Backup Generators

Home generators can be a convenient backup during a power outage if used correctly. Review generator types and how to safely operate to protect yourself and our crews. For more information call the PGE Power Quality Hotline at 503-736-5750 or 800-270-7016.

Backup generator operation and safety

If a family member depends on medical life-support equipment, a back-up generator can literally be a life saver during an extended power outage. A generator can also save perishable food during a prolonged outage, let you keep your home office running, or power other essential equipment.

A portable generator is the most common choice for home use. Generator power may have weaker voltage- and frequency regulation than utility power. Plug appliances directly into a portable generator. Portable generators can also be connected to your home’s wiring, but only through a code-approved device that prevents a generator from feeding power to PGE’s system.

A stationary generator is connected to your home wiring and should only be installed by an electrical contractor. 

This option is the best choice for people who need to keep medical equipment powered at all times. 

You will also need to install a device that keeps your generator from back feeding into PGE’s system. See the “Generator Safety” tab for more information. 

Emergency fuel supply 

Have enough generator fuel to last through an extended outage or natural disaster: Emergency preparedness experts suggest supplies for at least 3 to 10 days. 

Surge Protection

Understand power surges and surge protection options to help prevent equipment damage.

Plan for medical needs

Use medical life-support equipment? Have a plan in place and consider a backup generator in case of an extended power outage.