Three major goals of renewable energy policy include security of supply, environmental protection and economic development and stability. One way in which our society can work towards achieving these goals is through the addition of wind and other renewable energy sources to the electrical grid. While Nova Scotia has set forth many goals and targets to encourage renewable energy development in the province, many barriers exist. This qualitative study aims to identify these barriers and propose recommendations for overcoming or mitigating them in light of realizing an effective wind energy regime. The barriers were identified and recommendations developed following an extensive literature review and consultation with 17 stakeholders within the electrical power generation sector between September 2008 and April 2009.