​ 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 Outlookexternal link icon 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 Regulationsexternal link icon

Resources in this site;

General Fact Sheets
Alberta Energy Quick Factsexternal link icon(January 2017)
This fact sheet highlights oil, natural gas, investment, pipelines, coal, electricity and revenue, historical references are on Open Governmentexternal link icon

Environmental Actionsexternal link icon(June 2015)
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 Albertaexternal link icon
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 Refiningexternal link icon
This fact sheet examines refining capacity in Alberta and upgrader projects currently scheduled or undergoing construction. 
Price Fact Sheets

Coal and Mineral Development
These Year in Review annual reports of Alberta’s Coal and Mineral Development Branch provide a yearly overview of the coal, metallic and industrial mineral activity in Alberta.
2016 PDF icon2015 - 2011external link icon

Mineral Assessment Reports Search and Listing
These reports are prepared (guidelinesPDF icon) 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 Strategyexternal link icon(2002)
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(2006)
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

A listing of external resources for coal and minerals includes a Coal Mine map viewerexternal link icon(AER) and an Interactive Minerals Mapexternal link icon(AGS).


Alberta's Wholesale Electricity Market Transition RecommendationPDF iconexternal link icon
This AESO recommendationexternal link iconwas endorsedexternal link iconby 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 marketexternal link icon
Transmission Facilities Cost Monitoring Committee (TFCMC)
The TFCMCexternal link iconwas 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);

Regulated Retail Energy Harmonization InquiryPDF cion
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 PDF cion
Report by the AUC on their inquiry into the regulatory approval process for hydroelectric developments in Alberta. (August 2011)

Alberta Smart Grid InquiryPDF icon
Report by the AUC on the potential for application of smart grid in Alberta. (June 2011)

Advanced Metering Study and participantsexternal link icon
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.

Nuclear Review
The Government appointed a Nuclear Power Expert Panelexternal link iconin 2008 to prepare a report on nuclear energy. In March 2009 the Panel released their reportexternal link icon, in April Nuclear Power consultationexternal link iconbegan. It involved a workbookexternal link iconfor public feedback, consultation results external link icon were compiled for the minister and releasedexternal link iconin December of 2009.

Alberta’s Hydroelectric Energy ResourcesPDF icon
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-Sustainableexternal link icon
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 Statementexternal link icon
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 Collectionexternal link icon.

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 reportexternal link icon.

Fact Sheets

Natural Gas

Summary of Alberta's Shale- and Siltstone-Hosted Hydrocarbon Resource Potentialexternal link icon
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 brochureexternal link icon
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.

A listing of external resources for natural gas is also available along with Frequently Asked Questions.

Fact Sheets;

Identification of Enhanced Oil Recovery Potential in Alberta - Phase 1 final report (data portion)external link iconPDF icon(2.28 MB,
95 pages, June 2011) for the AER, (Sproule Associates Limited). 
The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) formerly the ERCB commissioned a study of the Enhanced Oil Recovery potential in Alberta from March 2011 to March 2012.

Phase one Project Objectives;

  • Retrieve information on all EOR schemes in Alberta from the AER's Reserves Report and other AER and public databases/files;
  • Create an inventory of EOR scheme information organized by pertinent characteristics such as geographic area, pool, formation, reservoir properties, scheme type
  • Analyze the inventory of EOR scheme information, focusing on successful EOR operations, existing and emerging trends, and likely short-term EOR prospects;
  • Assess the associated potential success factors;
  • Write a preliminary report on EOR in Alberta oil pools, containing lessons learned and preliminary findings;
  • Create and inventory of existing EOR schemes in Alberta organized by pertinent characteristics;
  • Initially assess potential success factors.

Phase two Project Objectives;

  • Apply knowledge gained from Phase 1, along with information from literature searches and possible industry interviews, to fully develop criteria for the screening of potential future EOR prospects, with consideration for the various types of possible EOR schemes and technologies;
  • Apply screening criteria to all oil pools in Alberta;
  • Assess and compile potential incremental recoverable volumes for all oil pools under various EOR technologies;
  • Provide a progress update on preliminary findings and adjust the study as necessary;
  • Prepare a report on the total findings on existing and future potential EOR in Alberta in written, tabular, and graphical formats. The report will include but is not limited to, the following information:
    • Field and pool name
    • Formation
    • EOR type
    • Fluid properties
    • Reservoir parameters
    • Geographic location
    • Primary recovery
    • Current incremental recovery

Disclaimer: This study considers only the technical factors associated with EOR. For any individual project, the economics are important, however, since the economic factors are variable and highly dependent on the current oil prices (and the expectation of future oil prices), these factors are not addressed in this study.
Identification of Enhanced Oil Recovery Potential in Alberta - Phase 2 final reportexternal link iconPDF icon (36.54 MB, 629 pages, March 2012) for the AER, (Sproule Associates Limited).

Summary of Alberta's Shale- and Siltstone-Hosted Hydrocarbon Resource Potentialexternal link icon
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.

Alberta Energy Policy Review Pathway Study 2012PDF icon
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)
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

Western Canada Drilling Cycle Optimization
A study undertaken to examine and provide actionable recommendations that assist optimization of the industry cycle on seismic and drilling activities in Western Canada.

Oil sands

Bitumen Assay Program (BAP) Aggregate Assay Informationxlsx file
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.

Quarterly Industry Reportsexternal link icon
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 Industryexternal link icon
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

Fort Hills Oil Sands Lease AgreementPDF icon 2009

Canada's Oil Sands, Opportunities and Challenges to 2015PDF iconexternal link icon2006

Alberta's Oil and Gas Tenure Brochureexternal link icon2017

Responsible Actions: A Plan for Alberta's Oil Sandsexternal link icon2009 (Oil Sands Sustainable Development Secretariat)

Responsible Water Management in Canada's Oil and Gas Industryexternal link icon(CAPP) 2010

UNITAR (7th) - Alberta's Oil Sands: Update on the Generic Royalty Regimeexternal link icon , October 27 - 31, 1998


Cost Analysis and Reporting Enhancement Training, April 1, 2015

NRF Royalty Calculation Training, January 8, 2009

New Royalty Framework (NRF), December 12, 2008


Alberta's Oil Sands Leased Area September 2017


Starting in 2017, Alberta Energy commenced publication of in-depth, oil sands royalty project information on an individual royalty project basis, including an Oil Sands Royalty Projects Map. As a result of this publication, the Alberta’s Oil Sands Projects and Upgraders Map in PDF version has been discontinued.

While Alberta Energy’s new Oil Sands Royalty Projects Map is limited to oil sands royalty project information only, related information on oil sands projects can be found at the following links:

Designated Oil Sands AreaPDF icon

Fact Sheets

Oil Sandsexternal link iconJune 2017

Royaltiesexternal link iconSeptember 2012

Steam Assisted Gravity Drainageexternal link icon(SAGD) 2017

Upgrading and Refiningexternal link iconFebruary 2017

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 Albertaexternal link iconis 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.

Unconventional Resources

 Hydraulic Fracturingexternal link iconThis fact sheet provides information on hydraulic fracturing in Alberta.

Summary of Alberta's Shale- and Siltstone-Hosted Hydrocarbon Resource Potentialexternal link icon(Alberta Geological Survey under the Alberta Energy Regulator)

ST59: Alberta Drilling Activity Monthly Statisticsexternal link iconannual reports (Alberta Energy Regulator, AER)

The Ultimate Potential for Unconventional Petroleum from the Montney Formation of British Columbia and Albertaexternal link icon2013 (National Energy Board, NEB)