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Illinois ABP Approved Vendor Designee Registration

Posted October 28th, 2020 by SRECTrade.

Pursuant to Section 6.9.1 of the Revised Long-Term Plan, Illinois Adjustable Block Program (ABP) Approved Vendor Designees are now required to register in a new portal with the Approved Vendors with which they are partnered. This new requirement was established to help increase transparency for consumers, since they will now be able to verify the legitimacy and affiliations of an entity contacting them by reviewing the public-facing Designee database on both the ABP and Illinois Shines websites.

On Monday, October 26th, the Designee Registration Portal opened. On Friday, October 23rd, the ABP Administrator hosted a webinar to review the portal and onboarding process. SRECTrade encourages all stakeholders to review this informative resource regarding the process. For access to the presentation slides, please click HERE. To view a recording of the webinar, please click HERE.

Importantly, new Designees must register in the portal prior to working with any Approved Vendor. Existing Designees must register by Thursday, December 10, 2020 to remain in compliance with ABP requirements (45 calendar days from the October 26, 2020 release of the Designee Registration functionality). Once registered, Designees should indicate all applicable roles from the following list in the portal:

  • Disclosure Form Designee – An entity that is permitted to generate Disclosure Forms on behalf of an Approved Vendor.
  • Community Solar Subscriber Agent Designee – An entity that is permitted to manage the community solar subscription information for an Approved Vendor’s community solar projects.
  • Marketing or Sales Designee – An entity that is designated to act as a marketing agent and/or customer acquisition agent on behalf of an Approved Vendor or Designee. This includes, among others, entities that engage in solicitations through any channel (in-person, telephone, etc.), as well as entities that perform online lead generation services.
  • Installer Designee – An entity that has been designated to install systems on behalf of an Approved Vendor or Designee.

October 28, 2020 Edit: To view FAQs following the October 23rd webinar and the ABP Administrator’s responses, please click HERE.

Current and interested SRECTrade Designees can email installers@srectrade.com with questions about this new requirement and onboarding process.

IL ABP Marketing Guidelines Training – Webinar

Posted April 9th, 2019 by SRECTrade.

Earlier today, SRECTrade hosted a training webinar for its Illinois Adjustable Block Program (ABP) partners. Among other topics, the webinar reviewed the ABP’s Distributed Generation (DG) Final Guidelines for Marketing Material and Marketing Behavior. SRECTrade requires its partners to review the Final Marketing Guidelines in full to ensure that they are compliant with ABP consumer protection requirements. There is a separate set of guidelines that govern ABP community solar facilities.

For access to the presentation slides, please click HERE. To view a video recording of the webinar, please click the image below.

Illinois Adjustable Block Program Discretionary Capacity Allocation

Posted April 5th, 2019 by SRECTrade.

April 17, 2019 Update: On April 16, 2019 the ABP Administrator published the final Block 4 REC Pricing, confirming the indicative Block 4 REC Pricing displayed in the table below. Please note that a typo was made in the original indicative table of $69.93 for Group A Large 10-25 kW, which should actually be $69.63. This typo has been corrected in the table below.

On Wednesday, April 3rd, the Adjustable Block Program (ABP) Administrator announced the Adjustable Block Program Discretionary Capacity Allocation. Notably, the 166.5 MW AC of discretionary capacity was allocated between the six Block Categories according to the table below:

Combining the discretionary capacity allocation (Block 4) with the initial opening volumes in Blocks 1-3 results in the following final block volumes (MW AC):

All ABP applications qualifying under discretionary capacity will receive Block 4 pricing, which is 4% lower than Block 3 pricing. Indicative Block 4 pricing is displayed in the table below:

As of the Program Administrator’s Current Status of Illinois Adjustable Block Program Blocks update on April 4, 2019, there are 129.608 MW AC of applications accounted for in the Group A Large Block Category. The addition of the Group A Large discretionary capacity indicates that all Group A Large applications submitted by the February 13th deadline and approved by the Program Administrator will receive at least Block 4 pricing, even if they are not selected in the Block 1 Lottery. There are also still 11+ MW AC of Group A Large capacity available at Block 4 pricing for new applications.

