​ 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. C1C2

Energy regulationsexternal link icon


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This fact sheet highlights oil, natural gas, investment, pipelines, coal, electricity and revenue, historical references are on Open Governmentexternal link icon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. C1   C2

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.

Energy Potential and Metrics Study – An Alberta ContextPDF icon(2014)
This is a report by Jacobs Consultancy, which provides a comprehensive view of all major energy resources in Alberta and the pathways that are used to create basic energy commodities used in Alberta, namely, heat, electricity and transportation fuels.  The study uses a broad spectrum of metrics to enable the reader to understand energy availability, energy density, and the environmental impact of a wide range of energy resources and pathways in Alberta. ISBN 978-1-4601-2089-7 

Upgrading and Refiningexternal link icon
This fact sheet examines refining capacity in Alberta and upgrader projects currently scheduled or undergoing construction.  a                              
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 Energy has been working with electricity stakeholders to plan and develop how Alberta will meet the action on climate change identified in the Climate Leadership planexternal link iconlearn more about electricity and renewable energyexternal link icon.

Alberta's Wholesale Electricity Market Transition RecommendationPDF iconexternal link icon
This AESO recommendationexternal link iconwas endorsedexternal link iconby the Government of Alberta in 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.

The Retail Market Review Committee (RMRC) report and highlightsexternal link iconmade 41 recommendations to strengthen the electricity market. (January 2013) Government acted immediately on two recommendations, approving 33 more in principle and rejecting six after the passing of Bill 201. It was followed by the MLA-RMRC Implementation Team’s report, Enhancing the Retail Market for Electricityexternal link icon (December 2014).                 

The Transmission Facilities Cost Monitoring Committee (TFCMC)external 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)

AUC approves Western Alberta Transmission Line (WATL)(2012) Alberta’s independent utilities regulator has approved the WATL, with several route or tower options chosen to minimize landowner and agricultural impacts. 

Critical Transmission Review Committee Reportexternal link(CTRC)
The CTRC was an independent committee tasked to review the reasonableness of the AESO’s plan for critical transmission infrastructure between Edmonton and Calgary, including their timing, the proposed technology, AESO forecasts, and identifying appropriate changes to the Electric Statutes Amendment Act, 2009. Investing in the Economy, is the government response to the CTRC reportexternal link icon

2009 Electric Transmission Systems Study
The Electric Utilities Amendment Act, 2012 (formerly known as Bill 8)external link icon 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, reports are under service quality and reliabilityexternal 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

  • Electricity Systemexternal link icon(an illustration of how generation, transmission, distribution and retail work)
  • Micro-Generationexternal link icon(explains Micro-generation Regulation that allows consumers to generate their own electricity) (December 2013)
  • Reading Your Billexternal link icon(explains a sample bill for a typical home) (December 2014)
  • Renewable Electricity Programexternal link icon(program to increase large scale renewable energy generation)
  • 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.

    Flaring Estimates Produced by Satellite Observationsexternal link icon(2014)
    Flaring and venting of natural gas associated with hydrocarbon production is a significant source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The measuring and reporting systems for produced gas can greatly vary between  jurisdictions. The World Bank’s Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnershipexternal link icon(GGFR), a collaboration between governments and industry, uses third-party satellite data to publish national flaring volume estimates. A technical guidance documentPDF icon explains the technology and methodology used to produce the flaring volume estimates.

    A listing of external resources for natural gas is also available.

    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.

    Towards a Road Map for Mitigating the Rates and Occurrences of Long-Term WellborePDF iconexternal link icon(2014)
    A report by the University of Waterloo, sponsored by the Alberta Government, to provide an analysis of long-term wellbore leakage. Results of the study include describing methods for wellbore leakage detection and monitoring, and potential approaches to reduce rates and occurrences.

    Independent Assessment of the European Commission’s Fuel Quality Directive’s “Conventional” Default ValuePDF icon (2013) Executive SummaryPDF iconMinister welcomes studyexternal link icon
    A report by ICF International, contracted by Natural Resources Canadaexternal link icon, which analyses the research methodology used to develop the Fuel Quality Directive’s default ‘conventional’ gasoline and diesel greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity values.  Using this improved understanding, the report develops a more likely range of GHG values for crude oils used in the European Union.

    EU Pathway Study: Life Cycle Assessment of Crude Oils in a European ContextPDF icon(2012) report by Jacobs Consultancy, contracted by the Alberta Government, this report provides new information on the life cycle assessment of the greenhouse gases associated with crude oils used in the European Union.

    Public Questions and Comments for EU Pathway StudyPDF icon(revised April 2013)
    A summary public questions and comments relating to Jacobs Consultancy’s “EU Pathway Study: Life Cycle Assessment of Crude Oils in A European Context (2012)” report. ISBN 978-1-4601-0576-4

    Alberta Energy Policy Review Pathway Study 2012PDF icon(revised April 2013)
    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. ISBN 978-1-4601-0578-8

    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

    Alberta Energy – Oil Sands Production ProfilePDF icon
    A report that provides a detailed overview of oil production volumes and extraction technologies in the Oil Sands region from 2004-2014. ISBN: 978-1-4601-2723-0 (PDF)  

    Bitumen Assay Program Aggregate Assay InformationExcel icon
    The Bitumen Assay Program (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.

    An Arctic Energy Gateway for AlbertaPDF icon(2014)
    Alberta Energy commissioned CANATEC Associates International Limited to prepare an early stage overview report on the technical feasibility of producers transporting bitumen blend from the oil sands north to the Beaufort Sea coastline and from there to world markets in the Asia-Pacific region and the Atlantic coasts. The views, conclusions and comments expressed in the report are those of the authors, and may not reflect policies, positions or views of the Government of Alberta. The Government of Alberta does not endorse, authorize, certify, maintain or control the content of the report.  The Government of Alberta is not liable for any direct, indirect, special, punitive, incidental or consequential damages arising out of the use of this information. ISBN#978-1-4601-1928-0 (PDF)

    The Energy Innovation Fund(EIF) from 2006 allocated $200 million over four years to support projects to build world-class knowledge, expertise and leadership to responsibly develop our energy resources. One of the projects supported by the EIF was the Titanium Corporation Proposal to conduct laboratory and bench scale studies to research the potential for the recovery of bitumen, zircon and titanium bearing minerals from oil sands mine tailings.
    The confidentiality period for this research grant has expired the following reports are available in PDF format;
    Titanium Corporation EIF Pilot Report (posted in 2018)
    Proposals - HMS Separation Process, Titanium Research Grant Proposal and GTI Proposal Material Recovery

    2009 Progress reports and updates

    Program Updates and Reviews


    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 Albertaexternal link icon
    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)