Prince Edward Island

Overview of Electricity Sector

An island province, smallest both in size and population, Prince Edward Island (PEI) is the only province that cannot substantially supply all its own electricity resources. It imports the vast bulk of its electricity from oil, diesel and nuclear plants in New Brunswick, which are transmitted across the Northumberland Strait via two large submarine cables[i]. PEI...

Renewable Energy

Despite its relative lack of on-island hydro and biomass resources, PEI’s excellent wind regime has allowed it to generate a substantial portion of its electricity from renewable energy. The first commercial wind farm in the Maritimes was installed in North Cape in 2001 by the government-owned PEI Energy Corporation. Today, the province hosts seven wind farms,...

Community Energy

Although PEI has developed a substantial amount of wind power, the province is lagging in community energy development. The province does have a successful example of a municipal renewable energy initiative in the City of Summerside. In 2009, the city commissioned a 12 MW wind farm. The wind farm is 100% owned by the city and supplies...

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