Prince Edward Island

PEI ranked 7th in Canada’s first Provincial Energy Efficiency Scorecard, earning 26 points out of 100.

Energy Efficiency Programs See All

Energy efficiency programs secure energy savings through various strategies such as audits, retrofits, training for building tradespeople, “people-centred” or behavioural efficiency strategies, and customized industrial programs.

Energy Efficiency Program Administration

In PEI, a crown corporation acts as an “energy efficiency utility” with an all fuels mandate. Funding is provided by both ratepayer contributions and government funds. Programs are implemented and branded under EfficiencyPEI.

The 2016/2017 PEI Energy Strategy called for establishment of an independent energy efficiency utility with a mandate to pursue efficiency for all fuels. An Act to Amend the Electric Power Act, passed in December 2017, made the PEI Energy Corporation a public utility for the purposes of energy efficiency and demand side resources. The PEI Energy Corporation is a crown corporation under the department of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy. The Corporation can submit energy efficiency plans to the province’s utility commission (The Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission), and the Act requires that each public utility affected by the commission’s approval of an energy efficiency plan pay relevant costs.

The PEI Energy Corporation has delegated EfficiencyPEI to act as the service agency for its efficiency and conservation. EfficiencyPEI commenced operations in 2008 as a government department, and was formerly known as the Office of Energy Efficiency. The changes noted above changed EfficiencyPEI’s parent company to the PEI Energy Corporation.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Energy Efficiency Targets

The 2016/17 provincial energy strategy calls for ramping up to annual electricity savings of 2% per year by 2020, or just under 30 GWh/year under a static load assumption. Savings would start at 0.4% of load in 2017 and ramp up.

The strategy also calls for ramping up to annual energy savings of 2% per year for non-electric fuels by 2020.

Annual electricity savings targets in the PEI Energy Corporation 2018-2021 Demand Side Management Resource Plan were approved by the Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Energy Efficiency as a Resource

Section 16.1 of the Electric Power Act states that the utility commission may order a utility to submit an energy efficiency demand side resources plan or that a public utility may submit one for approval.  There is no mandate to pursue energy efficiency.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Efficiency Potential Study and Energy Planning

An efficiency potential study was completed in 2008.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Cost-Effectiveness Testing

Primary Cost-Effectiveness Test: Program Administrator Cost Test

PEI used the Program Administrator Cost Test, at the portfolio level, in its proposed 2018-2021 DSM Resource Plan.

The PEI Energy Strategy called for a cost-effectiveness screening framework that considers a societal perspective, including non-energy benefits.

The Total Resource Cost (TRC) test is used at the measure level as a secondary test.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Evaluation, Measurement and Verification

No activities identified.

Evaluating and verifying program results can be a challenge for PEI due to the relatively small scale of program activity and low number of participants. However, the 2018-2021 plan calls for independent evaluation, reported to the Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission, with a strategy for leveraging information from neighbouring provinces.

Last reviewed: November 2019

Program Innovation

EfficiencyPEI’s proposed 2018-2021 DSM Resource Plan includes funding for “enabling strategies”. In the initial years these funds will principally be used for public education, reporting, research, and tracking database development.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Support for low-income energy efficiency programs

There are no legislative or regulatory requirements for low-income energy efficiency programming. 

Efficiency PEI dedicated a significant share of its budget to programs targeting low-income populations, through program such as the Home Energy Low-Income Program (HELP), Home Insulation Rebates, Energy Efficiency Equipment Rebates, and the Home Comfort Program. 

Last reviewed: August 2019

Enabling Policies See All

Enabling policies refer to policies, regulations, and other activities that build supportive infrastructure and policy frameworks to advance energy efficiency in a province. 

Support for Financing

An Energy Efficiency Loan Program was launched by the government on November 27th, 2018, with a budget of $7.5 M, a 5% interest rate, and maximum loan size of $10,000.  It is administered by Efficiency PEI. 

Last reviewed: August 2019

Research and Development

The province has supported research on cold climate heat pumps and energy storage.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Lead by example

The 2018 Climate Action plans commits to implementing a greening government program and developing a GHG emissions inventory for government. It also commits to installing 20 additional biomass heating systems in public buildings.

The PEI Climate Change Secretariat has endorsed utilizing NECB 2017 for all new government owned buildings.

Vehicle Fleets
The 2018 Climate Action Plan commits to increasing the use of electric vehicles in its light-duty vehicle fleet.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Grid Modernization

Advanced metering
In 2010, the City of Summerside installed new smart meters on 400 homes and businesses as a pilot project.[1]

Non-wires alternatives
The 2016-2017 Energy Strategy notes that geotargeted energy efficiency can avoid the need to build transmission and distribution capacity. The plan calls for developing a set of guidelines for when geotargeted energy efficiency should be considered and developing geotargeted energy efficiency protocols.

