Utility Infrastructure

Choosing a utility service provider is as important as choosing the right location. The Rockford Region is desirable for its competitive utility costs and ample capacity.


The Rockford area is served by ComEd, one of the largest electrical utilities in the country. ComEd is ranked among the best in the Midwest and the nation for electric reliability for commercial and industrial customers. It achieved its best reliability performance on record from 2012 – 2017.

Competition in a robust energy market helps keep electricity rates low. In 2014, Illinois had the smallest increase in average electric prived in the U.S. from 1997 – 2016 at just 19%.

Additionally, ComEd has committed to modernizing the power system in Illinois, embarking on a 10-year, $2.6 billion Smart Grid program. Illinois is ranked 3rd in the country for grid modernization, 10 spots ahead of its closest Midwest neighbor.

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Nicor Gas provides gas service to 656 communities in the northern third of Illinois, excluding the city of Chicago. It is the state’s largest natural gas utility distributor, serving 2.2 million customers, and parent company AGL Resources is one of the nation’s preeminent distributors of natural gas. Nicor Gas customers are connected to an approximately 33,000-mile distribution system that is part of a network of eight interstate pipelines. The company purchases gas during the summer months when it is normally less expensive and stores it for use throughout the year, keeping winter costs down and year-round supply up. That, coupled with underground storage facilities, ensures that Nicor Gas customers receive reliable, competitively priced service.

Broadband Internet

Service providers include Comcast, AT&T, Frontier (Español), Charter, and Rise Broadband /T6.

The Rockford Region’s existing IT infrastructure can provide up to 1 gigabit-per second broadband service, for both business and residential use; it is directly connected to the Greater Chicago Regional Area Network. The Rockford Region is served by looped fiber optic lines for redundancy. Additionally, Rockford Region customers can be served by more than one broadband provider, providing further redundancy.

Water And Sewer

The Rockford Region is considered to be attractive for its water capacity and service. The primary providers are below with their utility rates.


Monthly meter cost (non-residential):

5/8 inch: $13.15
3/4 inch: $17.25
1 inch: $25.44
1 1/2 inch: $45.91
2 inch: $69.16
3 inch: $124.89
4 inch: $204.96
6 inch: $404.51
8 inch: $806.09
10 inch: $1,207.66
12 inch: $1609.23

Monthly consumption charge per 100 cubic feet:

First 300 cubic feet: $1.500
Next 3,700: $2.6374
Next 96,000: $2.1363
Above 100,000: $1.2818

Surcharges: Service and consumption charges are doubled for properties outside city limits.
Source: groundwater (aquifers)
Capacity: 55 million gal/day
Average daily usage: 17 million gal/day
Available capacity: 44 million gal/day
Peak usage: 20 million gal/day



Flow: $1.66084 per 100 cubic feet
TSS: $.74883 per pound
BOD: $0.21484 per pound
Ammonia nitrogen: $0.59641 per pound



$1.57 per 100 cubic feet

Fee Schedule:

3/4 inch: $16.15
1 inch: $22.50
1 1/2 inch: $28.65
2 inch: $38.90
3 inch: $58.85
4 inch: $93.20
6 inch: $156.76
8 inch: $242.50
10 inch: $326.52

Water service:

Source: groundwater
Capacity: 11.2 million gal/day
Average daily usage: 3.17 million gal/day
Available capacity: 8 million gal/day
Water pressure: 90 lbs.

Wastewater treatment:

Capacity: 5.9 million gal/day
Average daily use: 2.98 million gal/day
Excess capacity: 3 million gal/day
Cost: $2.46 per 100 cubic feet


Monthly Meter Charges (commercial)

3/4 inch: $2.25
1 inch: $2.75
1-1/2 inch: $7.25
2 inch: $7.30
3 inch: $35.00
4 inch: $40.00
6 inch: $75.00

Commercial – Heavy (monthly average consumption of 100,000 gallons or more)

Base: $13.66
First 20,000 gallons: $4.58 per thousand gallons
Next 20,000 gallons: $2.43 per thousand gallons
Over 40,000 gallons: $1.83

Commercial – Light

Base: $13.66
First 20,000 gallons: $3.70 per thousand gallons
Next 20,000 gallons: $1.94 per thousand gallons
Over 40,000 gallons: $1.47

Surcharge: Machesney Park road and storm sewer project fee, $1.70 per month on each unit
Source: Groundwater
Capacity: 21 million gallons per day
Average daily usage: ~3.6 million gallons per day; peak ~12 million
Available capacity: 12 to 18 million gallons per day