DP&L Distribution Rate Case

How will a rate case affect you?

DP&L Distribution Rate Case

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At DP&L, a powerful future is here. We understand our responsibility to provide safe and reliable energy 24x7x365. To achieve this, it’s necessary for DP&L to request a distribution rate review to continue supporting infrastructure improvements. This is DP&L’s first distribution rate review in nearly three decades.

DP&L will remain a low-cost utility, continuing to offer the lowest residential rates in the state.

What is it?

Distribution rates cover the cost of delivering electricity to your home and business. Distribution rates pay for things such as the cost of installing and maintaining the electric lines that run through our neighborhoods, reading electric meters, processing bills and taking customer service calls.


Unlike most businesses, DP&L cannot change its prices overnight. As a regulated utility, DP&L must submit a detailed proposal to change its rates. The request includes evidence to support an increase to the distribution rates and demonstrates how our investments benefit customers. This process is called a rate case, and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) must approve any changes.


DP&L has requested a base distribution rate increase from the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) to cover operational costs and enhanced customer service for maintaining safe and reliable service.


The impact on individual customer bills is determined by their usage. For example, at the time the application was filed, DP&L estimated the total monthly bill for a typical residential customer who uses 1,000 kWh would increase by $4 per month. We offer tips and programs to help customers offset this increase.


The proposal must go through a thorough review process with the PUCO.


Frequently Asked Questions


Investing in our Communities

Our Mission: Improving lives by accelerating a safer and greener energy future.

At DP&L, we are proud to be a community partner, working hard to create jobs and power the lives of 520,000 customers in West Central Ohio. DP&L and the Dayton Power and Light Company Foundation invest $2.4 million annually in local nonprofit organizations and economic development initiatives to make the region a great place to live and do business. In recent years, DP&L has invested over $4 million, resulting in the creation or retention of 3,700 jobs in the region.


Being involved in the communities where we live, work and serve is part of who we are. We would not be able to fulfill our mission without the power of our people through our extensive community involvement initiatives.

DP&L volunteers Rebuilding Together
Be a Savings Champion LED light bulb
DP&L volunteers American Red Cross
DP&L volunteers Foodbank Dayton
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DP&L certified site in Xenia
DP&L volunteers United Way
Dayton Holiday Festival
Victoria Theatre Association DP&L
Clopay Groundbreaking

$2.4 M

donated to nonprofits

through corporate &

Foundation donations


trees planted through

DP&L's Right Tree 

Right Place program


jobs created or retained

through DP&L economic

development initiatives


customers prevented from

disconnection through

DP&L's Gift of

Power program


employee volunteer

hours in 2017


DP&L energy programs

saved enough energy

to power more than

100,000 homes 

for a year


Ways to Manage Your Bill

DP&L cares about our customers and understands that higher bills are a challenge, especially for those with low or fixed incomes. We offer a variety of payment plans and energy savings programs to help customers reduce the impact of a rate increase.

Be a Savings Champion

DP&L offers a playbook of energy saving tips and programs to help you save energy and reduce your bills

Smart Energy Community Program

DP&L offers free energy-saving home improvements for low income customers.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

This program provides assistance to households who might not otherwise be able to afford to heat their homes.

Budget Billing

Take the surprise out of your DP&L bill by paying the same amount each month. Because when you know what to expect, it’s easier to manage your budget.

Pay Agreements

DP&L offers pay agreements to help customers with past due balances get caught up.

Percentage of Income Program

Customers in the program pay a percentage of their income regardless of their monthly usage.