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Energy Diversification Advisory Committee named (October 13, 2016)
An expert committee assigned to help diversify Alberta’s energy sector will explore opportunities to create jobs and stimulate investment by adding value to the province’s energy resources. The Energy Diversification Advisory Committee’s mandate is to engage Albertans and explore opportunities to increase the value of energy resources, create jobs and attract new investment. This includes such value-added ideas as partial upgrading, refining, petrochemicals and chemicals manufacturing.

Alberta seeks solar farm proposals (October 6, 2016)
The Alberta government is aiming to support the province’s first solar farm to help meet its green power needs. A Request for Information (RFI) to provide advice on the potential cost and best approach for procuring solar power for half of government operations will be posted today. This will explore the opportunity to use solar energy to replace two existing green energy contracts that expire by the end of 2017 with solar power, and could lead to the first solar farm in Western Canada. The total consumption for the two contracts is 135,000 megawatt hours a year.

Alberta launches Indigenous renewables pilot program (October 5, 2016)
As part of Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan, the provincial government is launching two small-scale pilot programs for First Nations and Metis communities that invest in local renewable projects that create jobs, reduce emissions and lower utility costs.

Partnership to restore caribou habitat (October 1, 2016)
Government will work with the oil and gas industry over the next five years to restore 10,000 linear kilometres of land that had been cleared for seismic lines in the Little Smoky and A La Peche caribou rangelands.
In keeping with the recommendations of the Denhoff Report released in June, these efforts not only restore critical caribou habitat but will also create local jobs as thousands of trees will be planted over the next five years.

Innovation investment diversifies economy and creates jobs (September 28, 2016)
An investment in bioindustrial innovation is resulting in new products, new jobs and potential for more exports. The Government of Alberta, largely through Alberta Innovates’ bioindustrial innovation program, has supported Ceapro, an innovative Alberta company, to develop its products and commercialize an advanced oat-oil extraction process. As a result, Ceapro is opening a new, larger production facility to supply its customers, such as well-known personal-care product brand, Aveeno – while at the same time doubling its workforce creating 30 new high quality jobs and helping diversify Alberta’s economy.

Alberta promotes investment, strengthens ties with Mexico (September 28, 2016)
Energy Minister Margaret McCuaig-Boyd will travel to Mexico City from September 29 to October 3. While there, she will promote Alberta companies, new opportunities for investment, and will meet with businesses and the Mexican government on a variety of energy-related policies. Mexico has also requested that the Minister be the guest of honour at a renewable energy event in Mexico City.

Advisory Panel to consult communities on coal transition (September 22, 2016)
The Alberta government has announced a three-member expert panel to meet with community, labour and industry leaders in regions affected by the transition away from coal-fired electricity generation. This fall the Advisory Panel on Coal Communities will begin discussions with workers most affected by the retirements of coal-fired generation plants and associated mining operations, including those in and around Parkland and Leduc Counties, Forestburg and Hanna. Online formexternal link icon

Climate Leadership Plan to position Alberta for success in global innovation race (September 19, 2016)
The Alberta government has appointed a task force to provide recommendations on targeting investments in climate technology to help transition to a lower-carbon economy. As part of Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan, the Government of Alberta will make historic investments in research and innovation that will reduce emissions. To help guide these investments, the government has appointed an independent task force to engage with Albertans.

Three new proposed oil sands developments receive initial approval following Regulator review (September 15, 2016)
Government has approved the proposals for:

  • The Blackpearl Resources Inc. Blackrod oil sands steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) development
  • The Surmont Energy Ltd. Wildwood oil sands SAGD development
  • The Husky Saleski oil sands development

Collectively these projects represent about $4 billion of potential investment into Alberta’s economy and about 95,000 barrels per day of production. The proposed developments will also fall under the new oil sands 100 megatonne greenhouse gas emissions limit, announced with Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan. These proposals combined equal about 2.5 megatonnes of GHG emissions. The limit is an incentive for innovation, encouraging lower carbon production, more efficient projects and cost-effective emissions reduction strategies.

Renewable energy target improves health, environment (September 14, 2016)
A firm target of 30 per cent of electricity used in Alberta will come from renewable sources such as wind, hydro and solar by 2030. To help achieve this 30 by ’30, the Government of Alberta will support 5,000 megawatts of additional renewable energy capacity for Albertans.

New drilling and jobs under Modernized Royalty Framework (August 17, 2016)
Government has received dozens of drilling applications since companies were allowed to apply for early access to the new framework. Thirty-five new wells have been approved as of Aug. 15. The Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors estimates that each drilling rig in operation creates roughly 135 direct and indirect jobs. More information on royalties or royalty programs.

Court action launched to protect power consumers from paying costs of unlawful “Enron clause” (July 25, 2016)
The Government of Alberta took legal action today to protect Albertans from an attempt to offload business losses in the electricity market onto the public. Alberta contends that this attempted offload is being implemented through a regulatory clause that was unlawfully enacted when the province's electricity system was deregulated.

Province announces Oil Sands Advisory Group membership (July 13, 2016)
The province is establishing an Oil Sands Advisory Group (OSAG) composed of members from industry, environmental organizations, and Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities to advise government on the oil-sands aspects of its Climate Leadership Plan and ensure that its initiatives are effective and widely supported.

Benefits of new royalty framework to start early (July 12, 2016)
Rigs and wells across Alberta can now get access to Alberta’s Modernized Royalty Framework, which will help create more jobs when drilling season starts.
In response to industry requests, oil and gas producers can apply to opt in to the new, modernized royalty framework for wells that otherwise would not have been drilled.

Royalty programs to help boost production and create jobs (July 11, 2016)
Two new royalty programs will encourage oil and gas producers to explore new areas, boost production in other areas and keep Albertans working.
Following months of work with leaders in the energy industry, the government is releasing details of the new Enhanced Hydrocarbon Recovery Program and the Emerging Resources Program.

Alberta establishes panel to advance energy efficiency programs (June 9, 2016)
The Energy Efficiency Advisory Panel, appointed by Minister Phillips, comprises individuals with expertise and experience who will provide advice for the newly created Energy Efficiency Alberta. Over the coming months, the advisory panel, chaired by Dr. David Wheeler, will speak to Albertans, Indigenous organizations, and stakeholders to determine the types of energy savings programs that Energy Efficiency Alberta can deliver in the short and medium-term.

Petrochemicals Diversification Program attracts significant interest from global investors (June 6, 2016)
International companies want to invest in Alberta’s petrochemical sector, which will play a key role in job creation and economic diversification. The program received 16 applications locally and from across the globe, representing more than $20 billion in potential new investment interest in Alberta’s petrochemicals industry. These applications are now under consideration with a third-party monitor, with final decisions to be made within 60 days from today.

Alberta welcomes progress on Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion (May 19, 2016)
Following the National Energy Board announcement on the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project, Energy Minister Margaret McCuaig-Boyd has the following statement: “Today’s recommendation by the National Energy Board fits a responsible national approach to energy infrastructure. Canada is balancing the need for much stronger action on climate change with the need to pay for that action, by sustainably developing our natural resources – including our energy resources.

Province, industry discuss fire impacts to oil sands operations (May 10, 2016)
Premier Rachel Notley and oil industry representatives met today to discuss the state of oil sands facilities in the wildfire area and how to move forward to return to full operations.