Kensington Project Area

Map of the Kensington underground power area


The State Underground Power Program (SUPP) replaces overhead power lines with underground power infrastructure. The Program is a partnership between the State Government, Western Power and local government and is administered by Energy Policy WA. 

Western Power is currently finalising the detailed design for the installation of underground power in the Kensington and surrounding area indicated above. Following this, a report will be presented to Council to endorse the project and subsequent charges.

Benefits of underground power

Underground power delivers a host of benefits such as improved reliability and supply enhanced streetscapes and visual amenity; reduced street tree maintenance costs for local governments and LED streetlighting.

LED streetlighting benefits include:

  • 30 per cent less energy use than standard streetlights
  • Reach full brightness instantly
  • Contain no mercury or lead, which is better for the environment
  • Emit no UV rays or infrared radiation
  • Operate at a much cooler temperature, making LED lights a safer option
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and landfill.

Keeping you informed

The City will provide further updates on this page as the project progresses and residents will soon be invited to an information session with the project team that will cover what you can expect as the works proceed and answer any questions or concerns you may have.

News Listings

December 2011

Salter Point Underground Power Project

Media Release 2 December 2011

The City along with Western Power and the Office of Energy today signed an agreement for the commencement of the State Underground Power Project for Round 5 in Salter Point.

Underground Power
June 2011

Underground Power

Media Response 15 June 2011

Media enquiry regarding underground power and the removal of overhead powerlines.

Underground Power
December 2010

Underground Power for Salter Point

Media Response 23 December 2010

Media enquiry regarding Salter Point will be receiving underground power as part of Round Five of the State Underground Power Program.

Underground Power
September 2009

Underground Power Project Completion - Como

Media Release 2 September 2009

The City together with Western Power this morning announced the completion of the Underground Power Project (UPP) in east Como.

Underground Power