What’s happening in my area?

Information on some major projects we are undertaking in our network area

Elwood Zone Substation aged relay replacement

Elwood Zone Substation was constructed in 1970, and the existing electro-mechanical relays providing protection and control are now in need of replacement to ensure the continued supply of electricity to these areas.

The Elwood Zone Substation distributes electricity to a network of over 60km of overhead lines and another 14km of underground cables. Some of these lines and cables run down public roads, and increases the need to upgrade the equipment to keep our network safe.

We are currently working through this upgrade, and expect it to be completed by July 2016.

HV ABC replacement program

Victoria introduced High Voltage Aerial Bundled Cables, which is a heavy duty insulated cable designed to reduce the risk of bushfires being caused by vegetation coming into contact with open cables in heavily vegetated areas, in the late 1980s. This cable is now reaching the end of its life so United Energy has a program in place to replace HV ABC with a more modern, metallic screened cable.

The replacement program is being done in stages with areas deemed to be in the highest bushfire risk areas being replaced first.

The replacement program includes the following areas:

Year Electricity Supply Zone Residential areas HV ABC length (km)
2015 Dromana Red Hill 4.6
2016 Dromana Dromana, Red Hill, Arthurs Seat, Merricks North 12.5
Doncaster Doncaster, Templestowe 0.4
Frankston South Frankston, Langwarrin 0.2
Hastings Hastings 0.6
Mornington Moorooduc, Red Hill, Merricks North 4.6
Rosebud Main Ridge 7.5
2017 Dromana Red Hill 14.8
Doncaster Templestowe 0.4
Frankston South Baxter 0.2
Hastings Tyabb, Somerville, Bittern, Pearcedale 3.8
Keysborough Keysborough 0.1
Mornington Merricks North, Moorooduc 4.5
Sorrento Sorrento 0.1

Residents of these areas may see more trucks than usual on their streets, occasional road closures, and power outages from time to time. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Summer Saver Program

The cost to build and maintain the electricity network that powers the homes and business of our customers are included in their electricity bill as a network change so we are dedicated to ensuring a reliable electricity supply while keeping our costs as low as possible. In order to do this, we build our network to meet the energy demands our customers usually have.

For a few days each year, however, demand shoots up to unusually high levels. This usually occur in summer when we experience a few days in a row of  temperatures over 35 degrees and many people turn on their air-conditioners and other appliances, placing enormous strain on the electricity network.

Summer Saver rewards our customers for helping us to manage this sharp spike in demand and keep the lights (and air conditioners) on but without having to build additional infrastructure which will push up customer’s electricity bills (T&Cs apply).

For more information, please visit unitedenergy.com.au/summersaver.