The Agency's activities related to the development of new renewable resources to support the Illinois renewable Portfolio Standard are guided by the Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan. The
Initial Plan was approved in 2018 and a
Revised Plan was approved in June 2021.
draft Second Revised Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan was released for public comment on August 16, 2021.
Update (September 15, 2021): This Plan has been withdrawn by the Agency
pursuant to the provisions of the newly enacted Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (Public Act 102-0662). The Agency will be developing a new Revised
Long-Term Plan that reflects the changes to the Renewable Portfolio Standard
stemming from this new Act.
The Plan describes the implementation of:
The Adjustable Block Program (for photovoltaic distributed generation and community solar), also known as Illinois Shines
The Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (Public Act 102-0662) will include significant changes to the Adjustable Block Program, including the reopening of the program within 90 days (December 14, 2021). The IPA and the Program Administrator will provide updates here on these programmatic changes and the process of reopening the program as they develop.
The Illinois Solar for All Program (for low-income photovoltaic distributed generation and community solar)
Competitive procurements (for Renewable Energy Credits from new utility-scale wind, utility-scale photovoltaic, and brownfield photovoltaic projects)
Electricity Procurement for Eligible Retail Customers
About the IPA
The IPA was established in 2007 by Public Act 95-0481. Its goals and objectives are to accomplish each of the following:
Develop electricity procurement plans to ensure adequate, reliable, affordable, efficient, and environmentally sustainable electric service at the lowest total cost over time, taking into account any benefits of price stability, for residential and small commercial customers of Ameren, ComEd, and MidAmerican. The procurement plan is updated on an annual basis.
Conduct competitive procurement processes to procure the supply resources identified in the procurement plan.
Develop and implement a
Zero Emission Standard Procurement Plan.
Develop a Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan and implement the programs and procurements contained in the Plan, including the Adjustable Block Program and the Illinois Solar for All Program.
Develop electric generation and co-generation facilities that use indigenous coal or renewable resources, or both, financed with bonds issued by the Illinois Finance Authority. [Not currently active]
Supply electricity from any Agency facilities at cost to one or more of the following: municipal electric systems, governmental aggregators, or rural electric cooperatives in Illinois. [Not currently active]
Ensure that the process of power procurement is conducted in an ethical and transparent fashion, immune from improper influence.
Operate in a structurally insulated, independent and transparent fashion so that nothing impedes its mission to secure power at the best prices the market will bear, provided that it meets all applicable legal requirements.
The IPA's vision is to provide a clean, reliable, equitable, and cost-effective energy future for residents and businesses across Illinois.
The IPA is committed to the planning and procurement of reliable, efficient, and cost-effective electricity for residents and businesses in an ethical and objective manner, insulated from improper influence. The IPA also administers incentive programs and procurements to promote renewable and zero-carbon energy generation, while building an equitable clean energy future for all Illinoisans.
The IPA welcomes your questions and hopes you will take advantage of the information offered on our website. Please be aware that state ethics rules may require that some communications be reported to the Procurement Policy Board. This link:
Ethics Reporting Associated with Communications with the IPA provides more information.
The Illinois Power Agency exists to serve the people of Illinois by overseeing the electricity planning and procurement processes for residential and small commercial customers of Ameren, ComEd, and MidAmerican. It also manages the implementation of the Illinois Renewable Portfolio Standard.
The IPA's processes and mandates are described in the Illinois Power Agency Act and the Illinois Public Utilities Act. With the help of your feedback, we will continue to use best practices to meet the goals set out for the Agency.
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