General Fact Sheets
Alberta Energy Quick Facts(January 2017)
This fact sheet highlights oil, natural gas, investment, pipelines, coal, electricity and revenue,
historical references are on Open Government
Environmental Actions(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 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.
Energy Potential and Metrics Study – An Alberta Context(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 Refining
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 2015 - 2011
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(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 viewer(AER) and an
Interactive Minerals Map(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 planlearn more about
electricity and renewable energy.
Alberta's Wholesale Electricity Market Transition Recommendation
endorsedby 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
The Retail Market Review Committee (RMRC) report and highlightsmade 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 Electricity (December 2014).
Transmission Facilities Cost Monitoring Committee (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);
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)
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 Report(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 report.
2009 Electric Transmission Systems Study
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 Panelin 2008 to prepare a report on nuclear energy. In March 2009 the Panel released their
report, in April Nuclear Power
consultationbegan. It involved a
workbookfor public feedback,
consultation results were compiled for the minister and
releasedin 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, reports are under
service quality and reliability.
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 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.
Flaring Estimates Produced by Satellite Observations(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 Partnership(GGFR), a collaboration between governments and industry, uses third-party satellite data to publish national flaring volume estimates. A
technical guidance document explains the technology and methodology used to produce the flaring volume estimates.
A listing of external resources for
natural gas is also available.
Identification of Enhanced Oil Recovery Potential in Alberta - Phase 1 final report (data portion)(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
- 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 report (36.54 MB, 629 pages, March 2012) for the AER, (Sproule Associates Limited).
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.
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)
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 Wellbore(2014)
Independent Assessment of the European Commission’s Fuel Quality Directive’s “Conventional” Default Value (2013)
Executive SummaryMinister welcomes study
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.
A report by ICF International, contracted by
Natural Resources Canada, 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 Context(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 Study(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 2012(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
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.
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
Alberta Energy – Oil Sands Production Profile
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 Agreement 2009
Canada's Oil Sands, Opportunities and Challenges to 20152006
Alberta's Oil and Gas Tenure Brochure2017
Responsible Actions: A Plan for Alberta's Oil Sands2009 (Oil Sands Sustainable Development Secretariat)
Responsible Water Management in Canada's Oil and Gas Industry(CAPP) 2010
UNITAR (7th) - Alberta's Oil Sands: Update on the Generic Royalty Regime , October 27 - 31, 1998
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 Information
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 Alberta(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)
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)
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 Area
Oil SandsJune 2017
Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage(SAGD) 2017
Upgrading and RefiningFebruary 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 Albertais 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 FracturingThis 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 Statisticsannual reports (Alberta Energy Regulator, AER)
The Ultimate Potential for Unconventional Petroleum from the Montney Formation of British Columbia and Alberta2013 (National Energy Board, NEB)