State and Local Policy Database


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Dayton, OH

Scored out of 250Updated 05/2024
Community-Wide Initiatives
Score: 1.5 out of 15 points
Community-Wide Climate Mitigation and Energy GoalsList All

Climate Mitigation Goal

The city does not have a community-wide climate mitigation or greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal.

Energy Reduction Goal

We did not find information regarding a community-wide energy reduction goal for the city.

Renewable Energy Goal

Dayton adopted a goal to use 100% renewable electricity by 2040. 

Last updated: September 2021

Equity-Driven Approaches to Clean Energy Planning, Implementation, and EvaluationList All

Equity-Driven Community Engagement

We were unable to determine whether relevant decision-makers have taken a unique and expanded approach in conducting engagement for multiple clean energy initiatives with marginalized groups compared to engagement with other city constituencies.

Equity-Driven Decision-Making

We were unable to determine if the city has created a formal role for marginalized community residents or local organizations representing those communities to participate in decision-making that affects the creation or implementation of a local energy, sustainability, or climate action plan.

Equity Accountability Measures

We were unable to determine whether the city has adopted specific goals, metrics, or protocols to track how multiple energy, sustainability, or climate action initiatives are affecting local marginalized groups. 

Last updated: September 2021

Clean Distributed Energy ResourcesList All

We could not verify if the city has adopted a formal policy, rule, or agreement that supports the creation of clean distributed energy systems.

Last updated: September 2021

Adaptive Mitigation List All

UHI Mitigation Goal

We could not verify if the city has adopted a quantifiable urban heat island mitigation goal.

UHI Policies and Programs

We were unable to determine if the city has adopted specific policies or programs that incorporate requirements or incentives to mitigate the urban heat island effect. 

Last updated: September 2021

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Workforce DevelopmentList All

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: July 2021

Buildings Policies
Score: 3.5 out of 30 points
Building Energy CodesList All


The State of Ohio has set mandatory building energy codes statewide. The Ohio Board of Building Standards adopted the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and ASHRAE 90.1-2010 with amendments for commercial buildings. Ohio based its energy code for residential buildings on the 2018 IECC.  To learn more about Ohio’s building energy code requirements, please visit the State Policy Database.


Commercial buildings must comply with the 2012 IECC and ASHRAE 90.1-2010 with amendments. The code uses a commercial zEPI score of 59.


Residential buildings must comply with the 2018 IECC. The code uses a residential zEPI score of 54.

Solar-readiness policies

Dayton allows solar use in all zones. We could not find information on whether the city has adopted solar-ready ordinances.

EV-charging readiness and infrastructure policies

We could not find information on whether the city has adopted EV-ready ordinances.

Last updated: July 2021

Building Energy Code Compliance and EnforcementList All

Dayton requires plan reviews and site inspections to ensure code compliance. We could not find information on the number of full-time employees the city staffs to enforce the energy code. We could not find information regarding upfront support for code compliance.

Last updated: July 2021

Policies Targeting Existing BuildingsList All

We could not find information on whether the city incentivizes or requires energy-saving actions in existing buildings.

Last updated: July 2021

Score: 4.5 out of 30 points
Sustainable Transportation Planning List All

Sustainable Transportation Plan

No data or the city is not pursuing. 

VMT/GHG Target and Stringency

The City of Dayton does not yet have a codified VMT reduction target.

Progress Achieved Toward VMT/GHG Targets

The City of Dayton is not yet tracking community GHG or VMT levels

Last Updated: November 2021

Location Efficiency List All

Location Efficient Zoning 

No data or the city is not pursuing. 

Residential Parking Requirements

There are no minimum parking requirements for uses located in the central business (CBD) and urban business (UBD) zoning districts, with the exception of multi-family and single-family attached uses in the UBD. See sub-section 150.320.5 (A), Provision of Off-street Parking. (Ord. 30515-05, passed 12-28-05).

Location Efficiency Incentives and Disclosures

No data or the city is not pursuing. 

Last Updated: November 2021

Mode Shift List All

Mode Shift Target 

No data or city is not pursuing 

Progress Toward Mode Shift Target

No progress has been achieved, as there are no targets in place. Once targets are established, tracking programs will be implemented.

