Alberta’s regulatory framework for geothermal resource development is complete.
CALGARY, AB, August 15, 2022 –The regulatory framework for geothermal resource development in Alberta is complete with the publication of the Geothermal Resource Development Rules by the Alberta Queen's Printer and the Alberta Energy Regulator's release of Directive 089: Geothermal Resource Development.
On December 8, 2021, the Government of Alberta proclaimed the Geothermal Resource Development Act (GRDA). Under the act, the AER has the authority to regulate the safe, efficient, and responsible development of Alberta's deep geothermal resources. As the regulator for geothermal development in Alberta, the AER implements government policy, rules, and regulations associated with the GRDA.
As of August 15, 2022, the rules and Directive 089 set out the requirements that industry must follow throughout the entire life cycle of a geothermal development when developing geothermal resources below the base of groundwater protection.
"The robust regulatory framework we've drafted ensures we can address development requirements specific to geothermal energy," says David Helmer, senior advisor, Regulator Enhancement. "Having leveraged our experience and expertise in energy regulation, we are confident the rules and directive ensure responsible geothermal energy development in Alberta."
The AER has issued Bulletin 2022-25 with specific information regarding the changes to its regulatory instruments. More information regarding Geothermal Resource Development Rules and Directive 089: Geothermal Resource Development is available on AER.ca
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