Steve Howard - Critic for Energy, Transportation and Infrastructure

Steve Howard is the founder and current president of Renewable Lifestyles Ltd., the leader in renewable energy installs in Atlantic Canada. He is also the founder and developer of Solar Island Electric Inc. a community driven investment business that has made PEI a leader in per capita community owned solar electric installs in the Canada, as well as founding member and past President of the Summerside Makerspace - a non-profit organization that encourages community based innovation and learning.

Steve studied Computer Engineering and Information Systems Technology at Holland College. For the last 15 years he has been at the forefront of the renewable energy industry and has been consulted by all levels of government with regards to the climate and/or the energy future of Summerside, PEI, and the Maritimes. He has been a strong voice for distributed renewables for the last decade with a focus on ensuring technology brings us all benefits not a few of us. Steve is interested in creating a resilient Island-owned grid that facilitates the transition to a 100% renewable energy future.

"PEI has the flexibility and potential, due to our small size, to be a world leader in regards to energy infrastructure. In a world where transportation is destined to become electrified, we need to make the investments today that will get us to where we want to be tomorrow. People-owned renewable power on PEI can be a significant driver of local prosperity and resilience. With clean, Islander-owned, inexpensive power at our disposal, we can work towards low cost clean transit, lower-cost home heating, and someday becoming a net energy exporter. All of this can help fuel the social programs we all would like to see in place."

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Electric_bill.pngOn PEI if you use less energy per month you pay more per kWh than someone who uses more than you. Residentially we pay 13.96 cents per kWh for the first 2000 kWh and 11.08 cents per kWh for every kWh above 2000 per month.

We could and should reward those who use less and make those who use more pay their fair share. It is the higher consumption users who contribute to the expensive upgrades we require more so than the lower consumption users. Why do we reward the behaviour we would like to mitigate and punish the behaviour we are trying to encourage?