State and Local Policy Database


City Scorecard Rank


Dayton, OH

13.50Scored out of 100Updated 10/2020
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 did not find information regarding a municipal energy reduction goal.

Renewable Energy Goal

We did not find information regarding a municipal renewable energy goal.

Last updated: March 2020

Procurement and Construction List All

Fleet policies and composition 

We could not find information on Dayton’s fleet procurement policies or fuel efficiency requirements. We were unable to find data regarding fleet composition.

Public lighting 

We did not find information regarding the adoption of a policy requiring efficient outdoor lighting, such as the International Dark-Sky Association’s Model Lighting Ordinance. We could not confirm if Dayton has an outdoor lighting upgrade program.

Onsite renewable systems

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

Inclusive procurement

We could not verify if the city has inclusive procurement and contracting processes.

Last updated: March 2020

Asset Management List All

Building Benchmarking

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

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

We did not find information regarding a comprehensive retrofit strategy in Dayton.

Public Workforce Commuting

We did not find data on policies to reduce the commutes of city workers, such as flex schedules and teleworking.

Last updated: July 2020

Community-Wide Initiatives
Score: 0 out of 15 points
Community-Wide Summary List All

We could not verify if Dayton has adopted a climate, clean energy, or sustainability plan.

Last updated: March 2020

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

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

Energy Data Reporting

The city does not report community-wide energy data.

Last updated: March 2020

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.

Accountability to Equity

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: March 2020

Clean Distributed Energy SystemsList 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: March 2020

Mitigation of Urban Heat Islands 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: March 2020

Buildings Policies
Score: 4 out of 30 points
Buildings Summary List All

The City of Dayton enforces the state energy codes. The city allows solar use in all zones and requires plan reviews to ensure code compliance. We could not find information on city mandated benchmarking policies, incentives, or above-code energy action requirements. 

Last updated: September 2020

Building Energy Code AdoptionList 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 54.0.

Solar- and EV-ready

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

Last updated: September 2020

Building Energy Code Enforcement and ComplianceList 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: September 2020

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: September 2020

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: September 2020

Energy & Water Utilities
Score: 3.5 out of 15 points
Energy & Water Utilities Summary List All

Dayton Power & Light (DP&L), 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. The State of Ohio requires spending and savings targets for its IOU through an EERS (SB221). The utilities must propose energy efficiency plans and file annual reports to the commission. However, in 2014, S.B. 310 placed a two-year freeze on energy efficiency requirements and allowed utilities that had achieved 4.2% cumulative savings to reduce or eliminate offerings. Efforts to extend this freeze under HB 554 were vetoed by the governor in December 2016, and savings targets resumed in 2017. 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: March 2020

Electric & Gas Energy Efficiency Programs and SavingsList All

In 2018, Dayton Power & Light reported 206,784 MWh of net electric savings at the meter, which represents 1.43% of its retail sales across the utility’s entire service jurisdiction, not only Dayton. In 2018, DP&L spent $19,880,000 on energy efficiency programs, which represents 2.87% of its retail revenue.

In 2018, Vectren reported 1.27 MMtherms of net natural gas savings at the meter, which represents 0.41% of its retail sales across the utility’s service territory. In 2018, Vectren spent $5,615,268 on energy efficiency, which equates to $18.98 per residential customer. These savings and spending figures cover the entire jurisdiction of both utilities, not just the City of Dayton.

DP&L 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 DP&L is also a part, to engage employees and further their green efforts promoting energy efficiency.

Last Updated: April 2020

Low-Income & Multifamily EE Programs List All

Low-Income Programs

Dayton Power & Light 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 2018, DP&L achieved 1,105 MWh in energy savings, while spending $1,051,860 on its low-income program and served 689 customers.

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 2018, Vectren achieved 0.58 MMtherms savings, while spending $2,136,827 in their low-income programs and served 351 low-income customers.

Multifamily Programs

DP&L offers the Multi-Family Direct Install program, which offers free installation of energy-saving products to multifamily properties with 5 more units. Through this program eligible units may receive LED light bulbs, high-efficiency showerheads, high-efficiency faucet aerators, LED nigh light, and smart power strip. DP&L also offer weatherization rebates to homes with 1 to 4 units. Through this program DP&L will offset up to $650 of the cost and will provide one of their approved weatherization contractors to seal air leaks or add insulation to homes.

In 2018, DP&L achieved 2,740 in energy savings, while spending $612,541 on its multifamily program and served 3,940 apartments.

At this time, Vectren does not offer energy efficiency program targeted at multifamily properties.

Last Updated: March 2020

Provision of Energy Data by UtilitiesList All

Neither Dayton Power & Light 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 advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities.

Last Updated: March 2020

Renewable Energy Efforts of Energy UtilitiesList All

Renewable Energy Incentives

In 2018, Dayton Power & Light did not provide renewable energy incentives for the construction of new distributed solar or wind systems.

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: March 2020

Efficiency Efforts in Water ServicesList All

City-wide 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: March 2020

Score: 6 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: March 2020

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: March 2020

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 

Car Sharing

No data or the city is not pursuing. 

Bike Sharing

RTA is the country’s first transit agency to solely maintain the operations of a bike share program. Link Bicycle Share offers central Dayton over 225 bicycles across 27 stations. 

Last Updated: March 2020

Transit List All

Transportation Funding

The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority that serves the City of Dayton has received $85,880,197 on average annually between 2014 and 2018. That equates to roughly $106.48 per capita between 2014 and 2018 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 Transit Connectivity Index value is 6.2, scoring 0.5 a point in the City Scorecard.

Last Updated: March 2020

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 22 charging stations available for public use, equivalent to 15.643 stations per 100,000 people.

Renewable Charging Incentives

At this time, the City of Dayton has no incentives or requirements available for the installation of private or public EV charging infrastructure powered by renewable energy (solar, wind, etc.).

Last Updated: March 2020

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: March 2020

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: March 2020