Complete Streets

Livable Streets Policy 

Last Updated: November 2021

Public Transit List All

Transportation Funding

The transportation entities that serve the City of Dayton have received $59,120,552.60 on average annually between 2015 and 2019. That equates to roughly $105.75 per capita between 2015 and 2019 within the Authority's service area. 

Access to Transit Services

The Transit Connectivity Index measures transit service levels. It is based on the number of bus routes and train stations within walking distance for households scaled by frequency of service. The City of Dayton’s Transit Connectivity Index value is 6.2, scoring 0.5 points in the City Scorecard.

Last Updated: November 2021

Efficient VehiclesList All

Vehicle Purchase Incentives

At this time, Dayton does not offer incentives for citizens to purchase hybrid, plug-in, or EV vehicles.

Incentives for EV Charging Stations

Neither the City of Dayton or any of the utilities that service it's resident are providing incentives towards the installation of EV charging infrastrucutre at this time.

EV Infrastructure

The City has 35 charging ports available for public use, equivalent to 24.9 ports per 100,000 people.

Electric School Bus Goal

Dayton does not have an electric school bus goal.

EV Transit Bus Goal

Dayton does not have an EV transit bus goal.

Last Updated: November 2021

Freight System EfficiencyList All

Dayton does not have a sustainable freight transportation plan in place, nor does it have any policies that address freight efficiency.

Last Updated: November 2021

Clean, Efficient Transportation for Low-Income CommunitiesList All

Affordable New TOD Housing Policy 

Dayton does not have any policies in place to address or help encourage affordable TOD housing development. 

Connecting Existing Affordable Housing Stock to Efficient Transportation Options

Neither the City of Dayton nor the transit authority that services the city's residents provide rebates or incentives that better connect low-income residents to efficient transportation options. 

Last Updated: November 2021

Community Energy Infrastructure
Score: 5 out of 15 points
Community Energy Infrastructure Summary List All

AES Ohio, formerly Dayton Power and Light, an investor-owned utility (IOU), is the primary electric utility for the City of Dayton. The primary natural gas supplier for Dayton is Vectren, an IOU and subsidiary of CenterPoint Energy. Under the state’s EERS, Ohio’s investor-owned utilities were required to implement energy efficiency plans and file annual reports to the commission. However, HB 6 (2019) terminated the state’s EERS, cutting energy efficiency and renewable energy standards and eliminating the electric energy efficiency programs for residents and businesses. These programs were phased out by the end of 2020.  To learn more about the state requirements for electric and gas efficiency, please visit the Ohio page of the State Database

The Dayton Department of Water is the municipal utility that provides the City of Dayton with drinking water services, wastewater treatment, and stormwater management. 

Last Updated: August 2021

Electricity and Natural Gas Efficiency SavingsList All

In 2019, according to EIA, AES Ohio achieved 210,038 MWh of net electric savings at the meter, which represents 1.50% of its retail sales across the utility’s entire service jurisdiction, not only Dayton. In 2019, AES Ohio spent $210,038 on electric energy efficiency programs, which represents 0.03% of its electric retail revenue. 

In 2019, Vectren reported 2.87 MMtherms of net natural gas savings at the meter, which represents 1.04% of its retail sales across the utility’s service territory. In 2019, Vectren spent $5,739,722 on energy efficiency, which equates to $19.29 per residential gas customer. These savings and spending figures cover the entire jurisdiction of both utilities, not just the City of Dayton. 

AES Ohio offers electric efficiency incentives and technical assistance to residential and business customers. Vectren similarly offers natural gas efficiency programs to residential customers. 

Vectren has worked with Dayton Regional Green (DRG) since 2012 to promoting Montgomery counties regional initiative to prompt the Green Business Certification Program. This platform allows green business certification through simple checklist items as they are guided in cutting your costs and environmental impact in a manner that is sustainable as well as profitable. In addition, DRG continues the Bring Your Green Challenges, of which AES Ohio is also a part, to engage employees and further their green efforts promoting energy efficiency. 

