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 backup generator is important to consider in case of 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. The power can have lower voltage and frequency regulation than utility power. Plug appliances directly into them. For your safety and to protect line crews, never connect portable generators to your home’s wiring. 

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. 

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

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