Western Power’s new funding model trial will allow more Western Australians to access the benefits of underground power.
Western Power’s Network Renewal Underground Program Pilot will be tested in Eden Hill, Scarborough, Hilton and St James, where significant capital works projects have been planned to replace and upgrade sections of the overhead network.
Under the pilot model, local government authorities are being given the option to contribute additional funds to cover the difference between like-for-like pole replacement and the cost of converting the area to underground power.
Because the poles and wires in the pilot areas are old and due to be replaced, the cost to homes and businesses are expected to be lower than the State Government-led Underground Power Program and other local government-led programs for undergrounding.
Energy Minister, Bill Johnston, said, “This is an opportunity for local governments to capitalise on the significant investment Western Power commits to rejuvenating and upgrading the network that supplies its customers’ energy needs.
“On top of the reliability and aesthetic benefits that underground power brings to the customer, the increased capacity also helps unlock the network to new technologies.”