Pole to pillar is the term typically used to describe the conversion of a residential power connection from overhead to underground. Since 1994 Western Power has provided this service at a subsidised rate, which is currently $681.
The subsidised rate was introduced to help reach a target of 50% of metro lines underground. As of early 2017, approximately 65% of metro lines are now underground. Western Power will soon commence recovering the full cost of this service.
For applications received after 5pm on Friday, 7 July 2017, the price will be:
- $3,400 - if you are on the same side of the road as the overhead powerlines.
- $4,900 - if you are on the opposite side of the road to the overhead powerlines.
Residential customers will now be able to keep an overhead supply where it is an existing overhead supply, it is a standard supply, and all safety requirements are met.
All new electricity connections must be undergrounded (with some rural exceptions) so when a block is subdivided and a new connection is introduced, these new connections and all associated connections must be undergrounded.
The “Frequently Asked Questions” below provide additional information.
The Western Power website will be updated on 7 July with the relevant changes.
For further queries contact our Customer Service Centre on 13 10 87.
Frequently asked questions
Pole to pillar is the term used to describe an overhead to underground conversion.
- If you are on the same side of the road as the overhead powerlines the price is $3,400
- If you are on the opposite side of the road to the overhead powerlines the price is $4,900
You can keep an overhead supply when:
- you have an existing overhead electricity supply to your house,
- you only require a standard electricity supply,
- you can meet all the relevant safety requirements, such as clearances near swimming pools, etc., and
- your power connection has not been abolished (if your power supply has been abolished then you need to apply for a new connection).
All new electricity connections and their associated connections must be undergrounded (there are some exceptions in rural areas). Request to underground a new connection.
Pillars need to be located at the junction of the front and common boundaries. Ideally pillars will be located at every second boundary along the street to allow supply to both adjoining lots (standard location). Western Power will allow a pillar to be installed on the opposite common boundary where essential services (i.e. a water meter) are installed in the standard location or there are other obstructions that cannot be removed.
Western Power will review a customer’s request to install a pillar on the non-standard boundary on a case by case basis. Additional charges may apply.
To connect into an existing pillar you need to submit an application for a new residential connection. Western Power will determine if any additional works are required to connect and provide you a quote. In most instances the only costs will be for a “disconnection/re-connection” service for Western Power to come and terminate your consumer mains.
No - only the price to install the pillar is included. The reason is that most often the pillar is installed before the customer is ready to connect into it.
Request an overhead to underground conversion (pole to pillar)
No - any development of more than two lots/dwellings needs to be individually designed and quoted to ensure the supply provided meets your specific needs.
The subsidised rate (currently $681) was introduced in 1994 to help reach a target of 50% of metro lines underground. 65% of lines are now underground. Western Power will now recover the full cost of providing the service, via the price of $3,400 same side of road; $4,900 opposite side of road.
All applications received after 5pm on Friday, 7 July 2017 will have the new prices applied.