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Manuals, guides & standards


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 customer connection requirements The Distribution customer connection requirements details network arrangements for both customer connections and the interconnection of substations to Western Power's LV/HV distribution network within the South West Interconnected Network (SWIN)
Distribution substation plant manual The Distribution substation plant manual (DSPM) contains a suite of standard diagrammatic representation designs of Western Power plant and equipment within a specified land area (the distribution substation site).
Safety, health and environment requirements for contractors The Safety, health and environment requirements for contractors outlines our expectations of contractors.
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 (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).   


Customer funded community engagement If you have requested work by Western Power you may be required to demonstrate that you have undertaken community engagement for your project.
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 acceptable use of ICT systems The Guidelines for acceptable use of ICT systems seeks to ensure that ICT systems are used in a legal, ethical and responsible manner. The IT and Records Management policy sets out record-keeping obligations, and the ICT Cyber Security Standard sets out obligations to protect our systems.
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.
Network Integration Guidelines The Network Integration Guidelines details requirements for AS/NZS 4777 compliant Inverter Embedded Generator (IEG) systems based on the customer’s connection arrangement from the Western Power network.  It provides guidance on:
  • identifying the customer's network supply arrangement;
  • determining maximum IEG able to be connected to that current supply arrangement;
  • understanding what types of systems can be connected (PV, energy storage, other energy sources); and
  • identifying the correct requirements to be met.
An interim document Battery Inverter Energy System(IES) Requirements details requirements in addition to the Network Integration Guideline for these Battery IES.  This interim document is to be used in conjunction with the Network Integration Guideline and implementation will be required by the 1st January 2018.
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
Small generator user guide The guide for the connection of generators up to 10 MW to our grid.
Technical compliance report (TCR) and guidelines The technical compliance report (TCR) has been prepared with guidelines to assist applicants and users to report Technical Rules compliance.
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.

Technical Rules interpretation notification - frequency control Information regarding frequency control requirements.
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.
Technical Rules Notice of General Conditional Exemption: Multi-residential Inverter Energy Systems The purpose of this exemption is to simplify the requirements for groups of small generating units consisting exclusively of type-certified, AS/NZS4777 and IEC62116 compliant, IES not exceeding 5 kVA per individual residence, with the aggregate rated capacity not exceeding (or not intending to exceed) 500 kVA.

Policies & Standards

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.
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 standard The distribution pole to pillar standard sets out the conditions under which Western Power will provide a domestic Pole to Pillar underground connection within an overhead electricity distribution network.
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.

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.
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.
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 & Environment policy summarises our commitment to safe outcomes for our workforce, our customers and the environment.
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.

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.