The cost for each project is determined based on a number of factors such as population density, network load requirements, topography and ground conditions.
Each underground power program has a different funding model.
Targeted Underground Power Program (TUPP)
The cost of undergrounding is shared between the State Government, Western Power, local government and property owners, with the State Government's funding tiered based on socio-economic indicators.
These projects target areas with a high proportion of aging distribution overhead assets that are coming to the end of their service life. Western Power contributes its net benefit (replacement and maintenance costs avoided) with the remainder met by Local Governments (including residents) and in some cases, State Government.
State Underground Power Program (SUPP)
The cost of undergrounding is shared between the State Government, Western Power, local government, and property owners.
Retrospective Undergrounding Projects (RUP)
These are generally funded directly by Local Government.
The cost of these projects can often be higher as the infrastructure has not been identified as nearing the end of its useful life and needing replacement, so the contribution from Western Power would be less.
Please contact your Local Government for information on rate payer contributions towards an underground power program in your area.