If you have a portable generator for use during power outages, consider leasing a GenerLink. GenerLink is a device that is installed behind your home’s electric meter by a PUD serviceman. Once installed, you simply plug your generator into the GenerLink. GenerLink automatically disconnects your house from the electric utility grid and allows you to use your household main circuit panel to select the circuits and appliances you wish to operate, based on your generator’s capacity.
It also prevents electricity from backfeeding onto power lines. Backfeed is a dangerous condition in which electricity from a generator flows back into the electric distribution system. It can harm PUD repair crews working to restore power, and can damage equipment.
Please contact the PUD for prices. You can learn more about specific generator and electric service requirements at http://www.generlink.com.