GenerLink is a meter device that makes connecting a portable generator safe and easy.


GenerLink eliminates the use of extension cords and other connections that can be hazardous to customers and utility personnel. GenerLink detects when a generator is operating and automatically disconnects from the utility grid, eliminating dangerous backfeed.


GenerLink is equipped with GenerLok, a unique interlocking power cord system that provides a quick and easy connection of a portable generator. GenerLink is installed in 20 minutes or less by Northwestern REC employees and does not require the member to be home. GenerLink is easily installed behind a member's electric meter and requires no rewiring of the member's electrical system. With GenerLink, members have the flexibility to run virtually any appliance, up to the capacity of their generator by simply energizing appliances from their breaker panel.


Northwestern REC charges $850 per unit and $51 tax. Your total cost is only $901; installation by Northwestern REC is FREE. For more information or to order your GenerLink, call 1-800-352-0014.


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Disclosures: Generators with Full Panel GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) comply with OSHA inspections on job sites. However, these generators will not function when connected to a GenerLink since the home or building main breaker box also has a neutral bonded to ground. When both the generator and the home/building breaker box contains a neutral bonded to ground, the generator's GFCI will open and no outlets will function.

Honda EB Series generator is not compatible with the GenerLink Automatic Transfer Switch. Please contact the nearest Honda dealer for information on modification to the receptacle panel.

Per the National Electric Code, all generators must have a "floating neutral" when used with the GenerLink Automatic Transfer Switch. Please refer to the generator operation manual for bonded neutral specifications.

You cannot run your entire home with a portable generator. A typical home supplied with 200-amp electric service can support approximately 45,000 watts (45 kW) of electric demand.

GenerLink is designed for use with portable generators that are temporarily connected to a home and provide a maximum continuous power output of less than 12,000 watts 40 amps. GenerLink will not work and can not be installed in homes with an electric service that are rated at more than 200 amps.