Western Power is in the process of identifying portions of the existing traditional network that, in the right circumstances, can be decommissioned and replaced with SPS.
If you require a new connection at your property within 10 years of the poles and wires being decommissioned, we will connect your property in accordance with the Electricity Industry (Obligation to Connect) Regulations 2005. As the traditional overhead network will be decommissioned, any new connection at this location will be serviced by a SPS.
To ensure you are not disadvantaged by the removal of the overhead network, Western Power will preserve the network equivalent connection costs for new connection applications for premises which are within 100 metres of the removed poles and wires, for a period of two years from the date of notification of our intention to decommission the network. This means, if you seek a new connection at your property where network infrastructure is scheduled for removal (or has already been removed), you will be able to receive that new connection at the ‘lowest cost’ -being either a network equivalent cost or SPS cost, whichever is lower. After the two-year period has expired, any new customers will be required to pay the full cost of a SPS connection.
The preservation of connection costs is attached to the land, not the customer. For example, in cases where an eligible customer decides to sell or subdivide their land, the new landowner(s) of the property or the subdivided land parcels are eligible for the preserved network connection costs if they have bought the property and applied for a new connection within two years of the customer communication regarding decommissioning being sent.
To be eligible to receive a new connection at the ‘lowest cost’ during the two-year period, you will need to provide all relevant planning information (including, but not limited to, building permits, development plans and approvals or certified electrical loads) when applying for a new connection.
For more information, please contact us.
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