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Detailed customer connection schedules The detailed customer connection schedules assist users planning to connect small generators to the Western Power distribution system. It addresses planning, protection, operational, certification and approval for commissioning issues.
Distribution construction standards handbook The Distribution construction standards handbook is for both HV and LV of the overhead and underground system, including the streetlights. 
Distribution substation manual The Distribution substation manual is the approved standard arrangement for the design, construction and installation of distribution substations, connection of customers to these substations and interconnection of the substations to the surrounding HV and LV networks. 
High Voltage Live Work Manual

The High Voltage Live Work Manual has been developed to ensure standardisation of work practices and procedures for the Network Total Workforce (NTW).

Technical Rules

The Technical Rules are the technical requirements to be met by Western Power on the transmission and distribution systems and by users who connect facilities to the transmission and distribution systems.

Western Power's planning criteria to be applied to the transmission and distribution systems are contained within these Rules. Prospective users or existing users who wish to connect facilities to the transmission and distribution systems must first submit an access application to us in accordance with the Access Code.

Safety, Health and Environment Requirements for Contractors The Safety, Health and Environment Requirements for Contractors outlines our expectations of contractors.
Transmission Substation Work Practice Manual The Transmission Substation Work Practice Manual has been developed to ensure standardisation of work practices and procedures for the Network Total Workforce (NTW).
Underground cable installation manual The Underground cable installation manual sets out the requirements for the safe and efficient installation of underground cables that are to be connected to our public distribution system. 
Underground distribution schemes manual (UDS) The Underground distribution schemes manual (UDS) contains the information required by developers and their electrical consultants to allow them the undertake the electrical reticulation of new subdivisions. 
WA distribution connections manual (WADCM) The WA distribution connections manual here (WADCM) is a comprehensive reference for industry and the community when seeking an electrical connection of a customer’s installation to the distribution network of Western Power’s South West interconnected system (SWIS). 
Work Practice Manual The Work Practice Manual has been developed to ensure standardisation of work practices and procedures for the Network Total Workforce (NTW).
Deciding between overhead and underground construction in road reserves Please refer to the process when deciding between overhead and underground construction in road reserves for power supplies associated with subdivision and non-subdivision projects.
Decorative fixtures, signs and banners on our assets The requirements for the attachment of fixtures, fittings, signs and banners on our poles and streetlight columns.
Generator and Load Model guidelines The Generator and Load Model guidelines clarifies Western Power's approach to developing and maintaining accurate computer models, and clarifies users' requirements for provision of computer models and associated information for new connections or modifications to existing facilities.
Generator Commissioning Tests guidelines This template is to be used when a market participant wants to commission a generator to the Western Power network.
Generator compliance monitoring program requirements A program for generators to monitor the performance of the plant to ensure ongoing compliance with performance standards.
Guidelines for completing transformer load tables on design drawings The guidelines for completing transformer load tables on design drawings. 
Guideline for the approval of major/minor changes during construction The guidelines for the approval of major/minor changes during construction.
Locating ground mounted equipment Guide on effectively locating ground mounted equipment (GME), to avoid any possible negative outcomes. 
Material selection guidelines for bedding sand, backfill sand, general backfill around cables The bedding sand and backfill sand around cables and general backfill for cable trenches - Material selection guidelines.
Network access billing Information about customer care and access billing management system.
Placement of power poles in road reserves Policy detailing the requirements for the placement of poles near roads, within road reserves in built up areas and areas where traffic speed limits may exceed 70 kmh. Learn more about placement of poles in road reserves.
Retailer connections Information for retailers regarding various connections and tariffs for customers
Safe Work Method Statements The Safe Work Method Statements set out the high risk activities to be carried out around the network, the hazards arising from these activities and the measures to be put in place to control the risks.
Small generator user guide The guide for the connection of generators up to 10 MW to our grid.
Standard streetlight materials list The full list of standard streetlight materials including timeframes.
Technical guidance for solar installers Information for solar installers relating to embedded generation systems.
Technical Rules exemptions

The Technical Rules exemptions assist with the preparation of exemption requests from the Technical Rules. It includes an explanation of how the request will be assessed and what information is required.

