Paula Biggar

Energy Minister Paula Biggar says government will encourage the development of alternative sources of heating and energy on the Island. (CBC)

The P.E.I. government is developing a new energy strategy with a greater focus on renewable power. 

Energy minister Paula Biggar said the new plan will look at alternative power sources, such as solar.

She said it will also focus on ways to make Island energy sustainable and low-cost.

"We're really looking to look at a lot of new strategies that are out there that can reduce energy consumption on Prince Edward Island," said Biggar.

"That will be another plank in our strategy," she added. "How can we encourage that and support that and look at alternative sources of heating and energy for Prince Edward Island."

The next step will be a request for proposals, followed up with public consultations.