Energy Industry Documents
Resources in this section begin with publications then fact sheets for the topics in each section. General resources are first in this page.
ST 98 Alberta's Energy Reserves Supply/Demand Outlook
Each June the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) publishes a report that includes estimates of reserves for crude bitumen, crude oil, conventional natural gas, coalbed methane, natural gas liquids, coal, and sulphur for the province, it also forecasts supply and demand.
Mines and Minerals Act and Regulations
Resources in this site;
- Technical Royalty information
- Historical Royalty Data (1994 - present)
- Industry activity reports
- Interactive maps
- PDF maps
- Frequently Asked Questions
General Fact Sheets
This fact sheet lists statistics for Greenhouse gas emissions, water usage and what Alberta is doing to limit impacts on the environment.
Oil and Gas Royalties in Alberta
Royalties help fund important programs like health, education and infrastructure. They ensure that Albertans receive a portion of the benefits arising from the development of the province’s energy resources. This fact sheet explains what royalties are and how they are calculated.
Upgrading and Refining
This fact sheet examines refining capacity in Alberta and upgrader projects currently scheduled or undergoing construction.
Talk About Water use in the oil patch
The Government of Alberta and the oil industry share Albertans’ concerns regarding appropriate water management and use by industry.
Price Fact Sheets
Mineral Assessment Reports Search and Listing
These reports are prepared (guidelines ) and submitted by mineral exploration companies as a requirement of holding a metallic and industrial mineral permit in Alberta. They are confidential for the first year, but become public to further the discovery of mineral deposits. The reports are now searchable by report text content, assessment number, project name and release date.
Mineral Development Strategy
This framework outlines the vision, goals and strategic direction for mineral exploration and development in Alberta. It was developed by the department in consultation with stakeholders to enhance the potential development of base and precious metals, gemstones, industrial minerals and other solid minerals in Alberta.
An Introduction to Metallic and Industrial Mineral Rights in Alberta
This Power point presentation summarizes mining activity in Alberta, and provides the basic rules and principles relating to Alberta-owned metallic and industrial mineral rights and agreements.
Coal and Minerals Fact Sheets and Guides
- Minerals (fact sheet)
- Exploring for Minerals (guide - how to stake a claim, or a acquire a metallic and industrial minerals permit)
- Going for Gold (guide for gold panning and placer mining, also in a printable version Going for Gold )
Alberta's Wholesale Electricity Market Transition Recommendation
This AESO recommendation was endorsed by the Government of Alberta in November of 2016. The plan will transition Alberta from an energy market to a new framework that includes an energy market and a capacity market .
Transmission Facilities Cost Monitoring Committee (TFCMC)
The TFCMC was established by the Minister of Energy in July 2010 and is responsible for reviewing records related to cost, scope, schedule and variances of Alberta transmission facility projects that are forecast to cost in excess of $100 million.
Reports (all in PDF format on the UCA site);
- Terms of Reference (MO 64)
- Review of Cost Status of Major Transmission Projects in Alberta for December 2015, June 2015, December 2014, June 2014, December 2013, June 2013, December 2012, June 2012, December 2011 and June 2011.
- Transmission Cost Recovery sub-committee report 2012
Regulated Retail Energy Harmonization Inquiry
Report by the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) about the harmonization of the Regulated Rate Option Regulation and the Default Gas Supply Regulation. (December 2011)
Hydroelectric Power Generation Development Inquiry
Report by the AUC on their inquiry into the regulatory approval process for hydroelectric developments in Alberta. (August 2011)
Alberta Smart Grid Inquiry
Report by the AUC on the potential for application of smart grid in Alberta. (June 2011)
Advanced Metering Study and participants
A real-time electricity study to measure the electricity consumption behaviour of consumers has been initiated by the departments of Environment and Energy, Alberta Innovates, EPCOR and ENMAX. (May 2010)
2009 Electric Transmission Systems Study
The Electric Utilities Amendment Act, 2012 (formerly known as Bill 8) was passed by the Alberta Legislature to ensure that the need for all future transmission lines be assessed by the Alberta Utilities Commission a full needs assessment process, not the provincial cabinet.Stantec was commissioned to study transmission technologies.
