Victoria currently has over 28,000 km of Single Wire Earth Return (SWER) and over 60,000 km of 22kV high voltage electricity cables across the state, which are predominantly bare-wire.

The Powelrine Bushfire Safety Program (PBSP) opened a grant program in April 2016 that was designed to look for overhead cable technology solutions that would reduce the impact of bushfires starting from bare-wire conductors by bringing into the network new, safer conductors at a lower overall cost than undergrounding powerlines.

The grants were open for businesses and research institutes to develop an innovative cable technology that will reduce the risk of bushfires from powerlines.

Page last updated: 22/02/18