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Provincial and Territorial Energy Profiles – Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island
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  • Figure 1: Electricity Generation by Fuel Type (2017)

    Figure 1: Electricity Generation by Fuel Type (2017)

    Source and Description:

    Statistics Canada (Tables 25-10-0020-01 and 25-10-0019-01), NEB Estimates

    This pie chart shows electricity generation by source in PEI. A total of 0.6 TW.h of electricity was generated in 2017.

  • Figure 2: Electricity Capacity and Primary Fuel Sources Map

    Figure 2: Electricity Capacity and Primary Fuel Sources

    Source and Description:

    NEB, Natural Resources Canada

    This map shows electricity generation facilities in PEI. Facilities are shown by capacity and by primary fuel source.

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  • Figure 3: End-Use Demand by Sector (2016)

    Figure 3: End-Use Demand by Sector (2016)

    Source and Description:

    NEB – Canada's Energy Future 2018

    This pie chart shows end-use energy demand in PEI by sector. Total end-use energy demand was 27.5 PJ in 2016. The largest sector was transportation at 44% of total demand, followed by industrial (at 26%), residential (at 19%), and lastly, commercial (at 11%).

  • Figure 4: End-Use Demand by Fuel (2016)

    Figure 4: End-Use Demand by Fuel (2016)

    Source and Description:

    NEB – Canada's Energy Future 2018

    This figure shows end-use demand by fuel type in PEI in 2016. Refined petroleum products accounted for 16.9 PJ (61%) of demand, followed by electricity at 7.5 PJ (27%), biofuels at 1.4 PJ (5%), natural gas at 1.4 PJ (5%), and other at 0.0 PJ.

    Note: "Other" includes coal, coke, and coke oven gas.

  • Figure 5: GHG Emissions by Sector

    Figure 5: GHG Emissions by Sector

    Source and Description:

    Environment and Climate Change Canada – National Inventory Report

    This stacked column graph shows GHG emissions in PEI by sector every five years from 1990 to 2016 in MT of CO2e. Total GHG emissions have decreased in PEI from 1.9 MT of CO2e in 1990 to 1.8 MT of CO2e in 2016.

Energy Production

Crude Oil

  • Prince Edward Island (PEI) does not have any commercial crude oil production.
  • Canada’s first offshore well was drilled 12 kilometres (km) south of Charlottetown in Hillsborough Bay in 1943. The well was dry and did not produce any oil.

Refined Petroleum Products (RPPs)

  • There are no refineries in PEI.

Natural Gas/Natural Gas Liquids (NGLs)

  • There is no natural gas or NGL production in PEI. PEI has some natural gas reservoirs, but only 20 exploratory wells have been drilled on and around the province to date.
  • In November 2018, Corridor Resources Ltd. announced that it was decommissioning two exploration wells near Cavendish. The wells never produced any commercial quantities of naturl gas.

Electricity and Renewables

  • In 2017, PEI generated about 0.6 terawatt hours (TW.h) of electricity (Figure 1), which is approximately 0.1% of total Canadian production. PEI has a generating capacity of 366 megawatts (MW).
  • Roughly 98% of power generation on PEI is from wind farms. As of 2017, there were 203 MW of installed wind capacity on PEI (Figure 2). However, the majority of electricity consumed in PEI comes from New Brunswick, which generates electricity from a mix of nuclear, fossil fuels, and hydroelectricity.
  • Diesel and oil-fired facilities are used to meet periods of peak power demand and during emergencies when wind generation or off-island imports are interrupted.
  • The majority of PEI’s electrical generation, transmission, and distribution is provided by Maritime Electric Company Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fortis Inc.
  • Some thermal generating facilities are owned by a municipal utility in Summerside. Eight wind farms are owned by a small number of independent companies, including a municipal utility, an independent power producer, and a Crown corporation.

Energy Transportation and Trade

Crude Oil and Liquids

  • There are no refineries in PEI.

Natural Gas

  • PEI is not connected to any natural gas pipeline systems.

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)

  • There are no current or proposed LNG facilities in PEI.


  • PEI is a net importer of electricity and sources approximately 60% of its electricity from New Brunswick. Electricity is transmitted between provinces by four subsea cables under the Northumberland Strait.
  • The Interconnection Upgrade Project was completed and placed in service in 2017. The project increases transmission capacity between New Brunswick and PEI by adding two new 180 MW subsea cables. The original two cables linking PEI and New Brunswick were installed in 1977 with a capacity of 100 MW each.
  • Power is distributed around the Island on 6 023 kilometres (km) of transmission and distribution power lines.

Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions

Total Energy Consumption

  • End-use demand in PEI was 27.5 PJ in 2016. The largest sector for energy demand was transportation at 44% of total demand, followed by industrial at 26%, residential at 19%, and commercial at 11% (Figure 3). PEI’s total energy demand was the 10th largest in Canada, and the 11th largest on a per capita basis.
  • RPPs were the largest fuel type consumed in PEI, accounting for 16.9 PJ, or 61%. Electricity and biofuels accounted for 7.5 PJ (27%) and 1.7 PJ (6%), respectively (Figure 4).

Refined Petroleum Products

  • Gasoline consumed in PEI is primarily produced at the Irving Oil refinery in Saint John, New Brunswick.
  • The Irving Oil Terminal in Charlottetown receives gasoline, diesel, heating oil, and kerosene via ship. RPPs are then distributed throughout the island by truck.
  • Total 2017 demand for RPPs in PEI is estimated at 8.1 thousand barrels per day, or less than 1% of total Canadian RPP demand.
  • PEI’s per capita RPP consumption in 2017 was 3 078 litres (19.4 barrels), or 7% above the national average of 2 886 litres per capita.
  • PEI’s Regulatory and Appeals Commission regulates provincial prices for gasoline, diesel, furnace oil, and propane. The Commission schedules price changes on the 1st and 15th of each month.

Natural Gas

  • A small amount of compressed natural gas is trucked into PEI for industrial use.


  • In 2016, annual electricity consumption per capita in PEI was 14.6 megawatt hours (MW.h). PEI ranked 7th in Canada for per capita electricity consumption and consumed 2% less than the national average.
  • PEI’s largest consuming sector for electricity was industrial at 1.2 TW.h. The commercial and residential sectors consumed 0.7 TW.h and 0.2 TW.h, respectively. PEI’s electricity demand has grown 44% since 2005.
  • PEI’s renewable capacity increased from 14 MW in 2005 to 205 MW in 2016. Its share of generation from renewables also increased from 86% to 99% in this period. The Renewable Energy Act passed in 2005 contributed to this increase by requiring utilities to source a minimum of 15% of their energy from renewable sources (including out of province purchases) by 2010. In mid-2015, the Act was amended to eliminate this requirement.

GHG Emissions

  • PEI’s GHG emissions in 2016 were 1.8 megatonnes (MT) of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e).Footnote 1 PEI’s emissions have decreased 6% since 1990.
  • PEI’s emissions per capita are 12.2 tonnes CO2e per capita – 37% below the Canadian average of 19.4 tonnes per capita.
  • The largest emitting sectors in PEI are transportation at 48% of emissions, agriculture at 25%, and buildings (residential and service industry) at 16% (Figure 5).
  • PEI’s GHG emissions from the oil and gas sector in 2016 were zero.
  • Data for GHG emissions from PEI’s power sector was not available for 2016.

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