Backup power generators: Necessity or ‘wonderful luxury’?

By Bob Karlovits

Published: Sunday, January 1, 2012

John Hill from the Summerset area in Squirrel Hill says the advantages of backup power generators are obvious.

“When my lights are on and everyone else’s are out, it’s easy to see the benefits,” says the owner of a backup generator that comes on automatically with any power failure.

Yet some in the electric industry say backup generators are little more than what electrical inspector Tom Waldron calls “a wonderful luxury.” Continue reading