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Prince Edward Island: World Leader in Wind Power Development

Since Prince Edward Island introduced its Island Wind Energy strategy in 2008, the province has become a world leader in wind power development.


PEI has a total peak electrical load of over 240 MW and the Island's seven wind facilities have a combined generating capacity of 203 MW


The five gauges presented below represent the total PEI electrical load, total on-Island generation (both wind and fossil fueled), and the breakdown of how much wind energy is used locally and how much is exported off-Island.

  Total On-Island Load Total On-Island Wind Generated Total On-Island Fossil Fueled Generation
27.91% of full load 0.02% of full load   Wind Power Used On-Island Wind Power Exported Off-Island
1.4% of Wind Generated 98.6% of Wind Generated

Updated: 2016-07-23 17:44:01




Explanation of Gage Displays Above



    Total On-Island Load is the amount of electricity required to power lights, motors, appliances and other users of electric energy in PEI.


    Total On-Island Wind Generated is the amount of electricity being generated from all wind facilities in the province


    Total On-Island Fossil Fueled Generation is the amount of electricity being generated from oil fired equipment. Typically, this generation is only required when there is an interruption of supply from off Island.


    Wind Power Used On-Island includes only that portion of the Total Wind Generated that is being used to meet purchase agreements of the provinceís two electrical utilities, Maritime Electric Company, Limited (MECL) and City of Summerside Electric Utility.


    Wind Power Exported Off-Island is that portion of wind generation that is supplying contracts elsewhere. The actual electricity from this portion of wind generation may stay within PEI but is satisfying a contractual arrangement in another jurisdiction.



Meeting Prince Edward Islandís Fluctuating Demand


Ensuring there is a constant supply of electricity to meet fluctuating demand is complex. This means jurisdictions, including Prince Edward Island must work with other jurisdictions to ensure we can buy, sell and swap blocks of electricity to meet our consumer demand at all times.


Usually all electricity generated in PEI remains on-Island. But when our demand increases beyond our capacity, or when our demand is lower than our generating capacity, we buy, sell or swap electricity, with off-Island partners.


Wind energy exported off-island, while generated on PEI, is not included in the calculation of the percentage of renewable power supplied to the province.



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