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Moving towards a more diversified energy sector (June 11, 2018)
New jobs and more private investment will be just some of the benefits of a more diversified energy sector, thanks to three new incentive programs created through the Energy Diversification Act.

Alberta supports federal pipeline purchase (May 29, 2018)
In a major step forward for Albertans and all Canadians, the Government of Canada, with support from the Government of Alberta, has purchased the Trans Mountain Pipeline and associated assets.

Trans Mountain Pipeline: Premier Notley (May 24, 2018)
Premier Rachel Notley issued a statement in response to the B.C. Supreme Court’s dismissal of legal challenges by the Squamish Nation and the City of Vancouver regarding the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project.

Trans Mountain Pipeline keeps Canada working (May 10, 2018)
Billboards are now on display across British Columbia as the Government of Alberta launches a nationwide campaign to highlight the economic, social and environmental benefits of the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion, see Keep Canada Working external link icon for more information.

Oil sands innovation cuts emissions, creates jobs (May 8, 2018) 
Nine Alberta oil sands technologies will receive more than $70 million through the Oil Sands Innovation Challenge to support economic growth in the oil sands sector. The funds are provided by the Alberta government through Emissions Reduction Albertaexternal link icon(ERA), an organization that accelerates the development and demonstration of innovative, emissions-reducing technologies.

Protecting Alberta jobs, cutting methane pollution (April 24, 2018) 
Alberta is protecting jobs and the economic competitiveness of its oil and gas sector as it delivers on its commitment to cut industrial methane pollution 45 per cent by 2025.

New protection for Alberta power consumers (April 19, 2018)
Proposed legislation would help stabilize electricity prices, while better protecting Albertans from incorrect power bills.

Preserving Canada’s economic prosperity (April 16, 2018)
The Alberta government has introduced new legislation that would give the province the power it needs to restrict the export of natural gas, crude oil and refined fuels across its borders.

Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion: Premier Notley (April 8, 2018)
Premier Rachel Notley issued the following statement after Kinder Morgan suspended non-essential spending on the Trans Mountain expansion: “Albertans have been clear – get this pipeline built. And Albertans are right – this pipeline must be built."

Advocating for Alberta energy (April 6, 2018)
Premier Notley will be in New York for The Future of Energy Summit, hosted by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) from April 8 to 11. The summit is an invitation-only forum for leaders in industry, finance and policy to explore current energy issues and the future of the energy sector. 

Renewable energy to power new jobs, investment (April 4, 2018)
Competition is now open for the second and third rounds of the Renewable Electricity Program, which will see more private-sector investment, jobs and partnerships with Indigenous communities. The Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) has opened the first of a three-stage competitive process, under which bids will be considered to provide a total of 700 megawatts of renewable energy, or enough to power nearly 300,000 homes.

Building on Alberta’s energy strengths (March 12, 2018)
New initiatives would create thousands of jobs, attract billions of dollars in private investment and secure Alberta’s energy future through diversification and innovation, under legislation introduced today

Investing in a diversified energy future (March 8, 2018)
New initiatives would create thousands of jobs, attract billions of dollars in private investment and secure Alberta’s energy future through diversification and innovation, under legislation introduced today.

Throne speech focused on Albertans’ priorities (March 8, 2018)
Fighting for pipelines, creating jobs and making sure this economic recovery is built to last and built for regular Albertans – that’s the focus of the Alberta government this legislative session. 

Promoting opportunities in Alberta’s energy sector (March 1, 2018) 
Energy Minister Margaret McCuaig-Boyd will travel to Houston, Texas, to promote investment in Alberta’s oil and gas industry during a major U.S. energy conference. While attending CERAWeek from March 4 to 7, Minister McCuaig-Boyd will meet with potential investors about value-added opportunities in Alberta’s downstream sector. She will also participate in a panel session on the growth of energy development in Western Canada, discussing the important actions Alberta is taking to grow production and attract new investment while reducing emissions.

Securing Alberta’s future through energy diversification (February 26, 2018)
Alberta will build on its strengths by leveraging billions of dollars in new private-sector investment to create thousands of jobs in a diversified energy industry,while also building on initiatives underway, such as the Petrochemicals Diversification Program (PDP). Premier Rachel Notley announced that support for full-scale commercialization of partial-upgrading technologies will be among the government’s next steps toward energy diversification, taking action on recommendations from the Energy Diversification Advisory Committee (EDAC).

New industrial energy efficiency rebates available (February 21, 2018)
Industrial businesses, including small-to-medium sized oil and gas industries, are now eligible to receive rebates for switching to energy-efficient products. Alberta businesses are saving energy and money through Energy Efficiency Alberta’s Business Non-Profit and Institutional (BNI) Energy Savings Program. As of December 2017, more than 1,200 organizations have participated in the BNI program, receiving a total of $3.5 million in rebates or an average of $2,600 per project. 

New tools to keep Canada working (February 13, 2018)
The Alberta government is releasing online tools to encourage Canadians to share their views about actions taken by the B.C. government to block the Trans Mountain Pipeline. 

