Combined Heat & Power (CHP), also known as cogeneration, is the simultaneous production of electricity and heat from a single fuel source. Some benefits of CHP include:

  • CHP is more efficient than separate generation of electricity and thermal energy.
  • Higher efficiency translates to lower operating costs and reduced emissions.
  • CHP can increase power reliability and enhance power quality.
  • On-site electric generation can help reduce grid congestion.

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Gain a Competitive Edge

Controlling energy costs is becoming increasingly important.  Not only does it positively affect your bottom line, it’s also an important component of any company’s green initiative.  Thanks to new technologies, there are ample opportunities to decrease energy use, increase efficiency and save money.

CHP Incentives from DP&L

CHP rebates can help reduce the payback period for investments in CHP technologies. Qualified projects will receive a rebate based on kWh generated during the first year the project is commissioned, and rated design capacity. Generation will be paid in two installments at 6 and 12 months; capacity will be paid at project completion.

$0.08 per kWh Generated
$100 per kW Capacity
  • Rebates will be based on the final cost of the project, and will be limited to 50% of the total design and construction project cost.
  • Rebates will be capped at $500,000 per DP&L account. For CHP systems over 500 kW, please contact DP&L to discuss potential incentive levels.
  • CHP rebates are funded through the Custom Rebate program and are available on a first-come first-served basis.
  • Reimbursement for all CHP projects:
Lower Heat Value Reimbursement Percent
80% or higher 100% of the calculated payment
70-80% 90% of the calculated payment
60-70% 80% of the calculated payment


All DP&L business and government customers have the opportunity to receive CHP rebates.  All CHP rebate applications must be submitted while in the design phase. CHP projects that are not pre-approved will be ineligible to receive a rebate.

Eligible equipment must:

  • Be installed in the DP&L service territory
  • Meet or exceed a minimum system efficiency of 60% LHV

How to Apply:

Pre-approval is required for all CHP rebates. 

1 - Feasibility Study Application*

  • Submit the CHP Feasibility Application and the Facility Data Form for the facility that will be studied. DP&L will let you know if the program is approved to proceed.
  • Submit the request for proposal (RFP) that will be issued for the study for DP&L approval. Once approved, issue the RFP and select the CHP study vendor.
  • Submit the Firm Selection Form and the winning proposal for DP&L approval.
  • Upon approval of the selected firm and study proposal, proceed with the study.

2 - Submit CHP Rebate Application with Feasibility Study Results (if available)

3 - Proceed with Project Implementation

4 - Submit Actual Energy Savings Figures

*A feasibility study is not required, but will help ensure your project meets DP&L's criteria for energy savings. Note: All Feasibility study PDF forms are combined in the CHP Feasibility Study Packet. Max study cost will be net of any outside funding received and in no case will the DP&L reimbursement exceed your final out-of-pocket costs.

More information

Rebate measures and values for the 2017 program are for equipment and services purchased and installed on or after January 1, 2017.

Eligible products and rebate values are subject to change and apply only to new equipment that replaces existing equipment or is part of a facility upgrade. DP&L shall make the final determination regarding rebate amounts and DP&L reserves the right to cap rebate amounts. All DP&L energy programs are subject to Public Utilities Commission of Ohio rules and regulations.