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Changes Coming to the IPA
Public Act 99-0906 (the “Future Energy Jobs Bill”) took effect on June 1, 2017. This legislation makes the following changes to the duties of the Illinois Power Agency.
Zero Emission Credits (new Section 1-75(d-5) of the Illinois Power Agency Act) The Agency has developed a plan to procure ten-year contracts for Zero Emission Credits in a quantity equal to 16% of the energy delivered by utilities in 2014. Selection of the credits will be based upon a “public interest criteria.” The price paid for the credits will be based on the “Social Cost of Carbon” with adjustments as described in the law.
The plan is available here.
Renewable Portfolio Standard (revised Sections 1-56(b), and 1-75(c) of the Illinois Power Agency Act) The Illinois Renewable Portfolio Standard has been revamped to include new plans, procurements, and programs administered by the Illinois Power Agency. In addition, there will be revisions to net metering, a new rebate for smart inverters for distributed generation projects, and new compliance obligations for Alternative Retail Electric Suppliers. See the
Renewable Resources page for more information including the Agency’s Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan.
Please note that the Adjustable Block Program, the Illinois Solar for All Program, and other renewable resource procurements for 2018, are all subject to the approval of the Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan by the Illinois Commerce Commission (expected April 3, 2018). Additionally, please note that the proposed preliminary renewable energy credit prices published in its draft Plan are preliminary in nature and not necessarily the prices that will be offered once programs launch, and parties should not take actions in reliance on the availability of these preliminary proposed incentive levels.
Additional information on programs and procurements (including program terms and conditions, how to participate in programs, and final REC prices for the Adjustable Block and Illinois Solar for All Programs) will not be available until sometime after the Plan is approved.
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.
- 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.
The Illinois Power Agency is an independent agency subject to the oversight of the Executive Ethics Commission. As such, the IPA must:
- 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 welcomes your questions and hopes you will take advantage of the information offered on our web site. 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.