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  • 16 Feb 2022 12:18 PM | Anonymous

    CHICAGO (PRWEB) FEBRUARY 15, 2022

    Five months after the passage of Illinois’ landmark clean energy law, solar businesses have installed enough renewable energy to power 30,000 homes and are building a more diverse workforce with the help of job training programs. Data collected by the solar industry found 2022 is on track to be one of the biggest years for solar energy in Illinois’ history. The renewable energy industry plans to complete more than 8,400 additional solar installations and increase its workforce by nearly 50% in 2022. Data was provided by members of the Solar Energy Industries Association, Illinois Solar Energy Association and the Coalition for Community Solar Access and the Illinois Power Agency.

    The progress is due in large part to the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA) that was enacted on September 15, 2021. Governor JB Pritzker described the legislation as “the most significant step Illinois has taken toward a reliable, renewable, affordable and clean energy future in a generation.” CEJA sets the long-term goal of 100% clean energy in Illinois by 2050 but also provides immediate steps that help accelerate the renewable energy transition that’s already underway in Illinois.

    Data from the Illinois Power Agency shows that:

    • 8,052 waitlisted solar projects have moved forward and are expected to be approved by the Illinois Commerce Commission this month.
    • 250 MW of new community solar projects have been approved– when completed, these projects will allow an estimated 35,000 families to lower their electric bills without installing solar panels.

    A survey of solar businesses in Illinois found that:

    • More than 2,000 rooftop and community solar projects have already been installed and are generating enough electricity to power more than 30,000 homes.
    • Illinois businesses will complete more than 8,400 rooftop and community solar projects by the end of 2022.
    • Businesses are hiring rapidly and the workforce in the state is expected to increase 47% by the end of this year.

    Renewable energy businesses reported that they have already expanded their work on diversity, equity and inclusion by recruiting from solar job training programs, creating internal committees focused on diversity and hiring consultants and recruiters to guide their diversity efforts.

    The Illinois Power Agency maintains an online map of solar projects that participate in the state’s adjustable block program here – roughly 25,000 solar projects have been completed since the program launched in 2017. The Agency is currently developing its long-term renewable energy plan that will establish the path for renewable energy growth for coming years. The plan will establish an Equity Eligible Contractor certification and an Equity Accountability System in the next 12-18 months.

    About Coalition for Community Solar Access
    The Coalition for Community Solar Access is a national Coalition of businesses and non-profits working to expand customer choice and access to solar for all American households and businesses through community solar. Our mission is to empower every American energy consumer with the option to choose local, clean, and affordable community solar. For more information, visit https://www.communitysolaraccess.org and follow the group on Facebook.

    About The Illinois Solar Energy Association
    The Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA) is a non-profit organization that promotes the widespread application of solar and other forms of renewable energy through our mission of education and advocacy. ISEA is the state resource for renewable energy related policy developments, educational classes, events and access to local renewable energy businesses. http://www.illinoissolar.org

    About Solar Energy Industries Association
    The Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA) is leading the transformation to a clean energy economy, creating the framework for solar to achieve 30% of U.S. electricity generation by 2030. SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies and other strategic partners to fight for policies that create jobs in every community and shape fair market rules that promote competition and the growth of reliable, low-cost solar power. Visit SEIA online at http://www.seia.org and follow @SEIA on TwitterLinkedIn and Instagram.

  • 15 Feb 2022 5:07 PM | Anonymous

    The nonprofit Evergreen Climate Innovations, formerly Clean Energy Trust, and the U.S. Bank Foundation are on a mission to support underserved and underrepresented cleantech entrepreneurs through the U.S. Bank Foundation Cleantech Inclusion Award.

    This award will be granted to entrepreneurs who are female and/or people of color and who are building innovative companies that benefit the environment, create jobs, and drive economic development.

    Recipients of the award will receive:

    • a non-recourse grant of $25,000,
    • 12-months of business mentorship from Evergreen Climate Innovations and U.S. Bank,
    • and heightened exposure to both investors and potential customers.

    Please visit the website to learn more about the application criteria and how entrepreneurs can apply. Eligible sectors include renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart buildings/cities, energy storage, mobility/advanced transportation, and environmental product/ service innovation.

    The award application window is open now but closes on February 25, 2022.


  • 07 Dec 2021 4:16 PM | 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 Illinois Power Agency (“IPA”) will be conducting a competitive procurement event (the “Indexed REC RFP”) in Spring 2022 for the procurement of indexed renewable energy credits.

    On December 6, 2021, the Procurement Administrator posted to the procurement website a document containing preliminary proposal requirements and draft key contract terms. The Procurement Administrator invites interested parties to submit their comments on any aspect of the preliminary proposal requirements and draft key contract terms. The Procurement Administrator also seeks stakeholder feedback on specific topics. The comment process is explained in the Invitation to Comment posted here. The process can be summarized as follows:

    • Please include your comments on the preliminary proposal requirements and draft key contract terms in an attachment and email it to the Procurement Administrator at: Illinois-RFP@nera.com
    • Please provide telephone and e-mail contact information in the event that the Procurement Administrator seeks clarification regarding your comments.
    • Please include a reference to the section name from the left-hand column of the applicable table that is applicable to the requirement or contract term for which you are providing comment(s).

    The deadline to provide comments is Friday, December 17, 2021.

    To receive updates and information regarding the Indexed REC RFP, please click here to register for the mailing list.

  • 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

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