As of the April 4th capacity update, there are also 123.562 MW AC of applications accounted for in the Group B Large Block Category, indicating that there are still 26+ MW AC of Group B Large capacity available at Block 4 pricing.

SRECTrade is currently accepting facility applications for all Small and Large Block Categories at the following indicative pricing:

  • Group A Small – Block 1
  • Group A Large – Block 4
  • Group B Small – Block 1
  • Group B Large – Block 2

For more information on the rationale behind the discretionary capacity allocation, please view the Allocation of Adjustable Block Program Discretionary Capacity Rationale document. SRECTrade will continue to provide updates on ABP developments and will also closely monitor the results of the April 10th Block 1 Lottery.

IL Adjustable Block Program Application Training – Webinar

Posted December 13th, 2018 by SRECTrade.

Earlier today, SRECTrade hosted an application training webinar for the upcoming Illinois Adjustable Block Program (ABP).

SRECTrade’s ABP application window is now open. Applications are required to be submitted by an SRECTrade Approved Referrer. If you are interested in applying to be an SRECTrade Approved Referrer, please email installers@srectrade.com.

For access to the presentation slides, please click HERE. To view a video recording of the webinar, please click the image below.

IL Adjustable Block Program Application Training Webinar

Posted December 5th, 2018 by SRECTrade.

SRECTrade, Inc. will be hosting a webinar to review the SRECTrade application and onboarding process for the upcoming Illinois Adjustable Block Program (ABP) on Thursday, December 13th, at 10:00am CST.

To register for the webinar, please click HERE.

SRECTrade is also targeting December 13th as the opening of its ABP application window.

Please note that a webinar recording will be made available on the SRECTrade Blog after the webinar.

IL Adjustable Block Program Parameters – Webinar

Posted November 20th, 2018 by SRECTrade.

November 21, 2018 Edit: SRECTrade may require additional REC collateral beyond the standard 5.0% required in the Final Plan. This requirement is subject to being finalized pending review of the Approved Vendor-utility contracts. More information to be announced. Please see the final, updated presentation slides for additional information through the link below.

Earlier today, SRECTrade hosted a webinar covering the upcoming Illinois Adjustable Block Program (ABP). The presentation included requirements for applying facilities, Illinois Power Agency and SRECTrade fees, and an overview of many ABP facets.

SRECTrade will be announcing the opening of its application window at a later date. SRECTrade will also be hosting 1-2 additional webinars over the coming weeks to review consumer protection requirements and the SRECTrade onboarding process (webinar dates to be announced).

For access to the presentation slides, please click HERE. To view a video recording of the webinar, please click the image below.

IL Adjustable Block Program Parameters Webinar

Posted November 9th, 2018 by SRECTrade.

November 16th Edit: This webinar has been rescheduled for Tuesday, November 20th, at 3:00pm CST. Originally, the webinar was scheduled for November 20th at 1:00pm CST. Please note that a webinar recording will be made available on the SRECTrade Blog after the webinar.

SRECTrade, Inc. will be hosting a webinar to review the parameters for the upcoming Illinois Adjustable Block Program (ABP) on Tuesday, November 20th, at 3:00pm CST.

To register for the webinar, please click HERE.

SRECTrade is targeting to open its ABP application window in early December 2018.

For more information on the ABP, please visit our blog post on the topic here.

Illinois Adjustable Block Program Update

Posted October 22nd, 2018 by SRECTrade.

SRECTrade has been closely monitoring the development of the Illinois Adjustable Block Program (ABP) since the release of the draft Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan (LTRRPP). SRECTrade will be applying for the Approved Vendor role in the ABP on November 1st.

Below is a summary presentation of many high-level ABP parameters. Please note that many of the parameters described within are still subject to change and are in the process of being finalized.

Adjustable Block Program Overview – October 18, 2018

Please also see the table below for the final ABP REC prices that were released in the June 4, 2018 Appendix D ‐ REC Pricing Model Description.


SRECTrade will provide updates on additional ABP developments as the ABP parameters and on-boarding processes are finalized.

Illinois Commerce Commission Issues Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan (LTRRPP) Draft Order

Posted March 12th, 2018 by SRECTrade.

On February 26th, the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) issued its Proposed Order of the Illinois Power Agency’s (IPA) Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan (LTRRPP). A range of issues were raised by stakeholders and commented on by the ICC in the draft order.

