industrial systems

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 to $0.08/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 and the amount of time required for measure implementation. 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 up to 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 4 to 12 weeks of the study review meeting and is led by 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 to $0.08/kWh based upon actual realized savings and the amount of time required for measure implementation, 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
  • Equipment, once installed, must result in a net decrease in energy consumption or demand.
  • Rebate values are subject to change. Details are for the 2019 program year and projects must be completed on or before December 31, 2019.
  • Funds are allotted on a calendar-year basis and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Rebates are issued directly to the customer. Each project will only be eligible to receive a single DP&L rebate.
  • A rebate may not exceed the customer's 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.
  • DP&L reserves the right to deny any rebate.
  • All DP&L energy programs are subject to Public Utilities Commission of Ohio rules and regulations.

Page last updated: January 2, 2019