Our goal is to make sure your standby generation project is connected safely and
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 following:
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 (Open-Transition) – 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 distribution system.
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 Distributed Generation.
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 email@example.com
or 310-WIRE (9473) or 1-855-333-WIRE (9473).