Why does the cost vary so much from project to project?
The costs that you as a resident are required to pay varies based on a number of things such as population density, network load requirements, topography and ground conditions.
The projects are also funded in different ways depending on the program:
- Network Renewal Undergrounding Program Pilot (NRUPP) – Western Power covers the entire network infrastructure costs up to the pillar, the resident is only required to pay for their.
- State Underground Power Program (SUPP) – Funded by Western Power, the State Government and Local Government Authorities (LGAs). Under the Round 6 Program, LGAs propose project areas based on community requirements and LGA preferences. LGAs nominated their contribution (50% - 90%), while Western Power contributes its net benefit (replacement and maintenance costs avoided), and the State Government funds the remainder. In this instance the resident contributes to a portion of the network infrastructure costs and all of their consumer mains connection.
- Retrospective Undergrounding Projects (RUP) – Generally funded entirely by the Local Government Authority (LGA) or the developer. We may elect to contribute our net benefit. Under this program, the resident contributes to all, or a portion of the network infrastructure costs and all of their consumer mains connection.