The Government of Prince Edward Island is reviewing energy legislation and is inviting Islanders, businesses, communities and energy partners to provide their feedback.
Some of the major considerations include community energy generation, getting PEI to net-zero, and making PEI's energy grid sustainable for the next 25 years.
How we obtain and use energy on PEI needs to undergo a major transformation in the next decade in order to meet our new, science-backed imperative to reduce greenhouse emissions by at least 45% by 2030 in order to contribute our share towards the global emissions reductions necessary to avoid catastrophic warming of more than 1.5 degrees Celsius. Therefore, this is for all intents and purposes the most important shot we have of updating our energy legislation in a way that will set us up for success.
You can help by telling the government what changes you would like to see in our energy legislation - the deadline for written submissions is June 8th, however you can also send an email right now letting them know that you need a bit more time.
To give you some ideas, we asked Official Opposition Energy Critic Steve Howard what he sees as some of the most important updates to our energy legislation. Here's what he suggests:
1. The recognition of storage and methods to monetize storage services (load balancing, frequency regulation etc). This would include batteries, heat storage, EV's etc.
2. The ability to use net billing for all renewable energy generators. This means being able to generate electricity at one site and use it to offset power use at another site - currently the generation must be on the same site. As a small addition to this, any excess power a site creates beyond its own use should be compensated at the minimum purchase price that larger generators get instead of simply wiped clean. This will encourage those who have the room to install more renewables on their sites to do so - while not driving rates up for the rest of the ratepayers.
3. Any large-scale renewable energy project must go out to tender in a competitive process instead of using a minimum purchase price that artificially sets the cost of renewable energy. An open and fair RFP process will attract investment to PEI as well as work to reduce power rates through inexpensive clean energy.
4. The recognition of social and environmental considerations in regulating our utility. Decisions need to be in line with climate goals as well as considering the overall wellbeing of our Island population.
Please send your comments (feel free to include Steve's idea and/or your own!) to [email protected] Remember, the stated deadline is June 8th, but you can also send an email requesting more time!