Public Act 99-0906 (the "Future Energy Jobs Act") took effect on June 1, 2017. This Act substantially revamped the Illinois Renewable Portfolio Standard to include new procurements and programs administered by the Illinois Power Agency. In addition, there are revisions to net metering, a new rebate for smart inverters for distributed generation projects, and new compliance obligations for Alternative Retail Electric Suppliers.
As part of the implementation of this Act, the Agency has released a draft of its Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan. Comments on this Plan are due November 13, 2017. Information on how to comment can be found in the Cover Letter.
Long-Term Renewable Resource Procurement Plan
2017 Renewable Resources Activities
The Agency held workshops in May, 2017 to discuss the implementation of Public Act 99-0906. After the workshops the Agency issued Requests for Comments. Information on the workshops and the responses to the Requests for Comments are contained here:
Initial Forward Procurement
Pursuant to Section 1-75(c)(1)(G) of the Illinois Power Agency Act, the Agency conducted an Initial Forward Procurement for one million annual RECs from new utility-scale wind projects and for 200,000 annual RECs from new utility-scale photovoltaic projects and brownfield site photovoltaic projects on August 31, 2017.
The Agency will be conducting additional procurements for those photovoltaic project categories at a later date (to be announced).
In 2017 the Agency is conducting two procurements for distributed renewable generation resources on behalf of Ameren Illinois, ComEd, and MidAmerican pursuant to the Agency's 2017 Procurement Plan. The first procurement took place in April. The second procurement is scheduled for October 13, 2017. Bidder registration closed on September 18.
Renewable Portfolio Standard for Alternative Retail Electric Suppliers
Public Act 99-0906 also revised how Alternative Retail Electric Suppliers ("ARES") comply with the RPS. ARES compliance with the RPS is determined by the Illinois Commerce Commission.
ARES are recommended to review the changes to the administrative rules related to their RPS compliance (Title 83, Part 455: Renewable Portfolio Standard and Clean Coal Standard for Alternative Retail Electric Suppliers and Utilities Operating Outside their Service Areas).
Emergency Rules were adopted on June 1, 2017, and proposed permanent rules were developed in ICC Docket No. 17-0267.
Utility Procurements (20 ILCS 3855/1-75(c))
The Illinois Power Agency procures renewable resources for Ameren Illinois, ComEd, and MidAmerican to meet their Renewable Portfolio Standard obligations. As described above these obligations will be changing pursuant to Public Act 99-0906.
Renewable Energy Resources Fund (20 ILCS 3855/1-56)
The Illinois Power Agency also administers the Renewable Energy Resources Fund which is comprised of Alternative Compliance Payments made by Alternative Retail Electric Suppliers as part of their Renewable Portfolio Standard obligations. (Effective June 1, 2017, those payments are no longer made to the Renewable Energy Resources Fund.)
The fund is currently being used to support the $30 million Supplemental Photovoltaic Procurement Plan authorized by the Illinois General Assembly in Public Act 98-0672. View the Plan and procurement results. The Plan included three rounds of procurements in 2015/2016 that have now concluded.
As part of the Long-term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan, the Renewable Energy Resources Fund will also be used to support the Illinois Solar for All Program which will provide additional incentives for low-income households and communities. See the draft Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan for more information.
Metering Standards for Distributed Generation participating in IPA Procurements
Generator Interconnection Requirements