A manual transfer switch is used to transfer load from the Co-op’s power lines to a standby power source – your generator. The transfer switch is designed to isolate the Co-op’s lines from the generator to avoid back-feed to the power lines.
Linemen who are working to restore power during an outage, or anyone who contacts a downed power line, could be seriously injured or killed by back-feed from an improperly installed generator. An approved transfer switch must be installed before you attempt to use your generator. Contact Otsego Electric Cooperative’s office at (607) 293-6622 with any questions you may have.