Last Updated:  July 2021

Low-Income & Multifamily EE Programs List All

Low-Income Programs 

AES Ohio offer the Smart Energy Community Program.  The program offers a free energy-saving home improvement to income-eligible customers. This program offers free energy audit and an assessment of energy use along with equipment and improvement that will help the customer save energy and money. Through this program eligible customers may receive energy efficiency LED light bulbs, refrigerators, low flow showerheads, faucet aerators, insulation or smart thermostats. DP&L partners with Community Action Agencies in each county to administer the program. DP&L allows agencies administrating the program to braid program funds to address health and safety issues. 

In 2019, spending, savings and customers served for AES Ohio were not available. 

Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio offers the Vectren Weatherization Program (VWP) that assists customers to make energy efficient improvements to their homes. The program is administered by the Miami Valley Community Action Partnership (CAP) and improvements are provided at no cost to the customer.  Miami Valley CAP subcontracts with three smaller CAP agencies in order to deliver services to all VEDO’s service territory.  The Ohio Home Weatherization program is divided into two sections based on income eligibility requirements, VWP I and VWP II. Both VWP tiers focus on shell measures such as insulation and air sealing, but also include replacement of non-functioning natural gas furnaces and water heaters, and minor repairs intended to increase the health and safety of the occupants of the home. 

In 2019, spending, savings and customers served for Vectren Energy were not available. 

Multifamily Programs 

At this time, AES Ohio and Vectren do not offer energy efficiency program targeted at multifamily properties.  

Last Updated:  July 2021

Provision of Energy Data by UtilitiesList All

Neither AES Ohio nor Vectren provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings.  The City of Dayton does not provide energy usage information at the aggregate level for community planning and evaluation purposes. The City of Dayton does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities. 

Last Updated: July 2021

Decarbonization and Climate Change Mitigation Efforts of Cities and Energy UtilitiesList All

Utility Climate Mitigation Goal 

In 2018, AES Ohio set a goal to reduce carbon intensity by 70% by 2030 with a 2016 baseline. To achieve this goal, AES Ohio will need to reduce emissions by 5.1% annually from 2019 levels. 

City-Led Efforts to Decarbonize the Electric Grid 

At this time, we cannot confirm whether or not the city of Dayton participates in activities or strategies to help spur or encourage more utility-scale or distributed renewable energy generation from its local electric utility, such as testifying in public utility commission proceedings related to renewable energy, creating a formal partnership with the electric utility on renewable generation, or participating in utility planning efforts to increase renewable generation. 

Last Updated:  July 2021

Efficiency Efforts in Water ServicesList All

Citywide Water Efficiency and Goals 

The energy and water utilities do not offer joint energy and water efficiency programs. Vectren does offer water savings measures in its Energy Efficiency Kit program and School Education program. These savings measures include low-flow showerheads and aerators. At this time, the City of Dayton and its water utility have not established a water savings target or goal. 

Water Plant Efficiency and Self-Generation 

The water utility has not set specific energy efficiency targets or strategies. The city’s water system does not self-generate its own energy. 

Last Updated: July 2021

Local Government Score:
0 out of 10 points
Local Government Climate and Energy Goals List All

Climate Mitigation Goal

Dayton does not have a climate mitigation or greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal for municipal operations.

Energy Reduction Goal

We were unable to find information regarding a municipal energy reduction goal.

Renewable Energy Goal

The City's Climate Emergency resolution sets a goal to achieve 100% renewable energy for municipal operations by 2035. 

Last updated: June 2021

Procurement and Construction Policies List All

Fleet policies and composition 

We were unable to find information on Dayton’s fleet procurement policies or fuel efficiency requirements. We were unable to find data regarding fleet composition.

Public lighting 

We were unable to find information regarding the adoption of a policy requiring efficient outdoor lighting, such as the International Dark-Sky Association’s Model Lighting Ordinance. We were unable to confirm if Dayton has an outdoor lighting upgrade program.

Onsite and offsite renewable systems

We were unable to find information regarding onsite or offsite renewable energy systems in Dayton.

Inclusive procurement

We were unable to verify if the city has inclusive procurement and contracting processes.

Last updated: June 2021

Asset Management List All

Building Benchmarking

We were unable to find information regarding Dayton’s benchmarking practices.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

We were unable to find information regarding a comprehensive retrofit strategy in Dayton.

Last updated: June 2021