The Government appointed a Nuclear Power Expert Panel in 2008 to prepare a report on nuclear energy. In March 2009 the Panel released their report , in April Nuclear Power consultation began. It involved a workbook for public feedback, consultation results were compiled for the minister and released in December of 2009.
Alberta’s Hydroelectric Energy Resources
In Alberta there are five main river basins, the Athabasca, North Saskatchewan, Peace, Slave and South Saskatchewan. The ultimate hydroelectric energy potential that could be extracted from these river basins is about 53,000 gigawatt hours per year or 42,000 gigawatt hours per year at identified sites. This Alberta Utilities Commission report is an update on hydro resources in Alberta. (2010)
Alberta's Electricity Policy Framework: Competitive-Reliable-Sustainable A final policy paper design of the regulated rate option (RRO); short and long-term adequacy; and other inter-related market issues. (2005)
Industrial Systems Policy Statement
Definitions of industrial systems, and the policy objectives and implications of exempting these systems from the Electric Utilities Act (EUA). (June 1997)
The Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC), the provincial regulator, is responsible to collect and report information on installed generation capacity, electricity generation and sales. This information is available through the Annual Electricity Data Collection , updated annually.
The Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO), the province's electricity system operator is responsible for the safe, reliable and economic planning and operation of Alberta’s interconnected electric system and wholesale electricity market. It is a not-for-profit organization. They offer electricity information and reports on a wide range of topics, including an Annual market statistics report .
- Electricity agencies and the Utilities Consumer Advocate (UCA) (roles of the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC), Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO), the Balancing Pool, Market Surveillance Administrator (MSA) and the UCA)
- Electricity System (an illustration of how generation, transmission, distribution and retail work)
- Micro-Generation (explains Micro-generation Regulation that allows consumers to generate their own electricity) (December 2013)
- Reading Your Bill (explains a sample bill for a typical home) (December 2014)
- Renewable Electricity Program (program to increase large scale renewable energy generation)
Summary of Alberta's Shale- and Siltstone-Hosted Hydrocarbon Resource Potential
This summary produced by Alberta Geological Survey under the Alberta Energy Regulator provides baseline data, information, and understanding of the geology, distribution, reservoir characteristics, and hydrocarbon resource potential of Alberta shales.
Natural Gas overview brochure
The brochure represents Alberta’s combined capabilities in natural gas – our producing fields, our network of export pipelines, massive storage capability, a major benchmark pricing mechanism, trading services, numerous points of consumption from electricity generation to residential heating, and a world-class petrochemicals sector that adds value to natural gas liquids.
Gas Royalty Information Bulletins
These Information Bulletins highlight proposed changes to legislation, regulations or operating procedures. They are published on a monthly basis and provide industry clients with updated information regarding reporting requirements for the determination of natural gas royalty.
- Hydraulic Fracturing
- Natural Gas Facts
- Explaining Your Gas Bill (Note: energy costs and delivery costs may be billed by separate entities)
Identification of Enhanced Oil Recovery Potential in Alberta
Sproule Associates Limited was contracted by the Energy Resources Conservation Board to prepare this study from March 2011 to March 2012. More information about the project objectives and the actual reports are available in the Enhanced Oil Recovery section of this site.
Summary of Alberta's Shale- and Siltstone-Hosted Hydrocarbon Resource Potential
This summary produced by Alberta Geological Survey under the Energy Resource Appraisal Group of the Energy Resources Conservation Board provides baseline data, information, and understanding of the geology, distribution, reservoir characteristics, and hydrocarbon resource potential of Alberta shales.
Jacobs Report, this report, contracted by the Alberta Government, provides new information on the life cycle assessment of the greenhouse gases associated with crude oils used in the European Union.
- Executive Summary
- Final Report
Alberta Energy Policy Review Pathway Study 2012
Addresses policy implications arising from the findings of the Jacobs Consultancy’s “EU Pathway Study: Life Cycle Assessment of Crude Oils in A European Context (2012)” report.
