Infrastructure of the Province
The province's power supply comes from the National Power Corporation
(NPC) which is distributed locally by three electric cooperatives, namely:
SURNECO in the mainland, DIELCO in Dinagat Island and SIARELCO in
Siargao and Bucas Grande Islands. The 1999 monthly power consumption had
reached to 3,861,772 (or an increase of 1.69% from 1997) from its 45,633
residential, commercial and industrial consumers. The average residential
consumption per month was 2,020,939 kwh, 906,685 kwh per month for
commercial and 195,000 kwh per month for industrial. During 1997 to 1998, the
number of consumers and barangays served by electricity had increased by
2.35% and 3.39% respectively. A total of 305 barangays involving 49,184
households are benefiting power services from the three electric cooperatives.
Some barangays unserved by NPC are being lighted by private generating sets.
Power rate in the mainland (SURNECO) is cheaper compared to the two
operating cooperatives (SIARELCO and DIELCO) in the islands. This is due to
the high cost of operation in the islands.
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