The Illinois Power Agency (“IPA”) has announced workshops on the implementation of the revised Illinois Renewable Portfolio Standard (“RPS”) contained in the recently enacted Future Energy Jobs Act, Public Act 99-0906. Interested stakeholders will be able to provide the IPA feedback at the workshops and in response to questions posed by the IPA after the workshops. Altogether, four days of workshops have been scheduled. Interested parties are encourage to attend, but due to space limitation the IPA asks that only one representative from interested parties attend in person. Phone participation will be available at each workshop. The days of the workshops and discussion topics on each day are set forth below. More detailed agendas will be released prior to the workshops at dates to be determined.
Initial Forward Procurements
May 10, Chicago (Start time to be determined)
This workshop will focus on the goal of procuring 1,000,000 annual Renewable Energy Credits (“REC”) each from new utility-scale wind and utility-scale/brownfield solar (pursuant to new Section 1-75(c)(1)(G)) of the Illinois Power Agency Act). The workshop will provide an overview of the proposed structure and terms of the procurements, select contract provisions, and the timeline for conducting the procurements. The workshop will provide an opportunity for stakeholder input prior to the release of draft contracts, which is anticipated to be in June.
Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan
May 17, Chicago
Morning: Overview of the Plan
This workshop will provide an overview of the new provisions of the Illinois RPS, and how the IPA will address meeting the RPS goals through the Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan. The workshop will cover the development process for the Plan and opportunities for future stakeholder input as that process moves forward.
Afternoon: Adjustable Block Programs
This workshop will focus on the adjustable block programs for new photovoltaic distributed generation systems. This will include potential approaches for determining block prices, categories, and sizes; application procedures; program terms and conditions; and other issues to be determined.
May 18, Chicago
Morning: Community Solar
This workshop will focus on community solar projects. The agenda will include potential approaches for application procedures; program terms and conditions; consumer protections; and other issues to be determined.
Afternoon: Illinois Solar for All Programs
This workshop will focus on potential approaches for how the IPA will implement revisions to Section 1-56 of the Illinois Power Agency Act, creating the Illinois Solar for All program, which provides incentives for low-income consumers and communities through four programs: (1) Low-income Distributed Generation Incentive; (2) Low-income Community Solar Project Initiative; (3) Initiatives for Non-profits and Public Facilities; and (4) Low-Income Community Solar Pilot Projects. The workshop will also address potential approaches for defining the term “environmental justice community,” best practices for determination of low-income eligibility, opportunities for grassroots education on the Illinois Solar for All programs, and coordination with job training programs.
Programs for Rural Communities
May 24, Springfield (Start time to be determined)
This workshop will focus on implementation of the adjustable block program, community solar, and the Illinois Solar for All programs in exurban and rural areas of Illinois, specifically how to address the different housing stock and program opportunities and interest in these areas, and other issues to be determined.
Shay Law, Ltd. is well suited to assist stakeholders navigate the IPA workshops and ensuing proceedings at the Illinois Commerce Commission (“ICC”). Shareholders William Shay and Jonathan Phillips have practiced before the ICC for years. Associate John Albers served as an Administrative Law Judge at the ICC for more than 17 years prior to joining Shay Phillips, Ltd. Mr. Albers’ ICC experience includes presiding over IPA procurement plan dockets (including the 2014 supplemental solar REC procurement) and a variety of other energy related matters.