The ICC has also made a variety of significant changes to the Draft Plan as it was filed on December 4, 2017. One of the most substantial changes is as follows:

  • Exclusion of IL municipal, rural cooperative, and Mt. Carmel service territories from participation in the Draft Plan. Reasoning behind this includes the fact that these utility groups were not specified in enabling legislation, not included in past Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS), and did not contribute to renewable energy funds. Details of the comments from the intervenors and the ICC can be found in Section X on Page 163 of the proposed order.

A summary of other changes can be found below and as outlined in this article from PV Magazine.

  • Ruling on the IL Solar For All program that a minimum floor of 50% of energy savings must be passed on to low and moderate income households by approved vendors.
  • Adjustments to adjacent state requirements’ five public interest category scoring weights, potentially impacting the eligibility of in-state and out-of-state solar facilities.
  • Adjustments in designating brownfields for the funds allocation for solar development in this sector.
  • Reduction of requirements for producing permits in project approval process.
  • Allowances for direct current installations in net-metering and system sizes.
  • Adjustments to true-up payment process for community solar.

There is reportedly one more round of responses by intervenors and the ICC during March before the Final Plan is released on April 3rd. The changes listed above will not be finalized until the Final Plan is released.

For more information on the original Draft Plan or the revised Draft Plan that was filed with the ICC, please view our previous blog posts on those topics in the links provided.

IPA Files LTRRPP for ICC Approval

Posted December 19th, 2017 by SRECTrade.

On December 4th, the Illinois Power Agency (IPA) filed its Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan (LTRRPP or the Plan) for approval by the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC). The Plan is part of the implementation of Public Act 99-0906 (the “Future Energy Jobs Act”), which took effect on June 1, 2017.

The initial ICC Filing, including the Filing Petition, Filed Plan and appendices, and the redline comparison of the draft Plan and the Filed Plan are available on the IPA’s website here.

In response to comments received on the draft Plan, the IPA made several changes to the Filed Plan, including changes to the following:

  1. REC Pricing Model – changes to the input data and structural assumptions in the CREST-based model used to create prices for the Adjustable Block Program (ABP)
  2. Collateral Requirements – reducing the required collateral percentage from 10% of contract value to 5% for the ABP
  3. Consumer Protection – includes adjustments to Approved Vendor requirements and the removal of duplicative or unnecessary requirements
  4. 10 – 25 kW System Size Adder – the addition of a new size category of 10 kW – 25 kW
  5. Initial Block Subscription Cap – reducing the minimum opening window for Block 1 from 60 days to 45 days; imposing a 200% capacity threshold; and proposing a lottery system for applications received after the budget is exceeded
  6. “Green Marketing” Challenges – adopting a proposal presented by several commenters to develop a “brand” for participation in the ABP and to develop content around that brand, explaining the value of participation
  7. Calculation of Load for MidAmerican – slight increase in MidAmerican’s RPS goals and budgets
  8. Single Approved Vendor Model – imposing a 100 kW minimum project size Single Approved Vendor category
  9. Allocation of Alternative Compliance Payment (“ACPs”) – proposing that the balance of payments made during the transition period be held in reserve for future years’ programs and procurements
  10. Voluntary Capacity Factors – allowing for Approved Vendors to submit a voluntary capacity factor based on PV Watts or an equivalent tool
  11. “Small Subscriber” Community Solar Participation
  12. Adjustable Block Program Group Organization – allocating the service territories of any rural electric cooperatives and municipal utilities within MISO to Group A, and any such territories within PJM to Group B, including moving MidAmerican to Group A
  13. Brownfield Site Procurement Volume
  14. Co-Location Restrictions for Developers

The IPA provided a summary of the above changes, and those proposals not accepted, in its Filing Petition.

In addition, the revised Block Group REC Price schedule is provided below (Table 6-2 of the Plan):

Block Group REC Prices ($/REC)

Objections were due on December 18, 2017 with responses to objections due on Thursday, January 11, 2018. Replies to responses will then be due on Thursday, January 25, 2018. The ICC is expected to issue its decision by April 3, 2018. The ICC docket for the plan is accessible here.

Visit our blog for previous and future posts about Illinois’ RPS and the Long Term Plan.