours can be found here.

  • 19 Oct 2021 3:37 PM | Anonymous

    Requests for Stakeholder Feedback for Adjustable Block Program Opening

    The IPA has issued Requests for Stakeholder Feedback to solicit comments as the Agency prepares to open new capacity for the Adjustable Block Program (ABP) in line with the new requirements of Public Act 102-0662 (the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act). Written stakeholder feedback is due on November 4, 2021.

    As part of this stakeholder feedback process, the IPA will be holding two virtual workshops on Thursday, October 21, 2021. The first workshop will be held from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM CPT and will cover topics related to new Program requirements. The second workshop will be held from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM CPT and will cover the development of new ABP REC contracts. Registration is required to attend the workshops. For more information and to register for the Workshops, visit the Adjustable Block Program website.

    Register for the IPA Power Hour Webinar This Friday!

    The Agency will be hosting its IPA Power Hour Webinar 2: Impact of CEJA on the Adjustable Block Program on Friday, October 22, 2021.

    IPA Power Hour Webinars are educational and informative and feature a wide range of clean energy topics and issues presented over the lunch hour. Registration is required to attend the IPA Power Hour Webinar this coming Friday.

    For registration, click the webinar registration page.

    IPA Launches new Dedicated Resource Page on Public Act 102-0662 Implementation

    The IPA’s new dedicated resource page on Public Act 102-0662 implementation includes information on activities crucial to the Agency. This includes the development of a Carbon Mitigation Credit Procurement Plan (to support at-risk nuclear plants), procurements of Renewable Energy Credits from new utility-scale wind and solar projects, changes to the Adjustable Block Program and the Illinois Solar for All Program, the reopening of Adjustable Block Program blocks, the development of a coal-to-solar procurement process, and many other requirements.

    This dedicated CEJA implementation page serves as an up-to-date hub of information to ensure stakeholders and interested parties are apprised the latest developments related to the Agency's implementation of the Act. This page will be updated periodically, and important developments will be shared as needed.  

    The IPA is Hiring

    The IPA is actively seeking candidates for several positions:

    • Consumer Protection Counsel
    • IT Coordinator
    • Program Associate
    • Fellow

    To learn more about the positions and apply, visit the Current Open Positions page on the IPA website.

  • 08 Oct 2021 2:53 PM | Anonymous

    The Illinois Power Agency (IPA) will be holding two virtual workshops on Thursday, October 21, 2021 to solicit feedback from stakeholders related to Adjustable Block Program reopening. Both workshops will be recorded and made available for stakeholder viewing on the IPA website and ABP website.

    The first workshop will be held from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM CPT and will cover topics related to new Program requirements that stem from the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (Public Act 102-0662). The following topics will be covered during the first session:

    1. Block allocations and REC pricing for new Large Distributed Generation, Community Driven Community Solar, and Equity Eligible Contractor categories
    2. Application requirements, applicable projects, and verification for projects subject to prevailing wage requirements
    3. Collection and reporting of demographic data
    4. Application requirements for, and prioritization of public-school projects
    5. Community-Driven Community Solar selection and prioritization
    6. Application process and requirements for Equity Eligible Contractors

    Additionally, the IPA will issue a detailed request for written stakeholder feedback on the topics outlined above on October 14, 2021, with responses requested no later than October 28, 2021.

    The second workshop will be held from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM CPT and will cover the development of new ABP REC contracts. The IPA plans to release drafts of the new ABP REC contracts on October 19, 2021. In recognition of the fact that not all stakeholders will have the ability to review the draft contracts between their release on October 19 and the workshop on October 21, the afternoon workshop will be heavily focused on presentation of the draft REC contracts and the changes from the current contract required to implement the provisions of the new statute.

    Registration is required for the workshops. Please click the following links to register for the workshops:

    The IPA will be conducting subsequent stakeholder feedback opportunities related to the revision of the Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan at a later date. Details to be announced.

    If you have any questions regarding this announcement or these upcoming sessions, please reach out to the Adjustable Block Program Administrator at admin@illinoisabp.com or at 877-783-1820.

  • 04 Oct 2021 6:19 PM | Anonymous

    The Illinois Power Agency (“IPA”) is proud to announce the launch of the IPA Power Hour Webinars, featuring a wide range of clean energy topics and issues presented over the lunch hour. 

    Starting Friday, October 15, 2021, the IPA will be offering a series of these educational and informative webinars to discuss how the recently enacted Climate Equitable Jobs Act (“CEJA”) revises and expands the Illinois Renewable Portfolio Standard, including strengthening equity, diversity, and labor standards for IPA-administered incentive programs to build a stronger, more diverse and equitable clean energy workforce. After this initial series is completed the IPA will be offering future Power Hour Webinars on other topical areas. The Power Hour Webinar Series will be recorded and available on the Agency’s website.

    IPA Power Hour Webinars are 60 minutes long from 12pm-1pm CDT. Registration is required. After you register, you'll receive a confirmation email with information on how to join the webinar.

