Reducing energy use and incorporating cleaner and locally produced energy sources, while stabilizing energy prices, is a key issue facing provinces in Canada today. That’s why the Prince Edward Island Energy Corporation (a provincial Crown corporation) hired Dunsky to develop a new provincial energy strategy, one focused on efficiency and sustainability.

Despite being the leader in wind energy in Canada, Prince Edward Island (PEI) relies heavily on imported fossil-fuel-based energy for most of its heating and transportation needs. Our task in developing the strategy was to assist the island in guiding its energy system development in a manner that 1) reduces greenhouse gas emissions, 2) is cost-effective, and 3) benefits the local economy. Our work focused on six areas: energy efficiency and conservation, renewable electricity resources, energy storage, biomass, transportation, and cross-sectorial considerations important for PEI’s energy future.

To ensure that the strategy was a truly provincial one, our team met with government departments, First Nations, NGOs, and other key stakeholders. We facilitated five consultations around the province to gather as much public input as possible. And people responded: we heard from many individuals and representatives, including over 2,000 unique visitors to the Energy Corporation’s energy strategy website.

We are now putting the final touches on the strategy and are beginning to draft a new provincial climate change strategy as well. Once these strategies are implemented, PEI will be on a path of becoming a leader in sustainability and renewables. At Dunsky, we can’t wait to see how the future unfolds in this small but forward-looking province!