Electric generators provide a piece of mind and are helpful during a power outage. Electricity has become a necessity, and most do not think about all the daily tasks it powers until an outage occurs. Having a backup plan to ensure a consistent flow of power during storms may be something you are considering.
Generator sales are up since Winter Storm Uri. If you are considering a generator for your home or business, please let us know. Tri-County Electric Cooperative is here to help.
If you are considering a generator, it will need to meet the following requirements in order to be incompliance with our system:
- Work with a licensed and certified professional to find the right generator for your home or business. It is important to size the unit properly.
- Generators must be UL certified
- Generators must have a transfer switch connected. The generator switch cannot be installed between the meter and the meter base.
- Apply with Tri-County Electric Co-op before connecting your generator to your home or business. This application notifies our team that you are interested in connecting and includes the details on your unit. Members will receive application updates via email.
- Once approved, contact Tri-County Electric Co-op to have a temporary disconnect order created before installing the generator. Failure to notify the co-op prior to connecting the device violates our tampering policy and a minimum $2,500 fine will be charged to the member, as outlined in our Service Fee tariff.
It is very important to let us know you are installing a generator at your home or business. Safety is top priority, and we want to ensure the safety of all members, contractors and employees. Generators improperly installed may backfeed electricity on our lines and can severely injure our linemen.
All generators must be installed with a double throw transfer switch. This transfer switch isolates the generator to protect Tri-County Electric Co-op equipment and employees from any electricity backfeeding on our lines.
While generators can be a lifesaver during power outages, it is important to follow safety protocols to protect you, your family and Tri-County Electric Co-op linemen.
- Never connect a generator to your home without informing the co-op.
- Know your generator - including safety, maintenance, operation and testing requirements. Use a licensed and certified electrician to install the generator properly.
- Never refuel a generator while it is in use.
- Make sure the generator is installed away from power lines and in a well-ventilated area. Generators release carbon monoxide exhaust and should be not installed or used indoors.