Jurisdiction – Geothermal Resources
Under Bill 36: Geothermal Resource Development Act which has not yet been proclaimed, the AER will have the authority to regulate the safe, efficient, and responsible development of Alberta’s geothermal resources.
The AER is seeking feedback on a proposed new Directive 0XX: Requirements for Geothermal Resource Development. The proposed directive would set out the requirements that the industry must follow for geothermal resource development that is below the base of groundwater protection and covers the entire development life cycle, from initiation through to closure. Directive 0XX introduces processes and requirements that are unique to geothermal energy while incorporating applicable oil and gas regulatory instruments.