Energy Strategies - Alberta
Ministry of Energy
Alberta's 2008 Climate
Alberta's Action Plan
A Plan for Alberta's
Talk About Bioenergy
A Plan for Alberta's
Oil Sands Annual
Investing in Our
Launching Alberta's Energy Future, released in December of 2008, is Alberta's long-term action plan with three primary "outcomes," namely: clean energy production, wise energy use, and sustained economic prosperity. Other documents complement the energy strategy, including the 20-year strategic plan called Responsible Actions: A Plan for Alberta's Oil Sands (2009) and a strategy designed to facilitate technological innovation (2008).
Launching Alberta's Energy Future is primarily a backgrounder on the province's energy mix and an overview of potential paths to the strategy's three outcomes, with an implementation plan to follow. Alberta's 2008 Climate Change Strategy specifies deadlines for emission reduction through intensity targets.
Launching Alberta's Energy Future focuses primarily on the importance of fossil fuel production (i.e., oil, natural gas and coal), with gasification and carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies, as well as efficiency programs, proposed as ways of fulfilling the document's "clean energy production" and "wise energy use" objectives. The strategy primarily advocates facilitating industry participation and innovation, rather than government-led institutions.
Responsible Actions: A Plan for Alberta's Oil Sands 2010 Annual Progress Report provides updates on progress against 6 areas and short (by 2012), medium (by 2020) and long-term goals (by 2030).
In 2011 the government launched a new website specifically to provide information on carbon capture and storage. The government has also developed its website to provide more information on Alberta's oil sands.
In February 2012 The Alberta government released Powering our Economy, the Critical Transmission Review Committee Report. This report is a result of the government's need to review the issue of north-south transmission lines in the province. The committee consulted with over 30 Alberta-based organizations and made recommendations regarding critical transmission infrastructure projects. This document provides an overview of Alberta's electricity system and focuses on the need for infrastructure to support Alberta's economic growth. The government also released its response to the report, which includes an action plan.
Launching Alberta's Energy Future includes three “Desired Outcomes” that guide the province’s actions on energy. These objectives, in turn, correspond to common themes found throughout Canada’s other provincial and territorial energy strategies.
- Clean energy production
- Emissions, Diversification, Innovation
- Wise energy use
- Awareness, Efficiency, Electricity
- Sustained economic prosperity
- Development, Benefit, Innovation, Electricity
Major Energy Players
- Alberta Department of Environment
- Alberta Electric System Operator
- Atco Electric
- Bullfrog Power
- Energy Resources Conservation Board