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2015/2016 ASI Distributed Generation Information

On Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 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 Independent Monitor's website: https://gpcasidg.accionpower.com. Participant applications have been received through the website and reviewed by GPC, the staff of the GPSC and the independent monitor (Accion Power). All projects are expected to come online by end of 2016.

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
Draft Program Guidelines Filed with the Commission and Posted on the IM Website May 11, 2015
Comment Period Opened May 11, 2015
Interconnection Webinar For Group A May 19, 2015
Comment Period Closed June 1, 2015
Final Draft Program Guidelines Filed with the Commission for Approval and Posted on the IM Website June 25, 2015
Commission Meeting Held for Additional Comments on Draft Program Guidelines July 7, 2015
Commission Approval of Final Program Guidelines July 16, 2015
Approved Program Guidelines Filed with the Commission and Posted on the IM Website July 20, 2015
Group A Program Conference July 24, 2015
Bidding Period Opens July 27, 2015
Bidding Closes (Bid Fees Due) August 10, 2015
Bids reviewed with Staff and IM September 8, 2015
Competitive Tier Identified; Begin Notifying Bidders Not in Competitive Tier October 22, 2015
Complete Interconnection Impact Study for Competitive Tier January 22, 2016
Final Short List and Reserve List Identified January 22, 2016
Contracting Period Begins January 25, 2016
Contracting Period Completed February 2016
Release of Reserve List Bidders February 15, 2016

Groups B & C Program Schedule

ACTIVITY DATE
Draft Program Guidelines Filed with the Commission and Posted on the IM Website May 11, 2015
Comment Period Opened May 11, 2015
Interconnection Webinar for Groups B and C May 19, 2015
Comment Period Closed June 1, 2015
Final Draft Program Guidelines Filed with the Commission for Approval and Posted on the IM Website June 25, 2015
Commission Meeting Held for Additional Comments on Draft Program Guidelines July 7, 2015
Commission Approval of Final Program Guidelines July 16, 2015
Approved Program Guidelines Filed with the Commission and Posted on the IM Website July 20, 2015
Groups B and C Program Conference July 24, 2015
Customer-Sited (Groups B and C) Application Period Begins July 27, 2015
Customer-Sited Application Period Ends (Group C Remains Open if Undersubscribed) August 10, 2015
Lottery Conducted if Group B customer-sited or Group C is Oversubscribed September 24, 2015
Commission Staff Review September 30, 2015
Interconnection Impact Study Begins September 30, 2015
Contracting Period Begins September 30, 2015
If Capacity remains from Groups A, B (customer-sited) or C, Application Period for Group B (non-customer-sited) Opens October 27, 2015
Group B (non-customer-sited) Application Period Closes November 9, 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 1, 2015
File Any Additional Executed Agreements with the Commission for Approval March 1, 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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