You can also get an up-to-date list of the acceptable exemptions from the Economic Regulatory Authority here.

Technical Rules interpretation notification - frequency control Information regarding frequency control requirements here.
Technical Rules exemption notification – inverter connected Information on Technical Rules exemptions which may be requested by applicants or users with eligible inverter generating units rated 30 kVA to 1 MVA.
Artwork on Western Power assets The technical requirements for the application of artwork on Western Power's network assets
Build Pack The Build Pack defines the processes, procedures and methods used to communicate between the network operator and code participants. The Build Pack has been developed by consultative process between code participants.
Constructing distribution powerlines and cables in the vicinity of pipelines Information to minimise the risk associated with constructing new distribution powerlines in the vicinity of pipelines
Distribution equipment labelling standard Distribution equipment labelling standard for the consistency in labelling equipment for distribution equipment on the distribution network.
Distribution pole to pillar policy The distribution pole to pillar policy sets out the conditions for the pole to pillar scheme, to provide a domestic underground connection to an electrical distribution system in overhead areas.
Earthing Standards The Earthing Standards – Frequently asked questions gives information on earthing issues, including from minimum resistances, to the placement of earth rods. 
Electrical System Safety Rules (ESSR)

The Electrical System Safety Rules (ESSR) outline the minimum electrical safety standards for personnel working on, near or in the vicinity of Western Power’s electrical network and associated apparatus in Western Australia. The ESSR has been made publically available for contractors who are authorised to work on or near the network and reading the ESSR does not enable an ordinary person to access or work on the electrical network.

High voltage pool policy

The high voltage (HV) subdivision pool allows the cost of installing HV infrastructure to be shared among developers of residential subdivisions.

High Voltage Procedures

The High Voltage Procedures have been developed to provide qualified and authorised high voltage (HV) live workers with standardised methods of HV live work.

HV substation feeder exit circuits isolation policy The HV substation feeder exit circuits isolation policy shows the requirements for all ZSFE circuits to have an isolation point on the remote end of the circuit before any Y Splits in the network or connections to transformers.
Land and earthing requirements for pre-approved non-standard Schneider RM6 switchgear in option B subdivision Land and earthing requirements for pre-approved non-standard Schneider RM6 switchgear in option B subdivision
Metering code The Electricity Industry Metering Code 2012 provides information on the rights, obligations and responsibilities of Code participants. It outlines rules for providing metering installations at connection points, metering services, standing data and energy data.
Network Standard - Distribution Commissioning Work Instructions (DCWI) The Network Standard is intended for use as a guide when undertaking installation, testing and commissioning activities on Western Power’s distribution network..
Noise Compliance Requirements for Distribution Transformers Noise emissions from transformers located near existing or proposed noise sensitive premises will be evaluated in line with the Noise Compliance Requirements for Distribution Transformers to ensure sufficient separation or mitigation is in place.
Safety, health and environment policy The Safety, health and environment policy summarises our commitment to safe outcomes for our workforce, our customers and the environment
Substation/Switchgear layout requirements on subdivision design drawing submitted for design conformance review Configuration requirements for switches and switch-fuses and the layout of terminating HV cables need to be submitted for a design conformance reviewSubstation/Switchgear layout requirements on subdivision design drawing submitted for design conformance review.
Telecommunication equipment located in the vicinity of proposed distribution HV earths Requirements for high voltage distribution earthing system installations so they do not result in dangerous levels of earth potential rise (EPR) on nearby telecommunications assets. Telecommunication equipment located in the vicinity of proposed distribution HV earths.
Un-metered supply network standard The un-metered supply network standard sets out the requirements for the installation and connection of an un-metered supply to our low voltage distribution network. 
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