Question Period, Tuesday 17 November 2015
Full transcript available here.

Maritime Electric and CT4 generator ownership negotiations

Dr. Bevan-Baker: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Earlier this year the Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy informed the House that government was in talks with Maritime Electric over the future ownership of the proposed CT4 diesel electric generator.

Could the minister please provide the House with an update as to the status of these negotiations?

Speaker: The hon. Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy.

Ms. Biggar: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Hon. member, as I noted at the standing committee when I was in there, we are putting forward legislation that outlines our responsibilities in terms of ownership of assets in the future. We are continuing going forward. That will be coming forward very soon. We’ll have a fulsome discussion, I’m sure, at the table when that particular energy act comes forward.

Speaker: The hon. Leader of the Third Party, first supplementary.

Legislation timeline re: owning energy capacity

Dr. Bevan-Baker: Okay, Mr. Speaker.

Thank you, minister. Many proposals are currently underway in your portfolio, from new cabling to on-Island diesel generation to a renewable energy plan.

The minister stated that government plans on taking over existing generating capacity. By the way, I’m in favour of that. But when will the legislation be enacted to enable government to do this and is the intent just to own future generation capacity or existing capacity as well?

Speaker: The hon. Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy.

Ms. Biggar: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I think if the hon. member may have read the energy commission report, that did recommend the province taking over all assets. However, what we have determined is we will be looking at the future assets going forward.

Speaker: The hon. Leader of the Third Party, second supplementary.

Mix of renewables

Dr. Bevan-Baker: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I’m glad to hear that. Once government is in control of these new generating assets we’ll be in a much better position to set our renewable energy targets. Can the minister give us an indication of what mix of renewables we might expect to see being brought forward?

Speaker: The hon. Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy.

Ms. Biggar: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Hon. member, as I had mentioned also at the standing committee, we are putting together a new energy strategy for Prince Edward Island that will include looking at renewables such as solar, wind, biomass, and other initiatives that will help save energy for Islanders.

We will certainly be going forward with that very soon with an RFP, and we will have discussions and consultation with stakeholders across Prince Edward Island in that regard. Our target will be to have that prepared for the spring time and be ready to implement that as part of our green energy strategy with the federal government as well. I look forward to sharing that information with you. When the RFP is finalized you’ll see that coming out.

 

Leave a Reply