PEI: Promoting propane to reduce GHGs in PEI’s fishing industry
Following the very successful Atlantic Seminar held in June in Crowbush PEI, discussions have continued with various PEI government officials and stakeholders.
The Minister of Fisheries & Community’s Affairs Honourable Jamie Fox was briefed on the benefits of using propane in small rural communities across PEI as part of the that government’s new energy program to reduce GHGs. The minister was informed that propane is a cleaner burning fuel and an excellent energy option for Islanders, many of whom are currently dependent on home heating oil, electricity and wood. While there is some wind energy on PEI, it is far from being a true alternative island-wide.
The Minister was also briefed on the concept of fish plants across the province transitioning to propane either as a primary source of energy replacing the use of furnace oil, or replacing diesel for backup generation. A meeting was held with members of the PEI Fishermen’s Association who are seeking a carbon reduction strategy. As was indicated to the Minister, the CPA explained to the fishing group that propane provides a cleaner energy option than the fossil fuels that are traditionally used in the fishing industry.
As Atlantic Committee members will recall from the Seminar, Premier King indicated that his government believes there is a role for low-emission propane in various applications.
The first budget brought in by the government in June saw $10 million injected into PEI’s Climate Action Plan for incentives for fuel switching in existing homes and businesses. In addition, discussions with government officials continue to point to incorporating propane applications throughout government itself such as propane school buses, new building construction and refurbishment of existing government facilities.
It is expected King’s government will set up a special legislative committee up to examine the issue of climate change with public hearings shortly. The CPA will look for an opportunity to participate in those committee meetings.