Power Profile

Market Segment: Independent Power Production - Electric Power

HWS Energy Partners LLC


The city of Geneva in Illinois owns and operates a natural gas powered plant, consisting of five Cat® G16CM34 engines. The G16CM34 engine provides world-class efficiency, enabling the city to control its electricity costs and maintain some of the lowest electric rates in the state of Illinois.

Cat medium-speed reciprocating engines were a clear choice for the city of Geneva; not only are natural gas-fired engines a clean technology and environmentally friendly, but the Caterpillar product line also offered the right size engine for the city's requirements.

The units were matched for performance delivering the most efficient management of projected wholesale energy costs. Moreover, the engines could be installed next to the city's existing substation, located in the business district and away from residential areas.

Caterpillar also provided generator paralleling switchgear, power distribution switchgear, engines and total power plant control systems. A state-of-the-art electrical generation management system using PowerLynx technology allows the city to monitor, control and manage the plant both on site and remotely from the Geneva Electric Department Utility in Geneva's Public Works building.


Champaign, Illinois developed the project with the city of Geneva. Industrial Technology Group Inc., also of Champaign, provided design engineering and managed the project. Based on the city's project assessment, Caterpillar's comprehensive power solution could save the city as much as $200 million over the next 40 years. Caterpillar provides total solutions for your business. We have the equipment, services, knowledge and experience to help meet your power needs for medium-speed generator sets.

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The city of Geneva maintains some of the lowest electric rates in the state of Illinois with a natural gas powered plant consisting of five Cat®G16CM34 engines.


HWS Energy Partners LLC


Geneva, Illinois, USA

Customer Business Issue

Local power need


Five Cat G16CM34 generator sets

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Caterpillar provided a state-of-the-art electrical generation management system that allows the city of Geneva to manage the plant both on and off site.