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Retro-commissioning is a process by which existing building systems are optimized in order to perform as efficiently and effectively as possible. Most often system operating parameters are adjusted for energy-consuming core building equipment such as mechanical systems, digital controls and lighting. DP&L’s Retro-commissioning rebate aims to help customers understand opportunities to save energy costs within their facility by co-funding a comprehensive Retro-commissioning Study, which offers valuable recommendations for building systems improvement.


Incentives Summary

The Retro-commissioning (RCx) offering incentivizes both customers and qualified Study Providers. DP&L provides customers with a rebate of $0.04/kWh for implemented measures identified during the RCx Study. DP&L also provides a rebate for qualified Study Providers of up to 80% of the total study cost.

Customer Costs & Incentives

Each customer works with a qualified Study Provider to coordinate an RCx Study at their location. Upon conclusion of the study, the customer is responsible for paying 20% of the study cost directly to the Study Provider. The customer then implements energy conservation measures based on recommendations from the study. Following a successful implementation, the customer receives a post-implementation rebate from DP&L calculated by the actual kilowatt hours saved as a result of implementing energy saving measures ($0.04/kWh). This is in addition to any savings the customer recognizes on their monthly electric utility bills.

Study Provider Costs & Incentives

Once a Study Provider is qualified to participate, they will work with a customer to submit an application and  facilitate an RCx Study. After completing the study, so long as the Study Provider identifies improvements which total at least 90% of the electricity savings goal listed on the application, the Study Provider receives a rebate in the amount of 60% of the study cost. Following a successful customer implementation, the Study Provider then receives 20% of the study cost from DP&L. 


Eligibility Requirements

Target Facilities

The incentives are geared toward facilities with low-cost or no-cost energy saving opportunities that can be implemented in a short time period and will produce a rapid return on investment for customers. Facilities with the ability to manage and manipulate the building systems with an integrated control system are prime for quick-implementation and high-impact measures. However, buildings already considered “high-performing” may not provide savings opportunities significant enough to receive approval to participate, which is based upon cost-benefit analysis performed on a project-by-project basis.

Study Provider Qualifications

Each Study Provider must meet minimum qualifications in order to participate. DP&L reviews the application for each Study Provider carefully to ensure they meet required criteria.

How RCx Incentives Work

Step 1 - Application: You or your selected study provider submit the RCx application. Applications must include details such as RCx cost and a savings goal.

Step 2 - Application Approval: Once the application is approved, you will receive a formal notification of approval.

Step 3 - RetroCx Study: The study provider will conduct an onsite investigation, identify energy saving opportunities, and prepare the RCx Study Report for DP&L review and approval.

Step 4 - Study Review and Measure Selection: Following DP&L’s approval of the study, the RCx Study Provider schedules a meeting with DP&L and you to identify measures for implementation. Following this meeting, DP&L issues a rebate to the study provider for 60% of the cost of the study.

Step 5 - Implementation: Measure implementation occurs within 12 weeks of the study review meeting and is led you and your preferred team.

Step 6 - Measurement and Verification: DP&L will confirm implementation and quantify energy performance in comparison to initial targets.

Step 7 - Post Implementation: You will receive a post-implementation rebate from DP&L for $0.04/kWh based upon actual realized savings, as determined during measurement and verification. DP&L then issues payment to the RCx Study Provider for the remaining balance (up to 20%) of the study.

Additional Information

  • Interested in becoming an approved RCx Study Provider? Learn more here.
  • For more information, view the program terms and conditions or contact us at
  • Rebate values are subject to change. Details are for the 2018 program year and projects must be completed on or before December 31, 2018.
  • Funds are allotted on a calendar-year basis and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • A rebate may not exceed the cost of implementation net outside funding received, not including taxes, warranty fees, installation costs, or maintenance fees. DP&L shall make the final determination regarding rebate amounts. An individual account number will be limited to $250,000 in DP&L business rebates in any calendar year.
  • All DP&L energy programs are subject to Public Utilities Commission of Ohio rules and regulations.

Page last updated: January 1, 2018