Huntley Illinois
Economic Development



Huntley holds a strong competitive advantage in the area of municipal water availablity and costs.  Not only does significant water capacity exist for new businesses, but water costs are typically less than half that of most communities which purchase water from the City of Chicago.  Huntley's rates are also competitive with many other major Midwestern cities' water rates:

Huntley maintains and operates the following:

  • Five (5) water stations consisting of deep wells and water treatment facilities at each station capable of generating 6.3 million gallons/day.  (Average daily water demand in 2014 totaled 2.1 million gallons while the highest monthly average daily water demand for totaled 2.7 million gallons.)
  • Over one hundred and twenty (120) miles of water main
  • Five (5) elevated storage tanks



The Village maintains and operates the following:

  • The East Wastewater Treatment Plant (EWWTP), which can process up to 1.8 million gallons of wastewater daily 
  • The West Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWWTP), which can process up to 2.6 million gallons of wastewater daily
  • Fourteen (14) lift/pump stations



Electrical costs can represent a significant element of a firm's inputs.  Per ComEd, Illinois competitive energy prices were the 4th lowest commercial and 6th lowest industrial in the country during 2013. As a result, businesses which use large amounts of energy could capture significant savings by locating in Illinois.

Utility users in Illinois have the ability to select from numerous suppliers, creating opportunities for significant cost savings.  A listing of utility suppliers can be obtained by selecting
Utility Suppliers.

To aid in the calculation of utility use and pricing factors, the Utility Economic Development Association has created an
 Energy Usage Worksheet which you are encouraged to review and complete prior to contact with alternate utility suppliers.


ComEd serves Huntley with two electrical substations, one located on Rt. 47 approximately one mile north of Reed Road, and a second newer substation located at I-90 approximately 1.2 miles west of Rt. 47 on Sanwald Road (a/k/a Sanwald Substation).

The Sanwald Substation was constructed in 2007 to serve the needs of commercial and industrial users in the area surrounding the I-90 and Rt. 47 interchange.  Currently, the facility contains two transformers generating electrical capacity in excess of 100 megawatts.  Sanwald was constructed to allow for a total of four transformers with capacity in excess of several hundred thousand megawatts.

Phase III was the final phase of the Northwest Reliability Project, which began in 1994 to increase capacity and reliability in the area. During the Northwest Reliability Project's first two phases, ComEd constructed the Sanwald substation and transmission line north of Huntley, and extended the transmission line to a new substation near Algonquin in 2001.  Phase III added approximately 68 megawatts of capacity to serve businesses and residents in southeast McHenry and northeast Kane counties (Huntley).

Extra transmission pathways created by the Northwest Reliability Project have also enhanced local reliability for customers served by the Gilberts, Algonquin, North Huntley, and Sanwald substations.  Phase III construction completed the loop connecting the three substations, so that each is now served from two directions.  This creates an independent source of power in case one of the transmission lines goes down.

Huntley's Economic Development staff would be pleased to assist you in understanding how your firm's electrical needs fit with the capacity of the Sanwald Road Substation.  You may also contact ComEd:

Ed Sitar (Manager, Economic Developement) at or at 630.437.2571

Reliability and Rate Information

ComEd provides among the lowest cost and most reliable electricity in the Midwest.  For additional data regarding cost and reliability, please select this link: ComEd Illinois Reliabiltiy and Rate Data 2013.

Energy Efficiency Programs

To view information about ComEd's energy efficiency programs and related incentives, please select the following links:

            Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs                        Energy Efficiency Program Examples

Company Information  (link to printable document)

Since 2001, ComEd has invested more than $9 billion to expand, upgrade, and maintain its distribution system. This is part of an ongoing commitment to maintain system-wide reliability and expand capacity by strengthening and modernizing infrastructure.  Looking to the future, ComEd’s $2.6 billion ten year investment will transform its distribution system into a smart grid with advanced metering infrastructure and digital distribution automation equipment installed on its lines and in its substations. 

All businesses in Illinois are able to select an electricity provider of their own, making ComEd now solely a transmission and distribution utility.  More than 85% of ComEd’s large business customer load is now taking advantage of the competitive market by buying electricity from suppliers other than ComEd. 
More than 8,800 MWs of new capacity from 24 different facilities (in addition to the region's existing 20,000-plus MW capacity) has been added in northern Illinois since 1999. Illinois is home to more nuclear generating facilities (11) than any other state. These facilities operate at some of the highest capacity factors in the industry at over 93% and provide a low-carbon electricity source. In fact, ComEd’s service territory has been rated as the lowest carbon output location for electricity among utilities serving major cities based in large part on the nuclear capacity in place. 
To further enhance reliability and offer more competitive supply options to northern Illinois businesses, ComEd joined the PJM Interconnection in 2004. PJM is the largest independent regional transmission operator in the world. The PJM operating area stretches from the Mississippi River to the east coast serving 13 states. Businesses located within the PJM system have access to an installed generation capacity of 162,000 MW. 
The ComEd service territory covers 11,411 square miles in northern Illinois, stretching from the Wisconsin border to as far south as Pontiac, Ill., and from the Indiana border to the Mississippi River. ComEd serves the vast majority of the state’s industrial companies. ComEd is part of the Exelon Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, which includes a sister-utility,  PECO Energy in Philadelphia, PA, Exelon Generation and other affiliate companies such as Exelon Generation.

Huntley First! is a premier online resource for available properties and economic development information for Huntley Illinois, Northern Illinois and the Chicago region. Site selectors and economic development professionals will find a wealth of information, statistics, demographics and available property here. For more information regarding available properties and economic development opportunities, please contact the Village of Huntley Illinois, or email Margo Griffin at

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Where is Huntley?

Strategically located at I-90 and Rt. 47. Only 30 miles from O'Hare Airport and Rockford-Chicago Airport.

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