Conservation voltage reduction

Rate design
A declining block rate for residential and small industrial electricity customers with a lower energy charge above a threshold.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Carbon Pricing

The federal carbon pollution pricing system will be implemented in PEI for large industrial facilities. Thus, an output-based system was applied on January 2019.

PEI is administering a four cent a litre price on gasoline and diesel to comply with federal carbon pricing standards. The government has announced it will reduce the gasoline excise to increase gasoline prices by one cent a litre in 2019 and another cent in 2020.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Buildings See All

Buildings are a significant and often neglected component of Canada’s infrastructure, and high-performance buildings are important for our quality of life, physical and mental health, and economic productivity

Building Codes

Housing and Small Buildings
The Building Code Act received Royal Assent in May 2017. This Act enables the government to make regulations that enforce adopt and enforce a specific edition of the National Building Code and National Energy Code of Canada (section 32(a)(a). This enables the province-wide adoption of a building code, while prior to this no building code existed in rural areas of the province while the municipalities of Charlottetown, Summerside and Stratford adopted the 2010 National Building Codes.

The PEI Energy Strategy 2016/2017 plans to adopt the National Building Code and the National Energy Code for Building (2015). Media reports indicate that new codes will be adopted for residential construction over a two year phase-in period.

Large Buildings
The Building Code Act received Royal Assent in May 2017. This Act enables the government to make regulations that adopt and enforce a specific edition of the National Building Code and National Energy Code of Canada (section 32(a)(a).

The PEI Energy Strategy 2016/2017 plans to adopt the 2015 National Energy Code for Building 2015. Media reports indicate that new codes will be phased in for commercial construction.

Stretch or Step Codes 
No formal adoption of a stretch or step code. 

The PEI Energy Strategy 2016/2017 discusses establishing a stretch code that would track the 5-year updates to national building codes.

Net-zero energy ready commitment
No commitment to net-zero energy ready codes.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Building Code Compliance

No activities identified. 

Last reviewed: August 2019

Home Energy Rating and Disclosure

Mandatory home energy rating and disclosure: No
Home energy labelling voluntary or pilot program: No

The 2017 PEI Energy Strategy lists an action item to “implement mandatory building labeling for the residential sector when homes are listed for sale”, and to “examine the feasibility of a mandatory commercial/institutional building energy reporting system, or a voluntary one led by government buildings”.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Building Energy Rating and Disclosure

Mandatory large building energy rating and disclosure: No
Voluntary building benchmarking and transparency program: No

Last reviewed: August 2019

Appliance and Equipment Market Transformation

PEI’s Energy Strategy 2016/17 notes monitoring appliance standards approved in the United States, and other provinces, to reduce the lag time associated with harmonization.

Summerside Electric has supported an energy storage heat pump pilot project

Last reviewed: August 2019

Appliance and Equipment Standards

PEI harmonizes with federally regulated energy-using products.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Efficiency Requirements for Government Supported Housing

The PEI Housing Action Plan 2018-2023 list an action item to “explore mandating new affordable housing units to be built to a to-be-defined energy efficiency standard” over 2019-2023.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Transportation See All

Policies tracked in the transporation area reflect the potential energy savings of closer integration of private transportation with buildings and electricity grids. 

Zero-Emission Vehicles Mandate

There is no zero-emission vehicle mandate in Prince Edward Island. 

Last reviewed: August 2019

Electric Vehicle Charging Program

EV Charging Program: Yes
Support for fast chargers: Yes

In March 2019, PEI received $300,000 to install 6 level-3 electric vehicle fast charging stations under the federal Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative. Note that “range anxiety” is less of an issue in a small sized island.

Last reviewed: August 2019

EV and PHEV Financial Incentives

There are no financial incentives for EV/PHEVs in Prince Edward Island. 

Last reviewed: August 2019

“EV Ready” Building Code

The PEI 2016-2017 Energy Strategy states that the government will consider “mandating that new homes be pre-wired for electric charging and link this measure to the adoption of the National Building Code. We will also examine the feasibility of requiring or encouraging outdoor parking in new multi-unit residential developments to be equipped with EV chargers.”

Last reviewed: August 2019

Industry See All

In recognition that the industrial sector is highly varied across Canada, this database tracks policies that are broadly applicable to all industrial subsectors and provinces.

Energy Management

The 2016-2017 PEI Energy Strategy includes an action to “encourage large commercial/institution buildings to install Energy Management systems and enroll in a Demand Response Program”.

Last reviewed: August 2019

Co-generation / Combined Heat and Power

No activities identified. 

Last reviewed: August 2019

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