Schedule "A" (The "S" portion of the oil royalty formula, effective January 1, 1993)Western Canada Drilling Cycle Optimization
This report supplies the "S" basic royalty in cubic meters that is used in the appropriate royalty formula based on the vintage (old, new or Third Tier) and density (Heavy or Non-heavy) of the well. The report divides production volumes into ranges of 500 and each range is further divided into sections of 20 pages.
0-499.9 500-999.9 1000 - 1499.9 1500-2000
A study undertaken to examine and provide actionable recommendations that assist optimization of the industry cycle on seismic and drilling activities in Western Canada.
Bitumen Assay Program (BAP) Aggregate Assay Information
The BAP is an ongoing multiphase project designed to obtain resource information on Alberta's oil sands bitumen quality. Bitumen assays were generated by Maxxam Analytics and aggregated by Alberta Energy to create aggregate assays that are based on a combination of oil sands region and recovery technology to ensure the anonymity of each oil sands operator's specific bitumen assay data.
Industry Activity Reports provide the most current data available for drilling activity in Alberta. Included in the report are data for new licences, spuds, land sales, rig activity and well completions.
Quarterly Industry Reports A quarterly report for projects and related activities occurring in the oil sands, including government and industry updates and detailed project listings.
CHOPS: Cold Heavy Oil Production with Sand in the Canadian Heavy Oil Industry This report explores the technical, economic and environmental issues related to CHOPS, refers to other new processes and emerging production technologies, and details emerging possibilities for expanding or prolonging CHOPS production in Alberta. 2002
UNITAR (7th) - Alberta's Oil Sands: Update on the Generic Royalty Regime , October 27 - 31, 1998
A Conversation on Oil Sands and the Environment, 2008 (9 segments; Why do we need the oil sands?,
How big are the oil sands?, What is the role of new technology?, How will the land be reclaimed?, What is the impact of tailings ponds?, Is air quality affected?, What is the impact on climate change?, and Can Alberta find solutions?)
Alberta's Oil Sands Leased Area September 2017
Alberta's Oil Sands Projects and Upgraders September 2017
- List and Locations September 2017
Oil Sands June 2017
Royalties September 2012
Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) 2017
Upgrading and Refining February 2017
Water and the Oil Patch April 2011
A listing of external resources for oil sands is also available.Petroleum and Natural Gas Tenure in Alberta (Quick print brochure, updated February 2017*)
Brochure in book print format ( 7 1/2" x 11")
This publication provides a history of Crown mineral rights and the administration of Alberta's petroleum and natural gas mineral agreements. Tenure in Alberta is a permanent listing on Alberta's Open Government site. *Note: This publication was updated due to an error found on Page 11, Figure 6. It previously read, “Selecting sections using a single qualifying well for a section 17”. It has now been updated to reflect the correct statement “Selecting sections using a single qualifying well for a section 16”. Alberta Energy apologizes for any inconvenience this error may have caused.
Zone Designation (ZD's ) and Deeper Rights Reversion Zone Designation (DRRZD's) Information Exchange (2007) An explanation of the designations.
Automation of Submission of Third Party Requests, Surrenders, Reinstatements and Electronic Notifications of Notices, Rental Defaults & Royalty Defaults – CAPLA Lunch & Learn (2017) ETS Enhancements as per IB 2017-01
Mineral Ownership in Alberta
The Department of Energy administers Crown owned minerals on behalf of the province. The Alberta Crown owns approximately 81% of the province's mineral rights. The remaining 19% are either freehold minerals or belong to the Crown in the right of Canada.
Alberta Regional Boundary
This map shows the Plains, Northern and Foothills regions of Alberta. These regions are used to determine the type of agreement term for petroleum and natural gas agreements.
A listing of external resources for tenure is also available.
Hydraulic Fracturing This fact sheet provides information on hydraulic fracturing in Alberta.
Summary of Alberta's Shale- and Siltstone-Hosted Hydrocarbon Resource Potential (Alberta Geological Survey under the Alberta Energy Regulator)
ST59: Alberta Drilling Activity Monthly Statistics annual reports (Alberta Energy Regulator, AER)
The Ultimate Potential for Unconventional Petroleum from the Montney Formation of British Columbia and Alberta 2013 (National Energy Board, NEB)