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September/October 2004 Portable Generators, Public Power Week

September/October  2004

Portable Generators Market Design

Know the hazards of portable generators

Before purchasing or installing a portable generator for use during a power outage, consider these important safety issues:

BACKFEED- Plugging a portable generator into an electrical outlet in your house could cause backfeed.  This occurs when electricity from the generator flows through the home’s wiring, out through the electric meter, and passes through the utility’s transformer, energizing the utility service lines. Backfeed can injure or kill a utility worker who is repairing a power line! 

TRANSFER SWITCH- When operating a portable generator, use of an appliance that is hard-wired to the house requires the use of a transfer switch.  The transfer switch will mechanically disconnect the household’s circuit from the utility’s power supply system.  A transfer switch MUST be used to avoid backfeed in to the utility’s power system and is required by electric code. 

INSTALLATION- Electric code requires that a licensed electrician install stationary generators that are permanently wired to the household’s electric system.  The owner of the generator must acquire an electrical permit, and the unit must be inspected. 

Public Power Week

Maybe you’ve never thought of your monthly electric bill as an investment.

But in our community, that’s what it is.  As a community-owned electric utility, we don’t answer to stock holders.  Instead, utility decisions are made to benefit our customers because local citizens determine policies and set rates to provide you the best service at low prices.  Our employees are your neighbors, too.  We live and work in this community, and want the best for all of us.  We’re your hometown utility, community-owned and locally controlled. 

Stop by your Douglas County PUD office in East Wenatchee, Bridgeport or the City Hall in Waterville, and let them know you celebrate local control.  The East Wenatchee Office will be having an open house the week of October 4-8.  Come in and tour the new building addition, warehouse, and crew facility.