Enbridge's economic impact on Illinois

As the world’s population grows, we’ll need all forms of energy—crude oil, natural gas, renewables—to meet rising global energy demand.

As a company with both pipelines and wind turbines, Enbridge is delivering energy security while also pursuing company sustainability goals and driving transformation toward a lower-carbon economy. And we’re proud to deliver economic benefits in the states where we do business.

Read or download our fact sheet detailing Enbridge's economic impact on Illinois.

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Economic spinoffs*

Enbridge’s ongoing operations, and planned projects, continue to stimulate local and regional economies. Through procurement spending, we’re helping to create indirect employment, support local businesses, and establish economic spinoffs. In 2020:

  • Our capital expenditures in Illinois, on such items as pipe steel, equipment purchases and replacement, system integrity-related investments, and capital leases, totaled $205.4 million.
  • Our operating and administrative expenditures in Illinois, on such items as maintenance costs, equipment leases, power consumption, and field personnel salaries and wages, totlaed $426.9 million.
  • Across the United States, Enbridge’s capital expenditures totaled $2.59 billion, while our operating and administrative expenditures totaled $2.22 billion.

Our workforce

Enbridge’s people live and work in communities like yours as colleagues, neighbors and friends. In 2020:

  • Enbridge’s workforce included 100 Illinois-based permanent and temporary employees, and provisioned contractors, at year’s end;
  • Enbridge paid more than $8.3 million in base salary to our Illinois-based permanent and temporary employees—much of that injected directly into the state economy; and
  • On a national scale, Enbridge had an American workforce of 3,911 permanent and temporary employees, and provisioned contractors, at year’s end, and paid more than $325.3 million in base salary to our permanent and temporary employees in the U.S.

Tax revenue

Enbridge’s presence in the community fuels quality of life through ongoing tax revenue. In 2020:

  • Enbridge paid more than $2.6 million in property tax across Illinois for our pipelines and related facilities, such as terminals, storage facilities and pump/compressor stations;
  • Enbridge paid $1.9 million in sales-and-use taxes and $580,000 in corporate income tax across Illinois; and
  • On a national scale, Enbridge paid $557.8 million in property tax, $110.2 million in corporate income tax, $34.8 million in sales-and-use taxes, and $49.6 million in other taxes (including franchise tax and payroll taxes) across the U.S., for a total of $752.6 million.

This revenue can be used for schools, infrastructure (roads and bridges), health and wellness, recreation, transportation and other services that help strengthen the fabric of the community.

Community investment

Enbridge is committed to supporting and strengthening the communities near our pipelines and facilities, and being a good neighbor means the world to us.

  • In 2020, Enbridge invested $247,375 in community-strengthening initiatives across Illinois—and supported numerous not-for-profit agencies in the state—aligned to our three focus areas of health and safety, environment, and community.
  • Across the U.S., Enbridge invested more than $6.6 million in communities near our pipelines, projects and facilities in 2020, supporting initiatives that focus on health and safety, environment, and community.
  • Enbridge’s various employee-driven United Way campaigns across North America raised $5 million in 2020. That total, which includes employee donations, special events, and corporate matching, will help sustain community outreach, poverty reduction, and educational initiatives being coordinated by United Way chapters near Enbridge’s projects and operations.
  • During 2020, Enbridge made a deliberate effort to advance our community investment dollars to respond and provide relief to the most vulnerable among us in the face of COVID-19. We worked closely with our community partners to identify where resources were needed most—including food banks, social service agencies, mental health organizations and first responders. Our employees pitched in by sewing cloth face coverings, 3D printing masks and organizing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) drives for health-care providers.
  • In January 2021, we launched the Fueling Futures program, unifying our approach to corporate citizenship and the ways we energize communities through corporate donations and strategic partnerships, sponsorships, and a robust employee volunteering and giving program. 

*—All amounts are based on annual forecasting estimates which, while reasonably accurate, may not align precisely with procurement spending totals reported elsewhere by Enbridge and may not reflect actual amounts spent.