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2015/2016 ASI Distributed Generation Information

On Tuesday, March 17, the Georgia Public Service Commission (GPSC) approved a motion by Commissioner Lauren “Bubba” McDonald that set parameters on the ASI Distributed Generation (DG) Program for 2015 and 2016. Georgia Power filed the program on May 11 announcing a combined solicitation totaling 100 MW. The 2015/2016 ASI DG capacity will be procured through both competitive bidding and fixed pricing, with the program split into three “Groups” that each have unique schedules. Information about the program can be found at the independent monitor’s website: https://gpcasidg.accionpower.com. Participants are required to register on the website and all proposals and applications must be presented through the website. Interested parties are invited to review the draft documents posted on the website, and to provide anonymous comments before Monday, June 1, 2015. All comments will be reviewed by GPC, the staff of the Georgia Public Service Commission, and the independent monitor (Accion Power).

The 2015/2016 ASI DG program is split into three "Groups." Select a link below to view each group's schedule and other announcements.

Group A Program Schedule

ACTIVITY DATE
File Draft Program Guidelines with the Commission and Post on the IM Website May 11, 2015
Comment Period Opens May 11, 2015
Interconnection Webinar for Group A (Check IM Website for Announcement) May 19, 2015
Comment Period Closes June 1, 2015
Final Program Guidelines Filed with the Commission for Approval and Posted on the IM Website June 25, 2015
Expected Commission Approval of Final Program Guidelines July 7, 2015
Group A Program Conference July 10, 2015
Bidding Period Opens July 13, 2015
Bidding Closes (Bid Fees Due) July 27, 2015
Bids Reviewed with Staff and IM August 24, 2015
Competitive Tier Identified; Begin Notifying Bidders Not in Competitive Tier October 8, 2015
Complete Interconnection Impact Study for Competitive Tier January 8, 2016
Final Short List and Reserve List Identified January 8, 2016
Contracting Period Begins January 13, 2016
Contracting Period Completed February 8, 2016
Release of Reserve List Bidders February 8, 2016
File Executed Agreements with the Commission for Approval February 2016
Required Commercial Operation Date Assigned by project, but no later than 12/31/2016

Groups B & C Program Schedule

ACTIVITY DATE
File Draft Program Guidelines with the Commission and Post on the IM Website May 11, 2015
Comment Period Opens May 11, 2015
Interconnection Webinar for Groups B and C (Check IM Website for Announcement) May 19, 2015
Comment Period Closes June 1, 2015
Final Program Guidelines Filed with the Commission for Approval and Posted on the IM Website June 25, 2015
Expected Commission Approval of Final Program Guidelines July 7, 2015
Groups B and C Program Conference July 10, 2015
Customer-Sited (Groups B and C) Application Period Begins July 22, 2015
Customer-Sited Application Period Ends August 3, 2015
Lottery Conducted if Oversubscribed September 17, 2015
Commission Staff Review September 25, 2015
Interconnection Impact Study Begins September 25, 2015
Contracting Period Begins September 25, 2015
Combine Remaining Capacity from Groups A and C to Group B October 21, 2015
If There Is Remaining Capacity from Group B (Customer-Sited), Application Period for Group B (Non-Customer-Sited) Opens October 23, 2015
Group B (Non-Customer-Sited) Application Period Closes November 4, 2015
Lottery Conducted for Remaining Projects in Group B, If Necessary November 30, 2015
File Executed Customer-Sited Agreements with the Commission for Approval December 2015
File Any Additional Executed Agreements with the Commission for Approval March 2016
Required Commercial Operation Date Assigned by project, but no later than 12/31/2016

REC Disclaimer: A Renewable Energy Certificate (REC), sometimes called a renewable energy credit, represents the renewable attributes of energy produced from a renewable energy facility. RECs are considered a commodity and can be sold or traded separately from the actual energy. Georgia Power purchases only the null energy output from the renewable generating facilities that have contracted to sell energy from their solar facilities through the Large Scale Solar (LSS) program and the initial (2013/2014) Advanced Solar Initiative (ASI). The sole ownership of RECs belong to each generating facility, as specifically stated in each respective power purchase agreement (PPA). The original intent of these programs was to grow renewable resources in Georgia, while allowing the generating facilities to retain the benefits of the RECs. Georgia Power does not report emission reductions from the null energy purchased through PPAs that do not bundle the RECs for sale to Georgia Power.

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