    IPA Power Hour Webinar 1: Expansion of the Illinois Renewable Portfolio Standard Under CEJA

    Date: Friday, October 15, 2021

    Time: 12pm-1pm CDT

    REGISTER HERE


    IPA Power Hour Webinar 2: CEJA’s Impact on Adjustable Block Program

    Date: Friday, October 22, 2021

    Time: 12pm-1pm CDT

    REGISTER HERE

     

    IPA Power Hour Webinar 3: CEJA’s Impact on Illinois Solar for All

    Date: Friday, November 12, 2021

    Time: 12pm-1pm CDT

    REGISTER HERE

     

    IPA Power Hour Webinar 4: CEJA’s Impact on Utility-Scale Solar and Wind and Brownfield sites

    Date: Friday, November 19, 2021

    Time: 12pm-1pm CDT

    REGISTER HERE

     

    IPA Power Hour Webinar 5: Creating a Diverse and Equitable Energy Workforce

    Date: Friday, December 3, 2021

    Time: 12pm-1pm CDT

    REGISTER HERE

     

    IPA Power Hour Webinar 6: Decarbonization, From Coal to Renewables

    Date: Friday, December 10, 2021

    Time: 12pm-1pm CDT

    REGISTER HERE


    IPA Power Hour Webinar 7: Carbon Mitigation Credits and CEJA’s Support for At-Risk Nuclear Plants

    Date: Friday, December 17, 2021

    Time: 12pm-1pm CDT

    REGISTER HERE

  • 30 Sep 2021 4:49 PM | Anonymous

    On September 15, 2021, Governor Pritzker signed the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (Public Act 102-0662) into law. This Act includes significant changes to the Adjustable Block Program, including the opening of new blocks of Program capacity within 90 days (by December 14, 2021).

    To prepare for these changes to the program, the ABP Approved Vendor Portal will close to new project submittals on November 1, 2021. All projects submitted in batches on or prior to that date will be considered waitlisted projects (pending payment of application fees within 10 business days of batch submittal). The project portal will reopen for new project applications on December 14, 2021.

    The Act includes several key changes to the program that will be implemented for block reopenings:

    • The size cut-off between Small and Large Distributed Generation categories has been changed from 10 kW to 25 kW.
    • Three new categories have been created: (1) community-driven community solar projects, (2) projects at public schools, and (3) projects submitted by equity eligible contractors.
    • The maximum size of projects in certain categories has been extended from 2 MW to 5 MW.
    • Provisions have been established for the selection of waitlisted community solar projects.
    • REC prices for initial opening of additional capacity have been set based on adjustments from the last open block prices.
    • Prevailing wage requirements have been established, with exceptions for select project types.
    • REC contract payment schedules have been revised for Large DG and Community Solar projects. (Waitlisted Large DG projects maintain the prior payment schedule).

    The IPA will be seeking stakeholder feedback on certain items related to the opening of new blocks, including updated REC delivery contracts. Currently, the IPA plans to release written requests for stakeholder feedback on October 14, 2021. A stakeholder workshop will be held on October 21, 2021. Written comments and responses to the workshop topics and/or the written request for stakeholder feedback may be submitted no later than November 4, 2021. More information on the workshop and written requests for stakeholder feedback will be announced at a later date. Additionally, the Program Administrator will be releasing guidance to Approved Vendors regarding the processing of waitlisted projects in the coming weeks.

    Additional updates to the Program (and to the Illinois Renewable Portfolio Standard more generally) will be included in the next draft Revised Long-Term Plan that will be released for public comment no later than January 13, 2021 (120 days after the effective date of P.A. 102-0662).

    For questions regarding this announcement, please reach out to the Program Administrator at admin@illinoisabp.com or at 877-783-1820.

  • 30 Sep 2021 12:31 PM | Anonymous

    On September 29, 2021, the Illinois Power Agency filed two procurement Plans for Illinois Commerce Commission Approval. These plans are the 2022 Electricity Procurement Plan (Docket No. 21-0717) and the Carbon Mitigation Credit Procurement Plan (Docket No. 21-0718). These Plans are also available on the Agency’s website.

  • 02 Sep 2021 2:01 PM | Anonymous

    Amid a resurgence of COVID-19 cases spurred by the Delta variant, on August 26, 2021, Governor J.B. Pritzker issued COVID-19 Executive Order No. 87, which reinstates a statewide indoor mask mandate with an effective date of August 30. In light of the reinstated mask mandate for all Illinois residents regardless of vaccination status, the Illinois Power Agency has determined that it is appropriate to require compliance with the new reinstated mandate for the Adjustable Block Program and Illinois Solar For All for in-person marketing and solicitation.

    In an effort to practice safe measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of our community, door-to-door sales permitted under the Adjustable Block Program and Illinois Solar For All must follow the mask mandate. The requirement to wear masks indoors is applicable to both vaccinated and unvaccinated agents statewide during door-to-door sales. Entities whose agents violate these guidelines may be suspended from program participation.

    Any agent engaged in door-to-door marketing or solicitation must wear a mask indoors during the time of customer interaction even while maintaining social distance. While masks are not required outdoors, agents meeting with potential customers in crowded outdoor areas are strongly encouraged to wear masks and maintain appropriate social distance from customers. Furthermore, if an agent is invited inside a potential customer’s home or business, the agent shall wear his or her mask during the entire stay.

    Under previous iterations of the COVID-19 marketing guidelines, the Agency permitted passive forms of in-person marketing and solicitation, such as tabling at retail stores or public events. Any of these previously permitted in-person marketing activities may continue in accordance with the new mask and social distancing requirements.

    Any door-to-door distribution of marketing materials through passive forms of solicitation (i.e., distribution of door hangers without knocking on doors) may also be conducted by agents without masks. In the event that passive marketing efforts result in direct contact with potential customers, the agent is required to promptly put on a mask.

    The Agency will continue to monitor public health information as part of an ongoing assessment of these guidelines. The IPA will endeavor to provide updates to these guidelines as the public health situation continues to evolve.

    Should you have questions about whether specific practices are permitted, please contact IPA Chief Legal Counsel Brian Granahan at Brian.Granahan@Illinois.gov

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