Premier Notley: Further measures to defend Alberta (February 9, 2018)
Premier Rachel Notley has established a task force of prominent Canadians to respond to B.C.’s unconstitutional attack on the Trans Mountain Pipeline and the jobs that go with it.

Indigenous partnerships power renewable energy (February 5, 2018)
The highly competitive opening round of the program attracted about $1 billion of private-sector investment in green power generation in Alberta. Building off that momentum, the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) is preparing to open the second and third series of competitions, which will add approximately 700 megawatts of renewable energy, or enough to power nearly 300,000 homes. The second round of competition will see companies partner with Indigenous communities to provide 300 megawatts of renewable power.

Governments renew oil sands monitoring agreement (December 21, 2017)
The governments of Canada and Alberta today renewed their commitment to continue providing clear and scientifically rigorous information on the environmental impacts of oil sands development in northeastern Alberta. Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Alberta’s Minister of Environment and Parks signed a memorandum of understanding formalizing their governments’ shared responsibility to continue a long-term environmental monitoring program in the region.

Power price protection for Medicine Hat consumers (December 19, 2017)
Medicine Hat power consumers will not pay more than 6.8 cents per kilowatt hour through May 2021. This is the same protection offered to Alberta families, farms and small businesses on the Regulated Rate Option (RRO) thanks to An Act to Cap Regulated Electricity Rates, which took effect in June 2017.

The RRO is the default electricity contract for the vast majority of Albertans, but does not apply to Medicine Hat consumers because the city operates its own power utilities. To ensure Medicine Hat residents receive the same protections as other Albertans, the government worked with the municipality to develop a regulation that keeps electricity prices stable and affordable.

Value-added sector taking off in Alberta (December 18, 2017)
The final investment decision by Calgary-based Inter Pipeline will see two new facilities built in the Industrial Heartland, near Fort Saskatchewan, that will process propane into value-added plastics products. At the peak of construction, an estimated 2,300 direct full-time jobs will be created and once complete, the facilities will employ 180 people full time. Inter Pipeline was approved to receive royalty credits under Alberta’s Petrochemicals Diversification Program(PDP), which was created as part of the Alberta Jobs Planexternal link iconto encourage companies to invest in the development of new petrochemicals facilities in the province.

Alberta renewables auction record-setting success (December 13, 2017)
Three companies have been chosen in the opening round of the Renewable Electricity Program, which will result in about $1 billion of private-sector investment in green power generation in Alberta. The successful bids have set a record for the lowest renewable electricity pricing in Canada.

Protecting Albertans from delinquent oil and gas operators (December 6, 2017)
The government worked with the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) on amending a key requirement, known as Directive 67, to close a loophole. Officials from companies that walk away from wells or other oil and gas infrastructure without cleaning up will now be subject to greater scrutiny and AER discretion if they apply to start new companies.

Carbon Competitiveness Incentives protect jobs (December 6, 2017)
Carbon Competitiveness Incentives (CCIs) will attract investment in clean technology, protect and create jobs and diversify Alberta's economy while reducing carbon pollution. The made-in-Alberta plan was designed in consultation with industry and replaces the Specified Gas Emitters Regulation on Jan. 1, 2018.

See how Alberta’s royalty system works for you (December 1, 2017)
Albertans can access more information on the new royalty systemexternal link iconon the Alberta government’s website. This will help Albertans understand the value received from royalties for crude oil, natural gas and oil sands.

Keystone XL: Statement from Premier Notley (November 20, 2017)
“As we stated in our submission to the Nebraska Public Service Commission, this pipeline will mean greater energy security for all North Americans by making sure people have access to Alberta’s responsibly developed energy resources."

Supporting innovation-focused Alberta business (September 19, 2017)
Hifi Engineering, a Calgary start up is revolutionizing pipeline safety and expects to double its workforce over the next three years with support from the Alberta Small Business Innovation and Research Initiative (ASBIRI) at Alberta Innovates. The ASBIRI program supports local small businesses in the early stages of commercializing new technology, by supporting major real-world technology demonstrations.

Strong investor interest in renewables program (September 15, 2017)
Alberta moves one step closer to its target of 30 per cent renewable energy by 2030 as round one of the Renewable Electricity Program enters the request for proposals stage.
The Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) has invited national and international companies to participate in the final stage of the competition. A total of 29 projects qualified to advance to the request for proposals stage, representing approximately 10 times the number of megawatts targeted for the first round.

Oil sands project ramps up near Fort McMurray (September 13, 2017)
A $2-billion oil sands expansion project swings into high gear this week.
Premier Rachel Notley, representatives from Japan and local officials marked the opening of the Japan Canada Oil Sands Ltd. (JACOS) Hangingstone project near Fort McMurray. This Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) project is the culmination of the largest investment made in Alberta by the company in its 40-year history in the province. It is also the largest investment made globally by JACOS’s parent company, Tokyo-based Japan Petroleum Exploration Company (JAPEX).