Our goal is to make sure your standby generation project is
connected safely and efficiently.
A standby generator is designed to back up your power in the event
of an outage; these projects are not intended to export power onto
the electrical system. Standby generation can be classified as
open-transition (break before make) or closed-transition (make
before break), but generally can also be categorized by the
Portable home generator – these
generators must not be connected to your house wiring without
the certified installation of a Canadian Standards Association
(CSA) approved utility transfer switch. See further details in
our Service and Metering Guide, Section 6.
Stationary home/farm/commercial generator
– these generators require the installation of a CSA
approved utility transfer switch. The transfer switch ensures
the generator is not connected in parallel with our electrical
Critical services generators (Closed-Transition)
– typically larger standby generators such as hospitals,
schools, municipal waterworks and senior centres that do
parallel the system for less than 100 milliseconds (ms) will
require a protection review from us.
Generators that parallel the system for more than 100 ms do not
qualify as a standby generator. These are non-export generators
and are considered
GenerLink is a device that facilitates connection of a portable
generator at your residential or farm meter box. For your safety,
we will coordinate the installation of a GenerLink with your
electrician. GenerLink information, along with a list of portable
generators that are compatible with GenerLink, can be found on
their website www.generlink.com.
If you have any further questions or inquiries about a potential
project, please contact FortisAlberta at
or 310-WIRE (9473) or 1-855-333-WIRE (9473).