Western Power has commenced engagement with seven local governments who are set to benefit from 11 new proposed projects as part of Western Power’s latest rollout of the Targeted Underground Power Program (TUPP) in Perth.
Up to 15,000 residents and businesses in the Cities of Bayswater, Canning, Cockburn, Belmont, Stirling and Kwinana, and the Town of Bassendean will potentially benefit.
Under the TUPP, Western Power identifies suitable projects and works collaboratively with local governments to deliver these programs to their residents.
While many of the new projects are located within Local Governments that have been previously offered projects, this round includes the first ones offered to the Cities of Belmont, Cockburn and Kwinana as part of the TUPP program.
“We're committed to providing the community with a safer, more reliable, and sustainable energy future. By investing in undergrounding, we're supporting the growth of renewable energy and enabling a more sustainable future for everyone,” Western Power Executive Manager Asset Operations Zane Christmas said.
“The areas identified for undergrounding are based on Western Power’s network driven approach, which targets the overhead distribution network with a higher density of assets that are due for replacement,” he said.
“More than 65 per cent of properties on Western Australia’s main electricity grid, the South West Interconnected System, have now converted from overhead distribution power lines to underground power, with 100,000 properties of those the result of the State Underground Power Program.”