Editor: Our Island imports one billion dollars of energy from the mainland every year. This is a tremendous drain on our resources, and is completely unnecessary as we are uniquely able to take advantage of our own renewable sources of energy.
Rather than following, we should be leading the country in showcasing new wind, wave, solar, hydrogen and geothermal technologies. As a community, we need to build on what has already been done and develop a plan to transition to renewable energy as soon as possible.
With the advantages of a relatively autonomous (provincial) government, superb wind and sun resources, mainly domestic energy demand, a need for jobs, an existing energy dependency — not to mention a particular susceptibility to climate change — we can’t afford not to jump at this opportunity.
Various government, private and community organizations across P.E.I. have started to build some of the pieces needed to complete
this transition, but we have to
unify, energize, and organize these efforts in order to achieve what needs to be done.
As a number of scientists have pointed out, when our resources are exhausted then we will all have to live in a 100 per cent sustainable manner. So why not make the transition now, and grow our renewable energy sector, repatriate our energy supplies, clean up our environment, make our contribution to climate change mitigation, and show the rest of the country how it can be done.